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home of Vaudeville acts and the talking pictures, entertaining audiences through the Great Depression and wars. But for the past 14 years, the Mayfair Theater has been shielded from the public’s view, its marquee barely peeking above a barricade of worn boards erected after the historic building was heavily damaged during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, which essentially took it out of commission for good. After a years-long process that has involved repeated trips back to the drawing board, back-and-forth discussions with the Architectural Review Board, and even a lawsuit, the long-anticipated construction of a mixed-use project that involves preserving the theater’s ornate facade is expected to move forward. The project, which received final approval from the ARB in June, is currently in the plan check phase and could receive its building permit by Jan. 26, according to David Forbes Hibbert, the principal of DFH Architects, the firm overseeing the project. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and will take roughly two years to complete. “I think it’ll be a major positive for that part of Downtown,” said Chris Harding, the attorney representing the property owner, Karl Schober. “It’s a good example of adaptive reuse of a landmark property where landmarking doesn’t impede responsible redevelopment of the site.” Schober was not available for comment. The 49,000 square-foot development in the 200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, which will be constructed behind the theater’s facade, includes 38 apartment units, ground-floor retail space and two levels of subterranean parking. The historic Mayfair facade, which is designed in the Spanish Rococo style, will be restored and incorpo-

WALKING BY A LANDMARK: The historic Mayfair Theater, which has been off limits since

CITY HALL If you don’t have any dinner plans near the end of January, the Human Services Division at City Hall could use your help with the largest homeless census in the nation. City Hall is looking for 200 volunteers to assist in the count, which is used to help preserve federal funding for local homeless programs, which this year amounted to $72 million across Los Angeles County. Data from the count also helps providers target housing and services to fit the needs of homeless people, and raise awareness about the issues of homelessness. Roughly 3,000 volunteers are needed countywide, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which oversees the county. “Homeless Count data is essential to our work to end homelessness in the city and county,” said Rebecca Isaacs, LAHSA’s executive director. “LAHSA, and our partner agencies and organizations, use Homeless Count data on a daily basis. We need to update our 2007 data to know what homelessness looks like in 2009. “How many homeless people are there? Where are they? Who are they? How did they become homeless? What’s the best way to help them?” Assembling at deployment centers across the county, volunteers will break into teams and conduct sight-counts of homeless people in a certain census tract. Free training will be offered to prepare volunteers for their work. In Santa Monica the training sessions will be held at Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Center (2200 Virginia Ave.) on Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and at the Main Library, MLK Auditorium, (601 Santa Monica Blvd.) on Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. All volunteers must attend one training session. For the first time Santa Monica volunteers will visit every census for a complete, direct street count, whereas before, volun-

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the Northridge Earthquake, will be transformed into a 49,000 square-foot, mixed-use development that will include 38 apartments and ground-floor retail.

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Man in Santa suit kills 9, self on Christmas Eve BY CHRISTINA HOAG Associated Press Writer

COVINA, Calif. Law enforcement officials in Southern California say the gunman who killed nine people in a Christmas Eve bloodbath at his ex-in-laws’ Covina home intended to flee to Canada but was severely burned before he killed himself. Police said Friday that after the shooting, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo used a homemade device to spray racing fuel around the home and that the vapor was ignited by a pilot light or candle. He suffered third-degree burns on both arms when it exploded. Authorities say Pardo’s Santa suit actually melted onto his body before he fled.

