Formed in 1989, Friends of Sunset Park is a non-profit neighborhood organization dedicated to working for the collective interests of all Sunset Park residents. Over the years our dedicated volunteers have worked to improve the quality of life in Sunset Park by striving to improve community safety and reduce crime, reduce cut-through traffic and parking intrusions, improve safety and reduce noise and air pollution at Santa Monica Airport, minimize the impacts of commercial development in our neighborhood, enhance public recreation facilities, and work with our local schools to support quality education for our children.
President – Zina Josephs
Vice President – Elaine Blaugrund
Secretary – Charles R. Donaldson
Treasurer – Vivien Flitton
Charles R. Donaldson
FOSP works hard to improve the quality of life in Sunset Park. With more active members, we can have greater influence in solving problems that affect our neighborhood. Join us!
Crime and Public Safety: We keep in close touch with the Police Department, especially our Neighborhood Resource Officer, Artis Williams, and forward crime alerts to our members. We successfully gained city ordinances to keep Lincoln Blvd. from becoming a magnet for adult businesses. We encourage members to participate in the Fire Department’s Disaster Assistance Response Training (DART) classes.
Traffic, Pedestrian Safety, and Parking: FOSP has had additional crossing guards assigned near schools. We work to protect pedestrians and to discourage cut-through traffic. We supported preferential parking near SMC so residents could park near their homes. We also successfully lobbied to protect the neighborhood from SMC Bundy Campus traffic.
Fighting for Airport Safety: FOSP helped secure stricter noise-limit enforcement and higher fines for violators at Santa Monica Airport. We’ve helped organize numerous rallies and advocated for state legislation to improve airport area air quality. In 2008, we successfully urged the City Council to reject an inadequate FAA runway safety proposal, and to ban on the bigger, faster Category C and D jets. (The FAA delayed and ultimately prevented implementation of that ban.) In 2010, we met with Rep. Henry Waxman regarding the FAA “test” of the 250 heading departure flight path.
Controlling Development: FOSP helped stop large commercial developments on the NW corner of Pico and Cloverfield, on Airport Avenue, and at the old Marion Davies estate on PCH. That made possible the Virginia Avenue Park expansion, the new Airport Park site, and the Annenberg Community Beach Club.
Working with City Officials: FOSP Board members communicate regularly with city officials and co-sponsor the city’s annual “Can We Talk?” community budget meetings at Grant School. The City Manager, City Council members, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Airport Director, Planning Director, Transportation Planning Manager, and other city staff come to FOSP meetings to address our concerns.
Working with Other Organizations: Representatives from FOSP and the other neighborhood groups meet monthly at the Neighborhood Council. FOSP members have served on many city commissions (Airport, Arts, Landmarks, Planning, Recreation and Parks, and Social Services) as well as the Architectural Review Board, the Pico Improvement Organization, the SMC Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, the Urban Forest Task Force, and the Workforce Housing Task Force.