Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica is a city that needs little introduction. Anyone who lives in or has visited Los Angeles knows that Santa Monica is where the beach is. Of course L.A. has many beach cities and communities along its coastline, including Venice, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Malibu, but it would not be very risky to assume that Santa Monica and its landmarks—the Santa Monica Pier, the unique coastal buildings, the extremely popular pedestrian zone, and so on—have appeared in more photographs by visitors and locals alike than any of the other localities along the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the beach itself, the city has a wider range of offerings to visitors, enough to fill a complete day or more, from the small amusement park at the end of the pier, to the movie theaters, restaurants, and stores. Those who would prefer to do little or nothing for an extended period of time can spend a few hours pole fishing off of the end of the pier. On a daily basis, several anglers take up a spot along the rail at the far end of the pier, drop their lines into the water far below, and daydream, ignoring the carnival-like sounds coming from the rest of the pier.

Unlike most of the above-mentioned beachfront communities, Santa Monica is a charter city with its own Mayor and City Council. Of all of the above-mentioned beach communities, Santa Monica possesses the greatest amount of glamour, even though the others may be equally attractive or more expensive to live in. For instance, Malibu is famous for being the home of many successful entertainers and multimillionaires, and there are a few well-known hangouts in the area; however, a drive through that city reveals for the most part a somewhat sleepy and modest-looking string of businesses and mostly uninspiring-looking coastal residences. There is little glitz to speak of on the surface. By contrast, much like Beverly Hills and West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, Santa Monica makes no secret of being a significant playground for visitors and locals seeking an upscale dining, shopping, and entertainment experience, and being somewhat conspicuous about it. Top-tier restaurants often open to busy sidewalks. Its main pedestrian drag, the Third Street Promenade, offers an opportunity for the well-off to shop among the rest of society who enjoy a pedestrian-friendly experience and display their relative statuses.

The largest employer in Santa Monica is the city itself, and among the top five employers, three are public entities: the city itself, local city college, and the local school district. Among the largest private employers are entertainment studios, well-known videogame makers who have headquarters there, the hospital, and the operator of two well-known luxury hotels on the coast.

To the north of Santa Monica are the wealthy, mostly residential communities of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood. To the west are the more modest West Los Angeles and Mar Vista. South of the city sits Venice; and Culver City runs to the south and east of Santa Monica. At the southeast corner of Santa Monica is the city’s own airport, which was established in 1917. Employees who are paid hourly to cater to the needs of the residents of these areas and tourists who go there have rights. Our office is about an eight-mile drive from Santa Monica. If you feel your rights have been violated, if you are not being paid properly, if you have been terminated due to pregnancy or disability, of you have been sexually harassed, contact our office for a consultation.