After Pardo shot himself to death at his brother’s home, authorities found $17,000 on him and a plane ticket for a flight from Los Angeles to Canada. The bloodbath began when an 8-year-old girl attending a Christmas Eve party answered a knock at the door. Pardo, dressed as Santa and carrying what appeared to be a present, pulled out a handgun and shot her in the face, then began shooting indiscriminately as partygoers tried to flee. By the time it was over, at least nine people at the party were dead and the house was torched. The gunman killed himself hours after exacting revenge against his ex-wife by going on a massacre at his former in-laws’ home. Pardo’s ex-wife, Sylvia Pardo, and her

parents were believed to be among the dead. The ninth body was found Friday morning when investigators resumed searching what was left of their two-story home on a cul-desac in a suburban neighborhood 25 miles east of Los Angeles. Pardo, 45, had no criminal record and no history of violence, according to police, but he was angry following last week’s settlement of his divorce after a short marriage. “It was not an amicable divorce,” police Lt. Pat Buchanan said. Investigators seeking further information about Pardo’s motives have begun searching his home in the suburban Los Angeles community of Montrose. A court summary of the divorce case shows that Sylvia Pardo filed for a dissolu-

tion of marriage on March 24, 2008. The summary indicates the two reached a settlement on Dec. 18 and were separated after about two years of marriage. Court documents show Sylvia Pardo got the couple’s dog, the wedding ring and $10,000 in the settlement agreement, while he got the house. In June, the court ordered Bruce Pardo to pay $1,785 a month in spousal support and put him on a payment plan of $450 a month for $3,570 that was unpaid. His attorney, Stanley Silver, said he had trouble making the payments after he lost his job in July, but spousal support was waived in the settlement signed earlier this month. SEE KILLER PAGE 10

Retailers slash prices to entice holiday shoppers BY LAUREN SHEPHERD Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK Shoppers hit the stores Friday to

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return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales. Many retailers opened before 6 a.m., offering 50 percent to 75 percent off on toys, furniture, electronics and clothing. Stores were hoping the discounts would entice shoppers to redeem gift cards and use cash from returning unwanted gifts to buy something new. Laura Hernandez, a 37-year-old nurse, hoped to find a good deal at a Miami-area Wal-Mart on the one present her husband and son had really wanted — a plasma TV. “When they saw that there was no Christmas gift larger than the Christmas tree, they knew there was no TV,” Hernandez said. “They know Mommy is out early this morning bringing home their new toy.” But consumers who saw plenty of bargains before Christmas still seemed to be spending carefully — meaning even the big discounts may not be enough to salvage one of the most dismal holiday shopping seasons in years. Some were unimpressed with even SEE SHOPPING PAGE 11

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Our schools Editor:

In November, our fellow citizens decided to give Santa Monica College another $295 million. Please remember SMC has now raised over $605 million from Santa Monica residents since 2002. None of that money is for the teachers or staff. It is for the ego of the team that runs that place. Also remember that only 4,828 out of 30,126 students are from Santa Monica and can attend their local community college. In the next couple of months the Santa Monica Unified School District will be running out of money to teach Santa Monica's 11,910 students. (“School district facing midyear budget cuts,” page 1, Dec. 23,) Santa MonicaMalibu Unified School District will be cutting $9 million out of its budget while we send $295 million to build more buildings and parking for non-Santa Monica students. How does this make sense?

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS GEORGE BUSH ISN’T THE ONLY ONE

who’s been a lame duck for the last couple of months of 2008. I have too. I think all Americans have been lame ducks. We’ve been in limbo. We’ve been waiting to see how the financial crisis will be resolved, waiting to see what’s going to happen with the automakers, and waiting to see how things will be under President Obama. Like a lame duck, we’ve been treading water. And time doesn’t fly when you’re treading water. I can’t be the only person who’s felt that the end of 2008 has dragged on and on. It seemed like 2008 would never end. You know all those people who are just walking up and down the Third Street Promenade without going into any stores? Those are local lame ducks, and they can’t wait for this year to be over. To make it worse, not only was 2008 a leap year, but scientists added a “leap second” to it. Apparently, they do this every once in a while when they notice that the earth’s rotation is slowing down slightly. In case you’re interested, the extra second will be added onto Dec. 31. Just what we needed, for 2008 to be even longer. Let’s all make the most of that extra second. Things that didn’t really happen that long ago seemed like they happened ages ago. For example, can you believe that John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate only four months ago? Doesn’t it seem longer? Were we really able to live our entire lives, minus four months, without Sarah Palin? Were the Olympics really just this past summer? And were the John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer scandals really this year? They seem like something from a distant, more innocent past. Of course, they have been trumped by year-end scandals, but neither Blagojevich nor Maddof made the time pass more quickly. Think your memory of 2008 is perfect? Who won the 2008 Super Bowl? Not a sports fan? Who won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize (hint: it wasn’t any of the football players from the Super Bowl)? Remember when gas prices were ridiculously high? Remember when houses sold ridiculously fast? Remember when I lost my cell phone (OK, that’s a hard one)? Remember when the polygamists’ ranch was raided? That really happened just this year. This was a year when some things were all turned around. I don’t know about you, but I can remember when people went to banks for money instead of the other way around. And didn’t you think pirates were a thing of the past? One of the most outrageous Congressional earmarks was $50,000 proposed by California Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon. He felt the money should go to the

