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Santa Monica Daily Press
410 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Santa Monica Daily Press is a daily local newspaper published in Santa Monica. The free paper's motto is "We haveMore you covered." The newspaper includes news pieces — original reports, as well as wire stories — that span the City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles County and the State of California. Also included are sports roundups, columns, events listings, movie times, comics, weather forecasts, horoscopes and puzzles. Published six days a week (with Sunday excepted), the SMDP also services Venice Beach, Brentwood and West Los Angeles. Its publisher is Newlon Rouge, LLC. The paper is a member of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Association of Free Community Papers, the Circulation Verification Council, The Associated Press, the Independent Free Papers of America and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.
Santa Monica Beach
Colorado Ave & Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Stretching 3.5 miles, Santa Monica Beach lies between Venice and Malibu and is one of the most popular attractionsMore in Los Angeles. In 2008, the American Planning Association bestowed its Great Places in America honor upon Santa Monica Beach. Marriage services are performed here, too.

Lifeguards are on duty year-round between sunrise and sunset, and the lifeguard headquarters is open around the clock.

A boardwalk runs along the waterfront, as well as the South Bay Bicycle Trail, which stretches for 22 miles. Fishing is open to the public, with no license required. Surfing is also allowed depending on the amount of beach traffic and weather conditions. Volleyball courts are open to the public for no charge, while boogie boards and additional beach equipment is available for rent.

Ballplaying is only allowed in permitted areas at Santa Monica Beach. Tents, sleeping and camping are banned, as are glass containers, percussion instruments and vendors. Audible electronic devices cannot be played between 10pm and 8am.

In an effort to ensure water quality, Santa Monica has teamed with Heal the Bay, which provides weekly water-quality reports at HealTheBay.org.

In addition to the Santa Monica Pier, the beach is also home to the restored Annenberg Community Beach House, which reopened in April 2009. Once owned by Marion Davies, the primary mansion was demolished decades ago, but many of the original guest houses, the swimming pool and the tennis court have been preserved. The pool is open to the public and available for use from 10am to 6pm; the rest of the establishment is open from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Community meetings are often held at the house, and tours are provided as well. The Annenberg Foundation is primarily responsible for the restoration of the landmark.

Cafe Dana
1211 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cafe Dana is a quaint restaurant located in a funky building on the corner of Montana Avenue. It has outdoor seatingMore only, allowing their customers to always take advantage of the beautiful Santa Monica weather. Cafe Dana has been in business here since 1989 and specialize in a Mediterranean cuisine. It is most popular for its European-style brunch, specifically the eggs Benedict and salmon bagel sandwiches. For lunch, the Nicoise salad and the salmon plate is a big hit. Cafe Dana also has espresso and fresh baked goods and desserts. Dogs are always welcome.
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