NOMA Monthly Meeting Set for Thursday, October 7
The monthly NOMA meeting will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Sunny Wang, from the Office of Sustainability Department of Public Works, will update the NOMA community about the City's Sustainable Water Master Plan.
An agenda with additional information will be posted soon.
Regular Street Cleaning Schedule Has Resumed
The City of Santa Monica maintains a street sweeping program to comply with provisions of the federally mandated Clean Water Act. Street sweeping helps to remove pollutants which can potentially reach the Santa Monica Bay.
Starting Monday, August 30, 2021, street sweeping will return to once a week. Follow your NO PARKING street signs for the weekly street sweeping schedule.
Street sweeping parking violations will be enforced. Please ensure you move your vehicle to avoid a parking ticket.
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Visit the city’s interactive SaMoMap to find out the street sweeping schedule in your neighborhood. Click the Layers icon at the bottom of the page then expand the ‘City Services’ layer group and turn on the ‘Street Sweeping Days’ layer to reveal the day. Pan and zoom as needed using the tools above.
New law re organics recycling will become effective Jan. 1, 2022
As of January 1, 2022, all single and multi-families households and businesses will be required to recycle all food scraps in addition to green waste. This state mandate is in response to climate changes considered dangerous, caused in part from the contribution of landfill-produced methane gas (from food wastes) released into the atmosphere. By diverting organics from landfills – and recycling it into compost and mulch, which is then processed into renewable energy - we reduce contributions of landfill-methane into the atmosphere, and produce useful products from a perceived waste product.
For a green container, please email the city at firstname.lastname@example.org, to request one, free of charge. CLICK HERE to download a handy green container recycling guide.
Update on Santa Monica Elementary and Middle School Campus Planning Issues
Ann Hoover spoke at our May meeting about the ongoing construction and changes at SMMUSD school sites. The following is a summary of her talk:
** Note on timing: When SMMUSD started to build out the SAMOHI campus in 2016, they said it would take 25-30 years. By the end of this summer, they'll have razed over half of the campus, including the WPA-era History Building and a small forest of mature trees; So although District has said these campus upgrades will play out over many years, I'm not sure I'd believe that now given what's happened at SAMOHI.
AT ROOSEVELT: In the the current plan, half the campus + green space at the corner of Lincoln & Montana is available for public use. At least half of what's available, if not more goes away, including the Lincoln/Montana grassy corner. New open space on campus likely will be fenced off from the public because that will become academic space. The first project here is the large L-shaped preschool building at Lincoln and Alta.
AT FRANKLIN: As of now, half the campus + green space is available for public use along with the lovely grassy, shady lawn along Montana Avenue. At least half of what's available in the back, if not more, will go away, with rec functions being crowded together and the field/track getting smaller. The grassy park along Montana will be completely fenced off and half will become a Kindergarten play yard and the other half will be hardscape. As with Roosevelt, much of the new open space on campus likely will be fenced off from the public because that will become academic space. First project here is a V-shaped "maker space" right in the middle of campus.
AT LINCOLN: In the likely current plan, much open space goes away. Eight basketball courts get reduced to just 3. Nearly all other hardscape goes away. Tennis courts at 16th and Washington go away, replaced by an outdoor pool. Currently, the pool at Lincoln is indoor and not available for public use. The City at present does not provide a ton of public access under the joint use agreement, and that is a problem. The first project here is likely a large new classroom building in the Southeast corner of the campus.
AT MCKINLEY: Poor McKinley gets completely built out. Not much will be left beyond the existing field/track and some play equipment. McKinley currently has a huge green field, blacktop space, playgrounds, etc., plus a huge community garden that will be replaced by a parking lot on the Western edge of campus. Some of the community gardens will be relocated but not all because there will be too many new buildings. The first project at McKinley is a large new classroom building on the Eastern side of campus that will include a drop-off area for students. The main classroom building at McKinley is of historical significance and The Santa Monica Conservancy is working with the District to ensure that it will be preserved.
A simple, quick and very helpful thing to do would be to send an email to the School Board, Board leadership, Carey Upton (the District's COO), and Steve Massetti (the District's Bond Manager consultant).
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT PLANS CAN BE FOUND:
And here: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=36030435&AID=83633&MID=4504
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The Superintendent -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Kean, School Board President -- email@example.com
Laurie Lieberman, Vice President -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Massetti -- email@example.com (Bond Program Manager)
Carey Upton -- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chief Operations Officer)
City Launches 311 Program to Improve Customer Service
Santa Monica 311, available in English and Spanish, is an integrated program accessible via phone, email, and web. The City also launched a new mobile app that replaces the Santa Monica Works/Go system to make it easier to contact the City and submit requests. The new 311 program will allow residents to access information they need about City services quickly, in multiple languages, via phone, email, web, and mobile device. Read More >
Santa Monica Housing Element Update
State law requires the City of Santa Monica to update its Housing Element every eight years. With the previous eight year cycle Housing Element (2013 - 2021) coming to an end, the City must now plan for the next eight year cycle. Santa Monica’s 6th Cycle Housing Element must be adopted and certified by October 2021. Without certification, the City could be penalized and lose important State funding.
For more information on the Housing Element, please check out the Housing Element Update website or email HousingUpdate@smgov.net if you have any questions on the Housing Element update.
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