The OPEN Daily » Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:41:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Some Believe The Pier Concert Series Has Grown Too Big for Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/some-believe-the-pier-concert-series-has-grown-too-big-for-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/some-believe-the-pier-concert-series-has-grown-too-big-for-santa-monica#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:11:29 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158826 Editor’s Note: So many people attended the pier Concert last Thursday 6/22/17, that the Santa Monica Police Department tweeted for people to "avoid the area around the Santa Monica Pier." On social media, some are wondering if we should continue with the pier concert series. After all, the 4th of July fireworks display used to take place near the pier, and that was cancelled after…

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Santa Monica couple fights Snapchat over ‘geofilter’ trademark http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-couple-fights-snapchat-over-geofilter-trademark http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-couple-fights-snapchat-over-geofilter-trademark#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:07:13 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158818 Tracy and Paul Grand picked up a partial victory this month when the international body in charge of website-name disputes ruled against Snap’s bid to snatch away geofilters.com from them.

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Santa Monica Twilight Concert crowds have safety officials worried http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-5 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-5#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:54:21 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158794

A show Thursday drew around 60,000 spectators

Throngs of spectators packed Santa Monica Beach Thursday night for the first of eight shows in the city’s popular Twilight Concert Series. The free performances have become some of the most popular seasonal spectacles in the Los Angeles area, but police and fire officials tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they’re also a serious safety hazard.

Brooks says that police and fire officials were not equipped to handle the enormous crowd that attended Thursday’s performance—possibly the most well-attended show since the concert series began in the 1980s.

The concert began at 7:00 p.m., and by 7:11, the Santa Monica Police Department was already instructing visitors to “avoid the pier due to overcrowding.” After the show, headliner Khalid tweeted out an estimate that 60,000 people had attended the concert.

SMPD Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tells the Daily Press that number is close to official estimates, and that allowing a crowd of that size to gather around the pier is “irresponsible.”

As the concerts have grown in popularity, some city officials have become concerned about their viability. This year, to address rising costs, the number of concerts was trimmed from 10 to eight, while concert organizers sought to rely more on private security, rather than higher-paid police officers.

In 2014, city officials estimated that the most popular concerts were drawing up to 30,000 spectators and the council approved a series of measures aimed at reigning in crowd size and reducing illegal activities like drinking and smoking on the beach.

But two years later, City Manager Rick Cole indicated in a blog post that the extension of the Expo Line and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade had contributed to record crowds at the summer concerts.

According to the Daily Press, Brooks has requested assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan for security at the concerts. She says that after attending attending Thursday’s concert, DHS experts “were not happy with what they saw.”

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Santa Monica Twilight Concert crowds have safety officials worried http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-4 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-4#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:53:43 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158792

A show Thursday drew around 60,000 spectators

Throngs of spectators packed Santa Monica Beach Thursday night for the first of eight shows in the city’s popular Twilight Concert Series. The free performances have become some of the most popular seasonal spectacles in the Los Angeles area, but police and fire officials tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they’re also a serious safety hazard.

Brooks says that police and fire officials were not equipped to handle the enormous crowd that attended Thursday’s performance—possibly the most well-attended show since the concert series began in the 1980s.

The concert began at 7:00 p.m., and by 7:11, the Santa Monica Police Department was already instructing visitors to “avoid the pier due to overcrowding.” After the show, headliner Khalid tweeted out an estimate that 60,000 people had attended the concert.

SMPD Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tells the Daily Press that number is close to official estimates, and that allowing a crowd of that size to gather around the pier is “irresponsible.”

As the concerts have grown in popularity, some city officials have become concerned about their viability. This year, to address rising costs, the number of concerts was trimmed from 10 to eight, while concert organizers sought to rely more on private security, rather than higher-paid police officers.

In 2014, city officials estimated that the most popular concerts were drawing up to 30,000 spectators and the council approved a series of measures aimed at reigning in crowd size and reducing illegal activities like drinking and smoking on the beach.

But two years later, City Manager Rick Cole indicated in a blog post that the extension of the Expo Line and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade had contributed to record crowds at the summer concerts.

According to the Daily Press, Brooks has requested assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan for security at the concerts. She says that after attending attending Thursday’s concert, DHS experts “were not happy with what they saw.”

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Santa Monica Twilight Concert crowds have safety officials worried http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-3 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-3#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:52:58 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158790

A show Thursday drew around 60,000 spectators

Throngs of spectators packed Santa Monica Beach Thursday night for the first of eight shows in the city’s popular Twilight Concert Series. The free performances have become some of the most popular seasonal spectacles in the Los Angeles area, but police and fire officials tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they’re also a serious safety hazard.

Brooks says that police and fire officials were not equipped to handle the enormous crowd that attended Thursday’s performance—possibly the most well-attended show since the concert series began in the 1980s.

