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Thursday evening June 12, 2014 the Town Hall Meeting called by the PNA and focusing on Over-Development & Resident Displacement throughout Santa Monica took place in the Thelma Terry room at Virginia Avenue Park. Co-sponsors of the standing room only event included: Residocracy, Anti-eviction Mapping Project & Eviction Defense Network,
Friends of Sunset Park Board of Directors, Mid-City Neighbors Board of Directors,
Wilmont Board of Directors, Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City,
Northeast Neighbors Board of Directors.


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“It’s Time to Celebrate a Huge Residocracy Victory
with our first ever Community Barbecue

Saturday May 31 (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm)
at Clover Park
(Ocean Park Blvd and 25th Street)

  It’s Time to Celebrate a Huge Residocracy Victory with our first ever RSVP to
(All are welcome, but please RSVP so that we have a sense of how many people will attend)

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This is a Public Service Announcement brought to you by the Pico Neighborhood Association


New Pico Neighborhood Branch Library Is Now Open In Virginia Avenue Park
Pico Branch Library • 2201 Pico Blvd. • (310) 458-8684
Branch Manager: Cecilia Tovar

Pico Branch Llibrary   Hours of Operation:
Sunday: CLOSED  –  Monday:  Noon to 9 pm  –  Tuesday:  Noon to 9 pm
Wednesday:  Noon to 9 pm  –  Thursday:  Noon to 9 pm
Friday:  Noon to 5:30 pm  –  Saturday:  10am to 5:30 pm
For additional information please click the link below:

Residocracy Meeting: Planning the Future

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The residents’ movement to
take Santa Monica
 back from developer interests
Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 pm
at Lincoln Middle School Auditorium
(14th Street & California Ave)

                         Free Parking (Enter on California Ave)Please RSVP to:

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Congratulations to our Community Network of Residents on gathering over 13,500 signatures to Veto our City Council’s approval of the proposed 765,000 square foot Hines development project.  After a long verification process, the referendum petition was officially accepted for certification by City Hall on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

Join us on May 1st at our special event as we continue our efforts to take back Santa Monica from developer interests and insure that residents’ voices are being heard.

We are halfway there.  On May 12, Santa Monica City Council will decide how to respond to the over 13,500 residents who signed the referendum petition.

Come meet with us on May 1st at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium where we will:

  • Review the results of the referendum petition drive and City Council’s pending actions.
  • Discuss future actions including a possible initiative drive to limit development city wide.
  • Begin preparations for the coming city council elections.
  • Share ways that we can continue to expand the membership and scope of Residocracy through our Community Network of Residents.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at this special Residocracy meeting. Please tell all your friends and neighbors about this event. Or better yet, bring them with you.

Thank You for your support, your passion, and all of your efforts in our unified fight to . . . Take our City Back once and for all.


Armen Melkonians
Residocracy Founder

City Council backs the PNA on the MANGo

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On Tuesday 2/11/14, the City Council listened carefully to public comments regarding the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway and voted unanimously to support the PNA’s position which was “Yes on the MANGo – No on traffic diverters.”  Thus the MANGo project passed Council WITHOUT the inclusion of traffic diverters and barricades.
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Council Approves Bergamot Transit Village DA and Ignites Citizen Referendum

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The Hines project at Bergamot Transit Village, according to their own EIR, will generate nearly 7,000 new car trips each day.

Traffic is already gridlocked in many parts of Santa Monica throughout the day, and at rush hour – “fuggedaboutit.” Now if one were to line up those additional 7,000 cars bumper-to-bumper in two lanes on the I-10 freeway, they would stretch from Lincoln Blvd. all the way to downtown L.A.

Residocracy is a grassroots campaign organized by residents to allow Santa Monica voters to decide whether or not they want the increased traffic and development from the Hines project.

A petition is currently being circulated to put a Referendum on the ballot which would allow voters to decide. To qualify approximately 6100 signatures are necessary and these must be turned in by March 14, 2014.

For information on the Hines project and the Referendum please go to

PNA Co-Chair, Oscar de la Torre, Responds to Santa Monica Daily Press Front Page Story, RE: Mango – Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenwy

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Dear Editor,

From reading the City staff report on the proposed changes to Michigan Avenue one might think that the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) is all about bicycles and bicyclists and not about upgrading and greening the Pico Neighborhood. The Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) has been working closely with residents and City staff to ensure that a reasonable plan goes before the City Council this upcoming Tuesday night for approval and if not for the efforts to circumvent resident input, we would have full resident support for the project. Continue reading “PNA Co-Chair, Oscar de la Torre, Responds to Santa Monica Daily Press Front Page Story, RE: Mango – Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenwy”

PNA Board “Bergamot Transit Village Center” Letter of Opposition to City Council, January 27, 2014

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To:       Santa Monica City Council

From:   Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA)

Date:   January 27, 2014

Re:       Bergamot Transit Village Center, DA 10-002, item 7A

The PNA OPPOSES the overall proposed development & the development agreement as proposed by the developer (Hines) and we feel that the developer can make significant improvements to the project & the community benefits being offered to offset the burden that the development will create for our residents, especially residents in close proximity to the development.

The development proposed will have a major impact on Pico Neighborhood residents. The Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) board is the elected body representing more than 12,000 residents in the Pico Neighborhood encompassed by Pico Blvd, Colorado Ave. east of 20th St., Santa Monica Blvd. west of 20th St., Centinela Ave., and Lincoln Blvd.   The Pico Neighborhood is home to the City’s most ethnically, generational and economically diverse area in Santa Monica.
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PNA Board “MANGo” Letter to City Council

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Date:    January 17, 2014

To:       The Santa Monica Mayor and City Councilmembers:

From:   Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA), Oscar de la Torre, PNA Co-Chair

Re:       Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo

The purpose of this letter is to express our concerns related to the MANGo “Draft Improvements Map” presented in a community meeting at Virginia Avenue Park by City staff on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and to demand that the voice of Pico Neighborhood residents be heard and respected.
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The PNA Survey found an overall acceptance of the MANGo project

Responses to Yes-No Questions

The PNA Survey found an overall acceptance of the MANGo project among those residents of the Pico Neighborhood taking part in the survey. (Please see * below)

There was a general acceptance of:
Head-in parking between Michigan and Olympic Drive/ I-10
Posted speed limit
Digital speed monitors
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