OPA Update 10/16/23: Final Main St. Festival of the Year THIS Weekend, Calling for OPA Board Nominations, & Things To Do This Week


Sharing an Open Main St is THIS Weekend! Don’t miss our last festival of the year when Main St. transforms into a pedestrian plaza October 21-22, with the annual Howl-O-Ween costume contest for pets, Beer Garden costume party, movie on the street and more! Tickets and more info here and here are some of the highlights: 

  • HOWL-O-WEEN PET EVENT (Saturday 3-5pm): Main Street’s annual costume contest & pet parade returns for Halloween! Dress your pet for a chance to win cash and other prizes!
  • HALLOWEEN MOVIE ON MAIN STREET (Saturday 6:30PM @ EDGEMAR): Lincoln Middle School Madrigals kick off the evening with a 15 minute medley of Halloween carols before a showing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Coco! FREE POPCORN! *Lawn chairs encouraged! Arrive early.
  • BEER GARDEN COSTUME PARTY (Saturday & Sunday @ 2807 Main St): For the first time, the Open Main Street beer garden will transform into a costume party with prizes every hour! *Costume contest on Saturday only. Beer Garden open all weekend long.
  • PUMP STATION & NURTURY KID CORNER (Saturday & Sunday): E njoy musical story time, free face painting, a photo booth, kid-centric vendors and more!
  • PICKLEBALL POP-UP COURTS (Sunday 12-5pm)

OPA Board Elections Are Coming. What You Need to Know: 

  • Board Members play a vital role in determining our priorities, driving our direction & impacting our neighborhood and residents. We’d like to encourage all active OPA members to consider running for our Board; and for non-active members & residents, I encourage you to get involved, join a Task Force, and consider a future Board run!
  • If you’re interested in running for the OPA Board, have questions about it, or would like to nominate someone, please submit your/their name & a Candidate Statement by Nov. 5th to contact@opa-sm.org

Everything You Need For A Safe And Happy Halloween: This SaMoPatch article details how to “Help keep loved ones and your home safe with proper lighting, smart costumes and Ring security devices that suit your needs.” https://patch.com/us/dealtown/everything-you-need-safe-happy-halloween

Santa Monica Rent Up 2.1% in September: This SMDP article breaks down Apartment List’s October Rent Report stating that “In Santa Monica, the overall median rent in the city stands at $2,203, after rising 2.1% last month. Prices remain down 1.4% year-over-year.” 

Gov. Newsom Signs SaMo Sponsored Bill Protecting Disabled Renters: This SaMoMirror report details that this is “the first time the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act has been substantially amended.” Local jurisdictions can require landlords to allow physically-disabled tenants (not subject to nonpayment eviction) to move into similar or smaller units on an accessible floor. 

History of Frank Gehry Edgemar Complex: This Street Seen does a dive dive on how it transformed from an egg plant to the iconic building. 

Look Inside DMN8 Gym’s New 3101 Main St. Location: This SaMo Mirror video report showcases how the “The gym, already with an outdoor presence in Linear Park, has a new gathering place for gym rats.” 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Senior Storytelling Workshop (Tuesday 11am-1pm): Free Storytelling Workshop for Seniors 65+ to help you learn how to create short and interesting stories from and about your life. @ Pico Library. More details here.
  • FREE Computer Class at Santa Monica Public Library (Wednesday 2-3pm): Library Apps & More: Learn how to access ebooks, streaming audiobooks, videos, music, and even Consumer Reports and the NY Times Online, free with your Library card. Bring your tablet or smartphone. For all levels.
  • Pride & Prejudice documentary Screening & Panel Discussion (Wednesday 6-8pm): Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month with a screening and panel discussion on of the 1991 CityTV documentary that explored and honored the gay and lesbian community in Santa Monica. @ Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th Street, adjacent to the Main Library.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Architectural Review Board Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details here
  • Commission on Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and the Environment (Monday 7pm): More details here.
  • 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.
  • OPA Education Task Force Monthly Meeting (Friday 12pm): Click here to email Christina Allen for more info. 

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