We support responsible redevelopment of the Miramar Hotel. We support increased revenue for the City of Santa Monica, increased on-site parking, increased open space and access to the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and more jobs and affordable housing.

Meet Me Under the Fig Tree 2015 Was a Big Success!

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The spirit of the holidays was in full swing on Sunday, December 6th at Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, the free annual community event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital.

Families gathered under the historic Moreton Bay fig tree to celebrate the season with live performances by the Santa Monica High School Orchestra, Clare Means and Grammy Award Winning pianist Bill Cunliffe. The event was hosted by Greg Goldner and Gauri Ramnath, while guests enjoyed holiday cookie decorating, hair braiding, mini manicures by Exhale Mind Body Spa, a bounce house, a petting zoo, mural painting and a whimsical ginger bread house display, as well as meet and greets with members of Santa Monica’s Fire Department and Police Department. Once again, pictures with Santa Claus proved to be extremely popular. Additionally, families enjoyed furry four legged friends from the Los Angeles based Best Friends Pet Adoption clinic and an interactive exhibit with Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Guests were also treated to a complimentary raffle, which featured prizes donated by community partners including Del Frisco’s, Helens Bikes, Joan’s on Third Santa Monica, Metre Records, The Lobster, Thyme Cafe, Truxton’s, and Westside Acupuncture, along with prizes from the hotel by Exhale Spa, Fig Restaurant and a two night stay at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows.

Guests delighted in culinary offerings such as pumpkin soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and apple cider from FIG Restaurant and delectable hot chocolate from Zenbunni.

Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food to be donated to OPCC. In total, approximately 9,000 pounds of food and over $700 was collected for OPCC which will directly help thousands of individuals and families in need during this holiday season.

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You're Invited to the Miramar's 2015 Meet Me Under the Fig Tree!

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We are thrilled to invite you to celebrate the holidays at the annual 'Meet me under the Fig Tree' community event on Sunday, December 6th from 2 - 5PM at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. 

It's an afternoon for the entire family! There will be entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus, whimsical gingerbread houses, seasonal crafts and a complimentary raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and the Fairmont Hotel. For the kids, there will be a bounce house, and special new events this year including mural painting with Beautify Earth, an interactive exhibition with Heal The Bay, mini-manicures with Exhale Mind Body Spa, a bounce house, snow and more more! 

Your nonperishable food items will be donated to the Ocean Park Community Center, the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. Last year approximately 8,500 pounds of food was donated. Your contributions will help change lives and provide food for those in need in our community. 

Admission is free. 

For more information about the event, please call 310-576–7777. We're looking forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP on our website or on our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for more details! 

See you on Sunday December 6th under the Fig Tree!

Friends of the Miramar
http://www.friendsofthemiramar.org/

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How are Traffic and Transportation Improving in Santa Monica?

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Reducing traffic congestion and providing public transit are key elements in developing a sustainable future for Santa Monica. A recent survey on the millennial generation shows that 86% believe it is important for a City to offer opportunities to live and work without a car. Most residents of Santa Monica would agree!

Here are the latest transportation improvements in the City of Santa Monica:

  • The arrival of the expo line in 2016

  • Increased Big Blue Bus service

  • 45 miles of new bike facilities installed since 2011

  • New bike sharing program launching in 2015

  • Car sharing and assertive efforts to make walking safer and easier

    The other good news is that according to presentations by City officials at the Santa Monica State of the City 2014 the 2013 peak hour traffic counts taken in Santa Monica were 19% lower than 2007 and 2% lower than 2011. And, while tourism has increased, it is estimated that 80% of tourist visitors walk or use transit once they arrive.

    The Miramar Plan is consistent with the City’s goals to improve the pedestrian experience and reduce traffic in Downtown Santa Monica. One of the many improvements included in the Miramar Plan is a new 484- space underground garage for the hotel guests and residents. This will nearly triple our current on-site parking, providing ample parking for all employees, guests, residents and visitors. This will free up neighborhood parking spaces and eliminate the duplicative valet trips to the Miramar’s off-site parking lots. In addition, relocating the main entrance to the hotel from Wilshire Boulevard to Second Street will reduce congestion at the vital Wilshire Boulevard/Ocean Avenue intersection.

    We’ll keep you posted on more important development news in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, be sure to join us on Facebook!

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Support Pam O'Connor and Frank Gruber on Nov. 4th!

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Updates on new affordable housing proposed as part of the Miramar Plan

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Creating more affordable housing for Santa Monica is an important issue for many of our supporters. The Miramar Plan will create up to 40 new affordable apartments, located across the street from the new Miramar Hotel (pictured in in the red highlighted area in the photograph above). These new affordable housing units will promote economic growth and diversity in Santa Monica and also ensure that people can live closer to where they work.  All of those things will improve the vibrancy of our community!

Friends of the Miramar supports smart development practices such as requiring affordable housing as a component of new market-rate housing projects. However, due to the demise of the Redevelopment Agency, funding for new affordable housing has been extremely limited in recent years. The proposed Miramar Plan units would equal nearly 3% of all affordable housing built in Santa Monica over the last 20 years.  If we want to make sure Santa Monica can continue to be a place for all of us, we need to create new affordable housing.

Join us and support the Miramar Plan in building a diverse economy and community for Santa Monica. 

  

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RailLA Expo Explorer this weekend!

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Friends of the Miramar eagerly awaits the completion of the Expo Line in 2015 which will connect Santa Monica to the Metro Line in Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles. Now we’re thrilled to join RailLA: Expo Explorer, a full day expedition on Sunday, to celebrate the sights and sounds of the historic Metro Expo Line, built in 1875! For newbies and experienced transit enthusiasts, this will be a day to discover fantastic curiosities at the Museum of Natural History and enjoy the Exposition Rose Garden, along with other surprises along the way. The tour starts and finishes at the Metro Culver City Station. There will be music, festivities and gift sharing at the end of the day. Everyone is invited to dress dapper to make the event even more special! For more info and to by tickets, click here.
Expo Explorers is made possible by a grant from LA2050 and Goldhirsh Foundation. 
RailLA: Explorer Expo has received support from Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Hines, Le Pain Quotidien, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, The Peace Projects.org, Alex Shannon from xS Design, Stephanie Luciano, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica Spoke - Chapter of LACBC, Maker City LA, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Metro Los Angeles, FAST - Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic, Los Angeles World's Fair, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, and the California High-Speed Rail Authority
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