OPA Update: Details on OPA February 12 Meeting, SaMo Becomes a “Prohousing” Community, & Things To Do This Week


OPA Feb. 12 Monthly Meeting Next 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 electing 2024 Exec Board, determining 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!

Muir/SMASH Campus Update on Water Intrusion Project: SMMUSD sent us this update on “Project Progress for Interior Demolition and Mold removal, Termite Treatment, & Approval of Plans.”

SaMo Becomes a “Prohousing” Community: Gov. Gavin Newsom said “We need to aggressively build more housing to support Californians. Prohousing cities move to the front of the line when it comes to incentives, funding and other state resources,” said Newsom in the announcement. “It’s critical for more communities to join in this distinction and build their fair share of housing.” More details here

Smorgasburg Vendor to Open Kava Nectar Bar in Ocean Park: Kava Nectar Is Made from Natural Roots of the Kava Plant. Kavahana, a permanent vendor at well-known food event Smorgasburg, will hold the grand opening for its inaugural retail location at 306 Pico Blvd. (the old Vidiots space) which it describes as the first-of-its-kind “kava nectar bar.” The grand opening event will take place on Feb. 10 from Noon to 11 p.m. More details here.

Actor Donald Sutherland Selling his SaMo Home for $3.6M: More details here

Things To Do This Week: 

  • SaMoHi Bands on the Road (Tuesday 5:30pm): Expect an evening of iconic music, an exclusive wine auction, a quilt raffle, silent auction items, and delicious concessions showcasing the talents of 150 student musicians. More details here.
  • Pop-Up Chef Dinner: Divorce Your Diet Book Launch with Hollan Goewey (Tuesday 7pm): “Join us for an exclusive dinner party hosted by chef & author, Hollan Goewey, to celebrate the launch of her new book Divorce Your Diet.” Café Gratitude Venice, 512 Rose Ave. More details here.
  • Black History Month Event (Wednesday 12 – 2 pm): Food trucks & dancing @ City Yards. More details here.
  • Wednesday Night Singin’ and Wingin: “Wednesdays are made for chicken wings and belting out your favorite songs! Join us for a fun filled evening of Karaoke, hosted by none other than Karaoke Star! $0.50 wings special all day long – 7 flavors to choose from.” Tavern on Main, 2907 Main St. More details here.
  • Lunchtime Line Dance: Get fit and meet new friends learning line dances on your lunch break. We will learn new and old dances to various styles, including country, disco, Latin, soul, and more. All levels are welcome. Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. @ Venice – Abbot Kinney Public Library. More details here.
  • Tech & Tasks (Thursdays 2 – 4pm): Need a little help? This weekly program offers one-on-one assistance from SMPL tutors. Staff and volunteers can assist with reading, writing, and technology related tasks. Drop-in to get help with completing online forms and applications, resume writing, device help, improving reading skills, email, downloading eBooks, and much more. More details here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Disabilities Commission Meeting (Monday 6:30pm): More details & agenda here
  • Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commission Meeting (Tuesday 5:30pm): More details & agenda here.
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link.
  • Planning Commission Meeting (Wednesday 6pm): More details & agenda here.
  • Library Board Meeting (Thursday 6pm): More details & agenda here
  • Rent Control Board Meeting (Thursday 7pm): More details & agenda here.

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