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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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Vote Now: Most Loved Santa Monica Contest 


From most loved local surf shop to the favorite Santa Monica farmer, we are putting the call out to discover and celebrate the Most Loved Businesses in Downtown Santa Monica! Which local business can you not live without? Who puts a smile on your face when you drop in?

The winners will be announced in an upcoming "Santa Monica's Most Loved..." issue of the SM Daily Press and celebrated throughout the year by the Buy Local SM campaign, the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. So tell us who you love and be entered to win some fabulous prizes including gift certificates from our local businesses, Buy Local SM T-shirts, Buy Local reusable bags + more!

To vote, visit Vote all throughout the month of February and share your favorites on social media with the hashtags #mostloved #DTSM #SantaMonica. Make sure to tag us @DTsantamonica on Twitter and Instagram. 

For businesses, please download the handy Most Loved Social Media guidehere. It includes sample posts and tips to help you spread the word to your customers.

Good luck! 

About the Buy Local Santa Monica:
Buy Local Santa Monica campaign 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.  View the article > > >