The concert began at 7:00 p.m., and by 7:11, the Santa Monica Police Department was already instructing visitors to “avoid the pier due to overcrowding.” After the show, headliner Khalid tweeted out an estimate that 60,000 people had attended the concert.

SMPD Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tells the Daily Press that number is close to official estimates, and that allowing a crowd of that size to gather around the pier is “irresponsible.”

As the concerts have grown in popularity, some city officials have become concerned about their viability. This year, to address rising costs, the number of concerts was trimmed from 10 to eight, while concert organizers sought to rely more on private security, rather than higher-paid police officers.

In 2014, city officials estimated that the most popular concerts were drawing up to 30,000 spectators and the council approved a series of measures aimed at reigning in crowd size and reducing illegal activities like drinking and smoking on the beach.

But two years later, City Manager Rick Cole indicated in a blog post that the extension of the Expo Line and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade had contributed to record crowds at the summer concerts.

According to the Daily Press, Brooks has requested assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan for security at the concerts. She says that after attending attending Thursday’s concert, DHS experts “were not happy with what they saw.”

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Santa Monica Twilight Concert crowds have safety officials worried http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried-2#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:51:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158788

A show Thursday drew around 60,000 spectators

Throngs of spectators packed Santa Monica Beach Thursday night for the first of eight shows in the city’s popular Twilight Concert Series. The free performances have become some of the most popular seasonal spectacles in the Los Angeles area, but police and fire officials tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they’re also a serious safety hazard.

Brooks says that police and fire officials were not equipped to handle the enormous crowd that attended Thursday’s performance—possibly the most well-attended show since the concert series began in the 1980s.

The concert began at 7:00 p.m., and by 7:11, the Santa Monica Police Department was already instructing visitors to “avoid the pier due to overcrowding.” After the show, headliner Khalid tweeted out an estimate that 60,000 people had attended the concert.

SMPD Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tells the Daily Press that number is close to official estimates, and that allowing a crowd of that size to gather around the pier is “irresponsible.”

As the concerts have grown in popularity, some city officials have become concerned about their viability. This year, to address rising costs, the number of concerts was trimmed from 10 to eight, while concert organizers sought to rely more on private security, rather than higher-paid police officers.

In 2014, city officials estimated that the most popular concerts were drawing up to 30,000 spectators and the council approved a series of measures aimed at reigning in crowd size and reducing illegal activities like drinking and smoking on the beach.

But two years later, City Manager Rick Cole indicated in a blog post that the extension of the Expo Line and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade had contributed to record crowds at the summer concerts.

According to the Daily Press, Brooks has requested assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan for security at the concerts. She says that after attending attending Thursday’s concert, DHS experts “were not happy with what they saw.”

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Santa Monica Twilight Concert crowds have safety officials worried http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-twilight-concert-crowds-have-safety-officials-worried#comments Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:51:06 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158786

A show Thursday drew around 60,000 spectators

Throngs of spectators packed Santa Monica Beach Thursday night for the first of eight shows in the city’s popular Twilight Concert Series. The free performances have become some of the most popular seasonal spectacles in the Los Angeles area, but police and fire officials tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they’re also a serious safety hazard.

Brooks says that police and fire officials were not equipped to handle the enormous crowd that attended Thursday’s performance—possibly the most well-attended show since the concert series began in the 1980s.

The concert began at 7:00 p.m., and by 7:11, the Santa Monica Police Department was already instructing visitors to “avoid the pier due to overcrowding.” After the show, headliner Khalid tweeted out an estimate that 60,000 people had attended the concert.

SMPD Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks tells the Daily Press that number is close to official estimates, and that allowing a crowd of that size to gather around the pier is “irresponsible.”

As the concerts have grown in popularity, some city officials have become concerned about their viability. This year, to address rising costs, the number of concerts was trimmed from 10 to eight, while concert organizers sought to rely more on private security, rather than higher-paid police officers.

In 2014, city officials estimated that the most popular concerts were drawing up to 30,000 spectators and the council approved a series of measures aimed at reigning in crowd size and reducing illegal activities like drinking and smoking on the beach.

But two years later, City Manager Rick Cole indicated in a blog post that the extension of the Expo Line and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade had contributed to record crowds at the summer concerts.

According to the Daily Press, Brooks has requested assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan for security at the concerts. She says that after attending attending Thursday’s concert, DHS experts “were not happy with what they saw.”

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21 Essential Santa Monica Restaurants, Summer 2017 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/21-essential-santa-monica-restaurants-summer-2017 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/21-essential-santa-monica-restaurants-summer-2017#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:02:38 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158706 (credit: Rick Poon)

 

Santa Monica, famous for the Pacific Ocean, 3rd Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, offers locals and tourists a number of dining destinations. From cheap bites, healthy eats, seafood-only to fine-dining establishments, there are a ton of great places to eat, if you know where to look. If you are looking to dine out by the ocean this summer, here’s a list of the top 20 best of the best in LA’s city by the sea.

