OPA February Monthly Meeting Recap: Here is the full video and here are the highlights (sorry, but portions of the meeting were audio only): 

  • SMPD update: Here is the monthly update on police activity.
  • Phil Brock, Mayor: Here is where he discsusses his history, priorities, goals, and fields questions (first 10 minutes are audio only, but then the video starts). 
  • Board Business: Here is where we discuss upcoming events, initiatives, etc.
  • NEXT MEETING: Monday March 11 features SMMUSD Superintendent Dr. Antonio Shelton and possibly Assemblymember Zbur. 

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!

OPA Happy Hour NEXT Thursday: Our first community happy hour of the year is NEXT Thursday (2/22) from 4:30-6-30pm @ Lula’s back patio (2720 Main St.). Come enjoy FREE appetizers and GREAT company. See you there! 

Annual Crime Report: “Crime has increased in SaMo for the third consecutive year driven by high value thefts and petty assaults according to Police Chief Ramon Batista who presented the annual report at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.” Here is SMDP’s summary of the report entitled “Crime continues to rise in Santa Monica.”

Get Emergency Alerts: Our Santa Monica community members can sign up for SMAlerts directly at this link. And here is a link to the City’s website page that fully explains SMAlerts and the process to sign up including some FAQ’s: How to Sign Up for SMAlerts

Trespass Arrest Authorization- UPDATED PROCESS: As explained here, Police need owners to do the following so they can arrest trespassers (it has to be renewed annually):

  1. Print out and complete THIS TRESPASS FORM for each unique address for which you are submitting an authorization.
  2. Sign the form in the presence of a notary.
  3. Mail or personally deliver the original notarized form to SMPD at 333 Olympic Drive (Special Operations Division) Santa Monica, CA 90401

There was an airplane manufacturing facility in OP? This Street Seen write-up details Aviation Pioneer Edwin M. Fisk @ 732 Marine St between 7th & Lincoln.

Where To Eat Lunch In Santa Monica: The Infatuation’s updated list of Best of SaMo lunch spots all around town includes 5 OP spots: Cha Cha Chicken, Crudo e Nudo, Heavy Handed, Sunny Blue, & Samosa House. Here’s the full list.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Pier Locals Night (Thursday 4 – 9pm): This month includes a diverse musical line-up of DJs and live bands, youth activities, classic car show, art exhibits, salsa dancing, complimentary drink tastings, and much more. https://www.santamonicapier.org/localsnight 
  • Something New (Thursday 7:30pm): “We know that new experiences make us smile. They make us grow. They make us who we are. That’s why we make new experiences here at Something New! And that’s why our mission is to share new experiences with the world.” 2100 Zeno Place, Venice Tickets: $30-45/person; Ages 21+Use code OPA for 20% off. More details here.
  • Comedy Night at Juneshine on Main St. (Friday 7pm): Juneshine and Dose of Laughter are collaborating to put on a night of stand up comedy. Dose of Laughter was founded in 2019 by Registered Nurse and Comedian Chuck Meyers with the idea that “Humor decreases stress, inspires hope, and connects people to others. Comedy is a therapy that everyone could use, and doesn’t have any side-effects (Besides occasionally peeing your pants).”  @ 2914 Main St. More details here.
  • Citrus Tree Pruning and Care Workshop (Saturday 9 – 11am): Our monthly Pancakes in the Park will be showing some love for our Citrus Orchard. The UC Master Gardener Orchard Team, led by uber-MG Daniela Roveda, will host this special workshop.  They will cover proper tool use, techniques, tool cleaning, tree care and more with hands on opportunities at the City’s first (and only) public fruit orchard. We always have activities for kids, hot coffee and warm conversation. We are a zero waste event, so in addition to bringing your gloves and pruners, please also bring reusable plates, utensils and cups. 2909 Exposition Blvd. Reserve your spot HERE.
  • SMPL Authors in Conversation: Childhood Heroes (Saturday 1 – 2pm): Curtis Chin (Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant) discusses his memoir about growing up as a gay Chinese American kid in 1980s Detroit. Jeff Yang (The Golden Screen: The Movies that Made Asian America) talks about the history of Asian Americans onscreen. A book sale and signing follows. @Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. More details here.
  • Take a Self-Guided Public Art Tour: The City has created this tour of selected works on the Beach, in Downtown and the Civic Center areas. The suggested route can be accomplished by bicycle/car, or on foot in sections and predominantly visits public artworks in the City’s collection, interspersed with a few public artworks by other entities including Metro and private developers.
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: Bringing a bit of sunshine, local favorites DJ and the Main Street Jam will be back at the Main Street Farmers Market chasing those winter time blues away. 🙂  Rain or shine we will be open! 
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