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THIS WAS A YEAR WHEN SOME THINGS WERE ALL TURNED AROUND. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I CAN REMEMBER WHEN PEOPLE WENT TO BANKS FOR MONEY INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

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Speaking of four-legged animals, a Norwegian equestrian was stripped of his Olympic bronze medal because his horse had taken a “banned substance.” That’s right. The horse didn’t pass the drug test. With all the publicity about how harmful these drugs are, plus with every newspaper talking about how stringent tests are at the Olympics, how could a horse be so stupid and risk everything by taking drugs? What was he thinking? The news story that defines 2008 has to do with Burger King. In the beginning of this month, the fast food company came out with a cologne — actually a men’s body spray — that smells like “flame broiled meat.” Who would want to smell like cooked meat? But isn’t this a perfect move for a company to make in 2008? People are worried about not having enough money to buy groceries, and they think that men are going to spend their hard-earned dollars so they’ll smell like a hamburger? Maybe they’re going for the burger bailout. If “Flame” actually turns out to be a hot product, watch for the banks to follow suit. They could sell “Bucks,” a cologne that smells like money. That way, Americans can walk around in 2009 with nothing in their pockets, but at least they’ll smell like money. And if the banks’ cologne is successful, I’ll bet other scents will follow. I just hope those in charge of that mule museum don’t get any ideas. Happy New Year, and have a great 2009.

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This past week, Q-line asked: The year 2008 has seen its fair share of interesting occurrences. There was a hotly contested election, the City Council took on the FAA over Santa Monica Airport, trees continued to grab headlines, and murders rocked the community. What was the biggest Santa Monica story of 2008? Here are your responses:

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“I THINK THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE CITY of Sanmalicious was that controversy about the trees, cutting down those beautiful ficus trees when they should have been left up. I think that was the biggest one, and of course the Treesavers and Jerry Rubin, who unfortunately did not make it to the Santa Monica City Council.”

“THE AIRPORT ISSUES WILL CERTAINLY continue to be very important in 2009 as they have been in 2008. The people of Santa Monica and Los Angeles will not roll over and allow airplanes to pollute the air that they breathe and destroy the quality of their lives. So you can look forward to more hot-topic issues regarding Santa Monica Airport.”

“THE BIGGEST STORY TO ME TURNED OUT to be this whisper: We should have term limits for council members. That seems to be the only way we can keep our city out of the hands of non-resident developers and keep us from becoming a tree-less downtown L.A. Unfortunately, it would mean losing [Kevin] McKeown, but maybe he’ll find some protégés for us. Let’s make this whisper of 2008 the biggest story of 2009.” “THE ELECTION OF ROBERT KRONOVET in 2008 to the Santa Monica Rent Control Board stirred my complacent wonderment regarding the Santa Monica rent control law. Mr. Kronovet, who appears to be a wee bit masochistic, will be in the year 2009 rendered down to a shell of his former self by his fellow board members and those tenants who are receiving a fair, controlled rental fee. Mr. Kronovet, who has chosen to carry the espada for the landlords of Santa Monica, should understand a matador may prevail when up against one toro. When up against several thousand tenant toros, the ending will be more climactic. It will be the toros walking away with the capote with their ears intact.”

