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The Giving Spirit's founder Tom Bagamane (left) with a homeless client.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

The Giving Spirit Gives Generously To Homeless In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:40 am

More than 1,000 volunteers from The Giving Spirit assembled and distributed almost 2,600 survival kits from Dec. 11 to 14.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Police Department, Rancho Palos Verdes

Authorities Identity Body Found Over Palos Verdes Estates Cliff On Friday

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:35 am

The Coroner's Office today identified the man whose body was found over a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates on Friday.

Authorities have identified the three people killed in a SUV crash on Friday on the 15 Freeway, including a young woman from Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Authorities Identify Santa Monica Woman Killed In Fatal SUV Crash On 15 Freeway

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:24 am

The driver and two passengers killed in a rollover crash near Fallbrook while en route to a funeral service in Mexicali were publicly identified on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 21, for Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis.

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Funeral Services Today For Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

Funeral services will be held today for Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, who was considered one of the most influential synagogue leaders in the country.

'The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies' topped the weekend box office with $56.2 million in estimated ticket sales.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

Latest "Hobbit" Film Exceeds Analysts Predictions With $56.2 Million Opening

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:03 am

"The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies" far exceeded analyst predictions, and will ring in the holiday season with an estimated $56.2 million weekend.

The Westwood apartment blaze was reported at 8:26 p.m. Saturday at the Wilshire Manor Apartments at 10635 W. Wilshire Blvd.

News, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Westwood

Westwood Apartment Building Fire Causes $150,000 Damage

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 8:56 am

A stubborn electrical fire that burned in the walls of a six-story apartment building in Westwood and sent one person to a hospital also caused $150,000 worth of damage to the structure and its contents, a fire official said today.

Do you know this 3-year-old girl? She was abandoned at The Grove shopping center on Saturday evening.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

3-Year-Old Girl Abandoned At The Grove Shopping Center

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 8:44 am

Police today sought the public's help in locating the parents or legal guardians of a 3-year-old girl who was abandoned at a popular West Los Angeles shopping center.

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.

News, Los Angeles, Lax

11-Gate, Mid-Airfield Concourse To Be Built At LAX

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:16 am

Los Angeles airport commissioners signed off on a $961 million contract to design and build an 11-gate, mid-airfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced Friday.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or group responsible for the residential theft, in 2008, of multiple works of art in the city of Encino, California. These works of art (plus three others not pictured) were recovered on Oct. 23, 2014.

News, Police Department, West Los Angeles, Fbi

Reward Offered To Flush Out Additional Art Heist Suspects

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:09 am

Authorities said today they hope a $25,000 reward will help flush out additional suspects involved in the theft of a dozen paintings -- nine of which have since been recovered -- stolen six years ago in one of the largest art heists in Los Angeles history.

News, Film, Culver City, Sony

Sony Pictures: "The Interview" Will Be Made Available In Some Fashion

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:07 am

Sony Pictures Entertainment officials said Friday they still hope to make the film "The Interview" available to viewers in some fashion.

News, Courts, Culver City, Sony

Fifth Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sony Pictures Following Cyberattack

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:02 am

A fifth proposed class-action lawsuit was filed Friday by a former employee of Sony Pictures, alleging the Culver City studio failed to protect the personal information of its workforce from computer hackers.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Autopsy Reveals Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot Three Times

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:59 am

Autopsy results on the body of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo indicate he was fatally shot three times in the upper chest, an attorney for his family said today.

News, Mar Vista, Police Department

Mar Vista Shooting: 19-Year-Old Gang Member Wounded

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:58 am

A 19-year-old man described as a documented gang member was critically wounded today in a shooting in Mar Vista and the suspect was on the loose.

News, Police Department, Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach Victims Fund Established After Four Struck & Killed By Driver

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:53 am

The fourth victim of the vehicle crash into pedestrians in Redondo Beach Wednesday night sung in the school Christmas concert the pedestrians had been attending, Church authorities said today.

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.

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.

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.

News, Real Estate, Beverly Hills

Swedish Billionaire/Game Developer Pays $70 Million For Beverly Hills Estate

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:02 am

Swedish billionaire Markus Persson, creator of the Minecraft video game, plunked down $70 million for a Beverly Hills mansion and all of its furnishings, it was announced Thursday.

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