 

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Michael’s

1147 3rd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 451-0843

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The longtime Westside restaurant recently upgraded the interior of the restaurant along with appointing chef Miles Thompson at the helm of the historic kitchen. Guests can enjoy the market-driven dishes and drinks in the luscious garden patio or in the dining lounge, elegantly appointed with owner Michael McCarty’s museum-caliber collection of artwork. Thompson’s progressive menu includes signatures such as the Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi, Buckwheat Sourdough Bread and the Duck Breast.

 

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Erven

514-516 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 260-2255

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Erven is a plant-based new-American cuisine restaurant from chef Nick Erven and Midcourse Hospitality Group. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Erven provides guests with a sophisticated dining experience, featuring a seasonal menu depending on what inspires Nick at the market. Popular items are the Black Garlic Chick Pea Fritters and a Thai style burrito with fried rice and tempura sweet potato. 

 

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Mélisse

1104 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-0881

http://www.melisse.com

 

Mélisse is led by two Michelin starred chef Josiah Citrin. A neighborhood staple for over 17 years, Citrin has turned Mélisse into one of the city’s premier fine-dining destinations for contemporary French cuisine. Serving farm-to-table cooking before it became a trend, Citrin’s signature dishes include Egg Caviar and Lobster Bolognese.

 

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North Italia 

1442 2nd Street,

Santa Monica CA 90401

(310) 382-2460

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Fox Restaurant Concepts debuted North Italia in Santa Monica on May 30, 2017, the third location in Southern California. At North, chefs start from scratch to create handmade pizza and pasta using only the best ingredients to craft inspired dishes from the garden, farm, and sea. The Santa Monica menu offers a selection of antipasti, salads full of seasonal ingredients, and main entrees driven by both traditional Italian cuisine and lighter fresh fish dishes. Try their popular Black Mediterranean Mussels or Bacon & Egg and Prosciutto pizzas and enjoy a cocktail like the Sicilian Margarita.

 

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Mercado

1416 4th St.

Santa Monica, CA 9040

(310) 526-7121

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Mercado Santa Monica was co-created by Jesse Gomez & Chef /Partner Jose Acevedo in 2012 and since has expanded to mid-city Los Angeles and Hollywood. They take pride in offering seasonal items on their menus such as Chef Jose’s Farmers’ Market Vegetables, Elote, Rajas Poblanas, & Squash Blossoms. A few of their most popular items on the menu are Chef Jose’s Carnitas, the Spicy Cucumber/Jalapeno Margarita, and not to mention their homemade flan with Rompope.

 

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The Albright

258 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 394-9683

 

The Albright, a local family-owned restaurant located on the Santa Monica Pier, is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The longest running restaurant on the Pier is known for their Lobster Roll which made with fresh lobster chunks, light mayo chives, fresh celery and served New England Style on a toasted roll as well as their Spicy Seafood Soup. The local favorite is seasoned and filled with clams, mussels, cod, langoustine, squid, shrimp and jasmine rice it is a hearty and delicious option for any seafood lover.

 

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Sweetfin Poke

829 Broadway

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-1097

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Sweetfin Poke reimagines Hawaii’s traditional “soul food” with its delicious, healthful poke bowls. With five locations across Los Angeles and one upcoming in Silver Lak and DTLA, the fast-casual restaurant serves customizable and signature bowls from a menu created by chef Dakota Weiss. Two popular seasonal bowls are the Spicy Tuna and Spicy Yuzu Salmon, while another hugely popular one is the Mango Albacore. Make sure to try their lemonades like the seasonal Banana Colada and Red White & Blueberry Lemonade.

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Cassia

1314 7th St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 393-6699

http://www.cassiala.com

 

Cassia celebrates Chef Bryant Ng’s Chinese-Singaporean background and his wife Kim’s Vietnamese heritage with French-inspired plates that weave in Southeast Asian flavor profiles. They only use sustainable seafood, and feature a variety of options from seafood towers to Vietnamese Sunbathing Prawns, but Chef Ng’s signature dishes include a Vietnamese take on the classic French pot-au-feu, Grilled Steak Frites, and an Asian-inspired, house made charcuterie platter.

 

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Capo

1810 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 394-5550

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Serving modern-Italian cuisine, Capo is an organic farmer’s market restaurant serving simple but delicious dishes. Pair one of their popular dishes like the Prime Flannery Beef, White Corn Ravioli or Capo’s biscotti chocolate plate with a superb wine list curated by their server/sommelier staff. Seasonal offerings include: white asparagus from Holland, fresh ceps/porcini from Northern California and fresh Extra Virgin Olive oil from Fontodi Vineyards in Panzano, Italy.

