New Citywide Rental Registry Coming for Rented Homes & Condos: This already applies to rent controlled units and the new registry extends that to non-rent controlled rental units. Collected data for the new registry will include move-in date, initial rent, current rent, date & amount of the most recent rent increase and will “allow the City to track allowable rent increases, monitor compliance with the City’s rent and just cause for eviction ordinance, and communicate rental unit data on a regular basis to owners and tenants alike.” More details here

2024 Santa Monica State of the City: Join Mayor Phil Brock, Vice Mayor Lana Negrete and City Manager David White for the annual Santa Monica State of the City. Thursday, Feb. 29 · 5 – 7pm @ John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Performing Arts Center, 2425 16th St. More details & RSVP here.

Councilmember Jesse Zwick Newsletter: Here is his latest update on recent “accomplishments and events on the horizon in Santa Monica. From bringing people experiencing homelessness indoors to making our streets safer for all, we’re making progress on the issues residents care most about, while our overall economic recovery is proceeding faster than anticipated.”

Councilmember Lana Negrette Tackling Breast Cancer: She shared the scary news on her Facebook page. “My tattoo: ‘She believed she could so she did’ – I believe I can so I will – kick cancer’s ass!” Open Lana’s Facebook page here to follow & send her love.

Community Invited to March 2 Community Solutions Summit on Citywide Equity Plan: The City will host the summit as the next phase in the process to create a citywide equity plan. All are invited to attend the “Community Solutions Summit: Turning Equity Priorities into Action,” which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blank Spaces, 1450 Second Street. There will also be an option to participate virtually. More details here

Rabano Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting: The new restaurant in the old Novel Cafe space @ 2507 Main St. celebrated their opening this week. Their motto: “We’re firm believers that living a happy, healthy life begins with what we eat. At Rabano, everything we serve is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, from our produce and meats to even our oils and seasonings.”

Triple Beam Pizza Update: The much anticipated Nancy Silverton pie shop is gearing up to finally open in late March or early April at 2905 Main St. They are hiring too and are having a job fair this Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2 from 11a.m. – 4p.m. a few doors down at Vamos Vamos or visit to apply online.

Today/Thursday is Nomination Deadline for SaMo Most Loved 2024: Click here to nominate your favorite businesses in a variety categories. Voting is open through this end of day today, Thursday, Feb. 29.

Vote Smart, Vote Early – Streamlining Your 2024 Primary Experience in L.A. County Skip the Lines and Save Time: Eligible voters can now cast their ballots in person or conveniently drop off their Vote by Mail ballots at any available Vote Center located throughout LA County. Click here to find a vote center near you. 

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Frieze Art Fair (Thursday – Sunday): This four-day presentation of art features some of the most renowned galleries in the world, and also includes special activations and pop-ups from a few of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Tickets start at $76. @ Santa Monica Airport.  
  • LA Wine & Food Festival (Friday – Sunday): The inaugural 3-day event welcomes 90+ chefs and 50 beer, wine, and spirits brands to the Pier with “unlimited food and drinks” along with a different headlining DJ on each day, live art installations, and themed rooms inspired by LA neighborhoods. One-day tickets start at $225 & $450 for the entire weekend, but OPA newsletter readers get 30% off with the promo code SMDPLAWFF. @ Santa Monica Pier. More details here.
  • Abbot Kinney First Friday Food Truck Fest (Friday starting at 5pm): About two dozen food trucks are expected to line the street for the monthly event.
  • LA Art Space – A Shoppable Art & Music Festival (Sunday 10am – 5pm): Expect 50+ visual artists, live music, art workshops, & kids activities. FREE @ 3rd Street Promenade Between Wilshire Blvd. & Arizona Ave. More details here.
  • Bergamot Weekend (Saturday 11am – 9pm): Expect multiple open studios along with artist talks, receptions, food, and more. More details here.  
  • Samohi Theater Presents Phantom of the Opera: Two weekends, 6 performances: Friday, Feb. 23 & Saturday, Feb. 24 @ 7:00 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 25 @ 3:00 pm. Friday, March 1, & Saturday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 3 @ 3:00 pm. Buy tickets at
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: Hello sunshine! This week singer/song writer, Cadre Scott takes the stage with special performances by the Laura Jean Dance Academy at 11am and noon! Here is the complete March calendar.
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