Santa Monica, California
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The city of Santa Monica sits on Santa Monica Bay. The Tongva peoples inhabited the area before the city was there. They called it ‘Kecheek.’ Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola was the first European to encamp in the area on August 3rd, 1769. Santa Monica, without a doubt, is named after Saint Monica, who was the mother of Saint Augustine.
There is doubt, however, as to how exactly the city got this name. One theory is Santa Monica was named in honor of Saint Monica’s feast day, but her feast day is on May 4th. Another competing theory, brought forth by Paula A. Scott’s Santa Monica: A City on the Edge, claims Juan Crespi named it after a pair of springs, the Kuruvugna Springs (Serra Springs), which reminded him “of the tears Saint Monica shed over her son’s early impiety.” The city of Santa Monica was officially incorporated on November 30th, 1886.
Today, according to a 2013 US Census Bureau estimate, Santa Monica has a population of 92,472 people. Santa Monica is also part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Greater Los Angeles Area, according to a 2014 estimate, has a population of 18,550,288 people, which makes it the second largest metropolitan area in the country, following the New York metropolitan area. The Greater Los Angeles Area is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world.
The largest employers in Santa Monica are the City of Santa Monica, responsible for 2,528 jobs and Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center, which employs 2,079 people. Santa Monica is considered a resort city, but, according to Fast Company, “it has also emerged as the center of the Los Angeles region called Silicon Beach, and serves as the home of hundreds of venture-capital funded startup companies.”
In fact, a number of video game development companies are headquartered in the Santa Monica area. These companies include Activision Blizzard, Treyarch, Cloud Imperium Games, Naughty Dog, SCE Studios Santa Monica, Studio Santa Monica, and Riot Games.
Santa Monica is also known as serving as the headquarters for Universal Music Group, Lionsgate Films, the RAND Corporation, Beachbody, Macerich, Supermarine (Atlantic Aviation), Fatburger’s, and TOMS Shoes.
Santa Monica is perhaps most famous for Santa Monica Pier. This Santa Monica Historic Landmark, which opened on September 9th, 1909, is a large double-jointed pier. Among the attractions within Santa Monica Pier are Pacific Park, which is an amusement park featuring a solar paneled Ferris wheel, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which opened in 1996 and features 104 distinct species of marine life, and the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome.
Technically, the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome is located on the Newcomb Pier, which is adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. Originally built by Charles I.D. Looff and his son Arthur in 1916, the Hippodrome was created in order to hold a carousel. The Hippodrome was built in a mixture of Byzantine, Moorish, and Californian styles of architecture. The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
The city of Santa Monica is home to one professional sports team, Pacific Rugby Premiership’s Santa Monica Rugby Club, who were founded in 1972. Santa Monica Rugby Club has won the SCRFU Division I league title seven times, won the San Diego/OMBAC Tournament seven times, won the National Championships five times, and won once at the Santa Barbara International Tournament.
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