“I THINK THE BIGGEST STORY OF THE YEAR was the City Council passing the ordinance to ban the category C and D jets at Santa Monica Airport.” “I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE BIGGEST story, but the sorriest is not passing Measure T. The extortionists and excessive building and carpetbaggers measure who believe that more, bigger, and overly expensive is better. Another over-funding is the $300 million for SMCC. Education is one of the biggest scams in this country. They make sure that can’t-get-a-job-anywhere-people have a lifetime employment spending tax-payer money helping to support more carpetbagging parents getting private-school education and paying only public school taxes. They’re like locusts — they move on to destroy another town.” P R O U D LY B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK High atop Dante’s View, overlooking sheets of salt flats and ribbons of sand dunes, night watcher Dan Duriscoe shone a laser beam at the North Star and steadied his digital camera at the starry heavens. Click. The sky looks dark. Duriscoe panned the camera toward the light factory of Las Vegas, 85 miles away but peeking out like a white halo above the mountains in the eastern horizon. Click. The sky is on fire. “You ca see the Luxor vertical beam,” said Duriscoe, pointing to a time-exposure shot on his camera-connected laptop showing the Vegas Strip pyramid-shaped hotel’s famous searchlight. “That’s the brightest thing out there.” Acclaimed for its ink black skies, Death Valley, the hottest place in North America, also ranks among the nation’s unspoiled stargazing spots. But the vista in recent years has grown blurry. The glitzy neon glow from Las Vegas and its burgeoning bedroom communities is stealing stars from the park’s eastern fringe. New research reveals light pollution from Vegas increased 61 percent between 2001 and 2007, making it appear brighter than the planet Venus on clear nights as seen from Dante’s View. Duriscoe, a soft-spoken, mustachioed physical scientist with the National Park Service, is part of a roving federal team of night owls whose job is to gaze up at the sky and monitor for light pollution in national parks. “What is alarming to me is, what’s going to happen three or four generations from now if this growth of outdoor lights continues?” he asked. Amid such concerns, Death Valley, the largest national park in the Lower 48, has set an ambitious goal: It wants to be the first official dark-sky national park. Since the dawn of civilization, humans have been enthralled by the night sky’s romantic mystique. Early seafarers relied on stars to steer their ships. Farmers looked toward the night sky for clues to plant and harvest crops. Ancient cultures spun mythologies from staring at the cosmos. Civilization is also the chief reason why the night sky is vanishing in many corners. As the world grows, so do the number of lamp posts that sprout up like trees in sprawling subdivisions. Pass by Anywhere, USA and chances are you will see lighted shopping strips, twinkling auto malls and flashy billboards. Today, it’s estimated about one fifth of the world’s population and more than two-thirds in the United States cannot see the Milky Way from their backyards. Further, studies have shown exposure to artificial lights can interrupt animals’ biological clocks and disrupt ecosystems. Migratory birds have been known to be confused by blinding lights on skyscrapers and fly smack into them. Last year, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization listed the graveyard shift, where workers toil under artificial lights, as a probable carcinogen. The International Dark-Sky Association, an Arizona-based nonprofit whose slogan is “Carpe Noctem,” has noticed an increased awareness about the perils of light pollution, but acknowledged there’s a limit to promoting dark skies.

