Back in June of '09, a friend of mine who resides in Santa Monica - CA, first confronted various Santa Monica bureaucrats (via e-mail - including an e-mail to the Mayor) regarding a blatantly false synopsis of Santa Monica's history which was posted on an official banner at the new Santa Monica Annenberg Community Beach House.
The Correction States: The first inhabitants of Santa Monica were the Tongva, also known as the Gabrielino, people. Next came settlers of Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo descent, the first of whom received land grants from Spanish governors in the early 1800s.
Of course they never admitted a political agenda was behind the rewriting of the regions history or gave any other explanation for the bold destortion.
Here are a few informative links regarding Santa Monica's history: