Oak View, California

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Oak View is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ventura County, California, United States located in the western portion of the Ojai Valley situated between the towns of Casitas Springs (south) and Mira Monte (north). According to the 2000 census, the population of Oak View is 4,199, making it the third largest town in the Ojai Valley. The town is adjacent to the Ventura River and nearby Lake Casitas.

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History

The town of Oak View "sprang up" in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a bedroom community primarily, although not exclusively, for those who worked in the oil industry in nearby Ventura. Besides nearby downtown Ojai, Oak View is the only other town in the Ojai Valley with a discernible "downtown", which has developed along the Ventura Avenue/Highway 33 corridor, and includes a post office, a grocery store and a grocery mart, one bank, a Thai restaurant, a coffee house/restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, a pizza parlor, two automobile repair shops, two tire shops, two self-serve gasoline stations, two coffee shops, a computer repair shop, an equipment rental yard, several hair stylists, a pet supplies store, a bar, a liquor store, a walk-in medical office, a real estate office, a car wash, a laundry mat, a used car dealership, a tanning salon, a Sheriff's post, a video store, and other service and retail oriented businesses.

At various times the citizens of Oak View have contemplated incorporation as an alternative to being governed by the County of Ventura. But because the town lacks the ability to provide the same services of an incorporated city, and due to the lack of interest to self govern, those attempts have been short lived. At one time the citizens contemplated incorporation and a name change to "River City", which also failed to garner much local interest.

Oak View has a Civic Council, whose Web site is: http://www.oakviewca.org. The Oak View Civic Council (OVCC) focuses on community improvements and events.

Geography

Oak View is located at 34°23′51″N 119°18′0″W / 34.3975°N 119.3°W / 34.3975; -119.3 (34.397416, -119.300127)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), all of it land.


Education

Although Oak View is located within the Ojai Valley, the town itself is located within the boundaries of the Ventura Unified School District. There is one school in Oak View, Arnez Elementary (aka, Sunset Elementary), which is located on the south western portion of the town, at 400 Sunset. Previously two schools served the town, however, Oak View Elementary School, located off of Santa Ana Boulevard, was closed by the district. A ballot initiative to obtain a parcel tax used to finance the long-term purchase of the school succeeded in keeping the school property from seeing a development that would have included 33 low-income houses packed tightly into the relatively small property. Instead, The Oak View Park and Resource Center is slowly but steadily growing there. (See: http://www.ovparc.org)

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