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Shop philanthropically on Third Street Promenade

SM Daily Press:  I was in the Apple store last week to pick-up a small tripod for us to record our first Facebook Live presentation.* The team member asked me how I planned to use it and when I told him I was making a recording for the Santa Monica Lions Club, he was curious. “What is a Lions Club?” he asked. I told him we were a service club serving the needs of Santa Monica and the Westside. On an international level we focus on vision, feeding the hungry, children and the environment. His next question was, “What is a service club?” I was not surprised.  Read more > > >


Santa Monica's Minimum Wage Law Gets Final Approval

SM Daily Press:  Revisions to Santa Monica’s minimum wage law were met with maximum approval this week thanks to backing from a coalition of local residents, labor unions and business leaders.

City Council formally adopted a $15 hourly minimum wage schedule in January, but several details were deliberately left vague with an expectation that a specially appointed working group would fill in the gaps.

According to city staff, the new rules will be phased in over four years. Starting on July 1 of this year, the minimum wage will start at $10.50 per hour and increase to $15 per hour in 2020. Some nonprofits and businesses with fewer than 25 employees can receive a one-year delay, and there is an 18-month exemption for transitional employees.  Read More > >


Will Santa Monica's Expo Line get you out of your car?

LA Times:  Each day, about 80,000 people travel to Santa Monica for work.  At the same time, about 45,000 Santa Monica residents head to jobs outside the city.  Read more > > >


True Food Kitchen Receives REAL Certification

SM Mirror:  The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), a nonprofit dedicated to making it easier to dine healthfully and sustainably, announced today that True Food Kitchen’s locations have become REAL Certified, a nationally recognized symbol of culinary nutrition and environmental excellence....The highly-coveted Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) certification has been bestowed only on a select number of restaurant and foodservice providers. Read more > > >

Buy Local Santa Monica Teaches High School Students To Buy Local

Independent We Stand:  Located in Los Angeles' backyard, Buy Local Santa Monica represents more than 800 Southern California businesses and thousands of local employees.  The group supports these businesses with marketing assistance, event discounts, and networking opportunities, while highlighting the work that its businesses do for local schools.   

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