OPA Feb. 12 Monthly Meeting Tonight/Monday: This month’s meeting will be at the Beach House CoWork (2219 Main St. @ Strand) starting with food and mingling at 6:15pm. We will also be hybrid on Zoom. Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting starting at 7:00pm. Here’s the draft agenda and here’s schedule:

  • 6:15 – 7:00pm: Food, refreshments and mingling
  • 7:00 – 7:15pm: SMPD update
  • 7:15 – 7:45pm: Phil Brock, Mayor
  • 7:45 – 8:30: Board business including upcoming event schedule, kicking off key 2024 priorities, and more!

Beach House Cowork has offered our community a free day pass at their amazing coworking space @ 2219 Main St. Use code “OPA” for a free day!

Trespass Arrest Authorization – Updated Process: Trespass letters authorize SMPD officers to enforce trespassing laws without having the owner of the property or their agent present. Property owners now need to renew these letters annually instead of every 30 days, but need to get the form notarized. More details here

Nominations Open for SaMo Most Loved 2024: Click here to nominate your favorite businesses in a variety categories. 

Layla Bagels Makes The Infatuation’s “Best Bagels in LA” List: This shop at 1614 Ocean Park Blvd. shop is what “the Westside has been waiting for: a lovely little counter service spot with great coffee and outrageously delicious bagels piled high with the freshest produce available.” More details here.

Brew Works Partners with Bludso’s BBQ to Release a Roasted Malt Smoked Lager: “We’ve been wanting to do a smoked beer for a long time,” said Dominic Larubina, lead brewer at the Brew Works, adding, “With legendary Bludso’s BBQ moving in around the corner, it finally provided the perfect opportunity.” The draft is available at both Bludso’s (1329 Santa Monica Blvd.) and Santa Monica Brew Works (1920 Colorado Ave.). More details here.

Things To Do This Week: 

  • friend or flame @ JuneShine: A Speed Dating Party (Monday 7pm): “Come speed date with us. Will you find a friend or flame?” 2914 Main St. More details here.
  • Chocolate Tasting + Nutella Challenge (Tuesday 6:30pm): Taste dark chocolate made from cacao beans from around the world, take the American vs. Italian Nutella taste challenge, and learn more about the world’s favorite addiction. No advance registration required. For adults and teens. @ Brentwood Branch Public Library (11820 San Vicente Blvd). More details here.
  • SMPL Computer Class “Online Dating & Socializing and Online Safety” (Wednesday 10:30am – 12pm): Get tips on how to safely use popular dating and socializing sites and apps. FREE for all levels. @ Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. More details here.
  • Black History Month Lunch Event at BBB (Thursday 12 – 2 pm): Big Blue Bus Headquarters Celebrate Black History Month with music and food trucks at the Big Blue Bus headquarters located at 1660 7th Street. More details here.
  • Cookie Good “Valentine’s Day Cookie Box”: The heart-shaped candy box is as much a part of Valentine’s Day as Cupid and red roses.  They’ve taken inspiration from some of their favorite “nuts & chews” to create a Valentine’s Day Cookie Box this week only. 2448 Wilshire Blvd. More details here.
  • Exhibition – The Life of Vernon Brunson: The SaMo History Museum presents an examination of Brunson’s remarkable life and his impact on the community through his creative and scientific endeavors and commitment to civil rights. Born into one of the first Black families in Santa Monica, Brunson was a poet, playwright, and columnist for the California Eagle newspaper. The exhibition positions Brunson within the context of Black architects like Paul Revere Williams, showcasing his collaborations and highlighting his impact on the architectural landscape. Now through the end of February @ Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St. https://santamonicahistory.org

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Landmarks Commission Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details & agenda 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.
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