NOMA Meeting Thursday, June 4, 2015
The next regular meeting of NOMA will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Montana Branch Library from 6:30 PM until 8:55 PM. Light refreshments will be served from 6:30 until 7 PM.
Measure R Parcel Tax Information and Senior Exemption
In accordance with the Senior Exemption provision of the Measure R Parcel Tax, the 2015-16 forms are being mailed and are due to be returned/postmarked by June 30, 2015.
To qualify for the Measure R Senior Exemption in 2015-16, senior citizens must be age 65 by June 30th of the year the application is made; own and occupy the property as their principal place of residence; and, annually apply for the exemption by the application deadline of each year.
More information available at: http://www.smmusd.org/press/press1415/MeasureR2015.pdf
New Studio Artist-in-Residence at 1450 Ocean – the Camera Obscura Building
Paper artist Richard Hutman will conduct workshops and curate an exhibition.
Santa Monica, CA … This April, 1450 Ocean welcomes new Studio Artist-in-Residence Richard Hutman. During his tenure as a 1450 Ocean resident artist, he’ll be exploring permutations in modular folded paper sculpture and creating a new work on a Santa Monica theme.
Join us at 1450 Ocean in Santa Monica's Camera Obscura building to add a skill or brush up your creativity. We offer weekly drop-in project sessions, workshops conducted by resident artists, and our free and congenial Second Saturday Craft Lounge series for crafters of all types. Drop by for a short or long visit - parking is a breeze. $2.50 for three hours at Structure 6, immediately around the corner.
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Studio Artist-in-Residence Richard Hutman will be working on the Patio, April 15 – June 15, 2015. Hutman studied architecture at Cornell and urban design at Washington University in St. Louis. For years he grappled with complex projects like the Getty Center, and between building projects he travelled to distant lands in search of ancient cities. Drawing, painting and travel went hand in hand: discovering remote civilizations, sacred sites, hidden villages - and the people that inhabit them. On his way, he used sketching and watercolor as a way to engrave these experiences in his memory. In 2010, his interests converged, catalyzed by a unique piece of folded paper – which he combined to create a modular sculpture, adding surface designs to make a three-dimensional form evocative of his travels. As a paper artist, he searches for and creates Lost Cities of the imagination. Six variations, 40 works, and five Lost Cities later, the search continues. More info at richardhutman.com.
Hutman will work on the Patio on a new piece inspired by the hidden corners of Santa Monica, and lead weekly workshops around the theme of “A Search for Lost Cities.” Bring your energy, imagination and curiosity to participate, and experience the possibilities in simple things – like a letter-size piece of paper. No prior artistic experience needed.
The Studio Artist Residency was created to introduce the public to artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Residents share their work with the public both informally and through workshops and master classes. To add yourself to the Artist Opportunities list, click here.
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Resident Artist Workshop: Paper Art – Explore Symmetry
Wednesday 6/3, 12:00-1:30pm – Free
Explore symmetry in paper objects by making cuttings inspired by anything from the rhythmic geometry of snowflakes to the freeform and evocative shapes of Matisse. Hutman’s recent findings in his Lost Cities project suggest that any form can generate a symmetrical arrangement with repetition, and a simple uniform building block can generate numerous and varied symmetrical arrangements. Participants will be encouraged to test these ideas and draw their own conclusions.
Final Exhibition: – “In Search of Los Cities”
Saturday 6/13, 4:00-6:00pm – Free
Join Studio Artist-in-Residence Richard Hutman for an exhibit of his and his students' work. Hutman's residency (April 15-June 15, 2015) continues his Lost Cities project with a sculpture inspired by the hidden corners of Santa Monica. View an array of folded paper sculptures large and small – some covered with drawings and memories, others awash in bold patterns and colors. Meet the artist and see recent works, many never before seen in public. Light refreshments.
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Photoprinted Totebags with Inkodye by Lumi
Saturday 5/30, 11:00am-1:00pm – $20 + $10 cash material fee to instructor
Explore the Lumi process by printing with photonegatives and sunlight. If you enjoyed our recent Cyanotype class taught by Miles Lewis, you’ll love Inkodye, which expands the palette to include nine gorgeous shades (they'll be bringing a choice of Red, Orange, Copper, Magenta, and Plum to this class.) Come away with a photo printed tote bag using provided generic photo negatives. You can also have Lumi print your own artwork as a negative before the workshop on their website, app.lumi.co/editor. (Contact us for discount code and details.)
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Contact us: (310) 458-2239, email@example.com. Visit the website at http://smgov.net/1450ocean or see an updated chronological list of classes, photos from events and more at http://facebook.com/1450ocean. Join our email list at http://ow.ly/IX82W.
