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Gilbert's loses its namesake

A touching tribute to one of our Buy Local Legacy Businesses, Gilbert's El Indio founder Gilbert Rodriguez, published in the SM Daily Press.  Read more > 

Packagine industy lags bethind City's plastic replacement requirements

SMDP:  Local restaurants and cafes have spent the last six months swapping out plastic takeout containers and uttensils for products that can degrade in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

The Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance last August banning all single-use plastic packaging for prepared food and beverages that went into effect January 1.  Read more >


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.

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 >