Highlights from Nov. OPA Monthly Meeting, Gelson’s Project Update, Favorite Lincoln Blvd. Businesses, & Things To Do This Weekend


Highlights & Video Clips from November OPA Monthly Meeting: 

  • Click here to watch the meeting in it’s entirety.
  • SaMo Police Department: Here’s the video of their discussion that included sharing stats on  car break ins and bike thefts over the past month. They encouraged all residents to register their bikes in this Bike Index program because it helps aid recovery of bikes and in prosecution.  
  • Allen Issagholian, Street Services Superintendent, discussed Copper Wire Theft and encouraged the community to report issues to 311 because that’s how they can catch perpetrators and fix problems. If you see questionable activity near an electrical box in real time, call 911. Video link here.
  • Anuj Gupta, SaMo Department of Transportation Director: Here’s the video link for his discussion of the City’s “Vision Zero” plans that includes eliminate 100% of serious vehicular injuries, City goals for public transit to be all electric by 2030, what the City is doing to minimize speeding on Neilson Way, how to request new safety measures like additional stop signs, and more.
  • Board Business: Click here to watch the discussion that includes:
    • 2024 OPA Board Election Slate: There are X people running for the Board. Paid OPA members will be able to vote  in December both in person at the Dec 9 holiday party and online. More details to come.
    • Dec 9 Holiday Party @ the Victorian: Event will be from 3-5pm and is free for paid OPA members & $5 for guests and includes food and drinks sponsored by the Victorian.
    • Reply to this email if you’re interested in getting involved in a committee.

Thanks again to Beach House Cowork for hosting OPA’s Monthly Meeting! They have offered our community a free day pass at their amazing coworking space @ 2219 Main St. Use code “OPA” for a free day!

Status Update on 2601 Lincoln Blvd (“Gelson’s Project”): The City confirmed that “Administrative Approval has been approved. A copy of the determination and final plans can be found here. The next stage of the project will be a formal design review by the Architectural Review Board (ARB). This has been tentatively scheduled for January 29, 2024.”

The Infatuation Best 25 Restaurants In Santa Monica List: Multiple Ocean Park spots get some love here, including Crudo-e-Nudo, Pasjoli, ChaCha Chicken and Cobi’s.

Satdha Thai Kitchen at 2218 Lincoln Celebrates 10 Years: This SMDP article details their story and how they survived the Covid-19 shutdown.  

What’s Your Favorite Lincoln Blvd. Business? Reply to this email to share your favorite business is and why you love it and maybe it will get featured in a future week.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Coffee and Art with a Cop (Thursday 5 – 7pm): @ Pico Culture House 3018 Pico Blvd.
  • Pier Locals Night (Thursday 3:30 – 10pm): Live Music from locals bands Horny Toad, Who Care & One High Five; art exhibits from Daniel Alonzo & Javier Perez, local Car Clubs and kids activities early; Hosted by OPA’s very own Nick Rolston. More details here
  • Official SaMo City Tree Lighting (Friday, 6 – 8p.m.): Expect FREE photos with Santa, performances, and snow @ 3rd St. Promenade https://www.facebook.com/events/1356289038327781
  •  “The Network SM” LGBTQIA+ Thanksgiving Potluck (Saturday, 3 – 8p.m.): Everyone is welcome to join for “delicious foods, merrimaking, talking about the future of LGBTQIA+ Santa Monica/the Westside, and celebrating the glorious queer community we’re creating together.” Email erinmosbaugh@gmail.com for more info. 
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: Get ready to rock it with School of Rock and special guests…teen band – Katie Taylor and the Domini Effect!! A motivational event that we hope will encourage everyone to buy more fruits and veggies!! 🙂 Stay healthy everyone.

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