AGENDA FOR June 6, 2011 MEETING
7:00 – 9:00 PM SMASH/Muir Library – note new venue!
All ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION. ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE MEETING CHAIR 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSION IS WELCOME. ONLY DIRECTORS MAY VOTE ON ISSUES BEFORE OPA.
TO FACILITATE AN EFFICIENT AND RESPECTFUL DISCUSSION, PLEASE WAIT UNTIL CALLED UPON BY THE MEETING CHAIR BEFORE SPEAKING.
NOTICED BOARD MEMBER ABSENCES: None
Presentation by Paul Weinberg of the SMFD about the upcoming Disaster Assistance Response Training (DART) class and general disaster preparedness (15 min.)
Presentation by Drew Lowell-Britt, an Energy Specialist with the Solar Santa Monica program, a City program in the Office of Sustainability and the Environment (http://www.solarsantamonica.com) about how to be more efficient as well as understand the requirements needed to install solar energy – all with the hopes of helping the City achieve their net-zero goals by 2020 (15 min.)
7:00 to 9:00 PM REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
1. Introduction to OPA (Ludwinski - 1 minute)
3. Actions taken since last Board meeting
4. Approval of minutes from May Board meeting; see Attachment 1
5. Lincoln Blvd beautification (Fresco, 10 min.)
6. Approval of letter to City Manager regarding Planning Director qualifications; see Attachment 2 (Marlow, 10 min)
7. Request from Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA) for support for a change in City ordinance allowing only two restaurants per block north of Ocean Park Blvd.; see attachment 3 (Gary Gordon, 10 minutes)
8. Request for approval of letter in support of Tuesday night food truck event at Heritage Museum (Marlow, 10 min.)
9. Events (especially Parade) Committee status (Nafshun 10 min.)
10. Treasurer’s report (Godon-Tann 10 min.)
11. Membership report (Huq, 5 min.)
12. SMO Airport updates and action item (Perrone 5 min.)
13. Neighborhood survey status action item (Taylor, 5 min.)
14. Impressions of 1st John Muir Elementary School Monthly Flea Market (Open, 10 min.)
15. Proposed policy on membership-wide email blasts; see Attachment 4 (Ludwinski, 5 min.)
16. Future agenda items – note that July meeting will be back at Joslyn Park
Meeting Date: May 2, 2011
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: SMASH School Auditorium
Board Members in Attendance
Noticed Board Member Absences
Other Board Member Absences
Introduction to OPA
President Jan Ludwinski introduced the guest speaker at 7:05 PM
Presentation by Linda Gamberg, City of Santa Monica, Big Blue Bus - Proposed service changes (30 min)
BBB is doing a Line-by-Line analysis
• 97% BBB service satisfaction
• Weekends show a big drop in riders, especially around SMC
• Weekday ridership up 6% since 2007
• Pico, SMBlvd, Westwood, Bundy and Main Street are high performing
oGoing to shift to these
3 Yr Service Plan
• May 10th Council Meeting. First of a series to discuss the 3-Yr Plan.
• Goals: increase mobility, Prepare for Expo, Support Luce
• Small changes in 2011
oAdding to routes 1 and 2 on SM Blvd and Wilshire
•They were going to end SB route 2 at picot.
•Changing it to go all the way to Hill Street
• 2012 - Adjust routing based on Expo to Culver City
• 2013 – plan for expo phase to SM
oNew mainstreet/4th n/s line and potential “Streetcar”
o17th Street n/s corridor
oBergamot n/s connection route
OPA BOD Call to Order
President Jan Ludwinski called the meeting to order at approximately 7:30 PM
Actions taken since last Board meeting
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve April 4, 2011 meeting minutes, as amended. Passed unanimously.
Relocation of John Muir Elementary School Monthly Fundraising Event presented by Amy Hopper.
PTA Representatives Comments, Clay, SMMUSD Representative, Carey Upton, and others
· 20 year old event
· Construction at Olympic
· 16-month project
· Fall 2011 start
· No new structures
· Staging for the construction
· Desire of PTA Organizer for the Flea Market to be in the heart of the community where the school is located
· Not on holiday weekends
· Month-to-month vendor contracts
· 12 month schedule
· PTA would like to stay permanently at the school location
· Vendor parking at campus on 4th Street
· Trash removal at end of event
· Limited parking in the east end of the lot
· Hours of operation 9-3
· Vendors come in 7am
· Will drop and move out to 4th street school lot
· Money collected for spaces go to the PTA
s is to improve the community
· They have a waiting list:
· 44 vendors – increasing the cost / space
· Currently larger spaces, with 60 vendors
· Make about $25k a year for the PTA
· Neighbors voiced concerns about:
· Safety of 5th and Ocean Park Blvd
· Growth of Event
· The location is too small
· Commercialization of a residential neighborhood
· The somewhat trashy, “carnie” or garage sale nature of the flea market
· That this is a permanent change
· One neighbor protested that the flea market is an adult event designed to make money
· Most neighbors profess long time support of the schools, but disagreement with this move of the flea market to the new location.
· Long time residents commented that the school districts were not responsive to their requests when the school was build 20 years ago. Concern that it is happening again.
· Neighbors proposed alternative sites
· Keep it at the current location and work around the construction
· Explore other site options such as California Heritage Museum or SaMoHi
· Neighbors complained that this has not been announced to the majority of school neighbors and that OPA should not vote without hearing from more school neighbors.
