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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, California, Election, Santa Monica

VIDEO: California Secretary Of State Candidates Alex Padilla & Pete Peterson

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 1:46 pm

Editor Brenton Garen chats with California Secretary of State candidates Alex Padilla and Pete Peterson in these two video interviews.

All 14 Santa Monica City Council candidates participated in an election forum Oct. 21 at Cross Campus.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Santa Monica Mirror's 2014 City Council Election Forum - Part Two

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 11:10 am

All candidates running in the Santa Monica City Council on Nov. 4 took to the Cross Campus stage Tuesday night at Mirror Media Group’s forum. The 14 candidates are running for three seats on the council.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Mirror Urges ‘No’ Votes On All Five Ballot Measures On Nov. 4

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:20 am

The Santa Monica Mirror urges a ‘no’ vote on both Measure D and Measure LC on the basis that neither will have any power once the City’s agreement with the FAA expires June 30, 2015.

News, Budget, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Announces $22.3 Million Budget Surplus

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:19 am

Santa Monica City Council found itself in a positive position Tuesday night as City Staff reported a 2013-2014 budget surplus in a prospering local economy.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Police Department

Bullet-Proof Vests, New Car Fit-Outs For Santa Monica Police Department

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:17 am

Santa Monica City Council passed two consent calendar items during its Tuesday night meeting enabling the purchase of new bullet-proof vests and vehicle improvements for the Santa Monica Police Department.

The ICE at Santa Monica skating rink opens this Saturday. A grand opening celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Life And Arts, Downtown, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Winter Wonderland Returns To Santa Monica Starting This Weekend

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:16 am

Downtown Santa Monica is preparing for a glittering winter paradise with the return of ICE at Santa Monica this weekend and Winterlit later in November.

Resident Jan Ludwinski will be part of the clean-up efforts Saturday morning along Lincoln Blvd.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Lincoln Blvd

Gloves On For Lincoln Blvd. Clean-Up This Saturday In Santa Monica

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:14 am

Volunteers with brooms to the ready are preparing for operation Clean Sweep on Lincoln Blvd. Saturday morning as part of an on-going push to make the Santa Monica strip more visually appealing.

(Left) David Bohn, a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, led a moving tribute to his father, John, who passed away on Oct. 11. (Middle)Laura Avery, who manages the Wednesday Farmers Market on Arizona Avenue, was the main speaker at Friday’s Rotary meeting. (Right) Maddy Tung, her parents, and Samohi wrestling coach Mark Black, were special guests.  When she was an 8th grader at John Adams Middle School, Maddy received the Rotary Club’s Citizenship Award. She is a senior at Samohi now and is a national women’s wrestling champion.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotary Club Dedicates Meeting To John Bohn

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:12 am

The Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting stood as a testament to some of the strong, influential relationships that are maintained through the organization, what with the bulk of last Friday’s Oct. 24 meeting dedicated to celebrating the life of John Bohn, who passed away on Oct. 11.

Tanna Frederick will star in the world premiere engagement of the play “Train to Zakopané” at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Main Street, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Actress Tanna Frederick Stars In “Train To Zakopané”

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:10 am

Tanna Frederick, a Santa Monica actress, will be starring in Henry Jaglom’s new play “Train to Zakopané” which tackles the issues of love and anti-Semitism in interwar Poland, on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts on Main Street in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

California Supreme Court Upholds Gang Member's Death Sentence

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:04 am

The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a gang member's death sentence for fatally shooting three young men 20 years ago -- who was also convicted of attempted murder in Santa Monica.

Sports, Los Angeles, Soccer, Santa Monica

New Major League Soccer Team Coming To Los Angeles In 2017

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:00 am

An ownership group that includes Magic Johnson, former baseball star Nomar Garciaparra and his wife -- women's soccer great Mia Hamm -- will bring a new Major League Soccer team to Los Angeles beginning in 2017, league officials announced Thursday.

News, Health, Business, Lax

Labor Union Partners With Menzies Aviation Following LAX Death

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 8:56 am

A labor union trying to organize airport ramp and cargo workers announced it is partnering with Menzies Aviation to help the airline contractor improve health and safety conditions for its Los Angeles International Airport employees.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Halloween Forecast: Possible Thunderstorms & Rain Lasting Through Saturday

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 8:52 am

A Pacific storm will bring Southern California rain, snow, high winds and possibly thunderstorms beginning this afternoon and lasting through Saturday, forecasters said.

News, Venice, Courts

Venice Residents Demand No-Camping Enforcement In Lawsuit

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 1:26 pm

A residents group today filed a lawsuit against the city and county of Los Angeles, alleging public officials have allowed dangerous conditions and nuisance problems to continue in Venice by failing to enforce no-camping rules on the beach and boardwalk.

Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Woodlawn Cemetery

Santa Monica To Celebrate Dias De Los Muertos At Cemetery Saturday, Nov. 1

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:53 am

Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday when family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Where To Find Santa Monica Real-Time Election Results

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:51 am

Election Day is this coming Tuesday, Nov. 4 and real-time election results will be coming in all night long at

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica City Council Dedicates $400K To Water Incentives, Conservation

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:47 am

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night advanced the City’s call for immediate water conservation and dedicated an additional $400,000 towards incentive and conservation programs.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: How To Lose Control Of "Our Land"

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:44 am

Dear Editor, The Yes on Measure LC Committee loudly complain that, if voters closed the airport under the terms of Measure D, nothing in that measure directly addresses the development process that would follow.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why You Should Vote No On Measures H, HH

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:42 am

Dear Editor, According to campaign finance statements on file with the City Clerk, the majority of the funding for the Development Tax, aka H+HH campaign, are developers, their lawyers and architects who will reap financial rewards from the building of new high density low income rental housing projects throughout Santa Monica, primarily North of Wilshire and in Sunset Park.

News, Apb, Police Department

Santa Monica Resident Arrested After Kicking Woman In The Head In Park

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:40 am

A 30-year-old Santa Monica resident was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 18 after kicking a woman in the head for no apparent reason.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

Spirit Airlines Flight Returns To LAX After Reported Bird Strike

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:23 am

A reported bird strike forced a domestic flight from LAX into an extended holding pattern above Los Angeles before it returned to the airport early today.

News, Santa Monica, Television

"The McCarthys'' Premieres On CBS Tonight

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:21 am

"The McCarthys,'' a comedy about a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family, premieres at 9:30 p.m. tonight on CBS, thanks to a rare second chance from the network's executives.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, West Hollywood, Halloween

Countdown To West Hollywood's 2014 Halloween Carnaval

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 8:48 am

Approximately 500,000 people, many wildly dressed, are expected Friday night for West Hollywood's Halloween Carnaval, billed by organizers as the world's largest Halloween festivity.

News, Health, Ucla, Westwood

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Unionized Nurses Protest Over Ebola

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 8:44 am

A small group of unionized nurses gathered outside Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on Wednesday saying they want more training and guidelines for handling potential Ebola patients.

Surveillance footage of the robbery suspect.

News, Malibu, Police Department

Authorities Release Footage Of Vons Store Tequila Thief

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 8:38 am

The sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station issued a photo Wednesday night of a man suspected of stealing tequila and personal hygiene products and then walking out of a Vons store in Agoura Hills.

All 14 Santa Monica City Council candidates participated in an election forum Oct. 21 at Cross Campus.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Santa Monica Mirror's 2014 City Council Election Forum - Part One

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:54 am

All candidates running for the Santa Monica City Council on Nov. 4 took to the Cross Campus stage Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Santa Monica Mirror's election forum. The 14 candidates are running for three seats on the council.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier, Halloween

Santa Monica Zombie Crawl Returns For Second Year This Friday

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:52 am

The 2nd annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl will bring out the undead on Halloween night for a chilling bar crawl in the heart of the city this Friday, Oct. 31.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Library, Author

Santa Monica Main Library Presents "An Evening with Michael Connelly" On Nov. 4

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:49 am

Santa Monica Public Library will present "An Evening with Michael Connelly" on Tuesday, Nov, 4 at 7 pm in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Library, Youth

Sneaky Math For Teens & Youth Workshop At Santa Monica Library On Nov. 4

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:44 am

Best-selling "Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things" author Cy Tymony brings his unique, fun, hands-on learning approach to all things math in "Sneaky Math: A Graphic Primer with Projects" to Santa Monica next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Michael Edlen has helped over 1,000 clients achieve their real estate goals since 1986.

News, Real Estate, Columnist

Holidays & Real Estate – To Sell Or Not To Sell?

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:41 am

Is it a correct observation or a misconception that it is a disadvantage to list your home for sale during the holiday period? Conventional belief has generally been that November and December are the worst months of the year to have a home on the market.

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, Santa Monica

Dispelling Myths About Breast Cancer & Older Women

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:35 am

October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and an ideal time to dispel some myths about breast cancer while encouraging all women over 40 – and especially those 65 or older – to get annual mammograms.

News, Los Angeles, Health

Gay Rights Organizations Push For FDA Policy Change

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:28 am

A Southland-based group launched a statewide campaign on Tuesday urging federal officials to end a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who had sex with other men.

News, Los Angeles, Parks, Election

Sierra Club Opposes County Wide Parks Tax Ballot Measure P

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:25 am

The Sierra Club announced its opposition Tuesday to Los Angeles County ballot Measure P, which would levy a $23 annual parcel tax to fund the development of open space, trails and neighborhood parks over the next 30 years.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Education

UCLA Tops USC In Graduating Athletes

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:22 am

Eighty-seven percent of the UCLA athletes who entered the university between 2004 and 2007 graduated within six years of their enrollments, compared to 80 percent who entered cross-town rival USC during the same period, according to statistics released Tuesday by the NCAA.

News, Hotels, Lax

Westin LAX Hotel Workers To Stage One-Day Strike Today

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:18 am

Workers at the Westin LAX Hotel plan to stage a one-day strike today to protest disciplinary measures taken against a housekeeper for failing to spot bedbugs in a room she was assigned to clear, a union official said.

News, Venice, Fire Department

Probe Expands For Extra Space Storage Blaze In Venice

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:13 am

A team from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the probe into the Venice storage facility fire that injured several firefighters and took more than 14 hours to control.