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    participate to protect our community

The Ojai Valley Defense Fund

What do you want the Ojai Valley to look like 100 years from now? Imagine a busy freeway bisecting our Valley, or a dump spewing filth into our air. Imagine a huge shopping mall sitting atop what is now the lovely Ojai Meadows Preserve. These are not imaginary threats. The Valley has faced them in the past, and it's certain that more such challenges will face us.

And so the question arises, How can we protect our environment and our quality of life into the future? The answer is simple, and it's the core purpose of the Ojai Valley Defense Fund. We must work together to create a well-supported community chest that is capable, when all other options fail, of backing groups that are willing to engage and fend off these threats.

We all live together and breathe the same air,
regardless of our politics or beliefs.
Such groups have energy and commitment, but they're financially outgunned by those proposing the very projects that threaten our quality of life. If we--as a community of individuals, businesses, families, and civic organizations--do our part by funding legal efforts to stand up to these threats, then we protect that which we hold dear, not only for now but for future generations.

The beauty of the Ojai Valley Defense Fund's purpose is that it knows no political or philosophical differences. We all live together and breathe the same air, regardless of our politics or beliefs. The Ojai Valley Defense Fund truly presents an opportunity to work together and unite behind a cause whose fundamental purpose is to preserve and protect this place we choose to call our home. After all, the Ojai Valley is a treasure worth saving--for now, and for 100 years to come.


Ojai faces environmental threats every year

Join the hundreds of individuals who are working to preserve the Ojai Valley: Donate Now

Original Founders, together with Legacy, Guardian, Patron, and Defender-level supporters
($5,000-$75,000)

  • George Berg and Gail Topping
  • Jack and Gayle Bertsch
  • Chris and Jill Borgeson
  • Barbara Bowman and Sol de la Torre Bueno
  • Dan and Vicki Breen
  • John and Kathy Broesamle
  • Mike and Blair Cahill
  • Peter and Marilyn Cambier
  • Peter and Cindy Cantle
  • Charles Casey
  • Peter and Susan Cheney
  • Aaron and Betsy Clapp
  • Garrett Clifford
  • Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours
  • Don and Sheila Cluff
  • Daley Landscape, Inc.
  • Christine Drucker and the late Sanford Drucker
  • Tony and Kathan Glassman
  • Marilyn Mosley Gordanier
  • Helene Gordon
  • Hannelore and Michael Gresser
  • Dave and Sally Hackel
  • Wyatt and Claudia Harris
  • Therese Hartmann
  • Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks
  • Carol and Rich Holly
  • Heritage Financial
  • Greg and Penny Herring
  • Cindy, Colin, and Connor Jones
  • Glenda and Darrell Jones
  • David and Debbie Junod
  • David Kaplan
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • La Piu Bella Tavola/Italian Specialty Catering
  • Dorothy H. Loebl
  • Pat and Julie McPherson family
  • Stuart Meiklejohn and Mary Ann O’Connor
  • Jerry and Char Michaels
  • MiTec Solutions
  • Sonia Nordenson
  • Nutiva
  • Ojai Café Emporium & Bakery
  • The Ojai Phone Book
  • Ojai Valley Board of Realtors
  • Ojai Valley News
  • Ann and Harry Oppenheimer
  • Tom and Mary Orsini
  • Bill and Laura Peck
  • Ernest and Julie Rischar
  • Fred and Ila Rothenberg
  • The late Edward Shapiro
  • Michael Shapiro
  • Scott and Betsy Smith
  • Brenda and Angelo Spandrio
  • Bill Spellman, DDS
  • Mark Ukra
  • Judith and Arthur Vander
  • Ventura Rental Center, Inc.
  • Lt. Col. Gil Vondriska (USAFR Ret.), Carolyn Vondriska, and family
  • Tom and Esther Wachtell
  • Lisa Wallmark and Jonas Svensson
  • Guy and Leone Webster
  • The late Martin Weiner
  • Michael and Heidi Whitcomb
  • Carmel M. and John G. Whitman Foundation
  • Laura Whitney
  • Katharine Wilhelm
  • Larry Wilde and Dennis Guernsey
  • Calvin Zara
  • Zee Medical Service Co. #34
  • Anonymous (3)

