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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.

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.

News, Malibu, Weather

Falling Rocks Strike Vehicle In Malibu On Topanga Canyon Boulevard

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 4:18 pm

Falling rocks struck a vehicle in Malibu today, causing no injuries but prompting a city official to warn motorists of the potential danger from storm-related hillside debris.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Man Shot To Death Near Hamilton High School In Beverlywood, Others Injured

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 2:26 pm

Three men were shot today -- one fatally -- in what police said may have been a gang- or drug-related crime in the Beverlywood area of Los Angeles.

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place To Open New Concierge Lounge

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:50 am

Santa Monica Place has announced it will open a new Concierge Lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Joseph Maviglia.

News, Music, Santa Monica

Catching Up With Joseph Maviglia, Author Of “Critics Who Know Jack”

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:39 am

Joseph Maviglia is a singer-songwriter, poet, and essayist whose work has appeared in journals and media across North America and Europe. His tribute poem jazz dharma was commissioned the the CBC’s The Sunday Edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alan Ginseberg’s iconic poem "Howl."

Tim Blaylock is the new CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Announces New CEO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:35 am

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, serving the community since 1944, has announced the selection of Tim Blaylock, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Starla.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Starla & Shiloh

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:21 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Starla and Shiloh.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Chla

Richard Cordova To Retire As Children's Hospital Los Angeles President/CEO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:14 am

Children's Hospital Los Angeles announced today that its president and CEO is retiring, and a national search will be conducted to find a successor.

News, Los Angeles, Celebrity, Courts

"7th Heaven" Actor Stephen Collins Confessed To Sexual Allegations

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:11 am

"7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins confessed to having sexual contact with three girls 20, 32 and 40 years ago, it was reported today.

News, Environment, Marina Del Rey

Groups Call For Halt To County Plans To Cut Down 650 Marina Del Rey Trees

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:09 am

Environmental and community groups, working together as "Friends of Oxford Lagoon," called today for a halt to county plans to cut down 650 trees surrounding a marshy flood basin next to the Marina City Club towers.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Hotels

Two Hotel Groups Sue L.A. In Federal Court Over Minimum Wage Hike For Workers

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:08 am

Two hotel industry groups sued the city of Los Angeles in federal court today challenging the recent passage of a $15.37-per- hour minimum wage for workers at many hotels in the city.

Sports, Los Angeles, Football

San Diego Chargers Won't Move To Los Angeles In 2015

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:07 am

The number of potential NFL teams that could move to Los Angeles in 2015 dropped by one today when the San Diego Chargers announced they will again play in Qualcomm Stadium next season.

Sports, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Olympics

No U.S. City Selected Yet For U.S. 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:05 am

A Los Angeles delegation that included Mayor Eric Garcetti joined three other cities today making final pitches to the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors in Redwood City in hopes of becoming the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

News, Santa Monica, Weather, Ocean

Health Officials: Beachgoers Should Stay Out Of Runoff-Polluted Ocean Water

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:03 am

Health officials are warning beachgoers to stay out of runoff-polluted ocean water, storm drains, creeks and rivers.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Storms Produce Snow In Local Mountains, High Surf Along The Coast

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:02 am

The second of back-to-back storms kept the Southland wet for a second day today, producing snow in local mountains and high surf along the coast while raising more fears of flash flooding in areas below slopes denuded by wildfires, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley.

Sports, Los Angeles, Basketball, Clippers

Clippers To Hold Jewish Heritage Night, Hanukkah Celebration

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Clippers will conduct their fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night at tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center, and the team is dubbing the event, "Chanukah with the Clippers."