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Friday
Aug312018

Third Street 3.0 in Santa Monica

LA Business Journal: Plan to re-imagine retail center underway - The time has come for Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to redo its retail.

So say city officials, some property owners and Downtown Santa Monica Inc., a nonprofit that works with the city to manage services and operations in the area.

The idea is still in its infancy, but the general notion of a retail re-imagination – or Promenade 3.0 – is gaining steam among key stakeholders. The city has set aside $200,000 for a study to be conducted this fall that will assess the needs, costs and best practices for the planned update. Officials said an announcement on the lead research firm was imminent, though they declined to give a specific date.  Read more > 

Wednesday
Aug292018

Promote a Healthy and Happy Lifestyle at Santa Monica's Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival

SantaMonica.gov:  This event will raise awareness about the economic, environmental, and community benefits of thinking local first.

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santa Monica will host the Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reed Park. This free event brings together Santa Monica’s local businesses, services and non-profits for a fun filled day while raising awareness about the economic, environmental, and community benefits of thinking local first.  Read more>

Wednesday
Aug152018

City Council Bans Single-Use Plastics for Prepared Foods

Santa Monica Patch: The Santa Monica City Council approved a revision to the 2007 Nonrecyclable Plastic Food Service Container Ordinance Tuesday night to expand plastics banned to include all single-use plastics for prepared foods. This includes straws, lids, utensils, plates, bowls, trays, containers, stirrers, cups, and lid plugs, according to the City. The ordinance requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019.

"This vote aligns with the City's sustainability goals and longstanding commitment to the environment, which includes a goal to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting, and recycling by 2030," the press release said.  Read more > 

Wednesday
Aug012018

How to Spend a Lovely Day in Santa Monica Without a Car

WeLikeLA: Sometimes it’s nice not having car. Sometimes what you really want is to be in a place where you don’t need a car. Santa Monica can be such a place, especially if you’re a visitor just trying to make a day of it.

This beachside city offers a world of opportunities, attractions, and landmarks all concentrated in a central downtown area, and/or easily accessible via public transit. Shopping, art, food, and entertainment are available virtually everywhere you look. But where to start?  Read more > 

Friday
Jul272018

Revamped Montana Art Walk brings change and more to Santa Monica

SM Daily Press:  The annual Montana Avenue Art Walk returns to Santa Monica this year, July 28, bringing change in its size and giving merchants more creative freedom in an effort to expand the event to festival-size and attract more visitors.

For the uninitiated, the Montana Avenue Art Walk is just what it sounds like: a walk around Montana Avenue, supporting local artists and their work as well as merchants along the street. It’s a ten block stretch with typically around 150 shops participating. It has traditionally been held during a weekday evening.

While the Art Walk hasn’t changed much since its inception, this year, Montana Avenue Merchants Association (MAMA) president Ryan Ole Hass wanted to revamp the event.   Read more >