Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 84,084. In the skateboard and surfing communities it is sometimes called Dogtown, which includes Venice Beach as well.
Because of its agreeable weather, Santa Monica was a famed resort town in the early 20th century. Now, the city has been subsumed into the welter of towns in the greater Los Angeles area, but is still considered a pleasant place to live. Santa Monica has experienced a tremendous economic boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth, and increased tourism.
Santa Monica is famous for its progressive politics, including local policies that favor renters, consumers, and homeless persons. Residents of the city are among the largest contributors in the nation to Democratic Party candidates. Because of its political leanings the city has been jocularly labeled The People's Republic of Santa Monica. The city was well-known for its strict rent control ordinance, which had been enacted in 1978 and was partially-overriden by state law in 1999. Santa Monica is sometimes called the "Homeless Capital of the West" due to its tight housing market and homeless problem; satirist Harry Shearer calls it "The home of the homeless."
Web Sites and Links
Downtown Santa Monica and the Third Street PromenadeRetail, dining and entertainment area in the heart of the city. Site lists shopping, dining, events, entertainment and local business information.
Friends of Sunset ParkA non-profit neighborhood association dedicated to working for the interests of all residents of Sunset Park, Santa Monica, CA.
Santa Monica Chamber of CommerceA private nonprofit, non-governmental association of business, industrial, professional and community organizations. We support the economic viability and health of our members, community and business interests
Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau.Tourist and travel information on beaches, vacations, holidays, hotels, dining, shopping, restaurants, meetings, events and attractions.
Save Open SpaceConcentrates on maintaining open space, protecting wildlife, and preserving natural resources. Lists issues and achievements, and land protection plan map.