“I don’t think you can get Paris to turn off the Eiffel Tower or persuade Times Square to turn off all of its lights,” said Pete Strasser, the association’s managing director. The same could probably be said for Las Vegas, the sparkly desert playground where neon signs blend into the natural landscape. “It’s part of the whole ambiance. It’s the selling point of Las Vegas,” said Barbara Ginoulias, director of comprehensive planning for Clark County, Nev., where Vegas is located. Still, she added, “We’re certainly cognizant of light pollution and we try to address it in the best way.” Ginoulias’ department oversees unincorporated parts of Clark County, which are required to shield outdoor lights or cast the light downward. Next month, the county commission will consider an ordinance that would set lighting standards on digital billboards on Interstate 15 that runs along the Vegas Strip. As for the main drag, Las Vegas Boulevard, Ginoulias said signs are reviewed case-by-case. Newer signs tend to be less flashy or not have the glaring white background, she said. With no control over the Vegas glow, park rangers at Death Valley are looking inward to fix the light problem at home as they pursue their goal of becoming the first dark-sky national park. To gain that distinction, the park must shield or change out two-thirds of its existing outdoor light fixtures. Death Valley has about 700 lights in its 3.3 million acres, including parking lot light poles, flood lights, fluorescent tubes and egress lights next to doors. Only about 200 lights meet the sky-friendly standard. So far, Utah’s Gold Tier Natural Bridges National Monument and Pennsylvania’s Cherry Springs State Park are the only two parks certified by the International Dark-Sky Association as dark-sky enclaves. This fall, the group gave a tentative OK to the Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park 40 miles east of Cleveland for its work to preserve darkness over the observatory and nearby park land. Despite Death Valley’s lighting challenges, city dwellers from all over still flock to take in the view. On a recent December evening, a naturalist couple from northern Los Angeles admired the star-studded sky from Zabriskie Point, a popular lookout just south of the visitor center. “You don’t see this in L.A.,” said Karen Zimmerman, 49, who works at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. “You forget how many stars there are.” As Zimmerman spoke, a hazy glare could be seen from a distance. Zimmerman’s wife, Debra, 44, chimed in: “One of the things that concerns us is losing darkness. You just don’t get darkness in Los Angeles. It’s just nonexistent.” Back at Dante’s View, a 5,475-foot panoramic viewpoint overlooking the glimmering valley floor, Duriscoe is working his second night taking sky brightness readings. The crescent moon, which formed a triangle with Jupiter and Venus earlier in the night, has dropped below the horizon. The night is still — save for the occasional breeze and whirring noise of Duriscoe’s camera mounted on a moving tripod that automatically takes 45 images, covering the entire sky. The images are then stitched together, and by subtracting the light by known stars, scientists create fisheye and panoramic maps of light invasion.


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enthusiastic gym rat upon learning that he has high blood pressure. He’s going fullforce at the gym now and even asked if I could help with his diet. Unfortunately, for some people, it takes much more than elevated blood pressure to motivate change. Sometimes it takes a heart attack or stroke before making any serious commitments to improve health. One of the reasons we have criteria such as blood pressure guidelines is to alert us to potential danger signs which in turn may help us prevent long term health problems. What is blood pressure exactly? Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and recorded as two numbers — systolic pressure (when the heart beats) over diastolic pressure (when the heart relaxes). Systolic will always be higher than diastolic. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Pre-hypertension is 120-139 over 80-89. High blood pressure is 140/90 or greater. High blood pressure (hypertension) causes the heart to work harder than normal. Over time this extra work puts strain on the heart as well as on arteries and organs, such as the kidneys, brain and eyes. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to heart and kidney disease as well as an increased risk for stroke and blindness. Hypertension affects one in three adults.

It is especially common among African Americans and older Americans. High blood pressure can be controlled by implementing the following guidelines: • Maintain a healthy weight • Be active on most days of the week • Follow a healthy eating plan • Limit alcohol consumption • Take medication as prescribed by your physician Scientists supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) found that blood pressure could be reduced with a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, low fat calcium sources, as well as whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, nuts and seeds. This diet, called the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), also recommends the reduction of red meat and sugary foods and beverages. It is also lower in sodium (1,500 — 2,300) than the average American diet (3,300 — 4,300), while being high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber. In essence, think about ways to eat more vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains each day. Here’s a recipe to get you started, and remember, it takes a real commitment to make long-lasting change to improve your health. THE KITCHEN VIXEN is on a mission to save her editor, one disease fighting recipe at a time. For more information you can contact Elizabeth at eat2liv@earthlink.net.

