City of Ojai First So Cal Government to Criminalize Meters

The City of Ojai last week became the first government in Southern California to adopt an ordinance officially banning smart meters within its jurisdiction.  Our congrats and respect both to the city council and the residents of Ojai who brought about this landmark vote.  Ojai joins a proud and elite corps of local governments in California including Santa Cruz, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino Counties who have followed through on their legal right and moral obligation to pass laws protecting their residents from a utility industry and regulatory environment out of touch with health, safety, and sanity.  More than 56 local governments in the state have now officially declared their opposition to current smart grid policy, an overwhelming statement of democratic opposition to a flawed and dangerous system.

While some local governments such as the Town of Fairfax have indicated a willingness to enforce their ordinance using police powers, which has kept smart meters out of town for the most part, others like Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak have shirked their responsibility to enforce the law, instead arresting peaceful protesters and facilitating the illegal deployment, allowing smart meters in and sickening many.  It’s unclear whether Ojai police are prepared to cite violations of the ordinance by Corix and SCE or whether the public will be left to enforce the ban on its own.

In any case, Ojai has blazed a path for other governments in Southern California- and beyond- to follow.

Local media coverage can be found here.   The full ordinance can be downloaded from Ojai’s website (pdf).  Below are excerpts from the adopted ordinance:

Ojai City Council: "FCC safety standards are inadequate....(smart meters are) a current and immediate threat to health." Proof democracy is still alive- at least on a local level!

Ojai grassroots spreading the word!

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17 Responses to City of Ojai First So Cal Government to Criminalize Meters

  1. Susan B says:

    I would like to live in Ojai, after reading this. Bravo! We need many more like your concerned citizens and elected officials, in Southern California.

  2. kevin says:

    A photo of the brave and the bold.

  3. Paul H says:

    True Americans!

  4. Jerry Flynn says:

    Congratulations to you all. I too wish you were able to influence over governments here in British Columbia. God bless you for your vision, strength and belief in democracy.
    Jerry Flynn, Kelowna, B.C.

  5. Autumn says:

    May your names be written in history for the courage to take back your power.All Americans need to be involved because this is the beginning of much more work that needs to stay focused on the atrocities of Industry and Politics that are creating a terminal race and planet.Bring light into their darkest deeds.

  6. CHET GILLIS says:


    • Suzanne A. Foley-Ferguson says:

      Chet…are you on our mailing list here in Maine? Read my comment below. Email me at if you want to get info from the complainants in Maine. We are expecting the Supreme Court to send it back to the PUC…at least by their statements. Thanks.

  7. phi corbett says:

    thanx so much for this precedent… you have forged a blueprint for the rest of us to take action… much action!… much, much more action! {these guys are serious!}
    the british columbia movement here just got a huge nudge!

  8. William Pease says:

    Local SCE claims all arguments against smart meters are lies. Plus they also claim that there are no cities or countys in California that has banned or declaired Smart Meters as illegal.

  9. Helga says:

    This is great news. I have tried too convince our major of the danger in Whistler, BC.
    We ourselves have a STOP SIGN on our meter. Good for you the people of Ojais. You had the guts to do it.

  10. Good for you, people of Ojai.
    I couldn’t convince our major who believed the lies told.
    You had the guts to do it.

  11. Dianne Wilkins says:

    Another voice from Maine thanking you for listening, learning and taking a stand to protect your towns people! Prior to/during the roll-out of smart meters in Maine, I personally sent info regarding the problems with smart meters to every single town council/selectmen in Maine. Only four towns objected to the rollout with only 1 town writing an opt-in ordinance (Town of Bath, Maine). It’s encouraging to at least know in other parts of the country, there are still intelligent and independent thinkers actually doing their jobs and willing to fight for their residents constitutional rights to privacy and to protect their homes and family. Thank you again. Maine Smart Meter Safety Coalition

    • Redi Kilowatt says:

      You are most welcome.
      There is a huge movement going on to change the way that we the people handle our energy needs.
      I would like to share with you a site that is dedicated to Energy Democracy NOW!.
      The site is
      If you want to read the many pages, you will need to click on the page numbers listed, as only the first page will come up.
      If you read all the articles, it will help open your eyes to what is really going on.
      No, it is not about SmartMeters, but far beyond that. Go Maine !

  12. Suzanne A. Foley-Ferguson says:

    Thank you Ojai. Another Maine voice here! We are crossing our fingers that the Maine Supreme Court agrees that the MainePUC failed its legislative duty to provide “safe” service. If they send it back to the PUC, we are hoping for more public hearings!!! (This will be unprecendented, but I’m sure the utilities will pull out all of the stops and $$$$ and will have their “professionals” all lined up. ) Anyone from Ojai want to visit Maine this year? We will want a HUGE turnout. Some of us here are not paying the opt out fee, but are getting threatened with disconnection….My total not paid is up to about $180.00, so I’m getting close to getting cut off. Hubby don’t play that, so, I don’t know what to do. Thanks again.

  13. Autumn says:

    Let our Grassroots efforts be the change for the History books 2012:
    *The purpose of human life is to prosper and live happily
    *The function of Government is to provide the conditions that let the individuals fulfill that purpose
    *The Prime Law guarantees those conditions by forbidding the use of initatory force,fraud,or coersion by any person or group against any inividual,property,or contract
    ARTICLE 1 No person,group of persons,or government shall initiate force,threat of force,or fraud against any individuals self,property or contract
    ARTICLE 2 Force is morally and legally justified only for protection from those who violate Article 1
    ARTICLE 3 No exceptions shall exist for Articles 1 & 2
    This is the New America and its got its grassroots efforts kicked in high gear to AWAKEN our True Visions at a summit being held in Chicago on July 21 &22 Canidates being announced are Jill Reed /President & Tom Cary/ Vice-President
    I have provided this information due to the rules of man need to be challenged by enacting The Great Replacement Program.Please go to these links and be informed these candidates represent ALL OF US HERE and around the Globe who are standing in disagreement with Man’s Rules. Like my comment earlier Be Part Of Bringing The Light Into The Darkness. Ojai did it and California was the message to America to be warned.Now I am a messenger from Maine to enlighten every being that there is an option this election to change Humanity and embrace life.Please visit these links and be part of really Taking Back Your Power with a new/Grassroots Party that will support us all the way

  14. Becky says:

    This article was/is not accurate. I work in downtown Ojai and watched the technician installing smart meters at All the businesses on our block. The thrift shop I work at, the luggage store next door and the Ojai Board of Realtors all have smart meters , this article is Not true.

    • It’s completely true that Ojai passed a law prohibiting smart meters. However, any law is only as effective as what enforcement stands behind it. The police apparently are not enforcing the law, which allows SCE to come in and install- unless people stop them!

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