Made up of over 100+ local Ojai individual charter members, Transparent Ojai is a movement, not one person. The group came together organically, as a result of our shared and growing concerns over the lack of transparency and the appearance of collusion between our Mayor and Mindful Citizen/Simply Ojai. The movement is an attempt to shed light on all corners of our local government, nonprofits and NGOs that affect all residents and taxpayers in the Ojai Valley. A list of organizers, supporters and volunteers will be published here and elsewhere on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, our volunteer webmasters are: Lale Welsh & Sasha Ongley, both Ojai residents. Note: This website is newly formed and in progress. Thanks for your patience as we collect all names legally prior to posting.
Fostering Honesty, Integrity and Transparency in all governance (Government, nonprofits, Charities and NGOs) that affect the citizenry. We believe in Democracy, the rule of law and personal, professional accountability at all levels of governance that affect each of us. We are not affiliated with any one group or party. We aim to expose and correct those would subvert laws for their own gain, no matter how passionate or correct they believe themselves to be.
We are currently not formed as any kind of formal entity, business or otherwise. We continue to receive feedback and encouragement about applying for a 501(c)(3) and serving as an educational institution but we will keep you posted if that happens. Until then, we are a *movement* with the hashtag: #IAmTransparentOjai
Everyone associated with volunteering for Transparent Ojai is doing so without pay, so our costs are minimal. The cost of the website & hosting (<$300) donated to the cause by Lale Welsh, only because there's no client to bill :-). While we are not obliged to share our financials by law, we'd be happy to go trough any questions you may have on this topic and share our data with you in person. Any other expenses incurred as we move forward may come from public donations, if and when we form as a nonprofit.
No. Any donations made to Change.org in order to generate more "views" stay with Change.org and are NOT transferred to us. Please check with your tax professional to determine eligibility for tax deduction.
We love volunteers! If you are computer savvy, handy with IT, or have administrative skills, please reach out. If you'd like to contribute to a blog or opinion piece, related to transparency, government, democratic values, parliamentary issues or nonprofit best practices, please send us your content, EVEN if you think we won't agree with your take. We welcome all thoughtful and informed positions.
If you can think of other ways to help not mentioned here, please let us know.
ABOVE ALL, Please sign up for our blogs and newsletters, and encourage other to, as we work towards creating a platform for discourse that's moderated with an even hand.
We go by #HIT; Honesty, Integrity and Transparency. While we demand this of our governmental and public benefit leaders, we understand the difference between elected officials, CEOs and other fiduciaries vs. Private citizens. Never-the-less, we strive to demonstrate these values on this site and elsewhere when representing Transparent Ojai. We believe in freedom of speech and will not censor respectfully presented ideas, comments or questions. We are not offended by humor (we need more of that). We respect all thoughtful points of view, but we will not tolerate ad-hominem attacks, bullying, labeling or harassment of any kind directed at any one individual.