Vegetarian Chili 1 cup dry beans or 3 cups canned or cooked (kidney, pinto or black beans, any combination) (Note: a 15oz. can of beans yields approximately 12oz. or 1 1/2 cups once drained and rinsed) 1 tbs. canola oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 4 carrots, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 red peppers, chopped 2 cups frozen corn 2 jalapenos, minced, seeds and membrane removed 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes 6 ounce can tomato paste 1/4 cup chili powder To prepare dried beans, rinse in a sieve and pick out any shriveled beans or pebbles. You can soak the beans overnight. Cover with water two inches above the beans. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. Or do a quick soak. Bring the beans to a boil. Then remove from heat and let set covered for one hour on the stove while you chop the rest of the vegetables. After soaking the beans, pour out the soaking liquid. Add fresh water to cover the beans by two inches and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover partially with a tilted lid. Cooking time varies from one to two hours depending on the type of bean. Check for doneness by using a spoon to press a bean against the side of the pot. Store dried beans in an airtight container in a dry, dark environment, at room temperature. Do not store in the refrigerator. Dried beans are good up to a year and cost much less than canned beans (dry organic: $.29 vs. canned organic: $1.69). Cooked beans keep in the refrigerator for up to three days and in the freezer for up to three months. Sauté the onions in canola oil in a large, deep skillet or a stock pot. Add the carrots and garlic and liquid as needed. When the carrots are crisp, but tender, add the rest of the vegetables including the canned tomatoes, tomato paste and chili powder. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze any amount you don’t think you will eat within three days. Great as a snack or to make a meal, serve with 1/4 cup brown rice plus two ounces of shredded chicken and a small handful of cheese (dairy, soy or almond cheese of your choice). Per one cup serving Vegetarian Chili: 180 calories, 2g fat, 8g protein, 37g carbs, 9g fiber, 100% DV for Vitamin A & C and 20-25% DV for Magnesium & Potassium, 7% DV for Calcium.

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BABALU Excellent Carribean dining featuring a fresh menu focusing on seafood, burgers, salads and world famous homemade desserts. Open daily from 11:30 to 10pm. Wine and beer menu, take out available. 1002 Montana Ave

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Blue Plate 1415 Montana Ave. Cafe Dana 1211 Montana Ave. Cafe Montana 1534 Montana Ave Di Dio's Italian Ices 1305 Montana Ave.

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The Duck Blind 1102 Montana Ave. Father's Office 1018 Montana Ave. Il Dolce Cafe 1023 Montana Ave #B Le Marmiton 1327 Montana Ave Locanda Portofino 1110 Montana Ave. Louise's Trattoria 1008 Montana Ave. Marmalade 710 Montana Ave. Montana Restaurant & Lounge 1323 Montana Blvd. Patty's Gourmet Take & Bake Pizza 625 Montana Ave. Pradeeps 1405 Montana Ave. Ristorante Vincenzo 714 Montana Ave. Rosti 931 Montana Ave. Spumoni 713 Montana Ave. Sushi Sho 1303 Montana Ave. Via Dolce 1627 Montana Ave. Vincenzo Ristorante 714 Montana Ave.

