OPA Update 12/11/23: OPA 2024 Board Election This Week, LA Times Annual “101 Best Restaurants” Features Multiple Main St Eateries, & Things To Do This Week


OPA 2024 Board Election Now Open: Dues-paying OPA members should receive their ballots on-line today for the 2024 Board Election. Click here to join or renew your membership today.

LA Times Annual “101 Best Restaurants” Features Multiple Main St Eateries: Both Pasjoli and Crudo-e-Nudo make the list, along with other SaMo stapes Melisse, Cassia, and Birdie G’s. Here’s the complete list.

The Street Seen: New Neighbors (1 Year On): Last December, the Street Seen looked at 10 new residential buildings that were under construction in Ocean Park and this week’s write-up checks in to see what they look like one year later. 

Efforts to Restore The Civic Enter New Phase: This SurfSaMo article explains what to expect next, including that “On Tuesday the City Council will take up a discussion item asking the City Manager to issue a public notice soliciting letters of interest for the revitalization of the shuttered landmarked structure.”

spcaLA Animal Shelters Face Food Shortage: This SMDP article details the issues and how to help. 

Children Can Send Wishes to Santa at SaMo Pop-Up Post Office: This KTLA report details the pop-up post office inside the Pier’s Merry-Go-Round Building that is open Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Dec. 24. 

Gourmandise School Offering Cookie Classes & Recipe Kit Gift Ideas: This KTLA Channel 4 video report visits the Gourmandise School @ SaMo Place for holiday ideas. 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Jerry Rubin’s 80th Birthday Party (Monday 6 – 8pm): Join Jerry at the Gaslite Karaoke Bar at 2030 Wilshire Blvd. Charles Andrews wrote this homage to him to honor the big day.
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting: Through Dec. 14, guests are welcome to celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season at the Third Street Promenade with nightly Menorah Lightings beginning at sundown @ 1400 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway).More details here.
  • Pet Photos with Santa: Bring your four-legged friend to a special pet night and “sit” for a photo with Santa. Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier. Dec. 13 & 14: 4-7 p.m. @ Santa Monica Place
  • Taylor Swift’s Birthday @ SaMo Ice: “‘Tis the season to celebrate Taylor Swift’s birthday at Ice at Santa Monica! Show up in your favorite era’s style (or cardigan.)” Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 – 10p.m. https://iceatsantamonica.com/santa-monica-events/
  • Wine Dinner with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (Thursday 7pm): Wind down 2023 with some nibbles and bubbles, featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle winery and Stag’s Leap Winery @ SALT Restaurant, 13534 Bali Way. More details here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Landmarks Commission Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details & agenda here.
  • Landlord-Tenant Forum (Tuesday 9:30-11am): A joint presentation of the Consumer Protection Division of the City Attorney’s Office and Rent Control, this popular event brings together property owners and managers, tenants, and city staff to discuss hot topics. More details here.
  • City Council Meeting  (Tuesday 5:30 pm – public portion starts no earlier than 7:00 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.

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