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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.

Santa Monica Beat

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

SOMA Arts Festival Turns 10

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 10:05 pm

SOMAfest 10 LA is week of workshops, performances, discussions and jams in Santa Monica, exploring and celebrating the myriad of Somatic Movement Dance practices, and is set to kick-off Tuesday, August 3.

Santo, Didi, and hairdresser Roczane Enriquez together following Didi’s makeover.

News, Santa Monica, Toni And Guy

Toni & Guy Salon Hosts Glam With Greice To Raise Battered Womens’ Spirits

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 10:01 pm

By Atlas Novack Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy and Salon in Santa Monica, in conjunction with actress Greice Santo (“New Girl,” “Wild Card,” “Jane the Virgin”) last week hosted the OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center) in a first-time makeover event, Glam with Greice.

Worms Are Your Friend: Smart Gardening

News, Santa Monica, Gardening

Worms Are Your Friend: Smart Gardening

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 9:45 pm

By Sam Skopp As part of an L.A. County-sponsored initiative to teach sustainable gardening practices, L.A.’s Smart Gardening Program hosted an advanced composting and vermicomposting workshop in Virginia Avenue Park this past Saturday.

Brü Haus’ prices hang in the mid to high teens, and the happy hour ranges from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on weekdays, featuring beers ranging from $3-9, and appetizers that are all under $10.

News, Santa Monica, Brü Haus

Brü Haus Houses Badass Brews

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 9:42 pm

By Atlas Novack Keeping a restaurant is hard in a city like Los Angeles, where businesses close as often as they open. In a restaurant like Brü Haus, a gastropub located on Wilshire Boulevard and Granville Avenue just west of the 405, however, there’s no wonder in why they’ve managed to stay open for so long.

 Lining up for security checks questions what is determined as work.

News, Santa Monica

Being Paid to Line Up? Perhaps

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 9:40 pm

Last month a California judge allowed a class action suit, filed on behalf of warehouse workers, to proceed against a subsidiary of Staples Inc. Among other things, workers said they were not being paid for time they spent – up to a half hour – standing in line waiting to undergo security checks. They’d have to go through the line when leaving for lunch, too, which ate into the time the 30 minutes they actually had to eat.

News, Santa Monica, Gardening, Fairy Garden

Gardening with an Enchanted Twist

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 9:30 pm

While the stress-relieving capabilities and health benefits of gardening are well known, a twist on this timeless hobby offers a way to add charm and a whimsical feel to your home and garden. Creating an enchanted fairy garden can boost imagination and offer a family-friendly way to hone your green thumb.

Funds raised through the car show, which showcased over 100 classic cars, will be used to aid youth services and events that promote Chicano and Latino culture.

News, Santa Monica, Lowriders

Low riders rev up

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 9:26 pm

Classic car fans and owners alike gathered at Will Rogers Elementary School this past Saturday for the Pico Youth & Family Center’s West Lost Unity Car Show, featuring over 100 classic automobiles. “We are hosting the Unity Classic Car Show to bring awareness to the community that Chicano/Latino culture still thrives in West Los Angeles,” said Charlie Chacon, director of L.A. Chicano culture documentary “West Los,” which co-sponsored the event. “Through this family-friendly event we plan to educate and inspire everyone, but especially our youth, to have pride in our culture and to contribute to the continuation of this beautiful art form that we know as lowrider culture,” he said.

Blackout Blackmail Exposed As Power Stays On

News, Santa Monica

Blackout Blackmail Exposed As Power Stays On

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 11:34 am

Watch out, warned three of California’s most powerful – and most ethically shaky – state agencies in late April and again in August. If the notoriously leaky Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in northern Los Angeles were not reopened quickly, California would face the strong possibility of blackouts during the summer.

Are we working to "hard?"

News, Santa Monica

Hey, Are You Working Hard Enough?

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 11:28 am

That’s right, you. Sitting around at 2 p.m. on a weekday and drinking beer al fresco at one of those joints on the beach with an unpronounceable German name. Aren’t you supposed to be someplace, doing something to put bread on the table? Where’s your phone? You’re not even on the phone?! Why do I have to sit in a cubicle that isn’t even near a window… and you are out in the sun enjoying life?

Blocked intersections are commonplace Downtown Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Ope, Smart

SMA.R.T.: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 11:24 am

In a candid address about Santa Monica’s traffic at Downtown Santa Monica Inc.’s annual meeting last Thursday, Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole quoted President Franklin Roosevelt. Cole noted that Roosevelt mentioned Common Sense (one of my favorite phrases) and the courage to just try something. If the attempt fails, admit it and try something else. Roosevelt’s conclusion was “Above all, try something.”

