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Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem" that opens this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Beat presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

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LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

Santa Monica Beat

This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

Helpful Honda guys prepared to serve a holiday feast to Santa Monica OPCC clients on Friday, Dec. 19.

News, Santa Monica, Opcc

SoCal Honda Dealers, Guys In Blue Bring Holiday Cheer To OPCC In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:37 am

The SoCal Honda Dealers and the Guys in Blue brought holiday cheer and lit smiles to 400 locals without homes at Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) on Friday, Dec. 19.

Three people were killed, one from Santa Monica, and three others were injured on Friday in Fallbrook.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Woman Killed In SUV Crash While On Way To Mexico For Funeral

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:25 am

Five relatives and a family friend from Santa Monica on their way to Mexico for a funeral were injured Friday, three fatally, when a blowout caused an SUV to crash and overturn on Interstate 15 in the far northern reaches of San Diego County.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Tech Award Nomination Deadline Extended To Jan. 2

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:22 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has extended the nomination deadline for its first-ever Tech Startup Award to Friday, Jan. 2. This award will honor one Santa Monica-based technology company that is innovative, inspiring, and has a viable plan for growth. All tech startups in the city are welcome to apply.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

T.A. Union Vote Exposes Extent Of Campus Anti-Semitism

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:18 am

Few disputes fought out by student governments have ever been as acrimonious as the battles raging intermittently across this state on whether to push University of California regents and trustees of other universities to join an international campaign against Israel. This movement seeks to boycott Israeli companies and academics, demands divestment from companies doing business there and demands trade sanctions.

News, Los Angeles, Lax

11-Gate, Mid-Airfield Concourse To Be Built At LAX

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:16 am

Los Angeles airport commissioners signed off on a $961 million contract to design and build an 11-gate, mid-airfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced Friday.

News, Film, Culver City, Sony

Sony Pictures: "The Interview" Will Be Made Available In Some Fashion

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:07 am

Sony Pictures Entertainment officials said Friday they still hope to make the film "The Interview" available to viewers in some fashion.

News, Courts, Culver City, Sony

Fifth Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sony Pictures Following Cyberattack

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:02 am

A fifth proposed class-action lawsuit was filed Friday by a former employee of Sony Pictures, alleging the Culver City studio failed to protect the personal information of its workforce from computer hackers.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Autopsy Reveals Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot Three Times

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:59 am

Autopsy results on the body of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo indicate he was fatally shot three times in the upper chest, an attorney for his family said today.

News, Mar Vista, Police Department

Mar Vista Shooting: 19-Year-Old Gang Member Wounded

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:58 am

A 19-year-old man described as a documented gang member was critically wounded today in a shooting in Mar Vista and the suspect was on the loose.

Sports, Los Angeles, Football

LA Kiss To Kick Off Second Arena Football League Season March 27 At Portland

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:56 am

The LA KISS announced today it will begin its second Arena Football League season March 27 at Portland, who they defeated twice during their three-victory inaugural season.

News, Police Department, Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach Victims Fund Established After Four Struck & Killed By Driver

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:53 am

The fourth victim of the vehicle crash into pedestrians in Redondo Beach Wednesday night sung in the school Christmas concert the pedestrians had been attending, Church authorities said today.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Protection Of Santa Monica Tenants Rights Increase Under Amendments

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:36 am

With an increase in the number of complaints of tenant harassment in Santa Monica regarding the strong-arm tactics of landlords hoping to get more money from their properties by ousting occupants, Santa Monica City Council passed two motions Tuesday night to increase renters’ rights in affordable housing units.

News, Santa Monica, Water, City Hall

Santa Monica Water Rate Hike Up To 70 Percent Over Five Years

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:34 am

Water is fast becoming an expensive commodity. Santa Monica residents are in for a sharp increase in their utility bills with a rapid rise in water rates scheduled to combat associated rising costs in water provision.

Elaine Polachek.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica, City Hall

Elaine Polachek Named Interim Santa Monica City Manager Starting Feb. 1

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

Santa Monica Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will assume the position of interim City Manager on Feb. 1, 2015 to fill the shoes left by Rod Gould who is retiring at the end of January.

Kaylene Garcia as Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier (Evan Swenson) from Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s “Nutcracker.”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Final Performances This Weekend For “Nutcracker” In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:25 am

The Westside Ballet of Santa Monica is bringing festive delight in the form of the classic “Nutcracker” at the Broad Stage.

Dr. Sonja Rosen is a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

Health, Ucla, Holiday, Santa Monica

A Healthy Approach To Holiday Eating

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:24 am

With the arrival of Hanukkah, followed by Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Day, there is likely to be no shortage of calories between the latkes, ham, turkey, and tamales!

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows held its annual Meet Me Under the Fig Tree community event on Sunday. Pictured from left are Rae W. Archibald (OPCC board member), Janie Yuguchi Gates (Olympic High School principal), Alan Epstein (MSD Capital), Kait Peters (Development Director OPCC), and Matthew Lehman (Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows general manager).

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Meet Me Under The Fig Tree Helps OPCC, Olympic High

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:23 am

The Santa Monica community generously came together on Sunday, Dec. 14, to donate about 8,500 pounds of non-perishable food during Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, a free annual event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital.

June Lockhart (far left) smiles at Reginald Owen (Scrooge) at the conclusion of the 1938 “A Christmas Carol.”