 

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FIG

101 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 319-3111

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FIG Restaurant, located inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica is a seasonal, Mediterranean-influenced bistro, serving wood-fired dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients from hand-selected farmers and purveyors in California. The bistro, named after the Moreton Bay fig tree that is the centerpiece of the courtyard at the hotel’s entrance, is made up of a dining room with sliding doors that open up to the terrace and pool, pewter bar and a private room. Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s farm-to-table driven menu includes the popular bread balloon along with wood-fired dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

 

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Water Grill

1401 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 394-5669

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Located on scenic Ocean Avenue, Water Grill serves a wide range of high quality seafood dishes. Their menu takes inspiration from the ocean and with selections changing daily, serving the freshest, and often first-of-season catches. Their signature menu item is their ice shellfish towers, while other menu favorites include raw crudos, the New England Lobster Roll, and Wild Ross Sea Chilean Sea Bass.

 

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Flower Child

1332 2nd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 382-2901

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Brought to Santa Monica by True Food Kitchen’s Sam Fox, Flower Child is a fast-casual café with a bohemian feel. Serving health-minded salads, bowls & wraps, to stay or go, it is the chain’s first California location. With a plethora of healthy and vegan options, popular dishes include the Mother Earth bowl and the Flying Avocado wrap.

 

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Herringbone

1755 Ocean Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 971-4460

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Located in The Seychelle at Ocean Avenue South, Herringbone Santa Monica features ocean to table flavors with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and high-quality meats. The coastal charm of the Santa Monica outpost is achieved through live trees, lush greenery and a number of nautical themed pieces and artwork. Favorites on the market-driven menu include the Whole Fish Cevice and Buffalo Octopus. Guests can also enjoy seasonal offerings like their Oyster Hour, 4:30-6:30pm Monday-Friday, and A Rosy Afternoon, add a $5 glass of rose to any lunch item order

 

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Belcampo Santa Monica

1026 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(424) 744-8008

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Belcampo is a farm, processing plant, and butcher shop all in one, helmed by CEO and co-founder Anya Fernald. At their Southern California flagship location in Santa Monica, they serve rustic, elegant, California cuisine and farm-inspired craft cocktails paired with a full-service butcher shop. Popular dishes include: the Belcampo Burger, Belcampo Steak Frites and available only at their Santa Monica location by request, the off-menu Belcampo Poutine.

 

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Inotheke

606 Broadway #101

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-3366

www.inotheke.com

 

Modern Greek restaurant Inotheke specializes in flavorful Mediterranean dishes and a carefully curated wine list. Designed with an emphasis on seasonal and fresh ingredients, their menu currently features seasonal offerings like their Lamb Exohiko. Popular items on the menu include the Lamb and Orzo or the Grilled Octopus Salad, which go great with any of their Greek wines.  

 

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Wexler’s Deli

616 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(424) 744-8671

www.wexlersdeli.com

 

Wexler’s Deli expanded into Santa Monica in May 2016 as chef Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar continue to their commitment to serving real Jewish soul food while providing a place of community, pride, familiarity, and quality. Wexler’s uses old-school methods to handcraft their signature meats and smoked fish – all brined, cured, smoked, and sliced in-house – along with house made condiments and freshly baked breads and bagels baked to Chef Wexler’s specifications from 7th generation bakers at Hawthorne, California’s Etchea Bakery. Along with a large variety of bagels with smoked fish, menu favorites include the Big Poppa and The Newman.

 

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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen

1119 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 393-7050

http://ift.tt/1f0APXL

 

The award-winning farm-to-table restaurant features hyper-seasonal, market-driven fare in a stylish and sociable setting. The daily-changing menu from Jeremy Fox at Rustic Canyon is inspired by the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market which is down the street. Signature dishes include the Pozole Verde, Local Rice Porridge with duck leg carnitas, and the Flannery Cote De Boeuf for two.

 

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Milo & Olive

2723 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 453-6776

http://ift.tt/1qFkUmh

 

Milo & Olive is a bakery and pizzeria that serves as the bread baking hub for the Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants. Known for its wood-fire pizzas and house-made pastas and pastries, the menu also includes seasonal salads and wood-fired vegetables. Favorites include the Pork Belly Sausage & Kale Pizza, Breakfast Pizza and the Fresh Tagliarini Bolognese.

 

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Tallula’s

118 Entrada Dr.

Santa Monica, CA 90402

(310) 526-0027

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Tallula’s is the latest addition to the Rustic Canyon Family of restaurants where Executive Chef Mario Alberto’s menu features ingredient-driven, rustic, Mexican comfort food made with fresh, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients. Taking over the long-standing Tex Mex restaurant, Marix, where partners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan used to go as kids, the restaurant is named after their daughter and offers a fun and relaxed dining experience in a colorful space filled with lush plants and beachy, south-of-the-border décor.

