OPA Update 6/3/24: OPA June 10 Monthly Meeting Details, Pasjoli Tops Best of SaMo Restaurant List, & Things To Do This Week


OPA June 10 Monthly Meeting: Our last meeting before the July 4 parade is next Monday, June 10. That meeting features Santa Monica Fire Department, Rev Janet and Kera Blades-Snell, and more! Hope to see you at the Main St. library for the 6:30pm meeting. Light dinner will be served. 

Santa Monica Public Library 2024 Summer Reading Kicks Off June 15: This post details the various events throughout the summer.

Annenberg Community Beach House Summer 2024 Calendar: This SaMo.gov post details the calendar that is “Packed with Fun for All Ages,” with events like the annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta, Pride events and much more.

LA County Re-Launches Rent Relief Program with $68 Million in Grant Funding: More details here on the the program will provide up to $30,000 per rental unit to landlords for unpaid rent and eligible expenses dating from April 1, 2022 to the present. 

SMMUSD Looking for Middle School Athletic Coaches: “SMMUSD is looking to bring in a number of qualified and experienced coaches who are versed in the one or more of the following for the Santa Monica middle school sports program for the 2024-25 school year. Coaches will be impacting youth from the 6th-8th grade.” Click here to learn more.

TripAdvisor Ranks Local Shore Hotel #1 in America: The “boutique establishment near the Santa Monica Pier & Third Street Promenade, has been named the No. 1 Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in the 2024 Best of the Best Traveler’s Choice Awards. Out of 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this accolade.” More details here.

The Infatuation’s Updated “The Best Restaurants In Santa Monica” List: Pasjoli takes the top spot, followed by Melisse and Le Great Outdoor, but the list also includes casual spots like Bay Cities, Layla Bagels, and new sandwich spot Tre Mani on Ocean Park Blvd. https://www.theinfatuation.com/los-angeles/guides/best-restaurants-in-santa-monica

Kavahana at 306 Pico Blvd. Featured on NBC4: Kava tingle? This video report highlights “the buzzy wellness drink & its benefits” by visiting Kavahana “to learn kava’s cultural significance for Pacific Islanders and its health benefits. The shop has developed a vibrant, sober nightlife for the beach town, with karaoke nights & much more!” 

Things To Do This Week: 

  • City of Hope Charity Pickleball Tournament (Monday 1pm): There is a social division for newbies and a competitive division for experienced players. Money raised supports breast cancer research. I will be there and hope you will too. More details here
  • Social Service Assistance provided by Providence St. John’s Community Health Program (Tuesday, 11:30am- 7pm): “The trained Providence St. John’s staff can assist with enrollment in CalFresh, the state of California’s food subsidy program created to improve the nutrition of families through access to healthy foods. Staff can also help navigate enrollment or questions for MediCal and Medicare.” 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.
  • Housing Commission Meeting (Thursday 6pm): Click Here for agenda.

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