East - 26th Street
South - Montana Avenue
West - The Pacific Ocean
North - City Limits
Who Are We
NOMA is a volunteer group of residents working to improve life in our neighborhood
and in Santa Monica. NOMA is bounded by the north side of Montana Avenue, Ocean Avenue,
the northern City Limits, and 26th St., an area comprising approximately 5,200 homes.
What We Do
NOMA has no agenda of issues or established position on any issue, except as defined by a
majority of residents in the area, nor do we endorse any candidate(s) for political office. We
have updated and ratified our new bylaws. They are posted here for your review.
We Want You!
Are you interested in getting more involved in our neighborhood? Would you like NOMA to
become more engaged in the issues you care about? NOMA is always looking for active
members who will attend NOMA meetings, work on neighborhood issues and activities, and
communicate with our members. Please email email@example.com and we’ll contact you.
Working through the organization's committee structure, a dedicated cadre of volunteers strives to conceive and execute NOMA's programs and advocate on behalf of our members, residents and friends. If you would like to volunteer for a committee or for special events, click here.
Land Use Committee
The mission of NOMA’s Land Use Committee is:
To review, monitor and advise on land use policy and development issues as they affect our neighborhood and the city in general.
To inform the NOMA board and membership about pertinent land use matters; and
To recommend action to the NOMA board and membership on such matters.
Nominating and Governance Committee
This committee is responsible for nominating board candidates, ensuring that the size, leadership and composition of the board are appropriate, and overseeing governance structures and policies (including committee structure, conflict of interest and other policies, and bylaws.)
Attached here are the committee's guiding documents:
-- Board member job description and service pledge;
-- Board member qualifications;
-- NOMA disclosure statement.
This committee consists of the chair, vice-chair(s), secretary and treasurer of the board of directors. It provides leadership and strategic direction to the organization.
The membership committee manages the recruitment and retention of members.
This committee coordinates communications to the public and our membership. It produces our website, bulletins and public statements.
This committee manages NOMA's finances, proposes an annual budget, and makes regular financial reports at monthly membership meetings.
The events committee plans and arranges for NOMA-sponsored events including regular monthly meetings, social mixers, business meetings and annual meetings.
History of NOMA
During the early months of 1998, a number of residents living north of Montana Avenue became particularly concerned over events occurring in their neighborhood and decided to form a citizen’s association to explore the problems and devise some solutions responsive to the needs and desires of the residents.
The North of Montana Neighborhood Association (NOMA) was first organized in May 1998. In December 1998 it was formally incorporated as a California non-profit, public benefit corporation. It became inactive in 2008, and didn't function during 2008, 2009, 2010 and most of 2011, whereupon a group of neighbors came together to revive it. It has been operating in its present form since the spring of 2012.
During its first years of operation, NOMA focused primarily on:
-- Moderating the intensive development of very large homes in the neighborhood, and encouraging preservation of older homes; and
-- Preventing enactment of new laws that would have permitted unrestricted rental of “granny flats” in the area.
More recently, NOMA has been working to protect, conserve and enhance the quality of life and the character of our neighborhood and the city generally. In support of this mission, NOMA has been:
-- Providing a welcoming monthly public forum for identifying and discussing issues of shared concern;
-- Educating neighbors about neighborhood and citywide issues and matters of shared concern;
-- Enhancing communication between the city government and the neighborhood;
-- Facilitating and encouraging social activities within the neighborhood; and
-- Promoting resident involvement and participation in issues affecting the neighborhood, including but not limited to land use, zoning, traffic, public health and safety, parking and education.
We have also been working with other neighborhood groups to preserve the city's quality of life by discouraging intensive and out-of-scale development.