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LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

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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.

Santa Monica Beat

Santa Monica celebrated Small Business Day on Saturday with over 15 local merchants participating on Pico Boulevard.

News, Santa Monica, Arts, Nea

"Because It Has a Peel” by Artist Joy Taylor: Fifth Installment in Bergamot

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 3:12 pm

The City of Santa Monica, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town creative placemaking program and the Craig Krull Gallery, has announced the opening of Because It Has a Peel, a temporary sculpture installation at Bergamot Station Arts Center by New York-based artist Joy Taylor.

Paul Finkel

News, Music, New West Symphony, Paul Finkel

New West Symphony Re-elects Paul Finkel as Chair

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 11:50 am

The New West Symphony has announced the re-election of Dr. Paul Finkel as Chairman of its Board of Directors for a second two-year term. Dr. Finkel has served on the Board for seven years and was re-elected Chair at the Symphony’s Annual Meeting held this month

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News, Santa Monica, Motorcycle Safety

Fatal Collision Friday, SMPD Call for Witnesses

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 10:58 am

On August 19, 2016 at approximately 11:38 p.m., SMPD received multiple calls of a traffic collision in the 1500 block of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Officers responded to the location and discovered a motorcycle, occupied with two riders, collided with a vehicle. SMPD is now calling for witnesses to come forward.

Dr Matsuda

News, Santa Monica, Dr.mao

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 7:56 am

Special to the Mirror The key to longevity and happiness in your life is managing your stress. Although busy schedules, tough economic times and holidays on the horizon can make it difficult to find time for relaxation, stress is often known as “the silent killer” and is the root of many illnesses, from high blood pressure and insomnia to cancer and depression.

The presentation will be at the Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St. in Santa Monica. The YMCA will provide free supervised child activities during this seminar for adults. For more information, please call 800.516.5323 or email

News, Sports, Santa Monica, Ucla Medical Center

Free Community Lecture on School Sports Injuries

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 7:46 am

Back to school means back to sports – and the risk of injury that comes with them. “Being aware of the injury potential of your sport and proactively seeking ways to prevent such injuries is critical,” says Dr. Jennifer Beck, a pediatric sports medicine physician at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica

APB - The Latest News from SMPD

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 7:34 am

Zip It Up! This story began on Monday, August 8 when at about 8 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a call in order to investigate some concerns that some individuals had about their roommate

Caffe Luxxe Turns 10

News, Santa Monica, Caffe Luxxe

The Perfect Blend

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 6:40 am

Santa Monica’s Caffe Luxxe recently hosted a celebration of its 10th anniversary, giving out free drinks to customers, and hosting a photo exhibit as part of Montana Avenue Art Walk. “We really attempted to showcase our love for our community as best as we can, by featuring art that would not normally be accessible to the general public and showing it in a casual everyday space,”


News, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Twilight Concert Series

Let Us Gather for Music at the Pier

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 11:54 am

A recent article in the Mirror highlighted the fact that it costs an estimated $50,000 a show to put on the free Summer Twilight Concert series at the Santa Monica Pier. In considering that overhead, the inevitable question arose: Is it worth it?


News, Santa Monica, Architecture, Architectural Culture

SM.a.r.t.: Reclaiming Our Civic & Architectural Culture

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 11:47 am

Both our country and city are at crossroads. Both are also facing similar challenges. Locally, our Santa Monica environment is changing rapidly before our eyes. As we approach elections, we are spending a considerable amount of time considering divergent points of view. During this time, I invariably come back to a basic thesis – allowing for growth without compromising quality of life. In this regard, residents have always been the gatekeepers of our community when they’ve had a voice.


News, Santa Monica, Candy

Going Gummy for Sweet Sugar

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 11:43 am

This past Saturday, Third Street Promenade sweets store It’sugar gave out a milkshake created in collaboration with New York burger and beer restaurant Black Tap to eager Santa Monica locals. Black Tap famously serves extravagant milkshakes, filled well past their brim with sweet ingredients. Their collaboration with It’ sugar, called the It’ sugar XL Gummy Shake by Black Tap, includes a large gummy bear and larger gummy pinwheel as a backdrop, and a whipped cream and marshmallow topping, with a vanilla milkshake as its base.

