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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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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, 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.

Jessica Cusick will receive the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Honor.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

French Officials To Honor Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:33 am

The French Consul General in Los Angeles, Axel Cruau, announced that the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Manager, Jessica Cusick, has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Backing Israel Analysis Refreshing

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:25 am

Dear Editor, We enjoyed reading Tom Elias' piece "Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein: Different Routes In Backing Israel" in The Mirror on August 8. We would add to your refreshing analysis that mainstream media glosses over the fact that Hamas is a religious organization with a faith-based contract with Allah, their supreme being - who they believe mandated their mission.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Department To Offer Free Community Self Defense Classes

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:22 am

The Santa Monica Police Department is collaborating with Krav Maga Worldwide to offer two free Community Self Defense Classes in September to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Santa Monica.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. To Deliver Annual Report This Thursday

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:19 am

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will deliver its Annual Report to Santa Monica's city leaders on Thursday, reflecting on 12 months that worked towards economic improvements and achievements, forward movement on ambitious plans, and a comprehensive 25th Anniversary Celebration for the locally created and globally celebrated Third Street Promenade.

News, Veteran Affairs, Santa Monica, Westwood

County Supports Veterans Exclusive Use Of Westwood VA Campus

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:05 am

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to show their support for a federal court ruling that the Department of Veterans Affairs cannot use land deeded to it for purposes other than veterans.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Man Arrested After Firing Three Bullets From Apartment Balcony

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 8:57 am

Santa Monica police arrested a local resident on Saturday, Aug. 9 after recklessly firing three bullets from his apartment balcony for no apparent reason.