The Santa Monica Airport chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recently partnered with John Wilson, Scoutmaster of Pacific Palisades Boy Scouts of America Troop 23, to help twelve aspiring Eagle Scouts earn their Aviation Merit Badges.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

Letter to the Editor: 14-year-old Vanya Derkach Writes on SMO

Posted Aug. 26, 2016, 10:24 am

My name is Vanya Derkach and I am 14 years old, currently in 9th grade. Please let me tell you a little bit about myself. When I was in 5th grade, my friends invited me to go to the Santa Monica Airport Museum

Santa Monica History Museum

News, Santa Monica, History Museum

Santa Monica History Museum Annual Gala Tribute Dinner

Posted Aug. 25, 2016, 2:48 pm

On Sunday, September 11, 2016 the Santa Monica History Museum will hold its annual Gala Tribute Dinner at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. In recognition of the opening of Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica earlier this year, the event is themed “Tracking History: Celebrating the Return of Passenger Rail to Santa Monica.”

Camera Obscura

News, Santa Monica, Camera Obscura

Art and Dance Headline at Camera Obscura (VIDEO)

Posted Aug. 25, 2016, 10:30 am

This past Saturday, the Camera Obscura Art Lab hosted a dance workshop titled “Cultivating the Expressive Body” with instructor Jeremy Hahn. Originally taught at the Annenberg Beach House, Hahn has brought this workshop, which combines meditation and improvisational dance, to the Camera Obscura Art Lab

Santa Monica Farmers' Market Report

News, Farmers Market, Santa Monica

The SM Market Report: Saturday Farmers Market at Virginia Avenue Park (VIDEO)

Posted Aug. 25, 2016, 10:25 am

This week we are at the Saturday Farmers Market!!! Our weekly SM Market Report dives into everything Farmers Market in Santa Monica.

Rubans Rouges

News, Things To Do, Newsa

Rubans Rouges Dance Announces Summer Series

Posted Aug. 25, 2016, 10:23 am

Rubans Rouges Dance presents the 4th presentation for their Summer Series titled “Red Ribbons™”. This series features Rubans Rouges Dance’s repertoire show and MOSAIC™, a community based effort with the culmination of the youth and ethnicities in arts.

Preservation Design Award

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Conservancy

Santa Monica Conservancy Celebrates Milestones: 1000th Visitor & Preservation Design Award

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 12:08 pm

Last week the Santa Monica Conservancy welcomed its 1000th and 1001st visitors, Mike and Megan Lampkin of Santa Monica, to its Preservation Resource Center in Ocean Park. The Lampkins are originally from the Bay area, and although they are neighbors and have walked the neighborhood many times, this was their first visit to the Shotgun House. The couple was presented with a book about shotgun houses.

One of the kittens up for adoption at Santa Monica Animal Shelter.

News, Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter Announces New Non-Profit

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:58 am

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is proud to announce the establishment of Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter, a nonprofit organization created to assist city staff. The Shelter is seeking community members interested in participating as an inaugural board member with the non-profit organization.

ben allen

News, Santa Monica, Ben Allen

New Elections Model Passes State Assembly

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:48 am

Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that will transform the way elections are conducted in California passed the state Assembly today on a vote of 42 - 28. “Our current system of limiting voters to one polling location on a single day has failed. It is time to implement a new voting model that allows people to vote conveniently, close to where they work, shop and congregate,” Senator Allen said.

Ted Lieu

News, Santa Monica, Ted Lieu

Congressman Lieu Statement On City Of Santa Monica Resolution To Close Santa Monica Airport

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:45 am

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to the Santa Monica City Council’s adoption of a resolution to close the Santa Monica Airport as soon as legally permitted. The resolution also calls for the adoption of a policy to establish exclusive public proprietary Fixed Based Operations (FBO) Services. The measure was passed by the City Council on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.


News, Santa Monica, Smpd

Body Worn Camera Pilot Program

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:21 am

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is implementing a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program. Beginning September 12, 2016 select uniformed police officers and civilian personnel will be outfitted with these cameras.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Airport

Santa Monica City Council Votes to Close Airport

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 11:04 am

Santa Monica City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday evening calling for the closure of the Airport as soon as legally permitted, with the goal of closure on or before July 1, 2018. The Council directed the City Manager to implement a series of measures intended to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of the Airport until operations permanently cease.

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

Latest police, crime and courts news.

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,”