OPA Update 5/13/24: OPA Monthly Meeting Tonight @ Main St. Library, MAINopoly THIS Sunday, & Other Things To Do This Week


TONIGHT’S OPA Monthly Meeting Returning to the Library! This month’s meeting will be at the 2601 Main St. Library  starting with food and mingling at 6:00pm. We will also be hybrid on Zoom. Here is the Zoom link to join the meeting starting at 6:30pm. Here’s the draft agenda and here’s schedule:

  • 6:00 – 6:30pm: Food, refreshments and mingling
  • 6:30 – 6:45pm: SMPD update 
  • 6:45 – 7:00pm: Matthew Wells, City of Santa Monica, Public Landscape Manager
  • 7:00 – 7:15pm: Alexander Hall, Waymo
  • 7:15 – 7:30pm: Megan Gamble, Hospitality Santa Monica, a CRA coalition
  • 7:30 – 8:20: Board business, including upcoming calendar of events (MAINopoly, Make Music Day, July 4 Parade, & more)

Israeli Flag Defaced at Main St.’s Giant Cycles: This FOX 11 report and this SaMo Lookout report detail the incident and how Council is calling for a resolution condemning hate. Feel free to stop in at 2411 Main St. to offer community support to owner Elon Rubin.

9th Annual MAINopoly THIS Sunday: This SMDP article details what to expect when the “Taste of Main Street Returns to Santa Monica on Sunday, May 19th with Board Game-Inspired Fun. 

Major Fee Hike To Hit Californians’ Monthly Utility Bills: This SaMo Patch report details that “The change approved Thursday forces California utility customers to pay a [$24] monthly fee on top of their electricity rate.”

Apply for Santa Monica Climate Corps Program: Recruitment has begun for Santa Monica’s 2024 Climate Corps program! For over 8 years, the City has partnered with Climate Action Santa Monica to host the Climate Corps program which empowers cohorts of passionate youth eager to combat the climate crisis. Through immersive educational experiences in climate issues, engagement with local sustainability programs and initiatives, and training in effective community and civic engagement, the program fosters a community of future climate leaders. Climate Corps members will complete 40 hours of activities throughout the year with a high concentration of opportunities during the summer, and each member earns a $400 honorarium after successfully completing the program. Click here to apply.

LA City Councilwoman Traci Park Announces New Homeless Services & Beach Clean Up in Venice: This SMDP report details the plans that have a budget of $848,011, but are unfortunately “skipping over Santa Monica.”

Barnes & Noble Set for Summer 2024 Opening, but Din Tai Fung Could be 2025: This SMDP report details the progress.

You Could Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil KOOZA in Santa Monica: You can enter to win on this KTLA post

Things To Do This Week: 

  • FREE Fitness Events Meets Plastic Elimination Efforts: Join eco-warrior Cleancult for their inaugural plastic intervention event focusing on eliminating plastics and holistic workouts. Tuesday May 14, 12:30pm & 6:30pm & Wednesday May 15, 9:30am www.jointhecleancult.com/ 
  • Housing Programs Office Hours at Virginia Avenue Park (Wednesday 4:30 – 7pm): Housing staff will be available for monthly “Office Hours” to assist applicants, in English and Spanish, with questions about the City’s Below Market Housing (BMH) and Preserving Our Diversity (POD) programs. The goal of this effort is to better support community members that wish to connect with staff in-person about these programs but are unable to make it to City Hall during normal business hours.
  • Pizzana Scopa Collab (Wednesday): For one night only, Scopa chef and Food Network star Antonia Lofaso is joining forces with Pizzana’s head chef and pizzaiolo, Daniele Uditi, for a “a dining adventure as they blend their Italian roots with LA’s eclectic vibe to whip up a feast that is daring, delightful and delicious. The four course meal features a curated wine pairing that beautifully elevates each course.”  More details and reserve here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Landmarks Commission Meeting (Monday 7pm): More details & agenda here.
  • City Council Meeting  (Tuesday 5:30 pm – public portion starts no earlier than 7:00 pm): Meetings are hybrid and can be viewed on this YouTube channel. Click here for agenda. 
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link.
  • Planning Commission Meeting (Wednesday 6pm): More details & agenda here.
  • Recreation & Parks Commission Commission Meeting (Thursday 6pm): Click Here for agenda.

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