Protector, Ally-level supporters, Friends, and honorary and memorial gifts
(<$5,000)

  • Mark and Jeannie Ackerman
  • Lisa and John Adair
  • Rebecca Adams
  • David and Kathryn Allen
  • Don Anderson and Nita Whaley
  • At Home in Ojai
  • Robert Auric, MD, and Anna Jacobs-Auric
  • Randy and Jannell Greene Banchik
  • Susan Bee
  • Shed and June Behar
  • Behavioral Science Technology, Inc.
  • Supervisor Steve Bennett and Leslie Ogden
  • Andy and Sharon Bisaccia
  • Lerie M. Bjornstedt
  • Paul Blatz
  • Ryan Blatz
  • Marilyn Boccali, Boccali Ranch
  • Caryn and Charlie Bosson
  • Bruce and Leslie Bouché
  • Corinne Bourdeau and Andrew Koski
  • Kat Bowman
  • David and Heide Boyden
  • Bret Bradigan, Ojai Quarterly
  • Richard Bradley
  • A gift honoring John and Kathy Broesamle
  • Teena, Dar, and Brody Broumand
  • Rinaldo and Lalla Brutoco
  • Gene and Dianne Bullard
  • Bill and Kim Burr
  • Cindy Pitou Burton
  • A gift honoring Cindy Pitou Burton
  • Franco and Alicia Campana
  • Christopher Cantle and Hayley Robertson
  • Jeff and Alexandra Cantle
  • A gift honoring the late Pamela Cantle
  • Casa Barranca Organic Winery
  • Daria Case
  • Sheri Ann Cate and Jay Simons
  • Judith Cates and the late Gilbert Cates
  • Peggy Chase
  • Alice Chesley
  • Citizens to Preserve the Ojai, Inc.
  • Jackie Clark
  • Leslie Clark
  • Kristen and Gordon Clawson
  • A gift honoring the Clawson girls
  • Chris and Nellie Cohen
  • A gift honoring Chris and Nellie Cohen
  • Sidney L. Cohn
  • Jim and Dottie Combs
  • Karen Courington and Dan Lukasiewicz
  • Tom and Dorothy Crossman
  • Robert and Liz Dautch
  • Megan Davis
  • Susan Decordova
  • Russell and Sherry Devine
  • The Honorable John E. Dobroth
  • Amy Dozier and Michael Crooke
  • Jack and Kelley Dyer
  • A gift honoring Jack and Kelley Dyer
  • Donna Elam
  • Nancy C. Eldblom
  • A gift honoring Dave and June Ellison
  • Rodger and Carolyn Embury
  • Jim, Dawn, and Abbey Engel
  • Peter and Melinda Farrelly
  • Feast Bistro
  • Jeff and Theresa Ferguson
  • A gift honoring Tom Francis and Sabrina Venskus
  • Sue Fuhrmann and Ron Hamlen
  • Carol Garramone
  • Greg Gavasse
  • Richard Scot Genstil and Nancy Lee Samuels
  • GIGAVAC Employees
  • Christine Golden
  • Linda and Frank Granat
  • Rod and Joyce Greene
  • Glenn and Kerri Griffee
  • Fabienne and Rick Guerin
  • Andrew and Judith Gustafson
  • Richard and Sandy Hajas
  • Dale Hanson
  • Rae Hanstad
  • Larry and Pat Hartmann
  • Michelle Herzel and Ron Segal
  • Julia Heyman
  • Brian Holly
  • Rikki Horne and the late Rudy Petersdorf
  • Risa Horowitz
  • Jim and Susan Jackson
  • Allan and Janet Jacobs
  • Bernadette and Chester Jagiello
  • Jaspa
  • Johnny Johnston
  • Jerry G. Jones
  • Trent Jones
  • James Joseph
  • Daryl Kelley
  • Jennifer and Niall Kelly
  • Bob Kemper
  • Joan Kemper
  • A gift honoring Joan Kemper
  • Jean Kilmurray and Thomas MacCalla
  • Ray King and Kale Starbird
  • Leonard Klaif and Linda Harmon
  • Ganea Lahti
  • Terri and Alex Laine
