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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

News, Santa Monica

Opinion: Legalized Pot Almost a Certainty

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 12:39 pm

A sense of certainty that recreational, random marijuana use will be legalized, regulated and taxed in California after next month’s election lies behind the millions of dollars invested so far in Proposition 64, which would allow adults to grow, buy and possess pot. No more medical marijuana ruses.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

News, Santa Monica

Opinion: I Pay My Taxes,So That Makes me Dumb…?!

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 12:29 pm

Our household and a few guests were gathered around the flat screen for the debate Monday night, just as I’m sure most Mirror readers were. I think the general consensus was that even though the exchanges may have lacked a certain level of fireworks and drama, the flatness of the debate was almost soothing and even reassuring.

Preethi de Silva.

News, Santa Monica

Con Gioia Ensemble presents“A Classical Viennese Soirée”

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 12:14 pm

Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, directed by Preethi de Silva, will present, “A Classical Viennese Soirée,” at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 985 Lincoln Blvd., in Santa Monica on Sunday, October 23.

Marilu Henner, David Lockhart, Ed Asner, and Mark Rydell.

News, Santa Monica, Ed Asner, Mark Rydell

Ed Asner and Mark Rydell in Brian Connors’ “Plays in the Park”

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 12:04 pm

Seven time Emmy winning actor Ed Asner and Oscar winning director Mark Rydell will be starring in “Plays In The Park,” written and directed by Santa Monica resident Brian Connors, at Miles Memorial Playhouse Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

Thane Roberts for SMa.r.t. Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow.Thane Roberts AIA, Architect, Robert H. Taylor AIA, Mario Fonda-Bonardi AIA Planning Commission, Daniel Jansenson Architect, Samuel Tolkin AIA, Phil Brock, Santa Monica Arts Commission.

News, Santa Monica

Opinion: SMa.r.t. Busy as a Bee

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 11:57 am

The Busy Bee Hardware and Dry Goods store has been a fixture in our city for longer than any of us can remember. In fact that store, now just called Busy Bee Hardware, moved to its present location in 1922. The wood plank floor has been walked on by generations of Santa Monica residents seeking a washer, a burlap bag, a good hammer…it is, most importantly, that simple shop where everyone knows your name.


News, Santa Monica, Blue Ribbon

Dual Language School Honors Edison Wins Blue Ribbon

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 11:50 am

Edison Language Academy on Virginia Avenue Santa Monica, has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. Edison Language Academy is a dual-language immersion school, where students learn in both English and Spanish.

“The City has determined that $3,022,305.44 was spent on legal fees involving the FAA and airport law suits over the past 10 years,” Brigette Garay, Public Records Coordinator at the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office told The Mirror.

News, Santa Monica, Faa

City vs FAA =$3,022,305.44

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 11:41 am

The ongoing legal battles between the City of Santa Monica, on a mission to close Santa Monica Airport (SMO), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on a mission to keep it open, has long been a hot topic in Santa Monica. The fight has cost more than $3 million in legal fees, according to the City.


News, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock on Your Block: Iconic Busy Bee Hardware Faced With Closure

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 11:38 am

Phil finds great community value among the nuts and bolts of Busy Bee Hardware, an institution in Santa Monica since 1922, now threatened with closure.


News, Santa Monica, Paintcare

PaintCare, Inc. earns Golden Arrow Award by California Product Stewardship Council

Posted Sep. 29, 2016, 2:22 pm

PaintCare, Inc. was one of four California companies to be honored by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) during its 7th Annual Arrow Awards ceremony held on Aug. 9 at California Resource Recovery Association’s 40th annual conference and tradeshow at the DoubleTree hotel in Sacramento. PaintCare is the recipient of the 2016 Bow & Arrow Award for Service and Take Back.

Lago Table for 25

News, Santa Monica, Food, Things To Do

Locanda Del Lago Celebrates 25 Years in Santa Monica (VIDEO)

Posted Sep. 29, 2016, 12:18 pm

Laconda Del Lago is celebrating 25 years and they are marking this very special anniversary with a very special promotion to benefit local charities.

Santa Monica Courthouse

News, Santa Monica, Bombo

Courthouse Evacuation Over Bomb Scare, False Alarm

Posted Sep. 29, 2016, 12:14 pm

A bomb squad yesterday afternoon was called to investigate a suspicious item at the Santa Monica Courthouse, which was evacuated.

Fall Fruits

News, Farmers Market, Santa Monica

Asian Pears and Jujube’s Now At The Farmers Market

Posted Sep. 29, 2016, 12:01 pm

This week on Market Report Host Jacki Karsh speaks to farmer Becky Terry about some of the fall fruits that are now in season.


News, Santa Monica, Edison Language Academy

Edison Language Academy Named One of the Best Schools in the Nation

Posted Sep. 29, 2016, 9:35 am

Edison Language Academy has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, announced today by the U.S. Department of Education. Edison Language Academy, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Dual Immersion School of Choice, is one of 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor in the nation.

