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31 Jan  

Santa Monica Shows Some LOVE for Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine's Day Beachside

Whether planning a perfect proposal or romantic getaway, Santa Monica businesses are showing some LOVE this Valentine’s Day by offering special dining, discounts and hotel packages. For more information, visit

Santa Monica businesses can submit their Valentine’s Day special offers at

28 Jan  

SMCVB Bids Farewell to Beloved Colleague and Friend, Thelma Parks

Thelma Parks

One of the first graduates of the I Am Santa Monica Program and a true Santa Monica Ambassador, Thelma Parks was the most time honored employee at SMCVB, serving a role she cherished as a Travel Counselor and providing helpful information to travelers for over 23 years.

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is creating the Thelma Parks Service Award in her honor. The tourism award will be presented each year in recognition of local hospitality industry employees who exemplify Santa Monica customer service.

To share your stories or thoughts, visit

24 Jan  

Sunset Park Realtors Loves Santa Monica!

By Jenny Chang

Photo by Stacey Valnes

When SPR decided to set up shop in beautiful Santa Monica five years ago, it was a decision easily arrived at for a myriad of reasons. First of all, Stacey is a Santa Monica native, born and bred in this charming city by the sea, and he could find no better community in the greater Los Angeles area to pledge his allegiance to.  Megan, a Laguna Beach native, moved to Santa Monica at age 20.  She was drawn to the city life of Los Angeles, yet deeply appreciated the small town feel and fresh ocean breeze she had grown up with in Laguna, and could find this same sense of “home” in Santa Monica.  Thus, SPR feels right at home in Santa Monica, comfortable yet challenged.

A walk along the bluffs in North Santa Monica is enough to make anyone want to move here and settle down, not to mention the diversity and energy of the boardwalk and pier.  Santa Monica has so much to offer: eclectic dining, charming boutiques, a thriving art community, world class shopping, gorgeous ocean and beaches, a great public school system, and family friendly neighborhoods.  The city also offers a strong and energetic community of homeowners, dedicated to making the best of their community.  SPR is committed to the betterment and enrichment of Santa Monica as well, and hopes to always have a positive effect within the community.

17 Jan  

dineLA Restaurant Week Returns!

dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week returns January 23-28 and January 30-February 4, 2011!

Local foodies and visitors to Los Angeles will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course lunch menus for $16, $22 or $28 and dinner menus for $26, $34 or $44 from some of Santa Monica and LA’s best restaurants during this dining event.

For a list of participating Santa Monica businesses, visit

10 Jan  

Buy Local Santa Monica – Share Your Story!

Do you love buying local? Why not share your story!

Buy Local Santa Monica is a campaign that was created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support local businesses and raise awareness of the community, economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.

Buy Local Santa Monica is a partner in the 3/50 Project. What three local, independent businesses would you miss if they disappeared?  Your purchases keep them around, supporting our local economy and a unique, thriving community of businesses.

It’s simple to participate - pick three businesses you absolutely can’t live without, and commit to stopping by, saying hello and spending $50 amongst the three this month to spur our local economy.  Then, go even further to support your favorites by telling which ones you picked and why.

Visit to share your favorite Santa Monica businesses that you can’t live without.

03 Jan  

State of the City – January 27, 2011

The State of the City is held every January at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts the breakfast reception and program that addresses concerns regarding the impact of the current global and state economic situation at a local level.

In 2010, the event introduced the new City Manager Rod Gould as departing City Manager Lamont Ewell said his farewell. The program featured keynote speaker Bill Allen, President & CEO of the LA Economic Development Corporation, and honored then-owner of the LA Dodgers, Frank McCourt.

This year, change is coming! Join the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce with our host Santa Monica College and local leaders, including City Manager Rod Gould and members of the Alliance as we discuss the future of our city and how future projects will transform the landscape of Santa Monica.

For more information, visit


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