News, Life And Arts, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, History

June Lockhart Remembers “A Christmas Carol”

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:21 am

Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie.

Nat Trives, known as Mr. Santa Monica, held his 80th birthday at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier earlier this month, which has so far raised $83,000 for 30 non-profits he supports.

News, Santa Monica, Pier, Non Profits

Santa Monica Has Heart & More

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:18 am

As many of you know I have lived my entire life in service of Santa Monica. I believe in the people of Santa Monica and I am so touched by the generosity of spirit and the compassion I see every day here in my hometown.

Grantee Francine Lavac receiving a check from Rotarian Mitchell Kraus.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Celebrate Holiday Spirit

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:16 am

At the Dec. 12 Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting, the essence of the holiday season was certainly felt from the beginning: the members sang a Hanukkah tune in unison, the spirit of giving materialized in the form of two grants, and the club learned more about a seemingly unfamiliar part of the world.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Gift Of Gratitude This Holiday Season

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:15 am

It seems like every holiday season, my stress level triples. This season started out the same way. There are always too many things to carry in from my car. Zoey (my rescue pup) peed on the rug again. There’s a small leak in our roof from the rain.

Health, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Author

Free Diet Books From Author In Lead Up To Christmas

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:14 am

Your New Year’s resolution to lose weight may be made much easier as free copies of “The New Lean For Life” will be given away during each of the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 12-23).

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Quaker Group To Host Special Guest Sunday, Dec. 21

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:13 am

Shan Cretin, General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will speak and show slides of her September trip to the Gaza strip and surrounding areas this Sunday, Dec. 21.

News, Real Estate, Beverly Hills

Swedish Billionaire/Game Developer Pays $70 Million For Beverly Hills Estate

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:02 am

Swedish billionaire Markus Persson, creator of the Minecraft video game, plunked down $70 million for a Beverly Hills mansion and all of its furnishings, it was announced Thursday.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Investigation Underway Into Fatal Beverlywood Shooting

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:00 am

An investigation was underway today into a possibly gang- or drug-related shooting in the Beverlywood area of Los Angeles that left one man dead and two others hospitalized, police said.

Sports, Los Angeles, Baseball, Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers Trade Matt Kemp To San Diego Padres In Five-Player Trade

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 8:57 am

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday dealt two-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres in a five-player trade.

News, Celebrity, Film, Sony

George Clooney Circulates Petition Following "The Interview" Cancellation

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 8:53 am

Actor George Clooney says he and his agent circulated a petition in support of Sony after it became the victim of a massive cyberattack and before it cancelled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," but none of the many entertainment figures who were asked to sign it agreed to do so.

Crossroads basketball player Brandon Tillis sunk a huge three pointer and two free throws in the dying minutes of Tuesday's game to help the team come from behind for a victory.

Sports, Crossroads, Basketball, Santa Monica

Crossroads Basketball Team Defeat St. Bernard In 52-51 Nail-Biter

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 10:29 am

Crossroads hosted St. Bernard on Tuesday night in basketball with the Santa Monica players finding the visiting team to be a solid competitor.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Man For Stealing Bicycle, Spitting At Officers

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 9:14 am

Santa Monica police arrested a 37-year-old man on Wednesday, Dec. 3, after the suspect spat on an officer investigating a report of a stolen bicycle.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Woman Arrested After Hoisting Skirt To Expose Herself In Rite-Aid

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 9:10 am

Bail was set at $10,000 for a 53-year-old Santa Monica woman on Sunday, Dec. 7, after hoisting her skirt and shirt inside a Rite-Aid store to expose her private parts to staff and customers.

News, Culver City, Sony, Sonu

"The Interview" Will Not Be Screened On Christmas Day Following Threats

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:40 am

With the group claiming responsibility for the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyberattack issuing a vague threat against theaters showing "The Interview," some cinema chains decided Wednesday they would not be showing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Police Department

Three-Hour Car Chase Passes Through Santa Monica, Ends Near Malibu

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

A nearly three-hour chase of a stolen BMW on Wednesday night that began in North Hollywood, passed through Hollywood and Santa Monica, and ended on Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu when the suspect stopped and surrendered.

News, Holiday, Religion, Bel Air

Local Rabbi Participates In White House Hanukkah Reception

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, a vice president of the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, his wife Elana, and their daughter Shira participated in an afternoon Hanukkah reception at the White House today.

News, Police Department, West La, Fbi

Stolen Art Recovered In One Of Largest Art Heists In Los Angeles History

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:31 am

Nine works of art stolen six years ago in one of the largest art heists in L.A. history have been recovered by investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI, it was reported today.

News, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX 14-Day Holiday Travel Period Starts Friday; 2.97 Million Passengers To Use Airport

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:30 am

Nearly 2.97 million passengers will pass through LAX during the 14-day holiday travel period that starts Friday and ends. Jan. 2, a 4.1 percent increase over last year, airport officials said today.

News, Police Department, Redondo Beach

Three Pedestrians Dead In Redondo Beach Traffic Collision

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:28 am

The death toll from the accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver and a dozen pedestrians leaving a church in Redondo Beach has climbed to three, and nine victims -- including two children -- remain hospitalized, authorities said today.

Sports, Hockey, La Kings

Los Angeles Kings To Host Annual Toy Drive At Tonight's Game

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:26 am

The Los Angeles Kings will continue their annual toy drive at tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center.