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Helpful Honda guys prepared to serve a holiday feast to Santa Monica OPCC clients on Friday, Dec. 19.

News, Santa Monica, Opcc

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, 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.

With the Expo line expected to open in 2016, Santa Monica’s transit authority Big Blue Bus has developed a revised transit integration plan.

News, City Council, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Route Shake-Up To Align With Expo

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

In light of the opening of the Expo line in Santa Monica and the subsequent duplication of public transit options, Santa Monica City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with work on a totally revised Big Blue Bus transit integration plan.

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, 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, 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.

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."

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