MID-CITY

Akbar Cuisine Of India 2627 Wilshire Blvd Back On Broadway 2024 Broadway Bergamot Cafe 2525 Michigan Ave. # A3 Big Jos 1955 Broadway Bistro Of Santa Monica Santa Monica Blvd

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BISTRO 31 Bistro 31, the culinary student-run restaurant of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, offers an incredible dining experience at a reasonable price. Students prepare sumptuous international cuisine and deliver it in an elegant setting. Lunch and dinner. 2900 31st St

(310) 314-6057

Bizou Garden 2450 Colorado Ave. #1050 Bread And Porridge 2315 Wilshire Blvd Buon Giorno Caffe 1431 Santa Monica Bl Cafe L'etoile D'or 2311 Santa Monica Blvd Chandni Vegetarian 1909 Wilshire Blvd Coogie's Cafe 2906 Santa Monica Blvd The Corner Cafe 28th St. #121 The Cutting Board 1260 15th St. #105

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DAGWOODS Pizza lovers love DAGWOODS for its real hand tossed authentic NY Style Pizza. Others come for the delicious Italian food: custom made calzones, 100% semolina pasta dishes, giant subs and zesty salads and side dishes. Whatever you choose, it comes at great prices with friendly service. Free Delivery. 820 Wilshire Blvd.

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Daily Grill 2501 Colorado Ave. #b-190 Drago Restaurant 2628 Wilshire Blvd Dragon Palace 2832 Santa Monica Blvd El Cholo 1025 Wilshire Blvd Fromins 1832 Wilshire Blvd House Of Billiards 1901 Wilshire Blvd I H O P 1920 Santa Monica Blvd Casa Escobar 2500 Wilshire Blvd

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IZZYS DELI Where the stars meet the locals. Izzys features 10.95 dinners nightly. Since 1970, Izzys has been serving hungry locals the world famous Reuben sandwich and generous omeletes for generations.

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3 on Fourth 1432 4th St. #A Abode Restaurant 1541 Ocean Av #150 B O A 101 Santa Monica Bl Baja Buds 1315 Third Street Promenade Bangkok West 606 Santa Monica Blvd

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BENIHANA Traditional Japanese teppanyaki room. Sushi appetizers. Open Daily. Please call for specific hours. 1447 4th St.

(310) 260-1423

Bookmark Cafe 601 Santa Monica Bl Bravo Cucina 1319 Third Street Promenade

(310) 587-2665 (310) 394-0374

BRITANNIA PUB Britannia Pub has been a favorite for years for locals and visitors alike. This English pub has a traditonal charm with a Californian flair. A cozy inviting atmosphere makes this a great place to relax and meet new people. Our friendly staff provides you with excellent service for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Cocktails. We also offer live music, karaoke, pool and an unbelievable jukebox. Once you visit you'll want to anchor!

318 Santa Monica Blvd.

(310) 458-5350

Broadway Deli 1457 Third Street Promenade Brunos Italian Rest Deli 1652 Ocean Ave. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co 301 SM Pier Buca Di Beppo 1442 2nd St. The Cafe 445 Pacific Coast Hwy Cafe Crepe 1460 Third Street Promenade Cafe Paradiso 2408 Wilshire Blvd Cafe Presto 2425 Colorado Ave. #107 B Cafe Sol 2425 Colorado Ave. California Chicken Cafe 2401 Wilshire Blvd California Crisp 13 Santa Monica Place California Pizza Kitchen 214 Wilshire Blvd Callahans Restaurant 1213 Wilshire Blvd Capo 1810 Ocean Ave. Carousel Cafe 1601 Ocean Front Walk Chez Jay 1657 Ocean Ave.

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Comfort Cafe 420 Broadway Cora's Coffee Shoppe L P 1802 Ocean Ave. Crepes Company Inc 213 Arizona Ave. Dennys Restaurant 1645 1560 Lincoln Blvd Fast Taco 2901 Ocean Park Blvd #115 Fritto Misto 601 Colorado Ave.

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FUNNEL MILL The Funnel Mill features imported, organic coffee and teas from around the world. If you eat McDonalds, drink two buck Chuck, and think Starbucks is gourmet, this place is not for you. Discover what coffee and tea should really taste like to the discerning palate. Try our traditional tea ceremony to truly appreciate the flavors of the East. www.funnelmill.com 930 Broadway Suite A

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Gate Of India 115 Santa Monica Blvd Gaucho Grill 1251 Third Street Promenade Georges Bistro 1321 Third Street Hedwigs Cafe 1509 4th St.

