NOMA's Position on Ballot Measures
After due deliberation, the NOMA Board has voted to recommend support of three of the measures on the Santa Monica November 2016 Ballot and to take no position on one. The recommendations follow.
MEASURES GS AND GSH - SUPPORT
Measure GSH proposes an increase in the city sales tax of 1/2% on items on which purchasers are currently required to pay sales tax. Measure GS is the accompanying advisory that directs the Santa Monica City Council to split the revenue from the increase between our public schools and affordable housing.
MEASURE LV - SUPPORT
This measure would amend the City's LUCE and Zoning Ordinance to address the current level of development in the city by adding new requirements for voter approval of major development projects; development agreements, excluding affordable housing and moderate income and senior housing projects, among others; and voter approval of changes to land use and planning policy documents.
MEASURE SM - SUPPORT
Measure SM strengthens the City of Santa Monica's anti-corruption law and its enforcement.
MEASURE V – NO POSITION
The Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Community College District requests voter approval to issue $345,000,000 in bonds at legal rates to repair, update, construct, modernize, equip facilities for technology, etc.
The NOMA Board
“Blue at Night” Your Late Night Connection to Expo
Big Blue Bus offers “Blue at Night,” a late night, on-demand service that provides connections to/from Expo, every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 3am. To request a ride from Blue at Night during service hours, simply dial 877-611-8294.
Riders departing from 17th Street/SMC Station should wait by the clearly marked Blue at Night Kiosk (near the Breeze Bikeshare Station), located on eastbound Colorado Avenue and 17th Street. All others must depart from within the Santa Monica service area.
Please keep in mind that Blue at Night cabs will only wait 5 minutes from the time of arrival. Upon arriving at your final destination, please pay the operator $3 with cash or credit card.
For more information, please visit: www.bigbluebus.com/blueatnight.
Día de los Muertos Events - Oct. 22 to Nov. 5
What: A variety of Día de los Muertos events are happening throughout the city at various venues between October 22 and November 5. The community is invited to participate in the city’s fifth annual Día de los Muertos celebration featuring music and dance, crafts, food and more at Woodlawn Cemetery.
When: Citywide events happening from October 22 through November 5, 2016
Woodlawn Cemetery Día de los Muertos Celebration, Sunday, October 29, 12-4pm
Cost: Events are free and open to all
More Info: For information on all events, dates and locations, visit smgov.net/dia. For parking information, visit venue websites directly.
As part of the festivities, the City of Santa Monica will present its fifth annual Día de los Muertos event at Woodlawn Cemetery on Sunday, October 30, from 12-4pm. The family-friendly event focuses on the activities that are part of this traditional celebration of life and death. The event opens with a procession and ceremonial blessing at by the Aztec dance group Ketzaliztli. The main stage features the colorful and dynamic Mexican folk dances of Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, accompanied by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and the son jarocho music of Veracruz by the noted East LA band Cambalache. Independent radio journalist and DJ Betto Arcos will emcee and share his own Day of the Dead stories and personal memories.
Additional performances include myths, legends, music and poetry by performer and educator Martin Espino, a dance demonstration and workshop with Santa Monica-based Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dance School and strolling musicians Mariachi Los Dorados de Villa. Attendees can honor a loved one that has passed by making an offering of flowers and contributing stories of loved ones to a communal memory wall. Other activities include a photo booth with La Catrina and El Catrine, calavera face painting and a documentary screening on how families in Mexico prepare for this holiday. Fresh tamales, tacos, churros and aquas frescas will be available for purchase from Los Tamaleros Truck, Salina’s Churro Truck and Tacos Super Gallito Truck.
Woodlawn Cemetery, Mausoleum & Mortuary is situated on 26 acres, with views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. The cemetery has been serving the community for over 100 years and is owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica - one of the few municipally-owned cemeteries in California. Purchased in 1897, the cemetery is considered one of the city’s most important historical resources.
Other Día de los Muertos events throughout the City include sugar skull decorating at Fairview Branch Library; a student art exhibit at Santa Monica High School Roberts Gallery; the Main Library’s Harvest Festival and a documentary screening/discussion; a family-friendly event at Virginia Avenue Park; and Edison Language Academy’s annual festival including altars, food, music, crafts and tours.
The City of Santa Monica Community Classes & Camps Program
Winter Youth Camp registration opens Wednesday!
Online at www.smgov.net/reserve
Camps run the weeks of December 27 and January 3 (Tue-Fri)
Space is limited!
