Santa Monica is a Caring Community

As a caring community, we are constantly striving to find ways in which to ensure a healthy, clean, safe Santa Monica and more memorable experiences for our residents and visitors.

Your Safety

Santa Monica Police and Fire Departments have made a concerted effort to keep Santa Monica a safe community and it shows. In fact, Santa Monica’s police mission is “to be recognized for our strong service orientation, and progressive development of all of our human resources…” While we tip our hats to our much beloved police and fire personnel, we encourage you to use common sense and good judgement when traveling to Santa Monica or any other city you may visit during your travels.

  • 9-1-1: For crimes in progress, fires, and medical emergencies
  • 310-458-8491: For non-emergency police dispatch
  • 310-458-8660: For non-emergency fire dispatch

Human Dignity

Visitors may be struck by the number of people in transition in regional Los Angeles — people who are homeless or temporarily in need. As a proven leader in tackling this regional problem, Santa Monica advocates extensively for those less fortunate by providing more than 20 comprehensive programs under its “Continuum of Care.”

  • Services: Showers, Storage Lockers, Food, Washers, Medical, Shelters, Employment, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Treatment, Women, Youth & Family Services and Veterans.
  • Downtown Santa Monica’s Dolphin Change Program: Although visitors sometimes feel that extending the occasional dollar or so helps serves people in transition, it is a temporary gesture that, unfortunately, doesn’t contribute to ending homelessness. There is a more respectful way to help, and achieve permanent solutions to homelessness. Drop your dollars or spare change into one of the four large bronze dolphins located around town— one is on the Pier, two are on Third Street Promenade, and one is on Main St at Ashland. Established in 1993, these dolphins serve as collection banks to give residents and visitors an opportunity to help the homeless without giving money directly to panhandlers Every dime goes directly and exclusively to Santa Monica’s programs to help the homeless. To date, thousands of dollars have been provided to local agencies for use in their work toward permanent solutions to ending street homelessness.
  • Homeless Liaison Program (HLP Team): A six-officer unit that uses traditional law enforcement and social service strategies to address homeless issues. This specially trained unit plays a key role in the City’s Action Plan by linking outreach and mental health services to mentally ill homeless individuals encountered by the police. If residents or tourists observe non-emergency situations involving homeless individuals such as camping or sleeping in doorways, they are encouraged to call the HLP Hotline (310) 458-8953 so the officers can take the first step in linking homeless individuals to available services and housing.
  • City of Santa Monica Frequently Asked Questions

Environment

green-business-logoIn 1994, Santa Monica adopted its own Sustainable City Plan to ensure that, “as a community, we can live well today without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.” Recognized as a global leader in sustainability, Santa Monica makes it easy to live green.

The Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program is an official certification program of the City of Santa Monica and is part of the California Green Business Program.

There are currently over 50 Certified Green Businesses in Santa Monica – make sure to look for the Green Certified Business logo in storefronts around the community. Coveted Gold LEED certification holders include Annenberg, Santa Monica Place, Shore Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica, Loews Santa Monica Beach, and The Ambrose Hotel.

Other Highlights:

  • The City of Santa Monica transformed 80% of its heavy-duty vehicle and equipment fleet to clean-air fuel technologies.
  • 15 free electric-charging locations throughout the city and free metered parking for hybrid vehicles.
  • Metro Expo Line light rail connects Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, the San Fernando Valley, and more, offering another emissions-free transportation choice.
  • The entire Santa Monica Big Blue Bus fleet runs on renewable natural gas (RNG).
  • City of Santa Monica’s Breeze bike share program, with 500 bikes and 75 hubs conveniently located throughout the city, augments existing transit and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for residents and visitors in Santa Monica.
  • Santa Monica Pier is home to the Pacific Wheel, the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel.

Smoke-Free

It’s not just about creating greener buildings and cleaner emissions. Santa Monica has dedicated itself to creating a smoke-free environment. Governed by California State Law that prohibits smoking in all restaurants, bars, theaters, auditoriums, museums, beaches, parks, and public buildings, Santa Monica has enacted its own Santa Monica Clean Air initiative.

Smoking is prohibited in the following areas (includes Vapor):

  • Within 20 feet of entryways and windows of any buildings open to the public
  • In any outdoor dining areas
  • At any local beach, park, or Farmers’ Market
  • On the Santa Monica Pier
  • At the Third Street Promenade and public libraries, including grounds
  • At any bus stops, ATM lines or other service areas
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