A second community meeting regarding recreational uses of the median strips near Adelaide Drive and Fourth Street in Santa Monica is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 8th, at the Main Library Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

Residents, neighbors, exercise enthusiasts and other interested members of the public are encouraged by city officials to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to present suggestions that the city received from the community and gather comments on possible options for limiting the use of the medians and/or mitigating the impacts on surrounding homes.

City staff from the City Attorney’s Office, Community Maintenance, City Manager’s Office, Police Department, Community and Cultural Services Department and the Public Works Department will be available to discuss advantages and disadvantages from various perspectives.

Residents who live near the medians and the Fourth Street stairs have expressed concerns to city staff of noise and other nuisances related to the use of the medians by individuals and exercise groups.

City staff members plan to incorporate community feedback into recommendations to the city manager as to how these issues may be addressed. The City Council directed staff to bring back recommendations for further action by the city at its December 2nd meeting.

In October, city staff distributed surveys to all residents within 1,000 feet of the medians inquiring as to which activities were most disruptive and what actions, if any, could be taken to mitigate the problem.

Staff conducted an initial meeting in late October to share the results of the survey and get feedback from neighbors and other members of the public who use the area. Over 50 residents and other median users attended the meeting.

Information, (310) 458-8221 or public.works@smgov.net/.

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