 

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Tar & Roses

602 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 587-0700

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Tar & Roses by chef Andrew Kirschner merges classical cuisine with modern sensibilities. Crafting a menu around a wood-burning oven, flavors are globally inspired and preparations are both sophisticated and comforting. Signature dishes include Oxtail Dumplings and the Whole Fried Snapper which can be paired with a bold and varied wine program touting as many as 80+ bottles on the list each night.

 

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Lunetta

2424 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 581-4201

http://ift.tt/2tP96De

 

Opening Tuesday June 20, 2017, Lunetta will serve rustic American cuisine in the Pico District of Santa Monica. The restaurant is a collaboration between partners Raphael Lunetta (formerly of JiRaffe) and Divide + Conquer, Inc.’s Daniel Weinstock and Mike Garrett (Maple Block Meat Co.). Located adjacent to Lunetta All Day, the trio’s modern diner and first collaboration, Lunetta brings a more refined approach with a menu steeped in local California ingredients and chef/partner Raphael Lunetta’s signature touch where simple, clean flavors take center stage.

 

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at http://ift.tt/2g4GYWd. Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh.

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Brentwood Newsstand Owner Says Whole Foods Will Not Renew His Lease Despite Being in Business for 28 Years http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/brentwood-newsstand-owner-says-whole-foods-will-not-renew-his-lease-despite-being-in-business-for-28-years http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/brentwood-newsstand-owner-says-whole-foods-will-not-renew-his-lease-despite-being-in-business-for-28-years#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:49:30 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158688

The owner of the Brentwood Newsstand, who has been in business for 28 years, is gathering signatures in support of helping save his livelihood after Whole Foods decided not to renew his lease on the store’s property. To learn more about the petition, click here.

Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on June 19, 2017.

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Santa Monica beach cottage lays on the charm indoors and out http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-beach-cottage-lays-on-the-charm-indoors-and-out http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-beach-cottage-lays-on-the-charm-indoors-and-out#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158654 Cathedral ceilings, French doors and large picture windows enhance the cozy farmhouse vibe found inside this renovated beach cottage in Santa Monica. Complementing the 1920s home, once owned by actor Leo Carillo’s brother, is a soaking pool, a palm-topped guest house and a garage turned play room.

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Free Twilight Concerts on Santa Monica Pier Are Back http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/free-twilight-concerts-on-santa-monica-pier-are-back http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/free-twilight-concerts-on-santa-monica-pier-are-back#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:51:29 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158626

Free Twilight Concerts on Santa Monica Pier Are Back

The summer concert series returns on Thursday



June 20, 2017




Music, Nightlife



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Would you rather go to an outdoor concert or relax on the beach at sunset? Thanks to the Twilight Concerts, a series of free live music events held Thursday evenings on the Santa Monica Pier, life’s hardest question answers itself. The summer concert series, now in its 33rd year, is going strong, despite a brief kerfuffle earlier this year.

In January, Santa Monica Arts Commissioner Phil Brock wrote a piece in the Santa Monica Mirror that, among other things, called for an end to the Twilight Concerts, calling them “a security burden to our city.” Brock’s piece stirred up some discussion. Jay Ferrand, executive director of Santa Monica Pier Corporation, told Santa Monica Next that there were no plans to cancel the events. He said, “Every year we work with the city to smooth out logistics and keep costs under control. We are in the midst of the same discussions this year.”

The Twilight Concerts’ new season kicks off this Thursday, June 22, with performances by R&B / soul artists Khalid and Bibi Bourelly. The free concerts go from 7 to 10 p.m., and typically attract a crowd, so arrive early to stake out a good spot on the beach. The event organizers recommend taking public transportation, biking (there’s a bike valet because…Santa Monica), or using a ride share program to avoid waiting an hour in traffic to get out of Santa Monica after the show. More travel tips can be found on the official website.

This year’s lineup:

June 22: Neo Soul / R&B – Khalid, Bibi Bourelly

June 29: Indie Pop – LeMaitre, Coast Modern

July 6: No Concert

July 13: Reggae – Marcia Griffiths, Jah9

July 20: Rock – Eric Burdon & The Animals, Mr. Elevator, Rusty’s EAC: Arms Akimbo

July 27: Aussie Dance – Miami Horror, Cleopold

August 3: Americana – Valerie June, Irma Thomas

August 10: Latin – Mon Laferte, Buscabulla

August 17: Indie Rock / Alt – Warpaint, Wild Belle


RELATED: Street Food Cinema Announces 2017 Outdoor Movie Schedule

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Hot at the beach? You bet, say forecasters, who warn temperatures are going to get hot and hotter http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/hot-at-the-beach-you-bet-say-forecasters-who-warn-temperatures-are-going-to-get-hot-and-hotter http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/hot-at-the-beach-you-bet-say-forecasters-who-warn-temperatures-are-going-to-get-hot-and-hotter#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:53:35 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158590

Dockweiler State Beach. Photo via LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors

The region’s heat wave entered its second week Monday, with highs again forecast to hit triple-digit territory in some L.A. County communities, and forecasters said the above-normal heat will extend into next week.

