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 recycled into compost and mulch, and processed into renewable energy - we reduce contributions of landfill-methane into the atmosphere, and produce useful products from a perceived waste product. This sustainable strategy is a win-win: we reduce waste and dependence on landfills, protect the climate, and reuse sustainable materials destined for disposal.
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
EMAILS / CONTACTS:
The School Board -- email@example.com
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)
Take action on SB 9 and SB 10
This short video, representing a large coalition of community groups and thousands of families throughout California, shows what lies ahead if SB 9 and SB 10 advance in Sacramento, resulting in the elimination of all single-family neighborhoods. Please take a look, pass it on, and take action. Our area representatives can be contacted at:
Assemblyman Richard Bloom
Sacramento office: 916-319-2050
District office in Santa Monica: 310-450-0041
State Senator Ben Allen
Sacramento office: 916-651-4026
District office in Redondo Beach: 310-318-6994
Help Keep Santa Monica Clean!
Let's work together to keep our community clean!
Get a cleanup kit at one of the convenient Santa Monica locations listed below and pick up trash around your business or neighborhood. Kits will be available for pick up through August 31.
Pick up your Cleanup Kits at:
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc
Pico Improvement Organization
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Ten Women Gallery
Spring Cleanup Swag
Downloadable Poster >
FREE yard signs are also available for pick up.
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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 >
Take the Santa Monica Sustainable Works Survey
In order to better serve our community and help build a more sustainable tomorrow, we want to get to know you better. Your feedback on this survey will help us craft programs to meet your sustainability and climate action goals. This survey should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.
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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