The Ojai Post

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The Ojai Post is a collaborative blog published online in Ojai, California, since 2006. It is the only daily local news source in the Ojai Valley (the primary newspaper in Ojai is the Ojai Valley News, printed on Wednesdays and Fridays). The Ojai Post is non-commercial and has no advertising.


The Ojai Post made its debut on February 27, 2006 with a blog post by founder Tyler Suchman entitled Welcome to The Ojai Post!.[1] It was inspired in part by The Huffington Post, which was launched on May 9, 2005.

The website received considerable visibility in the community with its coverage of the 2006 Day Fire, the sixth largest wildfire in California history.[2][3][4][5] In 2007, The Ojai Post was a key hyperlocal news source for coverage of the Zaca Fire, California's second largest fire in recorded history.[6]

In 2007, The Ojai Post successfully advocated for a chain store ordinance. Ordinance 798 was passed on November 27, 2007 by the City Council of Ojai, amending the Ojai Municipal Code to regulate chain stores.[7] This ordinance began with multiple posts[8] on The Ojai Post in opposition to a proposed Subway (restaurant), followed by a Formula Retail Business Initiative drafted by Ojai Post author and local resident Kenley Neufeld and submitted to the City of Ojai.[9]

In 2009, The Ojai Post led coverage of a black bear that came out of the adjacent wilderness, went up a tree in a downtown residential area and was shot out of the tree by the California Department of Fish and Game.[10] The bear was subsequently nicknamed the "Aliso Street Bear" and, alternately, "Elliot." The story received extensive coverage in the Los Angeles Times, KTLA News, Ventura County Star and other news outlets.[11][12][13]

On May 28, 2010, The Ojai Post switched to a new technology platform, migrating from Movable Type to WordPress.[14]


As a collaborative blog, The Ojai Post provides un-moderated front page posting privileges to over 35 authors.[15]

Notable authors[edit]

  • Bret Bradigan, former Publisher of the Ojai Valley News
  • DK Crawford, restaurant critic and freelance writer
  • Suza Francina, former mayor of Ojai
  • Gay Hendricks, best-selling author on personal growth and relationships
  • Howard Smith, past Chairman of the Board of the Ventura County Economic Development Association
  • Lisa Snider, host of Radio Ojai and freelance writer
  • Kit Stolz, reporter, story analyst and writer for the Los Angeles Times, Grist (magazine), Sierra and others
  • Tyler Suchman, founder of The Ojai Post
  • John Wilcock, co-founder of the New York Village Voice



  1. ^ "Welcome to The Ojai Post!". The Ojai Post. 2006-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Day Fire Coverage". The Ojai Post. 2006-09-14 to 2006-10-16.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Citizen Journalist". Ventura County Reporter. 2006-10-12. 
  4. ^ "During a disaster, become part of the solution". Ventura County Star. 2008-01-07. 
  5. ^ " became hub for Day fire updates". Ventura County Star (archive). 2006-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Zaca Fire Coverage". The Ojai Post. 2007-08-04 to 2007-08-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Ojai City Council Minutes" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Chain Store Ordinance Coverage". The Ojai Post. 2006-04-05 to 2007-11-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Ojai debates chain retailers Officials to consider 45-day moratorium". Ventura County Star. 2007-04-22. 
  10. ^ "Aliso Street Bear Coverage". The Ojai Post. 2009-10-10 to 2010-02-17.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Residents Outraged After Bear is Shot and Killed". KTLA News. 2009-10-13. 
  12. ^ "State wardens kill bear in Ojai, Public safety hazard cited". Ventura County Star. 2009-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Ojai memorializes Elliot, the bear that touched its heart". Los Angeles Times. 2010-02-13. 
  14. ^ "Open Thread: Happy Reader Edition". The Ojai Post. 2010-05-28. 
  15. ^ "Ojai Post Authors". The Ojai Post. 

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