Don’t get scared. Be prepared!

The air has turned crisp and the winds are howling, suggesting that fall is upon us and the holidays are fast-approaching. With the support of our community, we are hoping to face a different holiday season than the last. With at least 86% of Santa Monicans vaccinated against COVID-19 and having far more information about […]

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LA County reports 76 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020

The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) released a special report on anti-Asian hate crime in LA County in 2020. Since 1980, LACCHR collects and reports hate crime data submitted by law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and community-based organizations. Today’s special report revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes rose 76% from 25 to 44 […]

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A message from our new Police Chief

Hello everybody, my name is Ramon Batista, and I am the newly appointed Police Chief for the City of Santa Monica. Here’s a little bit about me. I have spent the majority of my adult life serving in public safety. Becoming a police officer was a childhood dream. I had the opportunity to live that […]

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Residents encouraged to participate in ShakeOut earthquake preparedness day

On October 21st at 10:21am, Californians across the state will participate in International ShakeOut Day, an annual opportunity to practice earthquake safety actions. Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management encourages all households and businesses to participate in the ShakeOut. Make October 21st a day to review your emergency plan, start or refresh a disaster kit, […]

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Keep our Shops on the Block launches Digital Accelerator Program

Following the success of the Keep Our Shops on the Block grant earlier this year, which deployed financial aid to 481 small brick-and-mortar businesses in the retail and personal care sector, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Los Angeles (LISC LA) has expanded the program and the services offered and launched an invite-only digital literacy accelerator […]

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Supervisor Hahn wants mental health professionals on Metro

On Oct. 19, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis that allows the LA County Department of Mental Health to enter negotiations with Metro about the possibility of using county mental health professionals to respond to mental health crises aboard Metro’s trains […]

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The Santa Monica Democratic Club is meeting on Oct. 20.

The SMDC Bylaws Committee has been working all year on a package of new bylaws reforms. We are presenting these changes to the general Club Membership at our meeting on Wednesday evening. (If you miss the meeting, as always, you’ll be able to watch a recording on YouTube the following day.) Finally, we will vote […]

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Halloween cooking classes with the Gourmandise School

The Halloween season is in full swing and The Gourmandise School wants to make sure its Sweets and Savories’ Halloween cooking classes are on your radar. Halloween MacaroonsOn Oct. 24, partner up in a 3-hour in-person class to learn the sweet tricks to making some delicious Halloween Macaroons. The Gourmandise School will walk attendees through […]

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Santa Monica Place to host seasonal retailer job fair

WHAT:Santa Monica Place will host a center-wide seasonal job fair for job seekers interested in a variety of employment opportunities on October 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participating stores and restaurants will have a table displayed at their storefronts to meet candidates, accept applications and conduct interviews as desired. Please visit the Concierge […]

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LA City Attorney files 35 criminal counts alleging failure to stop work in Santa Monica Mountains

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has filed 35 criminal charges against developers for alleged numerous building and safety violations stemming from continuing construction on five partially built, three-story, 5,000 square-foot single family homes on Woodstock Road in Laurel Canyon. The five hilltop homes, adjacent to the Mulholland Drive overlook, were originally built […]

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