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May 25: Heal the Bay to Unveil Beach Report Card

Also today, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be in town.

Greetings, and welcome to today's SM AM Report. Here's what's happening today:

Weather Forecast

  • sunny
  • 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.

The Runner-Up

  • 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.

Other Happenings

  • 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.

Did you take a great pic of SM in the early morning? Want to see it in The SM AM Report? Drop a note to Kurt.Orzeck@patch.com.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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