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Save the Pier The Play

Santa Monica Pier Deputy Director and Pier Historian Jim Harris with cast perform, "Save the Pier The Play," at the end of the Santa Monica Pier on Monday, September 9, 2019. In the early 1970’s, the Santa Monica City Council voted to build a 35-acre island in Santa Monica Bay, featuring a high-rise hotel, a convention center, restaurants and other amenities. The Santa Monica Pier would be torn down and a four-lane bridge would be built in its place to provide access.The play dramatizes the fight to stop the island plan and save the Santa Monica Pier. Save the Pier The Play

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 08:50PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Santa Monica Bicycle Campus 

People learn to ride bikes at the Santa Monica Bicycle Campus on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The Bike Campus is an off-street learning area for people of all ages and abilities to become confident about their riding skills. It features a skills course where users can learn and practice bicycle riding, handling, and street skills with the aid of educational displays. The display boards are supported by a web-based bicycle education curriculum including videos of how to use the facility. The Bicycle Campus is also a resource for bicycle educators, schools and other groups that may provide bicycle education.

This off-street facility, located south of Ocean Park Boulevard at Santa Monica State Beach, is the first permanent bicycle learning area in the City of Santa Monica and the first of its kind in the greater Los Angeles Area. The Bicycle Campus provides an opportunity for people to gain the confidence to feel comfortable riding on city streets, as well as familiarity with bicycle-friendly design features that are being deployed on City streets. Promoting the facility simultaneously promotes the importance of safe road use and understanding of the new design elements. The facility has generated support from educators, parents and activists.

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 04:41PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Vigil In Memory of Conception

Heal the Bay Community Gathering and Vigil In Memory of Conception at Santa Monica Beach, Thursday, September 5, 2019. The vigil is to honor the victims of the Conception dive boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 09:28PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Civic Center Multipurpose Sports Field

The City of Santa Monica Government broke ground today, August 27, 2019, on its newest sports facility, the Civic Center Multipurpose Sports Field. Slated to open in summer of 2020, the community sports field will serve Santa Monicans of all ages with space to play soccer, rugby, and lacrosse.

In tandem with the construction of the field, the City will conduct an arts-driven community engagement project to commemorate the history of the site, once the center of Santa Monica’s historic African American community known as the Belmar neighborhood.

The City will work with key community leaders, artists and Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson, a prominent historian on the history of the African-American community in Santa Monica, for this project. This group will collaborate on the development of a significant community engagement process and subsequent education strategy, with the goal of increasing awareness of the legacy of the Belmar neighborhood and the impact of the forced displacement of African American community members on the greater Santa Monica community. This will result in a series of public artworks that commemorate this history, with additional artworks to be developed for surrounding areas in the future.

This project is a part of multiple investments to the Santa Monica Civic Center. More information about projects, construction, and impacts in the area is available at santamonica.gov/civiccenter.

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 02:13PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Ping Pong Palooza 

Competitors rally during Ping Pong Palooza at The Waterfront Venice on Sunday, August 25, 2019.. #pingpong

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 02:51PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Go-Topless Day 

Equal rights activists march along the Venice Boardwalk wearing pasties during the 12th annual National Go Topless Day on Sunday, August 25, 2019.The Go-Topless Day rally is meant to proclaim women’s constitutional right to go bare-chested in public. Gotopless.org claims constitutional equality between men and women on being topless in public. Currently, women who dare to be topless in public in the US are repeatedly being arrested, fined, humiliated, criminalized. Many states in the US have adopted the right for women to be topless in public. HOWEVER, in many cases, local ordinances and discriminatory practices result in women STILL being unable to be topless in the same area as men. The purpose of Go Topless Day is top point out the discrimination in these ordinances. The annual national Go Topless Day protest falls on the exact day that the original womens rights bill was signed into effect giving women ALL the same rights that men have. Members of gotopless.org will be giving a petition in Washington DC and requesting an audience with the president to enforce womens rights and make the ordinances either eliminate the ordinance OR remove the name female or woman in the ordinance which will give them the right to cite MEN as well as women for baring thier nipples. To read more about the ordinances, find a city close to you where the parade will be held, donate to help the cause, or get other information please go to www.gotopless.org Gotopless.org

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 02:13PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Daniel Morris

Violinist Daniel Morris Music plays Rockstar by Post Malone at the#SantaMonicaPier on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 04:32PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Jen Awad

Jen Awad performs during the Twilight Concert on the #SantaMonicaPieron Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 04:30PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint