Santa Monica proposes citizens' well-being study

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Santa Monica proposes citizens' well-being study

Santa Monica proposes citizens’ well-being study (AP photo)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – Santa Monica wants to find out whether its citizens are feeling groovy.

Once derisively nicknamed the “people’s republic of Santa Monica” because of its socially conscious government, the Los Angeles coastal suburb is now seeking a grant to create the nation’s first municipal well-being index.

The Los Angeles Times says city officials and Rand Corp. researchers propose tracking residents’ physical health, social connectedness and community resilience.

Santa Monica made the proposal in hopes of winning a $5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant. It’s one of 20 Mayors Challenge finalists named last week. The other California finalist, San Francisco, would use the money to promote workforce development through volunteer work.

Santa Monica has already completed a youth well-being study that found most students were healthy and felt safe at school.

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