Location/Hours: 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica CA 90401 in Palisades Park between Broadway & Santa Monica Blvd. Camera Obscura open Mon - Fri 9am – 3pm & Sat 11am – 4pm.
Registration – Online: create an account and view classes at smgov.net/reserve. Sort by advanced search- location to view “1450 Ocean” or search by keyword. Bring cash to cover material fees on the first day of class. In Person: For cash or check, advance registration accepted 1450 Ocean between 9am-5pm M-F & 11am-4pm Saturday. Day-of: Call 310-458-2239 to confirm availability, preferably by the Tuesday before class starts; plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class.
Refunds/Transfers: For all multisession classes, refunds/transfers will be issued only if requested within one business day after the first class meeting. A $15.00 processing fee applies for each activity session refunded. Any material fees are nonrefundable. All single-session classes are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking and Transport: Parking is $1 for first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (on 2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica.) Every 30 min. thereafter is $1.50 to a maximum of $14. There are also meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. After hours several local lots offer flat rates and the Civic Auditorium lots are $5 all day, every day. Buses that serve 1450 Ocean include Routes 1, 7 and Rapid 7, 10. Visit bigbluebus.com for more information.
Preserving history- and lifestyle -on San Vicente Boulevard
Santa Monica Daily Press: February 28, 2015
Santa Monica is fortunate to have grown up as a city with a unique housing identity — a setting that symbolized gracious apartment living in the land of orange blossoms and avocados. In fact, you might describe the Courtyard and Garden apartments in our city as the epitome of the Southern California lifestyle. From the 1910s through the 1950s, Bungalow, Courtyard and Garden apartment construction styles dominated the Santa Monica scene.
All of these low-rise apartments embraced center courtyards with a clear emphasis on space for the dweller. The evolution of these apartments included park-like space within the buildings, and an updated version of the old eastern front stoop. Now residents could barbecue, talk to their neighbors, sun themselves in the warm Santa Monica weather and have a relaxed lifestyle that was the envy of those who resided in the older cities in the East. Garages for the omnipresent automobile were relegated to the rear or side of the units with alley entrances.
The architectural style evolved through the decades, beginning with bungalows and then moving to courtyard apartments. Bungalows tended to be modest with stylistic detail while the newer garden court apartments were architecturally designed. Patios, verandas and balconies opening to a central courtyard symbolize these apartments. The apartments tend to be more spacious with a solid connection to the outdoors and … to the neighbors. Gone were long, internal corridors and the darkness that pervaded Eastern metropolitan apartment living. Courtyards became a place of recreation, with swimming pools and ping-pong tables creating the new urban tableau that was Santa Monica’s own style.
Words like Streamline Moderne, Hollywood Regency, Minimal Traditional and Vernacular Modern defined the different eras of courtyard housing design in Santa Monica, with the largest collection of intact examples of these styles on our San Vicente Boulevard. In fact, from Ocean Avenue to 7th Street there are 28 examples of courtyard apartment housing. If you include the adjoining area of Ocean Avenue, even more examples of the various design styles are found. You can look at 212 San Vicente Blvd., for a fine example of the Streamline Moderne style, view 211 San Vicente for an example of Hollywood Regency style, 437-441 San Vicente for Minimal Traditional and visit the Bermuda Apartments at 540 San Vicente for an outstanding example of Vernacular Modern construction.
San Vicente Boulevard’s environment is unique, and these seven blocks give the street its special character. Families abound, as Courtyard style apartment buildings contain many two- and three-bedroom units. The park-like setting of the wide median running down the center of the boulevard, with its beautiful Coral trees, adds perfect perspective to the courtyard apartments with consistent setbacks and nicely landscaped front yards on either side of the street.
The Courtyard apartments on San Vicente Boulevard represent the mid-century ideal in apartment living and must be preserved. As economic pressure increases in our city, there is a temptation for some owners to use the Ellis Act, which allows them to leave the apartment rental business in order to build new, bigger, denser buildings. As you walk down San Vicente Boulevard today, your view consists of a beautiful, calm street that occasionally is visually polluted by an overly tall apartment building that seems out of place and out of character. An example of this is the six-story behemoth that is 220 San Vicente Blvd. It dwarfs the other buildings on the block and displays the uninspiring standard rectangular construction from the early 1970s.
