OPA Update 1/25/24: Council Approves Added Renter Protections to Combat Rising Evictions, OPA LGBTQIA+ Saturday Night Event, & Other Things To Do This Weekend


OPA EVENT: Open Mic Night – LGBTQIA+ (Sat 1/27, 6:30 pm): Join The Network for an electric night of Queer Talent! Whether you want to express yourself (or let out some steam) through music, poetry, humor, or spoken word—or would enjoy sitting back and supporting those who take the mic—join us at Sorry Not Sorry bar for an exhilarating night of belonging, sharing, and cheering on other LGBTQIA+ friends. Get your ticket and RSVP here. Questions? Email erinmosbaugh@gmail.com.

NBC Channel 4 Features Main Street’s Toolbox Salon: This video report details the new male-friendly nail studio “created to help men make nail care part of their regular routine.”

Black History Month Kicks Off Feb 1: Yes, that’s next week already! More details here on Santa Monica events and happenings.

The Street Seen: Elks At Main & Pier: This week’s edition details the move to OP at 3005 Main St. @ Pier Ave.

SaMo City Council Approves Added Renter Protections to Combat Rising Evictions: This press release details the added protections for renters, including prohibitions against drastic rent increases, unjust evictions and harassment. And this SaMoSurf write-up also discusses how the number of annual evictions filings from the more than 27,000 rent control units in the city rose from 19 in 2021, to 25 in 2022 to 67 filed last year.

Housing Commission Town Hall to Connect Section 8 Voucher Holders and Landlords: “More than 100 prospective tenants with housing vouchers may be finding it difficult to rent an apartment in Santa Monica, and the City’s Housing Commission wants to do something about it. The Commission — composed of four Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders and three property owners — will hold a “first-of-its-kind” Housing Voucher Town Hall meeting on Jan. 31 at 6pm in the City Council Chambers.” More details here.

Holiday Tree Collection (Now through 1/31): Remove all decorations such as tinsel, lights, and stands from the tree and place it curbside or in the alley next to your waste containers for automatic pick-up until Jan. 31. Do not leave trees in parking lots or parks. No 311 request required. Questions? Email zerowaste@santamonica.gov.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Heal the Bay Aquarium Comedy Club (Saturday 7pm): Where else can you watch comedy while the fish are swimming around you? And it’s BYOB! $28 @ 1600 Ocean Front Walk. More details here.
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: “This Sunday we will be welcoming back The Guest House for some foot stomping blue grass music. Bach 2 Rock Instrument Petting Zoo will be on the lawn. Make sure to stop by the LA Health Department Hands Only CPR tent to get a refresher on simple life saving skills. See you there.”
  • Malibu Lagoon Field Trips (Sunday): “The depth of winter and loads of birds. It is frightening how many there are. I don’t even want to think about it! 60 to 75 species likely. A quiet beach on a cool, quiet day. Dress in layers for cool weather, wind or fog.” Adult Walk @ 8:30a.m. & Children and Parents Walk @ 10a.m. https://smbasblog.com/
  • Happy Birthday Marion Festival (Sunday 1–3pm): The SaMo Conservancy celebrates the life of silent film actress and socialite Marion Davies with a day of festivities including Natalie Jacob & The Vintage Quartet, magic by Tom Frank, a lesson in Social Dance steps of the 1920’s with James Zimmer & Cynthia Harper, and tours of the historic Marion Davies Guest House. @ Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway. More details here.
  • Outdoor Movie Screening About the First Women’s National Air Derby (Sunday 6pm): “Breaking Through the Clouds” is an award-winning documentary that shares the inspiring true story of twenty women who raced across America by plane in the summer of 1929 – from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, Ohio. “Cozy up beneath the stars with us for a screening as we explore Santa Monica’s deep connections to aviation and the history of the Santa Monica Airport. We’ll have plentiful heaters to help keep you warm, free hot cocoa, and a handmade arts & crafts market featuring handcrafted felt fairies and fairy houses by The Fairy Place; upcycled home goods by Laura Hernandez; and handcrafted Oaxacan goods by Ines Garcia.” More details here.

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