  • Christopher Land
  • Carol Langford
  • A gift honoring Severo Lara
  • Peter Larramendy
  • A gift honoring Peter Larramendy, Lisa Larramendy, and Larry Rose
  • Ruth Lasell and Robert Bonewitz
  • Gabriele and James Lashly
  • Mary W. Leibman
  • Mike and Marilyn Lenehan
  • Stuart Lennox
  • Robert M. Levin and Lisa A. Solinas
  • Anne Littler-Brown
  • Wendy and Eric Lockwood
  • Bill and Sherry Loehr
  • David Magney Environmental Consulting
  • Janet Mahon
  • James A. Malone
  • Celeste Manolas and Heather Miller
  • Gayle Marie
  • Steve Matzkin and Melissa Wolfe
  • Amanda McBroom and George Ball
  • Dianne McCourtney
  • Janet L. McNeil
  • Duffy McPherson
  • Wilma Melville
  • Bill and Cookie Miley
  • Stephen and Colette Miller
  • Steven Miller
  • A gift honoring Erin Mills
  • Bill Monot and Lori Wyatt
  • Nomi Morris
  • Daniel Moses
  • Michael K. Mulligan and Joy Sawyer-Mulligan
  • Brian and Jeanine Murphy
  • Dave and Mary Neville
  • A gift honoring the late Alan Newland
  • Marilyn Noad
  • Ojai App
  • Ojai Business Center
  • Ojai Community Bank
  • Ojai Peace Coalition
  • Ojai Pixie Growers Association, a gift honoring the late Jim Ruch
  • Ojai Playhouse
  • The Ojai Retreat
  • The Ojai Vineyard
  • Ojai Valley Woman’s Club
  • Debi Otto and Ray Harding
  • Maria and Jon Parisen
  • Peter and Joan Passell
  • Patagonia
  • A gift honoring Bill and Laura Peck
  • John and Debbie Perry
  • Joan Peters
  • Vickie Peters
  • PixelPainter.com
  • A gift honoring the late Lydia Gail Posin
  • Robyn L. Posin, Ph.D.
  • Rainbow Bridge Natural Food Store
  • Alan and Jan Rains
  • Brian Rasnow and Maria Ornelas
  • Tom and Erin Rendulic
  • Kay Renius
  • Anna and Chris Rhoda
  • Dennis and Meredy Rice
  • Andrea Rich
  • Joan Roberts
  • Lisa Robertson
  • Larry Rose and Lisa Larramendy
  • Linda Rovai
  • RTK Studios
  • Sandi Ruch and the late Jim Ruch
  • John and Peggy Russell
  • Alan and Carol Saltzman
  • The Seahorse Fund of RSF Social Finance
  • Jill and Bill Shanbrom
  • Dan and Olga Singer
  • Robert and Louine Skankey
  • Charles and Sandra Sledd
  • Howard Smith
  • Lee and Graham Smith
  • Andrew Snett
  • Jane Spiller
  • Charlene Spretnak
  • Steven Sprinkel
  • Carlon Strobel
  • Al Stroberg and Betsy Patterson
  • Suzanne’s Cuisine
  • SV Media Relations
  • Wayne Tate
  • Tony and Anne Thacher
  • April Theriault and Ken Eros
  • Alan Thornhill and Denise Steurer Thornhill
  • A gift honoring Trudy and John Town
  • James W. and Sally True
  • Cricket and Terry Twichell
  • Verizon Volunteers Matching Incentive Program
  • Vesta
  • A gift honoring Chris Vignes and Annie Campbell
  • Antoinette Vondriska
  • A gift honoring Carolyn Vondriska
  • Tyler Vondriska
  • Nancy Voyer
  • Jhaura and Mihaela Wachsman
  • Barbara and Deric Washburn
  • Elizabeth and J.B. White
  • John and Nancy Whitman
  • Barbara Wilhelm
  • Susan J. Williamson
  • Bill and Sue Wilmer
  • Susanne and Blake Wilson
  • Rebecca Windinwood
  • Wiser Design
  • Elyn Zimmerman
  • Anonymous (13)