Welcome to PIO
  1. The PIO is committed to promote business and commerce within the Santa Monica Pico Blvd Business Improvement area.
  2. The PIO is committed to promote goodwill between the business community and the residential areas immediately adjacent to the Boulevard.

Informational Video:

Contact Info

3019 Pico Blvd #4
Santa Monica, CA 90405


Monthly Board Meeting

The PIO Board of Directors meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Virginia Avenue Park. For the meeting agenda, click here.

Our Partners

The Pico Boulevard district in the City of Santa Monica contains a growing number of attractions, businesses, art galleries, one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, coffee shops, and more. A zone of small clubs, cafés, Trader Joe's, and the critically acclaimed restaurants Upper West, Valentino, and Lares are found along the Eastern sector of the boulevard; while Vidiots, Bay Shore Lanes Bowling Alley, Shutters on the Beach, Casa del Mar and the Viceroy hotels mark Pico's western terminus.

Major landmarks include the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, McCabe's Guitar Shop, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica College and Santa Monica High School. 


Pico is LOVED!


The results are in! For the full list of "Most Loved" Santa Monica 2015 winners, click here and read the press release.

Pico Blvd “Most Loved” Winners:

Crossfit Reflex (Most Loved Business on Pico Blvd)

Sewing Arts Center (Most Loved Santa Monica Independent Business)

Shutters on the Beach (Most Loved Santa Monica Hotel/Motel for a Staycation)


Pico Blvd “Most Loved” Runners-Up:

Trader Joe’s (Business on Pico Blvd)

Framed Salon (New Business)

Sewing Arts Center (Business on Pico Blvd)



Job Opportunity: Community Liaison

Community Liaison Position:
The Pico Improvement Organization is looking for a part-time Community Liaison to assist us with our efforts to reach out to the business and residential community in the Pico Neighborhood about latest activities being conducted by the PIO.
Responsibilities include:
  • Reaching out to business owners and residents on Pico Blvd to inform them about latest activities being conducted by the PIO. 
  • Reporting business owner/resident suggestions and concerns to the PIO Board Members
  • Working with City staff to facilitate PIO projects
  • Attend monthly board meeting on the first Wednesday of each month.
The position requires 40 hours or less per month. Salary DBE. May 1, deadline. Please submit your resume to pio.santamonica@gmail.com

2015 Annual General Meeting & Elections


Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7pm

Virginia Avenue Park, Patio Room

The Pico Improvement Organization is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.  Its purposes are to promote business and commerce within the Pico Boulevard Business Improvement Area, to determine the use of assessments generated by the Pico Boulevard Assessment Ordinance, and to promote goodwill between the Association members and the residential areas immediately adjacent to Pico Boulevard.


Vote! #MostLovedSM

 Vote now for your favorite Pico Blvd businesses!

 * Cafe * Bar * Spa * Salon * Farmers Market * Organic Store

* Kid Space * Entertainment Venue * New Business * Specialty Shop 

* Restaurant * Gallery * Service * Fitness Studio  

VOTE HERE: www.surveymonkey.com/s/mostlovedSM2015


Enter to win some fabulous prizes + gift certificates from our local businesses by voting!

 Contest ends February 28 & winners will be announced in April 2015.

Post your pics of most loved SM businesses

@BuyLocalSM (Instagram, Facebook + Twitter)  



Contest Sponsors: City of Santa Monica, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, SM Daily Press, Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Merchants, Pico Improvement Organization, Montana Merchants Association, Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier. Results tabulated with the help of Santa Monica High School Statistics Class. 


Local Happenings on Pico Blvd

For a list of events along Pico Boulevard, check out our Events page. With everything from mixers to art openings, the Pico Improvement Organization can connect you to local happenings.