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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

WestsideToday.com presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

Santa Monica Beat

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.

An abandoned three-year-old at The Grove has been reunited with her father.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Abandoned 3-Year-Old Girl At The Grove Reunited With Her Father

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 8:54 am

A 3-year-old girl who was found alone at a busy Fairfax District shopping center was reunited with her father on Sunday and an investigation was underway into how she ended up abandoned at a valet stand.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Los Angeles, Travel, Lax

LAX Travel To Take Off With Busiest Days Of The Year Today, Tomorrow

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 8:48 am

Today and tomorrow are expected to be two of the busiest days of the holiday travel season at Los Angeles International Airport, so travelers should pack some patience along with their luggage.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

'Disclose Act' Still A Must, Has A Change In 2015

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:49 am

If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into election campaigns while managing to mask or obscure their identities.

The Giving Spirit's founder Tom Bagamane (left) with a homeless client.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

The Giving Spirit Gives Generously To Homeless In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:40 am

More than 1,000 volunteers from The Giving Spirit assembled and distributed almost 2,600 survival kits from Dec. 11 to 14.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Police Department, Rancho Palos Verdes

Authorities Identity Body Found Over Palos Verdes Estates Cliff On Friday

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:35 am

The Coroner's Office today identified the man whose body was found over a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates on Friday.

Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 21, for Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis.

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Funeral Services Today For Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

Funeral services will be held today for Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, who was considered one of the most influential synagogue leaders in the country.

'The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies' topped the weekend box office with $56.2 million in estimated ticket sales.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Latest "Hobbit" Film Exceeds Analysts Predictions With $56.2 Million Opening

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:03 am

"The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies" far exceeded analyst predictions, and will ring in the holiday season with an estimated $56.2 million weekend.

The Westwood apartment blaze was reported at 8:26 p.m. Saturday at the Wilshire Manor Apartments at 10635 W. Wilshire Blvd.

News, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Westwood

Westwood Apartment Building Fire Causes $150,000 Damage

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 8:56 am

A stubborn electrical fire that burned in the walls of a six-story apartment building in Westwood and sent one person to a hospital also caused $150,000 worth of damage to the structure and its contents, a fire official said today.

Do you know this 3-year-old girl? She was abandoned at The Grove shopping center on Saturday evening.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

3-Year-Old Girl Abandoned At The Grove Shopping Center

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 8:44 am

Police today sought the public's help in locating the parents or legal guardians of a 3-year-old girl who was abandoned at a popular West Los Angeles shopping center.

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.