“Strong high pressure building across the southwestern states will cause temperatures to climb well above normal in many parts of interior southwest California today and through the middle of next week,” according to the National Weather Service.

The same upper ridge causing the above-average heat caused the marine layer to become very shallow, allowing dense fog to develop along the coast and linger into late morning.

The highest temperatures this week will be between 108 and 112 degrees in the Antelope Valley.

A heat advisory was in effect in the Los Angeles County portion of the San Gabriel Mountains until 11 a.m., when a more severe excessive heat warning kicked in, remaining in force until 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS.

In the Antelope Valley, an excessive heat warning will be in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Along the L.A. County coast, in beach cities, in metropolitan L.A., the downtown area and the Hollywood Hills, a heat advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Also scheduled to be in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday is a heat advisory in the Santa Monica Mountain Recreational Area and in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys.

“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the NWS urged. “When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to ear morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”

NWS forecasters said the high temperatures are creating a high risk of heat-related illnesses. And they warned that temperatures can quickly rise to lethal levels inside parked vehicles, even with windows cracked open, meaning that children, seniors and pets must never be left in parked vehicles in high temperatures.

Los Angeles County health officials issued a heat alert that will be in effect through Friday in the Antelope Valley and through Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley. The heat alert will be in effect Tuesday and Wednesday in Pomona and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Adding to the concern is the poor air quality. County health officials warned that air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive people in the San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys throughout the day. Health officials urged people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions to minimize outdoor activity.

Schools were also urged to limit outdoor activity for children with sensitive health conditions.

The NWS forecast a mix of sunny and partly cloudy skies in Los Angeles County Monday and highs of 76 at LAX; 79 in Avalon; 85 in Long Beach; 92 in Burbank and San Gabriel; 93 on Mount Wilson; 94 in Pasadena; 100 in Woodland Hills; 101 in Saugus; and 109 in Palmdale and Lancaster.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of  71 in Laguna Beach; 72 in San Clemente; 75 in Newport Beach; 87 in Anaheim and Irvine; 89 in Mission Viejo; 90 in Fullerton; and 92 in Yorba Linda.

Temperatures will remain high over the next several days, with small dips expected later in the week.

–City News Service

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Warning: Shark chumming changes animal’s behavior, puts people at risk, experts say http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/warning-shark-chumming-changes-animals-behavior-puts-people-at-risk-experts-say http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/warning-shark-chumming-changes-animals-behavior-puts-people-at-risk-experts-say#comments Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:36:21 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158494 Long Beach lifeguards believe some film crews are throwing bait in the water in order to attract sharks and capture the creatures on camera, which experts say is a dangerous move.

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Jonathan Gold Says the Food at Michael’s “Feels Alive Again” http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/jonathan-gold-says-the-food-at-michaels-feels-alive-again http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/jonathan-gold-says-the-food-at-michaels-feels-alive-again#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:49:26 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158329

Miles Thompson has revamped the Santa Monica restaurant for the better

This week, Jonathan Gold reviews Michael’s Santa Monica, the over 40-year-old restaurant that recently underwent a serious overhaul thanks to new chef Miles Thompson. The Times critic describes the restaurant as “all very disco-era until you get out to the tented patio, where it is still pretty late-’70s ,” but Thompson’s cooking is very 2017, with a penchant for “dusky greens and splashes of citrus, whole grains and pungent cheese, fermented things and custardy sauce.”

J. Gold seems to appreciate the new contemporary menu at the restaurant that “kick-started California cuisine:”

I’ve found myself enjoying the broiled yellowtail collar, silky strands of rich, miso-infused flesh pried free from the bones, more than I’ve liked Thompson’s more conventional branzino slicked with brown butter. The crunchy, tonkatsu-like pork, marinated with molasses and a dash of fish sauce before it is breaded and fried, is surprisingly good when you fish it out from under a salad of mint leaves and fruit. [LAT]

However, it isn’t all good news for Michael’s, as in contrast to Besha Rodell’s LA Weekly review where she called the crab and uni chawan mushi “downright sexy, and the whole thing feels generous in spirit,” the Goldster isn’t such a big fan:

The chawan mushi custard with crab, uni and crisp grain has been broken and watery every time I’ve tried it, but the layering of flavors and textures has been solid. [LAT]

Overall, the critic concludes:

If old-school service is among your requirements, the restaurant may not be for you. But against all odds, Michael’s feels alive again. It’s a fair trade. [LAT]

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Yoga is happening at Bungalow bar in Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/yoga-is-happening-at-bungalow-bar-in-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/yoga-is-happening-at-bungalow-bar-in-santa-monica#comments Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:22:46 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158257 A new Pilates studio in Brentwood, early morning yoga at a Santa Monica bar, a day-long retreat in downtown Los Angeles and thousands of people meditating in a local park: Put these on your schedule this week.