The school board representative noted that it had set OPA approval as one of the requirements to move forward with the relocation. This is counter to what OPA had learned the prior month. Board member Auch said he learned of this requirement just two hours prior to the meeting. If this had been known, there would have been a concerted effort to get out neighbors. Board member Taylor protested that OPA should not be put in a position where the board votes on a matter such as this.
· To table the discussion to give OPA time to notify residents, give the school district time to answer resident questions, and develop a set of metrics and limitations.
initially passes when Board member Taylor abstains. Board member Taylor changes vote. 4 yea / 4 nay. Motion denied.
· Change event so no set up until 8am until 4pm with a Two month pilot come back
· Bob - Information needs to be distributed to the community
· Motion Passes: 7 to 1
· Motion to adjourn: Passed
Future agenda items
Meeting minute approvals for the 4/4/11 minutes
• SMO Airport
• OP Blvd.
4th of July Parade
Policy on email blasts
Meeting CloseNext Meeting, June 6, 2011 (location: Joslyn Park) 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Planning for a Livable City: An Open Letter to the City of Santa Monica About the Selection of a New Planning Director
Dear Mayor Bloom, City Councilmembers and City Manager Rod Gould,
We are writing to you with our views concerning a new Planning Director. This position is of critical importance to our City. The new Planning Director will need an in-depth understanding of the policies and actions embedded in the LUCE, and must have the ability to work well with the planning department and our community to attain and enforce them.
Like our current, well-respected Planning Director, we believe that the next person in this position must embody the highest planning principles espoused by the American Planning Association --that the planning process must “pursue and faithfully serve the public interest.” And, he/she also must conscientiously uphold our city’s own planning mission statement: “Our mission is to create a better community for the people of Santa Monica” and “to enhance and maintain Santa Monica’s environment while ensuring a high quality of life for the community.”
During the lengthy LUCE process, Eileen Fogarty embodied these principles. She respected and strengthened the rights of citizens to participate meaningfully in long and short-range planning decisions; she strove to give citizens full, clear, accurate and timely information on planning issues; she articulated policies and actions that would best serve the entire community in the face of large private developer interests; and she paid particular attention to the inter-relatedness of decisions and the long range consequences of present actions. All of these principles are in service of the public interest, not private resume-building.
These principles all can be found on the Planning Department’s website, but under Ms. Fogarty’s leadership these were not mere words. She put these principles into action, which enabled residents to place more confidence in the Planning Department than had previously been the case.
Our City is now at a critical juncture. The last remaining underdeveloped land in the industrial area of Santa Monica is being targeted for over a dozen large-scale, developments, the largest of which is almost 1,000,000 square feet. These projects are all sited in the same traffic-clogged area of our city that is “serviced” by the 26th Street off-ramp of the 10 Freeway; an off ramp that currently is at functional collapse. Never has the issue of inter-relatedness of the environmental impacts of these projects and the long-range consequences been more significant. Recognizing this, the City has partnered with HUD and TOD to do a Master Plan for this entire area.
It will be the responsibility of our new Planning Director to oversee an intelligent Master Plan with specific area plans that require adequate infrastructure to support new development; to understand and enforce the LUCE development standards; and to ensure that any zoning code revisions meet the LUCE goals of protecting neighborhoods and residents from encroaching development, reducing traffic by integrating transportation and land use, and creating a sustainable city with safe streets and open space.
As an essential part of that process, he or she must be committed to continuing to give residents a meaningful role in the development of projects and planning that will impact their daily lives and not give sway to special interests.
And our next Planning Director must plan for a livable city, not a city planned by developers; promote a healthy, sustainable community, which includes reduced traffic congestion, the creation of more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods (especially in this last industrial lands part of Santa Monica) and the promotion of green building and renewable energy.
In addition, he or she needs to secure adequate economic and social studies of the true economic and environmental impacts of the large-scale commercial developments that are in the pipeline. Too often in the past, only the revenue supposedly generated by large new developments has been studied (with wildly unsubstantiated assumptions), not their real environmental and social costs and irreversible consequences.
Finally, Santa Monica has active, informed groups and associations, including newly revived neighborhood associations. The leaders of all of these groups should be participants in the selection process (as was the case when Ms. Fogarty was selected).
(SMCLC Steering Committee)
Santa Monica Neighborhood Groups:
Friends of Sunset Park Board of Directors
Mid-City Neighbors Board of Directors
Pico Neighborhood Association
Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City
Santa Monica Residents:
Nancy Cook Smith
Jon Van Ness
Edward Young, MD
Ava Louise Stanton
Mary Jo Stenger
Miguel Martin Del Campo
Dr Daniel Galamba
Oscar de la Torre
Peter and Sherri Sawaya
Lucy Frances Stone
Charity Luv Colbert
The MSBIA is requesting OPA support for a change in a City ordinance regarding Main Street to allow two restaurants per block north of Ocean Park Blvd. This would bring the northern "half of the street in conformance with the southern "half of the street.
In 1980, no distinction was made between south of OPB regarding the number of restaurants. In 1989-1990 a Main Street Advisory committee with OP residents and Main Street merchants was created and staffed by the city to formulate an updated Man Street Plan (the previous one having been created in 1980/81). Elements of this plan, presented to the City COuncil in 1991 were adopted into ordinance in 1992. Included was a change creating a distinction between north and south of OPB that allowed only one restaurant per block north of OPB.
In discussions with the City, MSBIA has been asked to discuss this with OPA, thus this request.
Policy on email blasts - same as last month