How do we preserve the historic Courtyard apartments on San Vicente Boulevard, most of which fall within the regulations of rent control? We can begin by supporting the Landmarks Commission as they seek to establish this distinctive corridor as a Historic District. The consistent setbacks of the buildings, landscaped front yards and courtyards, the absence of driveways and curb cuts, the wide center median, and a remarkable collection of Courtyard apartments qualify this as a neighborhood well worth preserving. While this corridor is not the only repository of Courtyard and Bungalow style housing in Santa Monica, it would appear that the San Vicente Boulevard collection — which is occupied by residents who love their neighborhood — represents a worthwhile beginning. The Courtyard and Garden apartment buildings are an integral part of the ethos and the spirit of Santa Monica, where the traditional dark and narrow lobby and hallway to your apartment is instead one of trees and sunlight. This street is one of many that are significant and historic in our city.
San Vicente Boulevard’s Courtyard apartments have repeatedly been identified as significant, beginning in a 1983 citywide historic resources survey and continuing through today. The SMa.r.t. group believes that our city must act to preserve our rental housing stock and that there is no better spot to make a firm stand than with the preservation of the historic Courtyard and Garden apartments on our San Vicente Boulevard corridor.
Both tenants and owners would benefit from the creation of a historic district. Owners of these buildings would gain through preservation incentives. Included in these incentives is property tax relief under the Mills Act, expedited renovation permitting, application of the Historic Building Code, and other benefits. The owners of condominiums and townhomes on the street would be assured that excess development would not occur on San Vicente Boulevard, and the numerous apartment dwellers on this street would be assured of continuing to have a neighborhood to call home within our city. In addition, owners, via the incentives described above, would have more funds to keep their historic Courtyard apartment buildings in top-notch shape.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have lived within the historic San Vicente corridor since 1981: first, at the aforementioned Bermuda apartments and now in a three-story townhome, which has an interior courtyard in a style that emulates the neighboring Courtyard apartments. This boulevard is a street I love and one that I have been lucky enough to call home for many years. San Vicente Boulevard has one of the highest concentrations of children in all of Santa Monica, who live in its apartments and condominiums. This is a street that all residents of our city treasure — a street that must become the next historic district in Santa Monica, so that these children and their children can continue to experience this healthy, friendly, relaxed and spacious lifestyle into the future.
CA Incline Project
Report from Project Manager Curtis Castle
Get the 411 on CA Incline Construction
City planners providing updates on California Incline, Colorado Esplanade
We know you probably have construction fatigue, but now isn't the time to tune out. About to begin are two major public construction projects that will change the face of Downtown Santa Monica for generations to come. City officials would like to give you the latest information on the creation of the Colorado Esplanade and replacement of the California Incline so that you can adjust your commute, warn employees or customers about the coming detours and street closures.
When: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Where: Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Headquarters
1351 Third Street Promenade, Suite 201 (Above Barney's Beanery)
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Questions? Call 310.393.8355
Santa Monica Water Resources Report
From the December 4, 2014 Meeting
Click here to watch the presentation.
Urban Forest Management Presentation To NOMA
Click here to read the 15-page report.
Courtyard Housing Study
SAN VICENTE APARTMENTS - COURTYARD HOUSING STUDY
Study of proposed establishment of a Neighborhood Conservation District for a concentration of courtyard apartment buildings on San Vicente Blvd. between Ocean Avenue and 7th Street.
Review the 2009 study here.
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Letter from NOMA to Santa Monica Planning Commission
To: Santa Monica Planning Commission
From: North of Montana Association
Re: Agenda Item 5-A; Draft Zoning Ordinance Update R-1 and Montana Avenue
Date: December 17, 2013
The Board of Directors of the North of Montana Association is distressed to learn that the Planning Commission is discussing proposals that would allow day care centers in residential neighborhoods and Increase the threshold for Development Review for Montana Avenue from 5,000 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft.
We strongly urge that the Planning Commission do the following:
A. Maintain R-1 district zoning for only single family homes. The LUCE calls for a “range of housing options … in multi-family neighborhoods, to suit the spectrum of individual lifestyles and space needs.” It does not call for adding housing options to single family neighborhoods.
B. Remove day care centers from the proposed R-1 zoning. The LUCE directs us to “Preserve and protect existing neighborhoods against potential impacts related to development: traffic, noise, air quality, and encroachment of commercial activities.” (emphasis added.) The LUCE does not call for day care centers in residential neighborhoods. Commercial enterprises need to be located in commercial or mixed use neighborhoods. The zoning must be consistent with these policies.
C. Maintain the existing threshold for Development Review for Montana Avenue at 5,000 sq. ft. Doubling this threshold to 10,000 sq. ft. would erode the character of this quaint and charming street.
NOMA: Working together