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29 Mar  

Loving Home Prices NOW!

By Thomas Ray

Thomas Ray

Prices are down and rates are low. Please contact me at: or for more info. Mention you saw me here and receive a rebate when you buy through me.

26 Mar  

Vote to help Santa Monica Glow

Glow 2010

250,000 fans can’t be wrong…about Glow or the City of Santa Monica. Glow is a unique all-night cultural experience featuring original commissions by artists who re-imagine Santa Monica Beach as an immersive environment for thoughtful and participatory temporary artworks. This year Glow will take place on September 25, 2010 from dusk ‘til dawn and will feature approximately 25 projects by international, national and local artists. Glow is free to the public and is funded by the City of Santa Monica as well as corporate and individual donations.

Through the Refresh Everything Project, Pepsi is awarding grants to individuals, non-profits and pro-social businesses for ideas that will have a positive impact in the community. The public will determine the winners by voting online for the most compelling ideas. Vote daily through March 31 to support the City of Santa Monica’s effort to secure a $250,000 grant for Glow 2010. Sign up to receive a daily email reminder that will include glow quotes from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Thomas Jefferson.

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division invites artists who are residents of Los Angeles County to submit project proposals for Glow 2010. Up to 15 artists will be selected by a panel of arts professionals with funding ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 per artist. Complete information regarding the nature, scope and application requirements, is available on the project website. Submittals are due by Monday, April 12th.

Visit Glow’s website for highlights of Glow 2008 and plans for Glow 2010.

22 Mar  

You Don’t See THAT Every Day

By Nat Trives

Photo by R. Friday

Most people can say “there’s no town quite like mine,” and they’d be right. But Santa Monica might be a little more different than most cities. As a former Mayor of Santa Monica and longtime resident I pay attention to the businesses around me. And as a  former boardmember of Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, I look for ways to market the city as a whole to tourists. Sometimes, I’m amazed myself at the diversity of shops, services, restaurants and activities we have going here.

How many cities can lay claim to a “Beach Butler” service like the one offered at Perry’s Beach Café, which allows guests to enjoy resort treatment on a public beach! And as they look out at the ocean, they just might see one of Santa Monica’s four surfing chefs catching a wave on their boards.

This is a town where you can start your day riding Segways on the bike paths or taking a trapeze class at the Pier, then hit the boutiques of Montana Ave. before a musical performance at Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art Broad Stage and dinner downtown at Mélisse, Zagat Guide’s “No. 1 Top Food in Los Angeles” for three out of the last four years. Like to cook at home? Head to the Sunday Farmers Market, where you can valet your bike free of charge. (Yes, “bicycle valet” is one of Santa Monica’s 16,000 diverse hospitality jobs.) The city also offers this convenient and planet-friendly service at big events like the popular summer Twilight Dance Series at the Pier.

I have lived, worked and played in Santa Monica for many years, and I’m more proud than ever to be a part of this spectacular community. There’s so much creativity at work and every year brings new innovations and attractions. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

19 Mar  

Santa Monica Welcomes Honda LA Marathon Runners and Fans to its Beachfront Finish Line

Photo by Chistopher Wray-McCann

Santa Monica’s hospitality industry, restaurants, local business and retailers are set to welcome the arrival of 25,000 LA Marathon runners, and their families, friends and fans, on March 21, 2010. With the new “Stadium to the Sea” course, visitors are invited to stay and play in Santa Monica, as the Honda LA Marathon finish line and the Finish Line Beach Party are both being hosted in Santa Monica. As such, Santa Monica local businesses have teamed together to offer deals and specials for visitors when visiting for the LA Marathon’s festivities.

“We are looking forward to hosting The Honda LA Marathon runners and spectators as they finish the 26.2-mile racecourse in our community. The LA Marathon provides our business, hotels, restaurants, attractions and retailers with a great boost, while providing our residents with a fun-filled day at the beach,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The new Stadium to the Sea course has attracted many runners from near and far including runners from our top two markets, the United Kingdom and Australia as well as many other countries.  We are thankful that Santa Monica will be benefiting from the LA Marathon choosing to end the race in our city and at our historic Santa Monica Pier.”

