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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.

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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.

News, Music, Santa Monica, Television

Full Nomination List For Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:49 am

Beyonce has a leading eight nominations heading into Sunday's presentation of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, including nods for video of the year, best female video, best choreography and best collaboration for her work with husband Jay Z.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

Suspicious Bag At LAX Causes Chaos, But Turns Out To Be Someone's Clothes

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:47 am

It turned out to be a bag of someone's clothes, but it was left unattended on an airport sidewalk, and that was enough to cause traffic chaos and bring out the bomb-sniffing dogs at LAX today.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Supporters Of Measure LC To Guarantee Local Control Of SMO Hold Launch Event

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:32 am

More than 200 residents packed a meeting on Wednesday at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church to launch the campaign for Measure LC, to guarantee local control of Santa Monica Airport land.

News, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey

Luncheon To Honor Congressman Waxman In Marina Del Rey On Monday

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:27 am

In honor of Representative Henry Waxman’s expertise and tireless efforts in support of health care, Saban Community Clinic, Venice Family Clinic and Westside Family Health Center will host a luncheon in his honor this Monday, Aug. 25.


News, Santa Monica, Pets

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Stevie & Lobo

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:20 am

Local pet adoption center No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) in West LA has lots of loving cats and dogs that are looking for homes, including Stevie and Lobo.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Film

Porn Leaves Los Angeles: Cue Small Violins

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

All right, first of all… you have to make pornography somewhere. I’m not saying you have to make pornography; I’m saying if you are going to make pornography, you likely need someplace to make it. Production of “adult video,” which for many years has been headquartered nationally in “the Valley,” appears to be tapering off.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Politics

Top Two Changing Runoff Votes In California, Not Just Primaries

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 9:14 am

When California voters adopted the “top two” primary election system four years ago via Proposition 14, they meant to make state politics more moderate, to ease some of the sharp divides between Republicans and Democrats that led to legislative and budgetary gridlock.

News, Development, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Bergamot Art Center Proposals To Be Discussed At Saturday Meeting

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:12 am

A special meeting will be held this Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10am to discuss the proposals for the Bergamot Art Center prior to the City Council’s consideration of the same on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Trial Underway In St. John’s Malpractice Claim

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:07 am

Opening statements were officially given this week in a trial against St. John’s Health Center at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Plaintiff Morry Waksberg, who alleges the administrators at St. John’s committed elder abuse, medical malpractice, and negligence, filed the civil trial.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Groups To Sue SMMUSD Despite EPA Deeming Malibu Schools Safe

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:06 am

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter last week to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) stating it is currently meeting federal guidelines to ensure the public health of primary and secondary school students in Malibu.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Tense War Of Words Escalates Over Santa Monica Airport Future

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:04 am

November cannot come soon enough. Never mind the factions making their respective cases for whether or not Santa Monica Airport (SMO) should remain open and active, but this past week two groups on polar opposite sides of the debate escalated tensions a little more by arguing the meaning of words and phrases.

Rotary Club of Santa Monica members Rick Mateus (left) and Eric London.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotary Corner: Members Address Meeting As Part Of Craft Talks

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:56 am

On Friday, Aug. 15, the Rotary Club of Santa Monica commenced its weekly meeting at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades with the usual warm, hearty greetings among both members and guests.

Samohi student Serafina King (left) claimed a bronze medal at Para-Swimming Championships earlier this month. She is pictured next to gold medalist Kathering Downey of Australia (center) and silver medalist Aurelie Rivard of Canada.

Sports, Santa Monica, Swimming

Serafina King Claims Bronze At Pan-Pac Championships

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:49 am

Sixteen-year-old Santa Monica High School junior Serafina King, who took part in the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships (“Pan-Pac”), placed third in the 100-meter backstroke event that took place on Friday, Aug. 8.

A rendering of the new proposed project at the former Village Trailer Park site, which calls for a 341,390-square-foot mixed-use project at 2930 Colorado Avenue.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Village Trailer Park’s Proposed Replacement Gains ARB Support

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:45 am

The developer behind the proposed replacement of Village Trailer Park presented updated plans at the Architectural Review Board (ARB) on Monday, addressing concerns raised earlier in the public process and telling board members certain design elements were “complete.”

News, Santa Monica

Today's Santa Monica Mirror Delivery Delayed

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:32 am

Due to unforeseen circumstances with the printing press, the delivery of today's edition of the Santa Monica Mirror will be delayed until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The Mirror apologizes for any inconvenience.

Seven Days, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Hunger Games Star To Take Santa Monica Stage At Urban Outfitters On Friday

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 10:47 am

Urban Outfitters welcomes The Shoe for a musical performance this Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 pm to 8pm at 1440 Third Street Promenade.

Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Editor To The Letter: The Bergamot Arts Complex - Not Too Late To Get It Right

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:46 am

Dear Editor, The train is coming! In less than two years, the Expo Line will arrive in Santa Monica. While the Expo Station will be ready on time, the adjacent Bergamot Arts Complex likely will not.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Quilt Guild To Host Fall Quilting Exhibition Starting Saturday

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:40 am

A fall quilting exhibition will feature the work of the Santa Monica Quilt Guild, along with two other Los Angeles-based quilt guilds, beginning this Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Los Angeles LDS Temple Visitors’ Center in West L.A.

News, Santa Monica, Brentwood, 405 Freeway

Person Injured On Southbound 405 Freeway In Brentwood Area

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:32 am

A person was injured today in a traffic crash on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in the Brentwood area, authorities said.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

Begging Ban At LAX Affirmed By Federal Appeals Court

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:29 am

A federal appeals panel on Wednesday upheld a city ordinance that bans begging for funds inside the terminals, parking areas or sidewalks at Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

Menzies Aviation Fined $77,250 For LAX Worker Fatality

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:27 am

Cal/OSHA fined LAX contractor Menzies Aviation $77,250 on Wednesday for three accident-related workplace safety violations found during an investigation prompted by the Feb. 21 death of a 51-year-old baggage cart tug driver who fell off the vehicle.

News, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Heal The Bay To Provide Educational Consulting Services To Local Schools

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:24 am

Education meets sustainability as the City Council unanimously approved as part of its consent calendar last Tuesday a contract with Heal the Bay to provide educational consulting services to local schools between now and 2019.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Man Who Pleasured Himself With Cabbage Leaf On Bus

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:16 am

Santa Monica police arrested a 36-year-old Los Angeles man on Sunday, Aug. 10 after masturbating with a cabbage leaf on a Big Blue Bus.