Police Chief Ramon Batista (7 – 7:30 pm): Chief Batista was sworn in on October 18th. Chief Batista has been generous to join us early in his time with Santa Monica to introduce himself and meet Wilmont. Please join us to welcome the new chief.
City Council Member Phil Brock (7:30 – 8:15 pm): Council member Phil Brock will join us and give us a brief update and we will have a chance to “ask a council member” portion of the evening.
Neighborhood Updates by Wilmont Chair, Elizabeth Van Denburgh (8:15 – 8:30 pm): Update on CA Incline, Oceana appeal of having non-guests ability to dine/drink at hotel and local business update.
Topic: Wilmont October Meeting
Start Time : Oct 5, 2021 06:49 PM
Wilmont members, residents and friends,
Please join us this Tuesday, October 5th from 7 - 8:30 PM for Wilmont's October monthly meeting via Zoom.
We have TWO informative discussions and guests Tuesday night:
Brian Stecher - Redistricting from the 2020 Census at the County and State level.
Dr. Brian Stecher has been a policy researcher, educational program director, teacher and Santa Monica resident. In 2019, Brian retired from RAND, where he worked for 30 years as a Senior Social Scientist studying national and state education policy.
Diana Gordon - What are they and why should we care about the RHNA, Housing Element, state density bonuses, SB 9 and SB 10? Ms. Gordon is a Santa Monica resident, community advocate, lawyer, artist and Co-Chair of the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (smclc.org)
Board of Directors
Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont)
Topic: Wilmont September meeting
Start Time : Sep 7, 2021 06:55 PM
1) The CEO, Erin Carachilo (CPC Compassion) and Chief Medical Officer and SM resident, Dr. Paul Song will provide an update on their medical cannabis business at 10th/Wilshire.
2) We will have two presenters regarding the controversy about the City Hall murals. Ruthann Lehrer, SM Conservancy Board member and Jeff Gordon, SM resident will discuss the historical elements and proposed future of these murals.
3) We will have an update on the Housing Element and Third Street Promenade 3.0 Update from Ellis Raskin, SM Planning Commissioner and Associate in Real Estate + Environment at law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP.
-- Your Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont) Board of Directors
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Topic: Wilmont August Meeting
Start Time : Aug 3, 2021 06:49 PM
Topic: The City, the Promenade and You.
We are joined by John Jalili (interim city manager until David White becomes city manager October 11) to discuss a wide-range of top city issues, and Kathleen Rawson (Downtown Santa Monica Inc CEO) to talk about 3rd St. Promenade, today and tomorrow.
Topic: Wilmont July Meeting
Start Time : Jul 6, 2021 06:40 PM
Topic: Neal Shapiro - Zero (95%) Waste Co-ordinator and Renewable Energy - Mandatory Organic Waste disposal
June, 2021 meeting highlights June 2021Topic: Wilmont June MeetingStart Time : Jun 1, 2021 06:53 PMMeeting Recording:https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/KHAu2UyPyaw3wQAZFHfdGSITT6HjlOT9v-BzRmvnVQku8fIXR18NB8rgDEIbp9jS.KLrIzbWOLVvcPY5N
Interim Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks joined us to talk about three subjects:
-May 31st OIR Report - The report outlines recommendations in response to the protest/looting in Santa Monica on May 31, 2021. -Reed Park - We’ll ask for the Chief's thoughts on how to activate Reed and make it safer and more available for residents.
-New 'Public Safety Reform and Oversight Commission - Who's on it? What will it do? How will it work with SMPD/Council?
SMMSUD is planning a preschool at Roosevelt Elementary School – Ann Hoover, who spoke at NOMA on this topic, will discuss the neighborhood impacts, PLUS details on the District's extensive construction plans and the impact on open space.
ALSO: The McKeown Retirement, Searches for new City Manager & Police Chief
Many thanks to all of you who attended the Wilmont May Meeting... Working on Public Safety and Schools for June
Our May guests included:
· Ed King, SM’s Transportation Department head is coming to dialogue with us about establishment of a Transportation & Parking Commission. Please come with your thoughts about: 1) Should we have one? 2) What authority should it have? 3) Who should be on it? We will also have a Q&A about the California & Ocean bike path safety.
