NOMA Members Note Issue for Jan. 23rd Santa Monica City Council Meeting
Mansionization continues apace in the R1 districts of our city with destructive impact on residents, our neighborhoods, and our social fabric. Whether it's the invasion of their privacy from the oversized new construction looming next door or the obstruction of their sunlight and space, residents of our R-1 neighborhoods have responded in a survey that they overwhelmingly want the out-of-scale newly-built homes brought under control. NOMA and the Friends of Sunset Park with the support of Northeast Neighbors and residents of other R-1 areas conducted the survey late last year to which 558 residents provided their concern about the impactful changes to their neighborhoods and their lives by this ongoing mansionization.
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NOMA ANNUAL MEETING JANUARY 27 AT AERO THEATRE
The North of Montana Association (NOMA) Annual Community Meeting will be held Saturday, January 27, at the historic Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, from 2 to 4 pm. Board elections and a forum on "Preserving Santa Monica's Residential Neighborhoods" with David Martin, City of Santa Monica Planning Director, Robert Posek, NOMA Land Use Committee Member, and Zina Josephs, Chair of Friends of Sunset Park, will be main agenda items. Entertainment by the Samohi Jazz Combo, a pedestrian safety PSA, NOMA's neighborhood video, and refreshments and free popcorn willl also be featured.
NOMA represents residents from Montana Avenue to Adelaide Drive and from 26th Street to Pacific Coast Highway. The event is free and open to all. For further information, go to www.smnoma.org.
NOMA Nomination Committee Report - boardnominations2018.pdf.
NOMA Letter to Planning Commissioners
RE: Downtown Community Plan
The North of Montana Avenue Association has been host to and involved in consideration
and open and vigorous discussion of the DCP at our monthly meetings for well over more
than a year now. Our members are city residents and volunteers and they have attended
countless other civic meetings to define the issues in the DCP of most benefit to our city
and to those of greatest concern to us. We have also worked with the other neighborhood
associations and community groups in examination of the Plan's EIR in order that the
most beneficial DCP be put forward for Santa Monica's citizens. Accordingly, we ask that
the following viewpoints and suggestions be incorporated into your consideration of and
recommendations for the DCP: Read More >>
NOMA Newsletter Mailed to Residents
Be on the lookout!
Your NOMA Annual Newsletter is in the mail and should be delivered to your home any day.
If you can't wait, please click here to read it online.
“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.
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