Coyote Spottings, Covid Boosters Available, & Things To Do This Weekend


Some Near Term Ways to Get Involved with OPA: Here are a couple near term needs that we could use more involvement with (reply to this email if interested in helping):

  • We are looking to plan more casual events / get togethers and need a few people to help lead that. It doesn’t require a lot of work to organize a happy hour or coffee hour or food truck meetup, but we need people to run with it.
  • We are designing a new OPA t-shirt and need some with the design and ordering of the shirts.
  • Our next monthly meeting is Monday Oct. 9 from 6 – 8:30pm and it is a great place to meet people and learn about all the various community work we’re doing. This month’s meeting will be at the Beach House Cowork at 2219 Main St. and free food and refreshments will be served.

Coyote Spotting: Neighbors have been reporting coyote spotting quite a bit this past week (here’s a video and here’s pic from another house). This is not a new phenomenon as there have been occasional coyote spottings for decades. The CA Dept. of Wildlife recommends you “Keep a safe distance. Clap hands, make noise (e.g., whistle, noisemaker), and allow it to move away on its own.” More tips here.

Status Update on 2601 Lincoln Blvd. “Gelsons” Project:  The city recently shared these points with OPA: 

  • On Monday, September 25th, staff transmitted its second round of compliance corrections and comments to the applicant. A copy of these reviews can be found on the project website in the most recent update to the project timeline.
  • Here is the City’s project website.
  • Here is compliance letter.
  • Next steps will involve the applicant revising the project plans in response to the comments provided and, upon receipt, another round of conformance review by staff.
  • Due to the scope of the remaining comments, it is anticipated that the next round of review will most likely be the project’s last, and the AA will be potentially issued in the second half of October. Upon AA approval, the project will still need to go before the ARB for its final design review.

Covid Boosters Available: Multiple local pharmacies have the new Fall booster available (along with the flu shot). will show you options, including Walgreens @ Pico & Lincoln and CVS @ Main & Rose. 

“Recent Public Safety Ordinances Support a Clean & Safe Santa Monica”: This post from City Manager David White describes City efforts regarding new laws “enhancing property maintenance requirements and establishing updated maintenance and security standards for vacant properties,” prohibitions against “the open carry of edged weapons,” and firearms sales and carry regulations.

The Infatuation Reviews Coucou: This mostly positive write up describes it as a “lively, rosé-guzzling scene on Main Street” and “The ambiance (and great drinks) makes it a buzzy dinner option for when being “out and about” is the night’s top priority—except the food here is pretty solid, too.” 

Indoor Pickleball at 3rd St. Promenade: This KCAL video report highlights the new PicklePop that took over the former Adidas store at 1231 3rd St.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • FREE Coffee on Ridwell (Friday 9 – 10am): The recycling startup is hosting a coffee talk at Urth Caffe @ 2327 Main St. You can RSVP on Eventbrite
  • Heal the Bay Aquarium Comedy Club: Where else can you watch comedy while the fish are swimming around you? And it’s BYOB! Friday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. More details here.
  • Montana Avenue Art Walk (FREE): For the first time ever, Montana Ave. will be closed to cars making room for 150 artists, wine garden, live music, kid paint station & more. Saturday, Sept. 30, 1 – 7 p.m. Montana Ave. between 7th & 17th Streets. More details here.
  • Mini Fall Festival & SMC Glass Pumpkin Sale: This event will also feature seasonal craft activities for kids and a family photo booth. Saturday, Sept. 30, 10a.m. – 1p.m. @ Virginia Ave. Park during weekly Pico Farmers Market, 2200 Virginia Ave. 
  • Tavern on Main Fight Nights – Canelo vs Charlo Watch Party ($20): Tavern on Main will have 15+ TVs set up to watch the heavyweight title fight. Saturday, Sept. 30 · 4 – 9p.m. @ 2907 Main St.
  • Art At The Airport Open Studios (FREE): The 18th Street Arts Center Airport Campus artists-in-residence are open for the public to “stroll artists’ studios and The Slipstream Galleries inside a historic airplane hangar adjacent to Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.” Saturday, Sept. 30, 5 – 9p.m. @ 3026 Airport Ave. More details here.
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: Join us this Sunday for special guests Setsuko Jazz Band performing from 10am-1pm! Here is the full October calendar as the market celebrates Farmers and National Food Day all month long.

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