· Chris Celsi, SM’s 3R Division Head (Resource Recovery & Recycling) will provide an overview on refuse and recycling and answer questions.
· Mario Fonda-Bernardi, Architect, SM Planning Commissioner and member of SM a.r.t. (Santa Monica Architects for a sustainable Tomorrow) will finish up his housing presentation.
THANK YOU to everyone who zoomed in to our April Meeting and thanks again for all your input!!!
1) HOUSING, WILMONT & YOU - WILL OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE TO ADD 9,000 NEW HOUSING UNITS BY 2029?
The state says we do and about two-thirds of them have to be "affordable." Those roughly 6,000 units will cost $4 Billion and the state is not giving us ANY money to pay for them. So, can we? Should we? Will we? We have two speakers:
-- Mario Fonda-Bonardi: SM Planning Commissioner and member of Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow...
-- Leonora Camner: Exec. Dir. of Abundant Housing LA, SM Housing Commissioner & Steering Comm. Member of SM Forward...
2) HOTELS, BARS & WILMONT - The Oceana, a Hilton hotel at the corner of Ocean & Idaho, is seeking permits to allow non-hotel guests to drink, dine and gather at their Hotel restaurant. Our speakers include:
-- Young Yoon, Oceana General Manager & Kevin Kozol from law firm Harding Laramore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP...
-- Laura Wilson, Past Wilmont Board Member and Wilmont resident who lives near the Palihouse...
3) NEW 311 SYSTEM - A brief update on the new 311 system to assist residents with questions, complaints and information.
Thanks for the great turnout at our February, 2021 meeting to discuss Crime Prevention and the Promenade's Future with Kathleenen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa Monica Inc., and Peter Lashley, Neighborhood Resource Coordinator and Suzie Lockwood, SMPD Crime Prevention Coordinator.
See a recording of the meeting by clicking the link below. Thank You.
Our December guests included:
WATCH THE NOVEMBER MEETING - JUST CLICK THE LINK
Phil Brock, top vote getter for City Council 11/3 election, one of four candidates of Santa Monicans for Change slate and the Slate of 8, native Santa Monica, P&R and Arts Commissioners and local business owner
Christine Parra, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Culver City Fire Department, Culver City, California, living in the Gandara Park neighborhood within the Pico District for the last 20 years, successful candidate for Santa Monica City Council as one of the Santa Monicans for Change
Mario Fonda-Bonardi, recent candidate for City Council 11/3 election, one of four candidates of Santa Monicas for Change slate and the Slate of 8, Santa Monica Planning Commissioner and local architect.
Charles Andrews, frequent commentator on Santa Monica life and politics, Santa Monica Daily Press
Nina Fresco, SM Planning Commissioner, SM Conservancy Board Member and three term member of the Landmarks Commission with a strong focus on protecting historical landmarks and adaptive reuse. Nina will be discussing and asking for our help to preserve the SAMOHI buildings on Prospect Hill.
Elizabeth Van Denburgh began the meeting by giving an overview of the Miramar project which is going before the Planning Commission on September 2. She showed an overview and an architectural rendering.
Next, we were happy to have Mario Fonda-Bernardi, Christine Parra, Phil Brock, and Oscar de la Torre, the candidates on the Resident’s Slate, come and share their views:
Overall, some primary concerns were shared by all the candidates:
And they shared their individual views:
Alissa Finerman did a good job of digging into the issue of homelessness, asking the candidates to “break it down” about what they would do.
Parra decried the loss of the position of a “homelessness czar” to the budget cuts.
Brock made the point that out of our population of approximately 1000 homeless people,
1.) a small percentage is intractable, they are “outside” people and will refused to be housed, even if housing were available to them, and
2.) about 1/3 were Vets, often subject to PTSD, who could be housed at the VA, which was the VA’s original purpose, to provide an old soldier’s home.
When asked if we “should allow” the homeless to “take over” the parks, especially Reed Park,
Oscar reminded everyone that just being homeless is not a crime. His model would be “compassionate accountability.” It was acknowledged that homelessness is not a simple problem with a simple solution—that it is a regional and national problem, and involves difficult mental health and drug addiction aspects that are not easy to deal with. But the sentiment is that Santa Monica has done more than it’s fair share to help the homeless. It’s time for our surrounding cities to do their part. But the Slate as a whole seemed energized to try to find new solutions.