OPA Update 4/17/23: SMPD/OPA Community Safety Meeting April 24 @ 7pm, Food Trucks Returning to Main St This Wednesday, & Things To Do This Week

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SMPD/OPA Community Safety Meeting April 24 @ 7pm: If you want to attend the Zoom learning session to learn who to call between 911 v 311 v someone else when dealing with public safety issues. Click here to email your interest and questions to Erin who is coordinating the session and click here to add the calendar invite & Zoom link to your calendar.

City Council Votes to Draft $25 Minimum Wage Law for Health Care Workers: More details here on the proposed law would set a minimum wage of at least $25 an hour for “frontline care givers” at SaMo hospitals, clinics, and psychiatric facilities, and for those who provide home care services.

Court Ruling Expands Options for Suing Scooter Companies & Cities: CA Court of Appeals ruled that scooter companies and the cities that permit them can be sued for injury (the case they ruled on was an injury related to an improperly parked Bird scooter). More details here.

Eater LA Covers New Isla from Crudo e Nudo Team: This article describes Isla as “a Breezy Escape for Wood-Fired Skewers and Cocktails.” Eater gives Main St some love too stating “Santa Monica’s newly-busy Main Street is going to be living on Isla time.” I ate there this past weekend and LOVED it! 

Sweet Rose Creamery Unveils April Flavors: The new flavors are Strawberry Ice Cream (made with fresh berries from Tamai Family Farms), Candied Peanut, Banana Fudge Ripple, & Dairy-Free Coconut Raspberry Ripple. More details here.

A $21 million revamp of the Viceroy Hotel adds to the allure of Ocean Avenue: This SMDP article details what to expect.

The Street Seen: Paints: Here is a deep dive on the history of 2821 Main Street @ Ashland.

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Main Library Book Group Discussion (Monday 7pm): The April book selection is An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. More details here.
  • Active Aging Walking/Transit Outing to the California Science Center (Tuesday 9am–2:30pm): “LA Metro On the Move Riders Club will also join us to empower older adults with the information and confidence to travel on fixed-route transportation. More details here.
  • City of Santa Monica Hosts Fair Housing Symposium (Tuesday 9am-12pm): More details here on “The Past, Present and Future of Fair Housing: A Symposium Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.”
  • Mystery Book Group Discussion (Tuesday 7pm): The April book selection is The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill. More details here.
  • An Evening with Danny Trejo (Tuesday 8pm @ Bergamot Arts Station): He will be discussing his book “Trejo’s Cantina: Cocktails, Snacks & Amazing Non-Alcoholic Drinks from the Heart of Hollywood.” More details here
  • 44th Annual Venice Family Clinic’s Artwalk & Auction April 18-May 4: The new “Emerging Artists” program by renowned Art Curator, Leslie Fram, is free & open to the public (and also on line). More details here.
  • Food Trucks Returning to Main St (Wednesday 5-9pm): Here’s the press release announcing the return of the weekly Food Truck night every Wednesday night at California Heritage Museum starting April 12. 
  • Managing Your Money Workshop Series: Credit Reports and Scores, Fraud Prevention, Managing Debt (Wednesday 5-7pm): Hosted by SaMo Public Library, certified financial experts discuss key topics to help community members achieve their financial goals. More details here on this and other library programming.
  • Pier Locals Night (Thursday night): Music, art and crafts for kids will be offered tonight at the Pier’s Local’s Night. “Celebrate National Poetry Month with a custom poem typewritten for you or a loved one on the topic of your choice by RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace, the current West Hollywood Poet Laureate. All ages.” More details here.
  • National Geographic Speaker Series Featuring Alizé Carrère (Thursday 7:30pm): Environmental anthropologist and filmmaker presents on human adaptation to climate change @ SaMo Broad Stage. More details here.
  • Main Library ‘Appy Hour’ Device Workshop (Thursday 3:30-4:30pm): Bring in your smartphone, laptop or tablet to get help with using your device. More details here.
  • Other OPA & City Meetings:
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): This week’s guest is Erik Haug with Cultivate LA, which is launching a rewards experience and ecosystem during Earth Month to promote more positive change and food sustainability action across LA. Here is the Zoom link or Click Here to add it to your calendar.
  • Commission on Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and the Environment (Monday 7pm): More details here.
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details here.
  • Owning Rent-Controlled Property in Santa Monica Seminar (Tuesday 4:30pm): More details and sign up here for the online session.
  • Planning Commission Meeting (Wednesday @ 6pm): Hybrid meeting can be streamed here. Click Here for agenda.
Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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