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7:00 – 9:00 PM SMASH/Muir Library – note new venue!





Presentation by Paul Weinberg of the SMFD about the upcoming Disaster Assistance Response Training (DART) class and general disaster preparedness (15 min.)

Presentation by Drew Lowell-Britt, an Energy Specialist with the Solar Santa Monica program, a City program in the Office of Sustainability and the Environment (http://www.solarsantamonica.com) about how to be more efficient as well as understand the requirements needed to install solar energy – all with the hopes of helping the City achieve their net-zero goals by 2020 (15 min.)




1.     Introduction to OPA (Ludwinski - 1 minute)

2.     Announcements

3.     Actions taken since last Board meeting

4.     Approval of minutes from May Board meeting; see Attachment 1

5.     Lincoln Blvd beautification (Fresco, 10 min.)

6.     Approval of letter to City Manager regarding Planning Director qualifications; see Attachment 2 (Marlow, 10 min)

7.     Request from Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA) for support for a change in City ordinance allowing only two restaurants per block north of Ocean Park Blvd.; see attachment 3 (Gary Gordon, 10 minutes)

8.     Request for approval of letter in support of Tuesday night food truck event at Heritage Museum (Marlow, 10 min.)

9.     Events (especially Parade) Committee status (Nafshun 10 min.)

10.  Treasurer’s report (Godon-Tann 10 min.)

11.  Membership report (Huq, 5 min.)

12.  SMO Airport updates and action item (Perrone 5 min.)

13.  Neighborhood survey status action item (Taylor, 5 min.)

14.  Impressions of 1st John Muir Elementary School Monthly Flea Market (Open, 10 min.)

15.  Proposed policy on membership-wide email blasts; see Attachment 4 (Ludwinski, 5 min.)

16.  Future agenda items – note that July meeting will be back at Joslyn Park

Attachment 1

Preliminary Minutes

Meeting Date: May 2, 2011

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: SMASH School Auditorium

Board Members in Attendance

David Auch

Pauline Bohannon

Patricia Godon-Tann

Jan Ludwinski

Mary Marlow

Sadat Huq

Dana Ehrlich

Bob Taylor

Noticed Board Member Absences

Susan Lewis

Roger Swanson

Lori Nafshun

Michele Perrone

Jeffrey Jarow

Nina Fresco

Other Board Member Absences

Ross Furakawa

Topics Discussed

Introduction to OPA

President Jan Ludwinski introduced the guest speaker at 7:05 PM

Presentation by Linda Gamberg, City of Santa Monica, Big Blue Bus - Proposed service changes (30 min)

BBB is doing a Line-by-Line analysis

       97% BBB service satisfaction

       Weekends show a big drop in riders, especially around SMC

       Weekday ridership up 6% since 2007

       Pico, SMBlvd, Westwood, Bundy and Main Street are high performing

oGoing to shift to these

3 Yr Service Plan

       May 10th Council Meeting.  First of a series to discuss the 3-Yr Plan.

       Goals: increase mobility, Prepare for Expo, Support Luce

       Small changes in 2011

oAdding to routes 1 and 2 on SM Blvd and Wilshire

They were going to end SB route 2 at picot.

Changing it to go all the way to Hill Street

       2012 - Adjust routing based on Expo to Culver City

       2013 – plan for expo phase to SM

oNew mainstreet/4th n/s line and potential “Streetcar”

o17th Street n/s corridor

oBergamot n/s connection route

OPA BOD Call to Order

President Jan Ludwinski called the meeting to order at approximately 7:30 PM





Actions taken since last Board meeting


Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve April 4, 2011 meeting minutes, as amended. Passed unanimously.

Relocation of John Muir Elementary School Monthly Fundraising Event presented by Amy Hopper.

PTA Representatives Comments, Clay, SMMUSD Representative, Carey Upton, and others

·       20 year old event

·       Construction at Olympic

·       Modernization

·       16-month project

·       Fall 2011 start

·       No new structures

·       Staging for the construction

·       Desire of PTA Organizer for the Flea Market to be in the heart of the community where the school is located

·       Not on holiday weekends

·       Month-to-month vendor contracts

·       12 month schedule

·       PTA would like to stay permanently at the school location

·       Vendor parking at campus on 4th Street

·       Trash removal at end of event

·       Limited parking in the east end of the lot

·       Hours of operation 9-3

·       Vendors come in 7am

·       Will drop and move out to 4th street school lot

·       Money collected for spaces go to the PTA

·       Goals is to improve the community

·       They have a waiting list:

·       44 vendors – increasing the cost / space

·       Currently larger spaces, with 60 vendors

·       Make about $25k a year for the PTA

Neighbor comments

·       Neighbors voiced concerns about:

·       Safety of 5th and Ocean Park Blvd

·       Growth of Event

·       Signage

·       Trash

·       Toilets

·       Parking

·       Noise

·       The location is too small

·       Commercialization of a residential neighborhood

·       The somewhat trashy, “carnie” or garage sale nature of the flea market

·       That this is a permanent change

·       One neighbor protested that the flea market is an adult event designed to make money

·       Most neighbors profess long time support of the schools, but disagreement with this move of the flea market to the new location.

