OPA Update 3/4/24: Details on OPA March 11 Meeting, We Want to Hear Your Favorite Main St. Stories, Primary Election Voting THIS Week, & Other Things To Do This Week


OPA March 11 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 6:45pm. Here’s the draft agenda and here’s schedule:

  • 6:15 – 6:45pm: Food, refreshments and mingling
  • 6:45 – 7:00pm: SMPD update & Office of Emergency Management
  • 7:00 – 7:20pm: Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur
  • 7:20 – 7:40pm: School Superintendent Dr. Antonio Shelton
  • 7:45 – 8:30: Board business 

We Want to Hear Your Favorite Main St. Stories: What is your favorite spot is and why? What is your fondest Main St. memory? To share your story, simply click reply to this newsletter. 

March 5th Primary Election Voting Info: Make a plan to vote: Check your voter registration status and locate the nearest Vote Center or a Vote-By-Mail Dropbox near you.

“The Network SM” *Meetup at LULA on Main* (Thurs 3/7 6:30pm): Join your Network crew at LULA Cocina Mexicana (2720 Main St) this Thursday for margaritas, merrymaking, meeting your Westside neighbors, delish Mexican food, and building LGBTQ+ community. We’ll likely be there until 9:30pm and you can find us out on the back patio. Community members and allies are invited! Bring your buds 🙂

Public input on Gelson’s project to mount once more: This SMDP article details that “while public comment has stayed dormant for some time, discussions will soon ramp up once again on a divisive large-scale housing project. On March 4, the City Council Chambers at City Hall will hold a public hearing by the Architectural Review Board to review a proposed housing project at 2601 Lincoln Blvd., which would replace the Gelson’s grocery store and accompanying retail center with 521 apartments in twelve 5-story buildings.”

The Street Seen – To The Taken Cleaners: This week does a deep dive the history of the widening of Ocean Park Boulevard and properties that were impacted by it.

The Infatuation Reviews Isla on Main St.: “When Isla is at its best, it feels like you’ve somehow managed an early retirement in Portugal. On a sunny afternoon or a warm night…, this wooden shed on the sidewalk becomes an upscale cabana on some fictional Mediterranean coastline. You might even smell the spices and meat wafting out from the kitchen’s big domed oven.” 2424 Main St. https://www.theinfatuation.com/los-angeles/reviews/isla 

Santa Monica Beach Ranked Among Top in U.S.: The city’s beach ranked seventh in the Traveler’ Choice Awards in the Best of the Best Beaches category. More details here. 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Live Talk with Kara Swisher with Ted Sarandos (Monday 8pm): They will be discussing her new book “Burn Book: A Tech Love Story.” @ New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd. More details here.
  • Women’s Wellness Workshop (Wednesday 9am – 3pm): Join the Women’s Fire Alliance and the LAFD Foundation for a day of wellness exclusively designed for women in fire service. More details here.
  • UC Global Health Day 2024 (Thursday): More details here on the day with the theme “Making Change: Creating Health Equity Through Policy and Advocacy.” 
  • Nat Geo Live: T-Rex Rises (Thursday 7:30pm): The BroadStage showcases how T. rex become the iconic apex predator of North America 66 million years ago? Paleontologist Dr. Lindsay Zanno is uncovering the answer. More details here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Disabilities Commission Meeting (Monday 6:30pm): More details & agenda here
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details 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.
  • Housing Commission Meeting (Thursday 6pm): Click Here for agenda.

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