OPA Update 10/9/23: OPA Monthly Meeting Tonight Features Future of SaMo Civic Roundtable, Lots of Other Real Estate News, & Things To Do This Week


(A quick reminder that all of the first person in this email is the OPA and not Next. – DN)
Future of SaMo Civic Auditorium Meeting: OPA’s Oct. 9 Monthly Meeting will feature a conversation with multiple groups 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. We will also be hybrid on Zoom. Click here to add to your calendar. Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting starting at 6:30pm. Here’s the draft agenda and here’s schedule:6:00 – 6:30pm: Food, refreshments and mingling

6:30 – 6:45pm: SMPD update

6:45 – 7:45pm: Civic Auditorium Discussion – David Martin from the City will first explain the factual history of how we got to where we are and then each of the following groups will get up to 5 minutes to present their positions followed up with Q&A (preference will be given to board members, followed by paid OPA members, followed by general public):SMMUSD (represented by Esmeralda (Esmi) Careaga & Carey Upton) 

7:45 – 8:30: Board business including 

Oct 21-22 Main St. Festival, 2024 elections, & Dec holiday party.

OPA Membership Drive: If you enjoy this newsletter and all the events and community work OPA is leading (like this Civic Auditorium Roundtable), please help our efforts by becoming a member. Most memberships are $20/year but there is also a $10/year option. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

Council to Discuss “Healthy Democracy” Lottery to Drive More Representational Public Participation for Deciding the Future of the Airport: In this SaMoNext article Jesse Zwick points out “that the current public participation process under-represents large portions of the public as the people that participate self-select” and it explains how the process could work.

2307 Lincoln Second Community Meeting: The developers sent OPA this message:Thank you to all who joined the Community Meeting for the redevelopment of 2307 Lincoln. We have taken note of the feedback that was provided to us and we will work to incorporate these comments into our project. 

We will be holding an additional Zoom meeting on October 12,  5PM to 6PM to allow those who were unable to join today to provide feedback and learn more about the redevelopment project. Please use this link to join us: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86007994264You can learn more about our project on our website at 2307lincoln.com.

Possible Housing @ 1855 Lincoln: A 6 story 100% affordable housing project is planned for a small lot just north of Pico – past the 7-11 on Lincoln. More details here: https://1855lincoln.xyz/Rand Corp Possibly Selling Part of its Main St. HQ: This sign details their filing to terminate their development agreement with the City and to allow other uses than Rand on the site.

How To See The ‘Ring Of Fire’ Solar Eclipse In California: This SaMo Patch write up explains how to “see the ring of fire at 9:13 a.m. Oct. 14 when the moon passes in front of the sun but is too far from Earth to completely obscure it, leaving the sun’s edges exposed in a red-orange ring, according to NASA.” 

Food News: 
All’Antico Vinaio: Popular Florence Italy sandwich shop just opened on Abbot Kinney. This EaterLA article describes it as “Italy’s Most Popular Tourist Sandwich Spot.” ​​
Winston Pies: The pie focused sweet shop opened last week in stretch of the Marina del Rey Boardwalk that is quickly becoming a foodie hub with Planta, HiHo Cheeseburger, KazuNori, Uovo, and Alfred Coffee. You can buy whole pies and slices such as Harvest Apple, Carolina Cherry and their ever popular 

Chocolate Cowgirl as well as rotating seasonal specials like Halloween specials like Caramel Twix. 4625 Admiralty Way. https://www.winstonpies.com/mdr
dineL.A. Restaurant Week: It returns for its fall edition from October 6-20. The two-week promotion features special prix-fixe menus from over 200 restaurants across Los Angeles including Papille Gustative, & Via Veneto on Main St. More details here

Things To Do This Week:

Fire Department hosts events and activities to help prevent household cooking fires this Fire Prevention Week: This SaMo release details events including Fire Prevention Storytime at Fairview Library on Tuesday & Open House at Fire Station 1 on Saturday. 

Everything You Need to Know About Medicare at Santa Monica Public Library (Wednesday 2-3pm @ the Main Library): Open enrollment for Medicare is just around the corner, and with it come many questions. When and how do I enroll in Medicare? What is the cost and what is covered? What are the main differences between plans? Will I still be able to see my doctors? 

Independent Licensed Health Plan Advisor Barry A. Sikov presents an educational seminar about Medicare to answer these questions and many more.
Live Talk with Ed Begley Jr., Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson (Wednesday 8pm): They will be discussing his memoir, “To the Temple of Tranquility…And Step On It!”  @ New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd. More details here.
Women’s Surf Film Festival: This is a “celebration of women in the surf community impacting through film, art, and photography.” Events include a movie screenings, wellness sessions, & a paddle out. Wednesday – Friday throughout Venice.
Pier Locals Night (Thursday 3:30-10pm): Expect youth activities, a car show, local DJs and live music from local bands, art exhibits, a Mezcal Tasting, and more! More details here.”
Coming Out West – LGBTQ+ Elders Share Their Stories”: October is LGBT history month and this exhibit let’s viewers “experience the history and empowering journey of eight revered LGBTQ+ elders with ties to Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Bay area.”  Ongoing through December, Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St.OPA & City 

City Council Meeting  (Tuesday @ 5:30pm – public portion starts closer to 6:30pm):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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