Mark your calendars for Winter Class Registration:
Santa Monica Residents: November 9, 2016*
Non-residents: November 16, 2016
Classes for all ages begin the week of January 9, 2017
Check out the Class & Camp Guides at www.smgov.net/classes
*Registration opens at 6 am, and is available online only the first week at www.smgov.net/reserve
NOMA Monthly Membership Meeting Thursday Nov. 3, 2016
Montana Branch Library
7:00pm (Arrive at 6:30pm to visit and enjoy a snack.)
Hope to see you there!
2016 Santa Monica Neighborhood Associations' City Council Candidate Forum
Click the link below to watch the forum on youtube.
Earn $80-$175. for helping to vote!
Having your car fingerprinted
Police Officer Marilyn Amiache from Santa Monica Police Department
In Santa Monica, if your car was broken into and/or stolen and recovered you have a choice to bring your car in and have it finger printed. In fact we encourage you to do so. One fingerprint located inside your vehicle could lead us to a suspect and be enough to have him or her arrested and prosecuted. Many times vehicles are brought in and unfortunately no distinguishable finger prints are located. However when a match is found, a suspect is arrested and we are taking a suspect off the streets that is probably guilty of several other crimes.
NOMA Make Music Day!
Photos courtesy of Santa Monica Daily Press
Bergamot Advisory Committee Report
Report of the Bergamot Advisory Committee now available online:
Our report discusses the developer’s initial proposal to redevelop the Bergamot Arts Center as modified by our proposed changes and recommendations. A majority of the Committee voted in favor of building a new museum, community center, centrally-sited restaurant, more arts-related and gallery space, and limited office space. Following extensive discussions, we deadlocked over building a hotel. We also recommended a new parking facility be built first on the City Yards property directly across the street from the main entrance before any on-site construction could occur.
Read NOMA'S 2016 Spring Mailer
You should have received this in the mail, but if you prefer to read it online, CLICK HERE.
Bicycle Riding in Santa Monica: Pedestrian Safety
From SM Police Officer Marilyn Amiache:
Santa Monica is a bicycle friendly city and encourages people to use their bicycle as their mode of transportation. As a bicyclist, it is important to know the laws. Bicyclists must follow the vehicle code which are the same rules vehicles must follow. As a bicyclist, you should familiarize yourself with the laws that apply in Santa Monica, such as 3.12.540(a) of the Santa Monica Municipal Code, which states bicycles are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk. The City has created bicycles lanes in many areas, some of which are painted bright green while others are designated by sharrows (markings indicating shared lanes).
Also feel free to check out Breeze, the City’s new bike share program, www.santamonicabikeshare.com .
NOMA Fall Newsletter
Click here to read our latest news -- Fall 2015.
From our City Forester: Information on the Care and Watering of Yard and Street Trees. Click below.
Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan
What is the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan?
The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan is currently evaluating a range of short- and long-term enhancements to the public right of way on Lincoln Boulevard between the I-10 Freeway and the City limits at Ozone Avenue. The Plan incorporates a layer of policy and program level recommendations for creating a more functional, aesthetically pleasing pedestrian experience that is supported and/or managed by the local business community and property owners. Click here to read more...
NextBus - Check Realtime Bus Arrival
To the Big Blue Bus Community,
Big Blue Bus has instituted the NextBus system for real-time bus arrival information to our customers. This is an exciting and highly anticipated change that will transform the Big Blue Bus user experience.
Check it out for yourself at www.bigbluebus.com/nextbus/
What is NextBus?
The highly advanced NextBus system makes predictions about when buses will arrive at a given stop. Predictions are made using a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking and computer modeling. The resulting information is used to provide customers with the estimated number of minutes until their bus arrives.
How can I get arrival predictions using NextBus?
You may have already seen electronic signs showing real-time arrival information. With NextBus, arrival information can be accessed on your computer, via text message, by phone, or on your smartphone. Later this summer, BBB will begin installing signs at bus stops with a four-digit number that can be entered into the NextBus phone or text message system to receive bus arrival predictions. More information about using the system is available on our NextBus page, www.bigbluebus.com/nextbus/
With real-time arrival information, you are in control. Here on the Westside, we know traffic congestion is a fact of life, and our buses are not immune to delays. However, instead of waiting and wondering at a bus stop, NextBus allows you to know when your bus will actually arrive. That might mean knowing you have a few extra minutes to grab a cup of coffee before the bus comes, or knowing exactly when to leave home in order to meet the bus.
Click here for a map of local police activity in Santa Monica. Use the Santa Monica Police Department's crime mapping system to obtain crime information and register for crime alerts.
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.
NOMA: Working together
Click link below for more info...