OPA Update 9/25/23: OPA Hosting Future of SaMo Civic Meeting, John Adam Middle School Message to the Community, & Things To Do This Week


Future of SaMo Civic Meeting: OPA’s Oct. 9 Monthly Meeting will feature a conversation with speakers from SaveTheCivic.org, SMMUSD, Community Corporation, etc. presenting their perspectives along with an open Q&A. This month’s meeting will be at the Beach House CoWork (2219 Main St. @ Strand) starting at 6pm. Expect more details soon.

Take Main St. Survey for August Event & Vote on Movie on the Street on October 21: Click here to take the short survey to weigh in and help shape future events.

SaMo Boosts Efforts to Tackle Homeless Problem in Parks: This report details how the City is increasing police patrols and stepping up efforts to clean up encampments in public parks frequented by the homeless, The City also is installing five mobile cameras to monitor activities at Palisades, Reed and Tongva parks in the Downtown area and adding lights at Reed Park.

Waymo Launching a Limited Access “Tour” in SaMo: Waymo is inviting city residents and visitors to experience Waymo One “live” via free fully-autonomous Waymo One rides from Oct. 11 – Nov. 18. Click here to sign up for their waitlist.

The Street Seen: Imperial Ice Company at 2435 Main St. @ Hollister: This article details the history of the company that occupied a large section of Main St. to supply the community ice in the days before home refrigeration.

LA Tacos Blog Lists Vamos Vamos on it’s Best Westside Tacos List: This write up says “SaMo may surprise you with its wealth of Mexican menus and tempting tacos”, calling out Vamos Vamos on Main St. and La Güera’s street tacos on Lincoln, among others.  

From Panama With Love – Si! Mon Brings Exquisite Seafood and Lush Vibes to Venice: This EaterLA article details how “acclaimed chef José Olmedo Carles Rojas celebrates the global flavors of Panamanian cooking” in the former James Beach space at 60 N. Venice Blvd.

Things To Do This Week: 

  • The Gourmandise School to Host “Love for Lahaina” Cooking Class to Benefit Relief Efforts on Maui: Craft Hawaiian-inspired dishes alongside a group of esteemed chefs with 100% of proceeds directed to the Kokua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund and ‘Āina Momona. Monday, Sept 25 7 – 9 p.m. $250 https://thegourmandiseschool.com/classes-2/love-for-lahaina 
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Screening – Half Brothers (FREE): Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this screening of this comedy about an uptight Mexican businessman forced to take a cross-country road trip with his goofy American half-sibling followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer Eduardo Cisneros. Tuesday, Sep 26, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Blvd.
  • Community Open House & Resource Fair Features Over 30 Local Service Providers (Wednesday 5 – 6:30p.m. @ Virginia Avenue Park): The City & Community Corporation of Santa Monica invite participants to connect with a wide array of local services providers many of whom offer free programs. “Learn about their offerings including senior services, financial services, mental health services, music education, hospitality employment training and other services. Free hot pretzels and lemonade will be available while supplies last.” More details here.
  • Future of SaMo Airport Community Meeting (FREE Wednesday 7pm): SaMo Democratic Club is hosting an open meeting with speakers from the  Airport2Park Foundation, proponents of aviation at the airport, and proponents for housing to replace the airport. @ Thelma Terry Center (2200 Virginia Avenue). RSVP here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Renter/Homeless Task Force Meeting Monday, Sept. 25 @ 6 pm (Stella Barra): Email Robbie or Nick to learn more. 
  • 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.
  • Planning Commission Meeting (Wednesday 6pm): More details & agenda here.
  • Airport Commission Meeting (Wednesday 7pm):More details & agenda here

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