This weekend — June 10 and 11 — is the official opening of the new Club Pilates in Brentwood,…

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Try yoga with a view, or join a mass meditation at downtown L.A.’s newest park http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/try-yoga-with-a-view-or-join-a-mass-meditation-at-downtown-l-a-s-newest-park http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/try-yoga-with-a-view-or-join-a-mass-meditation-at-downtown-l-a-s-newest-park#comments Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:21:10 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158253 A new Pilates studio in Brentwood, early morning yoga at a Santa Monica bar, a day-long retreat in downtown Los Angeles and thousands of people meditating in a local park: Put these on your schedule this week.

This weekend — June 10 and 11 — is the official opening of the new Club Pilates in Brentwood,…

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Person In Wheelchair Struck, Attempted Car-Jacker Arrested During Road Rage Incident http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/person-in-wheelchair-struck-attempted-car-jacker-arrested-during-road-rage-incident http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/person-in-wheelchair-struck-attempted-car-jacker-arrested-during-road-rage-incident#comments Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:17:50 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158241

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A driver of a Toyota pick-up truck got into an argument with a bicyclist that resulted in a third man being arrested for attempted car-jacking and a person in wheelchair struck in chaotic road-rage incident, the Santa Monica police said.

The driver jumped out of the truck to confront the bicyclist at Broadway and  Second Avenue near the busy Third Street Promenade. That’s when a third man got into the Toyota and tried to drive off with it. The driver tried to stop the thief. In the process he was hit by his own truck. The pick-up went a little farther and hit a person in a wheelchair. Witnesses said the wheelchair was dragged for some distance.

When the truck came to a stop, a traffic officer and a witness stopped the thief from getting away. Police arrested him officers said.

Police say the man in the wheelchair and the truck’s owner were both taken to separate hospitals.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Clean Up the Beach for World Oceans Day http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/clean-up-the-beach-for-world-oceans-day http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/clean-up-the-beach-for-world-oceans-day#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:38:35 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158203 Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day and to celebrate General Admission are hosting a beach clean up and Fiji contest viewing party in Venice at 5:30 pm this afternoon.
Clean up the beach, eat tacos, watch the World Surf League’s Livestream of the #okfijipro and raise some support for @oceanconservancy‘s efforts to protect the ocean.
There will be prizes for those who pick up the most trash off the beach.
Meet on the Beach at the end of Brooks Ave., in Venice.
Bring the family and everyone is invited!
General Admission is at 52 Brooks Ave.

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Stripped-down Santa Monica cottage asking $3.4M http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/stripped-down-santa-monica-cottage-asking-3-4m http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/stripped-down-santa-monica-cottage-asking-3-4m#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:50:45 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158185

Vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and big open spaces

This Santa Monica Canyon cottage has a wonderful, raw look about it, with its vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and contrasting white walls. Built in the 1920s, the open and airy cottage has Douglas fir floors and beautiful French doors. There are also high-end appliances and finishes, lest anyone forget this is Santa Monica.

The master bedroom shares the sky-high ceilings of the communal spaces, and a fireplace and French doors that open out to the backyard add to the room’s grandness.




The property is actually more like a little compound, with a converted garage and a guesthouse sharing the property with the three-bedroom main residence.

The guesthouse, with a bathroom and kitchenette, could be used as its name intends. The garage is set up with a loft and playroom.

The house is listed for $3.4 million.






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Santa Monica-based Black Tux rolls out San Francisco showroom http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-based-black-tux-rolls-out-san-francisco-showroom http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-based-black-tux-rolls-out-san-francisco-showroom#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:30:16 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=158112 The Black Tux recently opened its fifth freestanding showroom space in San Francisco’s Jackson Square.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based online suit and tux rental company’s 720-square-foot space makes it neighbors with Shinola, Isabel Marant, Theory and APC, placing it in a market its executives…

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VIDEO: Dolphins keep lifeguards company off Malibu coast http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/video-dolphins-keep-lifeguards-company-off-malibu-coast http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/video-dolphins-keep-lifeguards-company-off-malibu-coast#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 07:59:38 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157933

A school of dolphins was seen keeping lifeguards company off the coast of Malibu this holiday weekend.

