In light of the recent gravel big-rig disaster on the east end, it is important to note that the Ojai Valley Defense Fund has had a major impact on the fight against outside-interest, big-rig gravel hauling through the Ojai Valley from Cuyama than was previously thought. Front-line leaders of the campaign to bring such trucking under control have told the Defense Fund that, practically from the time it was formed a year ago, the Defense Fund has come up continually in negotiations with the companies and with Ventura County staff, helping to shape a more favorable outcome. The operators of the largest gravel mine, located in Santa Barbara County, have agreed not to ship through Ojai. The biggest Ventura County mine appears to have folded its tents as well. As one Ventura County official has put it, the mines “saw Ojai forming up” through the Defense Fund. The Ojai Valley Defense Fund is a legal defense fund which has not taken part in any direct way in the battle over gravel-hauling. In an indirect way, though, it has had the effect its supporters most want: to deflect threats to the Valley simply by being in place, and without a fight. For more information, please visit us at www.ovdf.org, or call us at 646.1200.