OPA Update 8/7/23: Sharing an Open Main St Returns This Weekend, Civic Auditorium Activism Opportunities, & Things To Do This Week


Sharing an Open Main St Returns This Weekend! What to Expect: Main Street will transform into a pedestrian plaza again this weekend, all weekend long. Scheduled activities include a variety of kids programming (including Kids Korner @ Pump Station and rock climbing wall), pickleball in the street, a beer garden, live music, and MUCH more. More details here!

1) Join OPA this week and we will buy your beer garden ticket ($15 value). OPA Membership is $20/year for an individual ($10 off for seniors) and $30/year for a family. Reply to this email or CLICK HERE for more details.
2) OPA Booth Staffing: Want to get involved with OPA? Helping staff our booth is a great way to learn more! Reply to this email or click here to email Robbie for more details on timing of goings on.
3) OPA August 14 Monthly Meeting Agenda: Here is a draft of next week’s OPA meeting scheduled at Alfalfa on Main St Monday Aug 14 @ 6:30pm that includes Rent Control Commissioner Anastasia Foster as a guest speaker and a discussion of the Civic Auditorium. Please reply to this newsletter to let us know if you have any questions or potential items to add to the agenda. Hope to see you there! 

Civic Auditorium Activism: Some neighborhood residents are forming a “Save the Civic Steering Committee” to, “a) stop the City Council from liquidating something that belongs to ALL OF US, and b) look for an entity with whom the City can partner to restore The Civic to its intended purpose as a venue for the performing arts, music, and other community events.” Email Bea Nemlaha to learn more and get involved.
SaMo Rents Drop for Third Straight Month: This Surf Santa Monica writeup details Apartment List’s August report.
Santa Monica certified a “Better City For Pets”: This SMDP report details the “certification that’s awarded after an assessment of pet-friendliness in a city’s shelters, homes, parks and businesses.” 
Meet the International Women’s Resource Center: This SMDP writeup is part of their “series to introduce readers to some of the great non-profits in Santa Monica and the Westside.”

Things To Do This Week: 
Nick the Greek FREE Lunch to Celebrate Marina del Rey Opening: “To participate, guests simply arrive during the allotted time, and can enjoy one complimentary entree per person, including options like Gyros and Souvlakis. Tuesday, 11:00a.m. – 2:30p.m., 4254 Lincoln Blvd. https://www.nickthegreek.com/
Eras Tour Friendship Bracelet Making:  Calling all Swifites! Look what you made us do… In honor of the last few nights of the Eras Tour being in LA, we’re holding a friendship bracelet making session. We’ll have supplies, tables and chairs, and of course our favorite Taylor Swift songs playing. This event is free, no advance registration required. All ages welcome. Tuesday12-1pm @ Third Street Promenade. More details here.
Computer Basics – Organize Your Files & Photos: Organize your Files & Photos: Learn how to organize the files, folders, and photos on your computer and “in the cloud.” Free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis, no registration required. 
Wednesdays, August 9 (Class) and August 16 (Open Lab), 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Main Library’s Computer Training Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.FREE Nespresso Vertuo Pop Café at Santa Monica Pier: “Join Nespresso for a ride in the smallest, most unexpected café of the summer at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday, August 10. Hosted by TikTok star Noah Beck, we’re transforming Pacific Wheel gondolas at the iconic Santa Monica Pier into mini Vertuo Pop Cafés in a nod to the compact size and playfulness of our recently launched Pop machine.” Thursday, 11:00am-2:00pm @ Santa Monica Pier.OPA &

City Meetings:

OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link or Click Here to add it to your calendar. 
Clean Beaches Committee Meeting: The mission is to uphold the mission of the City of Santa Monica Watershed Management Plan: to restore a healthier balance between the urban environment and the natural ecosystem, including the Santa Monica Bay, by reducing the pollution in urban runoff, reducing urban flooding, and increasing water conservation, recreation opportunities, open space, and wildlife and marine habitat. Wed, Aug 09, 2023 , 6:30pm Civic Center Parking Structure 333 Civic Center Dr. More details here.
Rent Control Board Meeting (Thursday 7pm): More details & agenda here.
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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