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Air Food Blows Into Santa Monica With French Favorites and a ‘Water Bar’ http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/air-food-blows-into-santa-monica-with-french-favorites-and-a-water-bar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/air-food-blows-into-santa-monica-with-french-favorites-and-a-water-bar#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 20:01:38 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157891

The new Broadway restaurant looks at things a little differently

Just in case you thought Santa Monica was only populated by fast casual restaurants and decades-old Italian spots these days, here comes Air Food. The decidedly French eatery keeps things just as airy as the name would suggest over on Broadway, with a sunny new dining room and outdoor patio for hanging out while the marine layer rolls in.

Toddrickallen has been on the Air Food beat for some time now, after first noticing the changes going on at the former Seaside Grill space. Apparently Air Food is up and running now, as a so-called “VIP soft opening celebration” took place last weekend. There’s even a few shots of the space and the food up on Yelp already, though the restaurant’s website mostly remains under lock and key.

So what’s to know about the place? Apparently owners Marc and Thierry met in Paris in 2014, and have been staging pop-ups together almost ever since. Now they’ve landed in Santa Monica with plans to keep things healthy and casual but with an upscale bent, particularly in the glossy white and blue decor. Nearby competition might be something like the award-winning Erven, though Air Food is decidedly not trying to work the vegan angle.


Yelp

Apparently Air Food will also offer some sort of water bar, adding on their site that it “is a way for us to share the richness of this universe that is “water” through its difference and its mineral richness and goodness.” Similarly, the food is being sold as seasonal, almost entirely organic, and housemade, cooked “in an innovative way called “low temperature process,” according to a nascent About section on Air Food’s website.

For now it looks as though Air Food is soft open in Santa Monica, keeping hours from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, with an extension to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Eater reached out for more information on the menu and the water bar, but so far hasn’t heard back.

Air Food
109 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA

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Surfers think twice as more great white sharks swim near Southern California shores http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/surfers-think-twice-as-more-great-white-sharks-swim-near-southern-california-shores http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/surfers-think-twice-as-more-great-white-sharks-swim-near-southern-california-shores#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 08:08:22 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157821 Surfers throughout Southern California have a decision to make Memorial Day weekend – enjoy some waves (a small swell is coming) and warming weather, or sit on the sand.

But the presence of so many sharks at Long Beach and Orange County beaches is making that usually easy question more difficult.

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Pier Burger employee stabbed for refusing to serve free food, attacker gets 20 years http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pier-burger-employee-stabbed-for-refusing-to-serve-free-food-attacker-gets-20-years http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pier-burger-employee-stabbed-for-refusing-to-serve-free-food-attacker-gets-20-years#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 08:06:41 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157813

Santa Monica pier. MyNewsLA.com photo by John Schreiber.

A homeless man who stabbed an employee at a restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier after unsuccessfully demanding free food pleaded no contest Monday to robbery and assault charges and was immediately sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Calvin Earl Gullett, 34, entered Pier Burger about 10:50 a.m. last Sept. 7 and demanded food from employees, but was denied.

Gullett went back to the restaurant’s kitchen area and stabbed an employee, then chased after two others with a knife that he had stolen from a retail store earlier in the day, according to prosecutors.

Responding officers found him on the beach just north of the pier and used a Taser to make the arrest when Gullett didn’t comply with their orders.

According to the criminal complaint, the probationer had prior convictions for residential burglary in 2002 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and in Los Angeles for second-degree burglary and criminal threats in 2016.

He entered his plea to one count of robbery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

–City News Service

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Santa Monica’s homeless population is up 26 percent http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monicas-homeless-population-is-up-26-percent http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monicas-homeless-population-is-up-26-percent#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 07:02:05 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157738

The city has seen increases in the number of people living in cars, shelters, and on the street

The Santa Monica City Council received a report Tuesday indicating that the city’s homeless population rose sharply last year, growing by 26 percent.

The data comes from a homelessness count conducted each year across the Los Angeles metro area. According to the report, 921 homeless residents now reside in Santa Monica—up from 728 counted a year ago.

That number likely represents only a small fraction of the number of homeless residents across the LA area (last year volunteers counted nearly 47,000 individuals across the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s continuum of care). Still, a city of Santa Monica press release suggests the increase may be tied to a regionwide crisis.

Among other things, the report indicates that many of the city’s homeless residents are new to the area. Nearly 30 percent of those surveyed reported having been in Santa Monica less than a month, while 46 percent came to Santa Monica from other parts of LA and 32 percent are originally from out of state.

Those numbers likely reflect the fact that the residences of the homeless are, by definition, unstable—not necessarily the common myth that homeless residents of other states move out to California for the warmer weather.

Homelessness was up across the board in the city, with a 39 percent increase in the number of people living on the street, a 26 percent increase in people living in cars and encampments, and a nine percent bump in the shelter population.

The release of data for all of LA County should shed more light on trends that could be directing more homeless residents to Santa Monica. LAHSA will make those numbers available in June.

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