Greetings, and welcome to today's SM AM Report. Here's what's happening today:
- high temperature: 67 degrees
- low temperature: 56 degrees
- chance of precipitation: 0 percent
- humidity: 67 percent
- sunrise: 5:47 a.m.
- sunset: 7:56 p.m.
The Main Event
- unveils its annual water quality grades, determined by levels of bacteria found in the water, this morning. Starting at 10:30 a.m. at the , the nonprofit will present its Beach Bummer list (the 10 most polluted beaches in California), and its Beach Card Report Honor Roll, which recognizes beaches that consistently received A+ scores.
- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be in town today for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' 100th year birthday celebration. The reception will take place at starting at 6:30 p.m.
- Speaking of celebrations, expect some revelry tonight at Trip, where Drinking Liberally takes place the day after a Democratic victory in New York's very red, 26th Congressional District. As usual, the gathering is at 7 p.m. at .
- Incidentally, the Santa Monica Democratic Club is meeting at the same time, from 7 to 9 p.m. at . Robert M. Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, will be there to discuss redistricting, ballot measures and campaign finance. The event is free and open to the public.
- A new art exhibit, Dialogues by Hilary Taub, opens today at . "These pieces grew out of a lifetime of figure drawing and a love of abstraction; a joy of pushing paint around a canvas and the appreciation of the elegance of a charcoal line; the beauty of shapes against open space," Taub said in a statement on Fig's website. "They are an interplay, a back and forth, a conversation, a dialogue." The exhibit runs through June 25.
- The 12th annual B. Riley & Co. Investor Conference concludes today. For the two-day conference, which is taking place at , more than 140 companies will give presentations—relating to technology, retail and additional topics—to investors and other financial services professionals.
Last but Not Least
- 's Movies on the Deck series continues at 7 p.m. with a screening of .
This Day in Santa Monica History
- On May 25, 1996, rides at —the first permanent, full-scale amusement park in Santa Monica since 1930—opened to the public (source: Santa Monica Pier: A Century on the Last Great Pleasure Pier). Go here to read about the park's 15th birthday.
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City News Service contributed to this report.