Santa Monica Place

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place Launches New Digital Rewards Program For Shoppers

Posted Sep. 29, 2016, 8:52 am

Santa Monica Place is introducing a new digital Shopper Rewards program. Participating shoppers earn credit for their purchases, $10 for every $250 they spend, at Santa Monica Place.

Tom Hanks, Smokey Robinson and Ben Donenberg at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 26th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit on September 19, at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA Campus.

News, Santa Monica, Art

Shakespeare Center of L.A. Celebrates with 26th Annual Show

Posted Sep. 28, 2016, 11:30 am

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks hosted the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 26th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit on September 19, at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA Campus.


News, Santa Monica, Theatre, Ben Allen, Jerry Brown

Theatre and Dance Act Signed by Governor

Posted Sep. 27, 2016, 3:39 pm

Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to establish single-subject teaching credentials for theatre and for dance was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.


News, Santa Monica, Ed Asner, Mark Rydell

Ed Asner And Mark Rydell To Perform “Plays In The Park” At The Miles Memorial Playhouse

Posted Sep. 27, 2016, 3:27 pm

Legendary seven time Emmy winning actor Ed Asner and Oscar winning director Mark Rydell will be starring in “Plays InThe Park” at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA, on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Written and directed by Brian Connors, “Plays In The Park” stars Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, David Lockhart, Natasha Blasick and Dahlia Waingort. Actor John Heard will lead a live Q&A, plus there will also be a special appearance by gospel singers, The Smith Sistahs.

Car Free Friday

News, Santa Monica, Car Free

City of Santa Monica Launches #CarFreeFriday on October 7th

Posted Sep. 27, 2016, 9:32 am

Santa Monica City is launching car free Fdiays with all residents, workers and businesses in Santa Monica encouraged to participate.


News, Santa Monica, Kami Garcia

Young Adult Authors Kami Garcia & Anna Todd at Santa Monica Public Library

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:51 am

Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to welcome back young adult (YA) author Kami Garcia to the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., for an author talk and book signing with fellow writer Anna Todd on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Salon

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Conservancy

Santa Monica Conservancy Hosts Fundraiser at San Vicente Boulevard Estate

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:31 am

The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its annual Fall Salon on Saturday, October 23, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Armstrong-Cobb house, a former home of Bette Davis. The Salon will feature a tour of the estate, a reception with wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres, as well as a talk about the house's architect, the renowned John Byers, by Dr. Ken Breisch, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture.

Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Scramble

News, Santa Monica, Mao

Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Scramble

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:27 am

This delicious recipe was the favorite of one of my patients; it came from her Sardinian grandmother who lived to the ripe old age of 102. Its ingredients benefit the heart, enhance immunity and aid digestion; mushrooms are high in fiber with virtually no fat and are very helpful in lowering cholesterol and cleansing the intestinal tract while the magnesium and potassium in chard or spinach give your heart a boost. Serves two. Enjoy!

SOPHIA: Sweet Sophia is a gentle and playful girl. Her playful personality shines when she has visitors at the center! Sophia has an outgoing personality and will reach out to you with her little paws as if to say “hug me!” Sophia is also a smart cat—she loves to play interactive app games. Very playful personality. Enjoys wand toys and interactive app games. Adopt Sophia today for just $9 during our “9 Lives” promotion and you’ll have a lifelong friend!

News, Santa Monica, Nkla

NKLA Pets Of The Week!

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:11 am

JENNY: If there were a competition for “Best Smile,” Jenny would get first place! A staff and volunteer favorite, Jenny is one of the happiest dogs we’ve ever known. Her tail wags non-stop and she is an affectionate, gentle, and tolerant dog. Jenny has allergies and sensitive skin and would be a great fit for somebody who prefers cuddling on the couch and moonlight strolls rather than sunbathing! Nothing seems to faze Jenny. No matter what, she always has a positive demeanor and a great big grin. Jenny can be very playful with other dogs, but would also be happy as your one and only. Jenny is an absolute gem. Adopt her and start every day with a smile!

Nija Okoro as Dussie May and Levee (Jason Dirden).

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Play

Review: A Powerful “Ma Rainey’s”

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:08 am

Playwright August Wilson has been one of the most compelling voices in illuminating the African-American experience. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for the ten plays in “The Pittsburg Cycle,” which began in 1904 with “Gem of the Ocean.” The other plays were: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Seven Guitars,” “Fences,” “Two Trains Running,” “Jitney,” “King Hedley II,” and “Radio Golf.” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originated in 1927 and to say the play has travelled well is evidenced by its current riveting revival.


News, Santa Monica, Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding: Tips for Success

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:06 am

People, businesses, non-profits, and many others turn to crowdfunding to raise the money they need. Whether it is for kick-starting a business, funding a community project, or raising funds for charity, many people are wildly successful raising their financial goals through this medium. However, this is not true for everyone. Some people have very little success with crowdfunding. Why is this the case?

The owners of Vidiots.

News, Santa Monica

Opinion - Vidiots: Your Film Culture is Calling

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:40 pm

Readers of The Mirror and this column will know that I have supported all efforts to keep Vidiots video rentals on Pico in Santa Monica alive and well. It’s been a journey for Vidiots founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber who opened “a video store with films that we would like to see” 31 years ago.

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