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Tues, Apr 7, 7pm, (Meet & Greet 6:45)
Community Room


Tues, Apr 14, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Check City Website for Updates/Change
Wed, May 6, 7:00pm, City Hall
Check City Website for Updates/Changes
note change

Civic Center Workshop
Saturday, May 3

SM Public Library Invites Community Input for Strategic Plan
Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library is envisioning the future of the organization through the process of strategic planning.  A major focus of this effort is to solicit input and engage a wide range of stakeholders within the Santa Monica community in order to ensure that the Library’s newly formed plan will meet the needs of the community it serves.  During the month of April, public forums will be held at all library locations and all community members are invited to share their hopes and aspirations to determine the Library’s future.

Wednesday, April 8, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St.

Thursday, April 9, 10:30am-12:00pm
Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Thursday, April 9, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Montana Library, 1704 Montana Ave.

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fairview Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd.

Thursday, April 23, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Pico Library, 2201 Pico Blvd.

BBB to use tap cards

BBB’s February service change will bring a few changes to Route 3M (to SamoHi) and Route 5 back to downtown Santa Monica. Some bus stops have been removed – and they are posted at stops now or see a full list here: www.BigBlueBus.com/ServiceChanges.  Get a copy of our new “Little Blue Book” system-wide schedule at the Transit Store or local libraries starting early next week.

We’ll have an updated Expo Service Plan available in a couple of weeks. It will be similar to what you have already seen, with some small modifications based on the December Council workshop. The final plan will be presented to Council at a Public Hearing on March 24th, 2015. Stay tuned for more details.
We encourage everyone who is interested in any of these topics to sign up for our email alerts at: www.BigBlueBus.com/emailalerts.
BBB fares remain $1. Find schedules on our website at BigBlueBus.com or from the map feature on your phone.

Aimee Wyatt
Transit Community Relations Officer
Office: 310.458.1975 x 5818
Mobile: 805.268.5087
  1660 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Below are three links to BBB's website.  Please note the service changes.  The good news for Wilmont is that 3M will run from UCLA and its last stop will now be at Santa Monica High School.
Passengers will be able to use the tap cards on a number of lines, not only on the BBB.
The Bus Stop Improvement Project will continue in its current form, and at the bottom of this link, the BBB states that it will NOT bring back the benches.
Service Changes as of February 8, 2015


Wilshire  Montana
Neighborhood  Coalition
Dear Wilmont members, residents and friends,

Notwithstanding hundreds of resident emails recommending against the Activity Centers, Tier 3 on Wilshire and 1801 Wilshire Avenue, Commissioners voted at the Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday maintain the Activity Centers and Tier 3, and upzone the entire 2-acre 1801 parcel to Mixed Use Blvd. (denser & higher). The Commission did advance changes to the LUCE map (Land Use Circulation Element), keeping the ‘A-lots’ residential (property adjacent - usually in the rear - to commercial spaces that us often used for parking.)

LUCE amendments must be "noticed" by the Planning Commission with a Resolution of Intention (ROI) and subsequently approved by a City Council majority to become law. Council cannot consider a LUCE amendment that is not advanced and supported by a majority of the Planning Commission, and said amendment recommendation can be appealed before the Council. In an adroit parliamentary move, Commissioner Richard McKinnon insisted on a vote for Tier 3 and the Activity Centers, thus enabling residents to pursue an appeal.

Another neighborhood organization, Northeast Neighbors, has filed an appeal to the City Council on behalf of all neighborhoods. Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy as separately filed an appeal.

Below is the Santa Monica Daily Press coverage of that meeting and an editorial that describes other LUCE Amendments that would impact Wilmont members.

The following letter went out to its members prior to this meeting.  WMNC's position is based upon a survey that was taken and resolutions which were voted upon at Wilmont's annual meeting.

Attention Wilmont Members

Wilmont is working to promote the interests of our residents, such as speaking on behalf of our neighborhood at City Council and Planning Commission meetings and creating new committees to keep you updated on the big issues facing our city. Please take a look at the committees list below and consider spending a few hours a month and taking a more active role in our city’s future.

-DEVELOPMENT-Big Projects like the Miramar, etc.

-TRANSPORTATION-Traffic, Parking, Big Blue Bus, etc.

-OUTREACH-Website, Events, Flyers, Membership, etc

-ELECTIONS-City Council, etc.

-ZONING-Downtown Plan, Zoning Ordinance Update, etc.

Ed Hunsaker,  Alin Wall

-WILSHIRE BLVD PLANNING-“Activity Center”, Developments, etc.

-HOUSING-Renters Rights, Taxes, etc.

If you would like to sign up, contact us at:

Email: wilmontinfo@gmail.com
Phone:       310-359-8238

or come to our next meeting on November 18.

  Wilmont... neighbors working together for a better community.
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