Over 650 Santa Monica residents will run in the Honda LA Marathon, which is no surprise given Santa Monica’s active, health-conscious community, amazing weather and exceptional running paths. One Santa Monica-based LA Marathon “Legacy Runner,” Tom Philo, who has run in the last 24 LA Marathons, expressed his enthusiasm about the race ending in his hometown. “I keep running the LA Marathon because the volunteers and people along the way turn 26.2 pretty impersonal miles into a small town community. Every runner receives more kindness on race day than most people get in a year. I think most of us have always hoped the Westside could become part of the route, but this year goes way beyond anything I could have hoped for: it’s a great route, a fun route, and there’s nothing that could be better than ending up in Santa Monica. Except maybe getting there faster.”

Santa Monica CVB invites residents and marathon attendees to stop by any Santa Monica Visitor Center on race day and mention this discount to receive 50% off Santa Monica merchandise. For more deals and discounts for runners and family and friends, visit

Since the new “Stadium to the Sea” course was approved in November 2009, the City of Santa Monica has put together a comprehensive parking and transportation management plan in conjunction with the LA Marathon organizers. For information on street closures, resident and business access, parking and bus operations, please visit LA Marathon-related issues should be directed to Ginger Williams at or at (310) 271-7200 x103. Normal service requests or safety issues should be directed to the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.

For residents interested in attending the LA Marathon Finish Line Beach Party or watching on the racecourse during the event, the city is encouraging residents to walk, bike or take the Big Blue Bus. Bikes can be parked for free with the Bike Valet parking, which will be provided at two locations – the 1550 Beach Lot and on Arizona Ave. just east of Ocean Ave. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

17 Mar  

What’s Your Favorite LA Marathon Mile?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom share their favorite mile of the LA Marathon – they love Santa Monica too!!

15 Mar  

Giving Back to the Community is the Best Way

By Ho Nguyen

Ho Nguyen

I tell all my friends and relatives back on the east coast that I’m on an extended vacation…for over eight years now. And that’s exactly what it is every day in Santa Monica, a happy vacation. What I didn’t know when I moved here eight years ago was how involved I would be in the community. Just trying to survive was the only thing I could think about the first year, but then I learned that to really be successful and happy with where I am, I had to give back to the community.

And so, eight years later, I’m proud to say that I’m helping the new Santa Monica History Museum ( open this summer at the Santa Monica Public Library (it’s going to knock your socks off!), just finished my presidency with the Santa Monica Junior Chamber (, and working hard as a member of the great Santa Monica Lions Club ( I know that the more I can help make Santa Monica a better city, the happier I am to live and work here.

To me, Santa Monica has given me the opportunity to not only enjoy the natural beauty it has to offer, but also the opportunity for a country boy like me from North Carolina to make a difference in the community, and that to me is why I LOVE Santa Monica.

12 Mar  

Beautiful Santa Monica

By Alex Acuna

Photo by Kristen Beinke

Just feeling the breeze and contemplating the beautiful site of the ocean makes you feel relaxed.

10 Mar  

First Time Marathon

By Avedis Guerboian / Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation

Avedis Guerboian

The beach and the community! This year, is the first time the LA Marathon will finish in Santa Monica. I live and work in Santa Monica at the largest family owned jewelry store Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation. I have always wanted to run the LA marathon and felt it was my “calling” to do it this year, since the finish line is at our wonderful pier !!

08 Mar  

Vegan Food & Film Studios

By D. Ryan Reeb

I love that within 1 mile of my job as a visual effects artist over at Asylum Visual Effects there are multiple places to walk to that cater to a Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyle.

07 Mar  

Great workout spot -HYPE

By Anne-Marie Feliciano

HYPErformance on 3rd St is an awesome, non-intimidating gym right on the Promenade! Best thing about it is the out-of-gym workouts…on the beach, at the stairs. I can’t wait to try the boxing classes!


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