OPA Update 4/1/24: Details on OPA April 8 Meeting, Construction Amendments at SMASH / John Muir Campus, & Things To Do This Week


OPA April 8 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 focus on Patrick Cheng from Office of Emergency Management 
  • 7:15 – 7:30pm: Ericka Lesley, Rent Control Board
  • 7:30 – 7:40pm: Santa Monica Conservancy & Main St. Tours
  • 7:40 – 8:30: Board business, including upcoming calendar of events (MAINopoly, Make Music Day, July 4 Parade, & 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!

School Board Approves Construction Amendments at SMASH / John Muir Campus: This SMDP write-up details the changes there as well as changes at Samohi. “The new amendment includes necessary seismic retrofitting, water remediation and reconstruction efforts for [multiple] campus buildings.” “The SMASH and John Muir endeavor is anticipated to be completed by August 2025, allowing the campus to reopen for students.”

Chile Crisp Queen Jing Gao of Fly By Jing Lists Crudo e Nudo among her favorite LA restaurants: Describing the Main St. favorite, she said “I quite like Crudo e Nudo. I don’t know how consistent they are but the crudo has been outstanding.” More details here.

Construction Notice For Partial Closure at 4th St Freeway Off-ramp and On-ramp between 4/2 & 4/4: For most update information, please visit the project website here.

Provide Feedback on the Proposed 2024-25 CDBG/HOME Annual Action Plan: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides annual entitlement funds to the City of Santa Monica. As a recipient of these federal funds, HUD requires the City to develop a five-year Consolidated Plan along with Annual Action Plans for housing and community development which identify high priority needs and the associated goals, strategies, and resources anticipated over a five-year period. the City of Santa Monica has developed a Proposed 2024-25 Annual Action Plan, and the public can give feedback on it by 4/22 by email to humanservices@santamonica.gov

Short OP Video: Resident Jeff Kurram created this two minute YouTube video featuring featuring he captured of Ocean Park to “captures some of the essence and beauty of the area.”

Larry David Puts His Palisades Estate On The Market: Have $8.9M burning a whole in your pocket? Look no further! More details here.

Taco Bell Buys Naming Rights to the Liberty Bell: “Taco Liberty Bell” is now a thing? More details here on this 1996 April Fools joke that made people go “bellistic.” Have a good natured April 1. 😉 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Bergamot Comedy Festival (Monday – Saturday): The festival will take place at The Crow in Santa Monica, CA from Monday, April 1 – Saturday, April 6 with ticketed performer showcases and FREE educational panels led by industry leaders. Each of the 56 up-and-coming performers featuring at BCF were hand-picked from a thousand submissions across the U.S. with a particular focus on highlighting female-identifying, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ talent. https://www.bergamotcomedyfest.com/tickets 
  • SMspoke.org Mobility Update Meeting (Tuesday 7-8:30pm): “Join on Zoom with City Mobility Staff to get a presentation on the exciting projects in the Bergamot Area that will improve circulation, connections to existing infrastructure and help create safer streets.” More details and RSVP link here.
    The Other Art Fair (Thursday – Sunday): “Experience-seekers, this one’s for you. We’re reframing art and how you experience it. Here, art is for everyone. We combine affordable and original artworks and 140 independent artists with immersive installations, performances, DJs – and a fully stocked bar.” @ Barker Hanger. More details here.
  • Annual Pet-Chewlla Adoption Fair & Pet Festival (Saturday 1-6pm): Expect lots of dog and cat rescues and a lot of local vendors and music @ 210 Main St., Venice. More details here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commission Meeting (Tuesday 5:30pm): More details & agenda here.
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link.
  • Housing Commission Meeting (Thursday 6pm): Click Here for agenda.

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