Santa Monica produces goofy video to woo Google
Cities all over the country have been battling for a shot at Google Fiber – the company's foray into the broadband Internet market. In an effort to win Google's attention, Santa Monica has produced a goofy video (above).
Google is rolling out its broadband service – which it claims will be up to 100 times faster than what people typically have access to – in a very small group of communities. The company has solicited applications from interested cities and has received a variety of attention-grabbing responses. Curbed LA has more on Santa Monica's video:
And in Santa Monica, where Google has an office, they made this video of what The Atlantic calls "a kind of city-wide musical replete with smiling old ladies, local police officers and plenty of 'ra ra ra's.'" It's catchy, but is it "dogs dressed as The Wizard of Oz characters" catchy?
Some other interesting L.A.-area items around the Web:
L.A. big spenders? LA Weekly is reporting that Los Angeles ranks as No. 42 among cities in U.S. household spending. Here's an excerpt:
Why didn't L.A. rank higher? Two words: Housing costs. While income levels in L.A. and New York are healthy, housing costs kill our disposable income in both big cities.
Census form return slow: LAist is reporting that Los Angeles residents are taking their time sending back those census forms. Here's an excerpt:
An interactive map updated daily shows that today L.A. County and California are at 33% and 34% respectively, which is on par with the 34% national return level. But city Census organizers remain optimistic, since the forms are not due until April 1st (Census Day).
Echo Park peddlers: Apparently Venice Beach isn't the only area having trouble with overly aggressive peddlers. The Eastsider LA reports:
The Echo Park Lake Sunday Swap Meet has continued to attract peddlers and customers despite complaints from some residents and a city "crack down" on vending on park grounds. The conditions mirror those on the Venice Beach boardwalk, where the recession and a complicated vendor ordinance has also [led] to a spike in the number of sellers, triggering tension with residents and fellow peddlers…
-- Anthony Pesce
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