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Senator Ben Allen Honors The Albright at the 2019 California Small Business Day

SM Daily Press:  Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) has named The Albright as Small Business of the Year for Senate District 26. The Albright, which was chosen for its commitment to sustainability and dedication to the Santa Monica community, received the award at a Sacramento luncheon sponsored by the California Small Business Association on Wednesday, June 19.

“It is my pleasure to recognize Greg Morena, Yunnie Kim Morena, and everyone at The Albright for serving generations of Santa Monicans on the Santa Monica Pier,” Senator Allen said. “They have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts on the Pier and in the greater Santa Monica community by serving sustainable, locally sourced seafood and ingredients. This is a labor of love for the Morena family and they have done a fantastic job bolstering fellow Santa Monica businesses and engendering a sense of respect and social responsibility within the community.”

California Small Business Day 2019 honored 82 small businesses for their contributions to the state’s economy. Small business contributes to 75% of California’s gross domestic product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs. From hardware stores to manufacturers, small businesses are stalwarts of California’s communities and its economy.  Read more >


Santa Monica Ranked Among Nation's Top Beach Cities

SM Lookout:  Santa Monica ranked among the nation's top ten beach cities to live in, despite earning low marks for "affordability" and "safety," according to a study released by WalletHub Tuesday.

The personal finance website ranked Santa Monica 9th among the 146 beach cities it compared using 62 key metrics also used to rank weather, the economy, health and education and quality of life.  Read the article >


Sidewalk Vending: How to be a smart consumer

City of SM blog:  Recently, the Santa Monica City Council approved new laws for a comprehensive sidewalk vending program to create a pathway for vending in spaces that were formerly restricted. The Council acted in response to the state’s passage of the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, which decriminalized sidewalk vending in public areas. The new program puts public health and safety at the forefront and expands economic opportunities for those who choose to vend lawfully under the program.  Read more >


Pacific Park Receives The ‘Jeff King SM Tourism Champion of the Year’ Award From Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

SMDP: Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier was presented the prestigious “Jeff King Santa Monica Tourism Champion of the Year” award by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) at the 10th Annual Travel & Tourism Summit held at Jonathan Beach Club on Wednesday, May 8.  Read more >


Citywide - SaMo Pride announces robust calendar of family-friendly programming

SMDP:  Downtown Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Place and the City of Santa Monica, are unveiling a calendar of fun, family-friendly events and experiences for the first-ever, SaMo PRIDE. More than 20 events throughout the month of June will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, individuality, inclusivity and love in every color, anchored by a nightly display of lights spanning the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, the historic Santa Monica Pier Bridge and City Hall.

“The inaugural SaMo PRIDE celebration will bring our community value of inclusion to life through a lineup of opportunities for all ages,” said Mayor Gleam Davis. “We look forward to having the community and our neighbors come out to help inaugurate what we hope becomes a new annual tradition in Santa Monica.”  Read more >