The Downtown Community Plan broken down into slides displayed at the Woman’s Club’s entrance.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

Downtown Discussions

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 11:40 am

Members of Santa Monica City Council, City staff, and the greater Santa Monica community gathered at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club on 4th Street Saturday to discuss ways in which Santa Monica’s downtown could be both preserved and bettered to best serve its current and future residents.

Dr Matsuda

News, Santa Monica, Disc, Hip Injuries

Hip Youngsters Handicapped by Hip Injuries (VIDEO)

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 11:30 am

Not long ago, when people thought of hip surgery, they would associate it with the elderly man next door who had a hip replacement or the old lady that fell, broke her hip, and had to have it “fixed.” Now, we’re reading about young star athletes getting hip arthroscopic surgery. What gives?

The high volume Big Blue Bus shelters at Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica, Bbb, Bus Routes

Big Blue Bus Service Route Changes

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 11:25 am

Big Blue Bus (BBB) is introducing major route and schedule changes as part of the final phase of the Evolution of Blue campaign, which is BBB’s service integration with the new Expo Light-Rail Line.

California Incline

News, Santa Monica

New California Incline Pays Homage to the Past, Ready for the Future

Posted Aug. 18, 2016, 12:43 pm

The historic California Incline is set to reopen on Thursday, September 1 after 17 months of reconstruction. The now seismically upgraded and stronger bridge boasts a 16-foot-wide separated shared pedestrian/bicycle path, a reflection of Santa Monica’s commitment to multi-modal living.

Classic Car Show

News, Santa Monica, Classic Car Show

Westside Unity Classic Car Show, Saturday Aug 20

Posted Aug. 18, 2016, 12:33 pm

Pico Youth & Family Center in partnership with West Los the Documentary are hosting the first Westside Unity Classic Car Show in Santa Monica to raise funds for youth services and events that promote Chicano/Latino culture. The car show will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Will Rogers Elementary School in Santa Monica.

Cafe Luxxe

News, Santa Monica

Cafe Celebrates 10 Years in Santa Monica (VIDEO)

Posted Aug. 18, 2016, 11:24 am

Caffe Luxxe celebrated its 10th anniversary with giveaways, art, and a new blend.

motorcycle safety

News, Santa Monica, Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement in Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 6:00 pm

The Santa Monica Police Department is continuing its efforts for Motorcycle Safety Awareness. Officers will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation in an effort to lower deaths and injuries stemming from motorcycle collisions.


News, Santa Monica, Gelsons

Gelson’s Market In Santa Monica To Host Seasonal Hatch Chile Roasting

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 5:48 pm

Grown in Hatch, New Mexico, Hatch Chiles are a mildly hot yet savory pepper that, when perfectly roasted, yields a uniquely delicious flavor, both spicy and sweet. While the Hatch Chile Festival annually attracts thousands of visitors from around the world to this small farming community every Fall, Gelson’s brings its own festival to pepper-loving customers across Southern California.

Rainbow Flag Ferris Wheel

News, Santa Monica, Light Show

Pier Light Show Tonight to Conserve Energy

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 1:52 pm

The iconic solar-powered Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will host a special light show tonight with summer deals to match.


News, Santa Monica, Happenings

Fans Turn Out for Sweet Treats on 3rd (VIDEO)

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 1:42 pm

This past Saturday, Third Street Promenade sweets store IT’SUGAR gave out a milkshake created in collaboration with New York burger and beer restaurant Black Tap to eager Santa Monica locals.


News, Farmers Market, Santa Monica, Raleigh

Raleigh Bicycles Hosts Santa Monica Launch Party on Aug. 21

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 11:10 am

Who: Raleigh Bicycles and the Santa Monica, greater Los Angeles, communities. What: Raleigh Bicycles is hosting a grand opening party to celebrate the brand's first and only Raleigh store in the U.S. The launch event will have activities for the whole family: stationary bike races, a photo booth, giveaways, a food truck and ice cream cart. It's free to attend.


News, City Council, Santa Monica

Candidate Statement for City Council, by Jon Mann

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 10:42 am

Santa Monica City Council Candidate Statement from Jon Mann