OPA Kicking Off 4th of July Parade Planning & City Releases 1st Quarter Crime Statistics, Pride Events This Weekend & Things To Do This Week

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The following is the newsletter of the Ocean Park Association.

OPA 4th of July Parade Planning: We need community members to get involved to help plan our annual celebration. Click here to email Jeff Jarow or simply reply to this email to learn more. 

City Releases 1st Quarter Crime Statistics: Among the details in this SaMo report are that serious crimes increased by 14% and part II offenses (simple assault, DUIs, fraud, vandalism, narcotics, etc.) increased by 19%.

City Council Beefs Up Security at Pier & Downtown Parks: Council approved a five-year contract with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) to provide Park Ambassador services at Palisades, Reed and Tongva Parks & extended a contract with CA Panther for security services on the Pier from July 1 through December 31. More details here.

SaMo Is Third Least Affordable City for Home Buyers: This Surf Santa Monica article cites a WalletHub study of 300 cities.

Here’s A Breakdown Of Santa Monica’s Proposed Biennial Budget Budget: This SaMoMirror post shows the breakdown of where the $750 million budget comes from (spoiler alert: 72.5% is local taxes) and breaks down what it gets spent on (with Public Safety (Fire and Police) getting 38%). Council expected to adopt it on June 27.

SaMo Based Fruit Company Nature’s Wild Berry on Shark Tank: More details here on the company that both Mark Cuban and Lori Grenier invested in.

Sumiko Women’s Clothing Boutique on Main Street Going Out of Business: More details here on the store that was opened in 1962.

The Street Seen Updates on What is New on Main St This Year: This post lists what’s new, what gone, etc. over the past 6 months. 

With New Metro System, Santa Monicans Can Reach East L.A. Without Transfers: More details here on the new line opening June 16 taking riders from SaMo to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Broadway Station and Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill Station. Metro offering free rides during opening weekend.

Planning Ahead – Pride Weekend This Weekend: More details here on all the Pride festivities around the city, including the official Pride celebration on Saturday June 3.

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Active Aging Transit Outing – Ballona Discovery Park (Tuesday 10am): More details here.
  • Free Narcan Training (Wednesday 6pm): Narcan saves lives! More details here.
  • SaMo Democratic Club Q&A with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Wednesday 6:30pm): More details here on the hybrid live/zoom meeting.
  • Digital Kiosk Open House (Friday 3-7pm): More details and RSVP here. This SaMo Mirror report discusses the rollout plans for the first of ~50 kiosks expected to generate $14 million in annual revenue for the city.

OPA & City Meetings:

OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm):  Here is the Zoom link or Click Here to add it to your calendar.

Housing Commission Meeting (Thursday @ 6pm): In person only, in City Council chambers at City Hall. Click Here for agenda.

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