·       Long time residents commented that the school districts were not responsive to their requests when the school was build 20 years ago.  Concern that it is happening again.

·       Neighbors proposed alternative sites

·       Keep it at the current location and work around the construction

·       Explore other site options such as California Heritage Museum or SaMoHi

·       Neighbors complained that this has not been announced to the majority of school neighbors and that OPA should not vote without hearing from more school neighbors.

The school board representative noted that it had set OPA approval as one of the requirements to move forward with the relocation.  This is counter to what OPA had learned the prior month.  Board member Auch said he learned of this requirement just two hours prior to the meeting.  If this had been known, there would have been a concerted effort to get out neighbors.  Board member Taylor protested that OPA should not be put in a position where the board votes on a matter such as this.

·       Motion:

·       To table the discussion to give OPA time to notify residents, give the school district time to answer resident questions, and develop a set of metrics and limitations.

·       Vote initially passes when Board member Taylor abstains.  Board member Taylor changes vote.  was 4 yea / 4 nay.  Motion deniednot adopted.

·       Motion:

·       Change event so no set up until 8am until 4pm with a Two month pilot come back

·       Bob - Information needs to be distributed to the community

·       Motion Passes: 7 to 1

·       Motion to adjourn: Passed

Future agenda items

Meeting minute approvals for the 4/4/11 minutes

Monthly reports:


       SMO Airport

       OP Blvd.


4th of July Parade

Neighborhood survey

Policy on email blasts

Meeting Close

Next Meeting, June 6, 2011 (location: Joslyn Park) 7:00 – 9:00 PM 

Attachment 2

Planning for a Livable City: An Open Letter to the City of Santa Monica About the Selection of a New Planning Director

May 2011

Dear Mayor Bloom, City Councilmembers and City Manager Rod Gould,

We are writing to you with our views concerning a new Planning Director.  This position is of critical importance to our City.   The new Planning Director will need an in-depth understanding of the policies and actions embedded in the LUCE, and must have the ability to work well with the planning department and our community to attain and enforce them.  

Like our current, well-respected Planning Director, we believe that the next person in this position must embody the highest planning principles espoused by the American Planning Association --that the planning process must “pursue and faithfully serve the public interest.”  And, he/she also must conscientiously uphold our city’s own planning mission statement:  “Our mission is to create a better community for the people of Santa Monica” and “to enhance and maintain Santa Monica’s environment while ensuring a high quality of life for the community.”

During the lengthy LUCE process, Eileen Fogarty embodied these principles.  She respected and strengthened the rights of citizens to participate meaningfully in long and short-range planning decisions; she strove to give citizens full, clear, accurate and timely information on planning issues; she articulated policies and actions that would best serve the entire community in the face of large private developer interests; and she paid particular attention to the inter-relatedness of decisions and the long range consequences of present actions.  All of these principles are in service of the public interest, not private resume-building.  

These principles all can be found on the Planning Department’s website, but under Ms. Fogarty’s leadership these were not mere words. She put these principles into action, which enabled residents to place more confidence in the Planning Department than had previously been the case.

Our City is now at a critical juncture.  The last remaining underdeveloped land in the industrial area of Santa Monica is being targeted for over a dozen large-scale, developments, the largest of which is almost 1,000,000 square feet.  These projects are all sited in the same traffic-clogged area of our city that is “serviced” by the 26th Street off-ramp of the 10 Freeway; an off ramp that currently is at functional collapse.  Never has the issue of inter-relatedness of the environmental impacts of these projects and the long-range consequences been more significant. Recognizing this, the City has partnered with HUD and TOD to do a Master Plan for this entire area.

It will be the responsibility of our new Planning Director to oversee an intelligent Master Plan with specific area plans that require adequate infrastructure to support new development; to understand and enforce the LUCE development standards; and to ensure that any zoning code revisions meet the LUCE goals of protecting neighborhoods and residents from encroaching development, reducing traffic by integrating transportation and land use, and creating a sustainable city with safe streets and open space. 

As an essential part of that process, he or she must be committed to continuing to give residents a meaningful role in the development of projects and planning that will impact their daily lives and not give sway to special interests.  

And our next Planning Director must plan for a livable city, not a city planned by developers; promote a healthy, sustainable community, which includes reduced traffic congestion, the creation of more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods (especially in this last industrial lands part of Santa Monica) and the promotion of green building and renewable energy.  

In addition, he or she needs to secure adequate economic and social studies of the true economic and environmental impacts of the large-scale commercial developments that are in the pipeline.  Too often in the past, only the revenue supposedly generated by large new developments has been studied (with wildly unsubstantiated assumptions), not their real environmental and social costs and irreversible consequences.

Finally, Santa Monica has active, informed groups and associations, including newly revived neighborhood associations.   The leaders of all of these groups should be participants in the selection process (as was the case when Ms. Fogarty was selected). 

