OPA Update 8/21/23: OPA Looking for Help With Our Logo Refresh, 2028 Olympics News, More Civic News, & Things To Do This Week


OPA Looking for Help With Our Logo Refresh: Any newsletter recipients have experience creating graphics and willing to donate a few minutes of their time to help us update our logo or know someone who might do so? If so, please reply to this email.

School Starts THIS Thursday Aug 24: Keep an eye out for kids when driving.

Details on SaMo’s Plans to Host 2028 Olympics Volleyball: This SMDP article details the process, logistics, finances and location just north of the pier. 

Site Cleared at 1527 Lincoln Blvd. for 210 New Apartments: This UrbanizeLA report details the “the neighborhood’s latest mixed-use project from Cypress Equity Investments.”

SaMo CloseUp Profiles Local Artist Daniel Alonzo @ Main St. Festival: This video report from his popup shop at last weekend’s Main St. Festival details how the artist is “Celebrating Santa Monica’s Beauty.” 

The Street Seen: Water – Santa Monica Survives: This is the 4th in a series about Ocean Park’s water supply, covering the period from 1916 to 1928 when the city fended off annexation to the City of Los Angeles by obtaining new well water sources for its own municipal system.

Civic Auditorium News: 

  • School District’s Feasibility Plan Passes School Board and Moves on to Next Round of Discussions: This SMDP article details highlights from last week’s meeting & details the next steps.
  • Newly Formed ‘Save the Civic’ Group Opposes School District’s ‘Risky’ Venture: This Surf Santa Monica report details their efforts.

Local Business & Food News:

  • The Surfing Fox Opens at Pierside Hotel: It’s a mostly al fresco dining area steps from the pier with executive Chef David Yamaguchi, who has Japanese and Mexican roots, cooking up both classic dishes, including ceviche, Caesar salad, a burger, fried chicken sandwich and fish tacos plus some with quite unique twists like a Hot Chicken Sandwich with a koji brine and Oaxacan spices and a roasted half-chicken with coconut sauce and green sambal. 120 Colorado Ave. More details here.
  • Michelin Starred Pasjoli Chef Dave Beran Opening New Restaurant on Main Street: This EaterLA report details the 38-seat, yet-to-be-named restaurant will serve a tasting menu inside a “secret garden” in the former Bulletproof Coffee at 3110 Main St. sometime next year. 
  • Double Zero Closed? This report on the Lincoln Blvd. vegan pizza place from Chef Matthew Kinney has more details. 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • St. Anne’s Lunch Food Truck Event: 10 food trucks. Free admission and parking. Lawn games and fun for the whole family or a quick bite during the work day. There will also be a caricature artist, coloring, music, free face painting, and more. Tuesday, Aug 22, 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Saint Anne School parking lot @ 2015 Colorado Ave.
  • SaMo Language Exchange Party: “Come meet new friends from around the world and have real, interesting and genuine conversations in any language you want to practice. Only know one language? That’s cool — you can be extra helpful for those looking to practice the one you speak.” Tuesday, Aug 22, 7:00p.m. @ Solidarity, 1414 Lincoln Blvd. 
  • LA Housing Forum – Homelessness in Los Angeles In Search of Solutions (FREE): KCRWs Anna Scott is exploring the city’s housing crisis this summer from a range of perspectives, untangling this complex, but ultimately solvable issue. This is the 4th of four monthly forums at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Tuesday, Aug 22, 7:30pm.
  • Work from Isla: “Bring your laptop, and leave the food, wine + wifi to us.” Thursday, August 24 Noon – up to you! 2424 Main St.
  • Chamber of Commerce Coffee Connection: “Connect with new friends and business prospects while enjoying coffee and delicious pastries in Dogtown Coffee’s historic setting. Start your morning making new business connections and sharing your business story while learning about this Ocean Park Santa Monica location.” More details here.
  • “A Walk Through Pier History” – New Historical Walking Tours @ the Pier: “These new tours are provided in-person via tour guides, but through headphones which give the feeling of exclusivity. Images are also provided for participants to view on their smart phones (physical handouts are also available). It really is a genuine, personal and unique live experience!” Cost is $25 per person, and reservations must be made in advance here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Arts Commission Meeting (Monday @ 6:30pm): In-person only in the SMi Training Room (northwest corner of the 2nd floor of the Civic Center Parking Structure – 330 Olympic Drive).
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details here
  • Commission on Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and the Environment (Monday 7pm): More details here.
  • City Council Meeting  (Tuesday @ 5:30 pm – public portion starts closer to 6:30 pm):Meetings are hybrid and can be viewed on this YouTube channel. Click here for agenda. 
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link or Click Here to add it to your calendar.
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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