OPA Update 5/6/24: OPA May 13 Monthly Meeting Next Monday @ 6:30pm, Cirque du Soleil Returning to SaMo, & Things To Do This Week


OPA May 13 Monthly Meeting Next Monday: 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)

Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office Provides Update on Senate Bill 9: This SaMo.gov post detailing that the ruling has no impact on Santa Monica because “As a ruling of the Los Angeles Superior Court, the court’s ruling is not binding on any other party except those involved in the litigation, nor does it not prevent Santa Monica from legislating its own municipal affairs and continuing to implement Santa Monica Municipal Code section 9.31.125, Santa Monica’s SB 9 implementing ordinance. Further, the ruling does not prevent the City from following City Council’s direction to allow for additional units on parcels 10,000 square feet or greater to provide more housing opportunities in the R-1 single family zones.”

New E-Bike Voucher Program: The City of Santa Monica has launched an E-Bike Voucher Program for income-qualified Santa Monica residents. In the next few months, the program will provide approximately 90 qualified residents with a voucher worth up to $2,000 to purchase an electric bike and safety accessories like a helmet, lights or bike lock. Applications are currently open and will remain open until all funds are exhausted. The Income Qualified E-Bike Voucher Program aims to increase access to sustainable transportation options for historically underserved communities and promote equity in achieving our climate goals. The use of vouchers in lieu of a rebate eliminates upfront costs to low- and moderate-income residents, which typically excludes them from taking advantage of rebate programs. Increasing biking will play an important role in Santa Monica’s mission to meet climate goals, improve public health and build community resiliency. More details here

Cirque du Soleil Returning to SaMo: This SMDP report details the “KOOZA” production that will take over the iconic Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier in October.

Manchego on Main St. Listed Among “The Best Bottomless Brunches in LA”: This Timout write-up says “With an expanded patio parklet along Main Street, this casual Spanish tapas restaurant in Santa Monica is the ideal spot for some low-profile day drinking. The $25 bottomless mimosas and sangria pair well with the small brunch menu, which includes a chorizo omelette, torrijas (Spanish French toast) and sandwiches made with serrano jam, imported cheeses and other delicious ingredients from the Iberian peninsula.” https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/restaurants/best-bottomless-brunch-options-in-los-angeles

Graduating SaMoHi Seniors Will Miss Main St.: In this Damien Newton “Who’s Next” podcast, he interviewed a few graduating SaMoHi seniors and in a segment about what they’ll miss most about SaMo when they’re in college one of the kids brought up Main St. and how great it is: “I also grew up around Main Street and I feel like that’s just such a fun community as well. It’s a little bit lesser known among the tourists, but it’s kind of nice because all the locals are there and it has so many awesome small businesses and things like that. I feel like that’s so important.” 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Happy Bike Month Week #1 & 2: More details here on the events that include a community ride on Saturday. 
  • Doris Kearns GoodwinLive Talks”@ New Roads School (Monday 8pm): “One of America’s most beloved historians artfully weaves together biography, memoir, and history. In An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, taking you along on the emotional journey she and her husband, Dick Goodwin embarked upon in the last years of his life.” @ 3131 Olympic Blvd. https://livetalksla.org/events/doriskearnsgoodwin/ 
  • Empowering Parenthood: Uncovering Family Dynamics for Positive Relationships (Tuesday 5:30pm): FREE. Parents will explore hidden family dynamics and understand how they shape their parenting. Through guided exercises, participants can gain insights into generational patterns and challenges, ultimately empowering them to create a more positive and nurturing family environment. Join me to uncover the root causes of family issues and embark on a journey towards greater understanding and healing for yourself and your children. 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.
  • 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.
  • Library Board Meeting (Thursday 6pm): More details & agenda here
  • Rent Control Board Meeting (Thursday 7pm): More details & agenda here.

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