Thank you.
Victor Fresco
Diana Gordon
Sherrill Kushner
Susan Giesberg
Jeff Segal
(SMCLC Steering Committee)

Santa Monica Neighborhood Groups:
Friends of Sunset Park Board of Directors
Mid-City Neighbors Board of Directors
Pico Neighborhood Association
Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City

Santa Monica Residents:
Maryanne Solomon
Peter Tigler
Bill Bauer
M Landsberg
Peter Altschuler
Barbara Harshberger
Paula Goldman
Dwayne Howard
Lee Jackson
Joanne Curtis
Patti Harburg-Petrich
Thunder Levin
Matt Peterson
Susan Graham
Fred Alexander
Les Goldman
Zina Josephs
Audrey Parker
Ellen Schmalholz
Sylvia Levin
Lorraine Sanchez
Dish Taylor
Judith Spector
Jacob Samuel
Chloe Ballatore
Ida Unger
Robert Scura
Daniel Jansenson
TY Wapato
Bruce Weiller
Cathy Larson
Naomi Lieberman
Mia Babalis
Susan Scarafia
Dorothy Fitzsimons
Karin Morris
Temple Mathews
Stephanie Furlong
Ruthann Lehrer
Jennifer Polhemus
Ruthann Shanley
Cathrine Snedaker
Julena Lind
Sasa Blackoff
Peter Davison
Liv Estrup
Mona Moore
Frances Troll
Aaron Furlong
Nora Hamill
Kathy Knight
John Redmond
Elena Estrin
Steve Kandell
John Meador
Larry Arnstein
Philip Hendricks
Cristyne Lawson
Leon LeBuffe
Barbara Eichorn
Mary Gordon
Nancy Cook Smith
CJ Bigelow
Mike Bigelow
Dave Stevenson
Ellen Brennan
Abby Hellwarth
Phil Harnage
Neil Feineman
Blythe Stratton
Mary Gordon
Linda Milligan
Pratricia Bruno
Jon Van Ness
Jeffrey Peak
Shannon Kallin
Suzanne Verge
Kathleen Masser
Phyllis Bernard
Maynard Ostrow
Scott Kelso
Scott Spell
Carol Landsberg
Bryna Skuro
Miriam Ludwig
Brenda Anderson
Judy Lamm
Glenda Pinney
Shirley Kelson
Sharon McGeeney
June Young
Edward Young, MD
Aliceann Grusin
Jim Jusko
Janet Adams
Joliann Baum
Seth Rosen
Ava Louise Stanton
Jeffery Kaltreider
Mary Rushfield
Avery Cobern
Susan Rosett
Gale Feldman
Lori Levitt
Alicia Wille
Diane Fresco
Robert Braslau
Graciela Triantogiannis
Anthony Stenger
Mary Jo Stenger
Janet Manning
Eric Manning
Aileen Preonas
Kay Ward
Maria D'orsogna
Mary Hubbell
Fielden Harper
E Aries
Peter Spelman
Jerry Persky
Phyllis Sorter
Kathleen Burke
Beau Marks
Ann Payson
Liz Dubelman
Mary Hardy
Kathryn Raddon
Patricia Nugent
Jeffery Nugent
Albin Gielicz
Ellen Hannan
John Williamson
Don Gray
Lisa Cooper
James Kolsrud
Miguel Martin Del Campo
Ruth Rosen
Betsy Katz
Sally Allen
Nadia Lawrence
Warren Allen
Lewis Perkins
David Latham
Helen Spaulding
Nicole Lopez
Laurie Yehia
Dr Daniel Galamba
Sharon Griffin-Galamba
Ed Harker
Catherine Butterfield
Devon Susholtz
Liz Oyenoki
Wes Thompson
Jeff Gordon
Ilse Rosenstein
Cathy Milliken
Gregg Heacock
Rochelle Fanali
Joseph Digati
James Gertley
Oscar de la Torre
Maria Loya 
Peter and Sherri Sawaya
Eric Shapiro
Phyllis Chavez
Dolores Sloan
Jennifer Galamba
Larry Teitloff
Neera Goyal
Diane Citron
Gayle Cooper
Lucy Frances Stone
Francine Fanali
Tan Arnold
Bob Wolff
Louise Steiner
Hal Stellini
Roger Templeton
Judy Hopkins
Aura Talley
Helen Auerbach
Patricia Klowden
Sue Miller
Doris Sosin
Linda Sullivan
Charity Luv Colbert
Mark Kreher
Mary Marlow

Attachment 3

The MSBIA is requesting OPA support for a change in a City ordinance regarding Main Street to allow two restaurants per block north of Ocean Park Blvd.  This would bring the northern "half of the street in conformance with the southern "half of the street.

In 1980, no distinction was made between south of OPB regarding the number of restaurants. In 1989-1990 a Main Street Advisory committee with OP residents and Main Street merchants was created and staffed by the city to formulate an updated Man Street Plan (the previous one having been created in 1980/81). Elements of this plan, presented to the City COuncil in 1991 were adopted into ordinance in 1992. Included was a change creating a distinction between north and south of OPB that allowed only one restaurant per block north of OPB.

In discussions with the City, MSBIA has been asked to discuss this with OPA, thus this request.

Attachment 4

Policy on email blasts - same as last month
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