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THE HIDEOUT The Hideout is Santa Monica's best lounge! We pay attention to details, so you don't have to. Whether you want to come alone, as a couple, with a group of friends, or throw an unforgettable party, we've got you covered! 112 W. Channel Road

(310) 429-1851

Hot Dog On A Stick 1633 Ocean Front Walk

(760) 930-0456

HOUSTON'S Upscale steak and seafood. Live jazz on thursdays upstairs lounge. Full bar, open 11:00 to 11pm daily. Reservations suggested. 202 Wilshire Blvd

(602) 553-2111

I Cugini Restaurant 1501 Ocean Ave.

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IL FORNAIO In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated everyday at Il Fornaio. Mornings bring crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. 1551 Ocean Ave.

(415) 945-0500

Infuzion Cafe 1149 3rd St. #100 Interactive Cafe 215 Broadway Ipanema Cafe 150 Santa Monica Place Ivy At The Shore 1535 Ocean Ave. Jinkys Cafe 1447 2nd St. Jiraffe Restaurant 504 Santa Monica Blvd

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JOHNNY ROCKETS Every Johnny Rockets restaurant boasts an all-American look and feel with great tasting food including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Come in and see for yourself why Johnny Rockets is the place Where the Good Times Roll!TM” 1322 Third Street

(949) 643-6100

Kaiten Restaurant 1456 Third Street La Botte, Inc. 620 Santa Monica Blvd #A La Salsa #44 1401 Third Street Promenade La Serenata 1416 4th St. Le Merigot Hotel 1740 Ocean Ave. Leonidas 331 Santa Monica Blvd Light House Buffet 201 Arizona Ave. The Lobster 1602 Ocean Ave. Locanda Del Lago 231 Arizona Ave. Loews Santa Monica 1700 Ocean Ave. Manchu Wok 11 Santa Monica Pl Mariasol 401 Santa Monica Pier Michaels 1147 3rd St. Musha Restaurant 424 Wilshire Blvd Newsroom Santa Monica Inc 530 Wilshire Ocean Avenue Seafood 1401 Ocean Ave. Ocean Cafe 100 Wilshire Blvd #B1-10

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THE ORCHID Asian fusian at it’s best. This Thai restauraunt blends eastern spices and traditional Thai ingredients to make a unique and special dining experience, just a block from the ocean. 119-121 Broadway

(310) 801-5240

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RUSTY’S SURF RANCH Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier is a multi-use facility, featuring the best in live music, dancing and awardwinning cuisine in a California beach environment. With an extensive collection of historic surfboards and memorabilia, Rusty's pays homage to the "Surfing '60s", the Golden Era of California Surf Culture. Rusty's lunch and dinner cuisine are consistent award winners, but great meals share the stage with great music at Rusty's when the Dining Room stage welcomes live music and dancing with top area bands and national acts. Rusty's is available for Special Events during normal operations or as a restricted facility for Private Parties. Rusty's Surf Ranch is a perfect reminder of a simpler time in California's beachfront history, with good food in a casual environment, live music and FUN. Open daily at noon. Happy Hour 4-7p.m. 256 Santa Monica Pier

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SONNY MCLEAN’S A true bit of Boston on the west coast. A haven for all Boston Sport fans and the west coast home of Red Sox Nation West with an excellent menu offering including fried calms, bellies and all, lobster rolls and great clam chowda’. 2615 Wilshire Blvd.

(310) 449-1811

Stefano's 1310 Third Street Promenade Sunset Bar & Grill 1240 Third Street Sushi Mon 401 Santa Monica Blvd Sushi Roku Santa Monica 1401 Ocean Av Sushi Shogun 1315 Third Street Sushi Teri Express 1551 Ocean Ave. #130 B

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SWINGERS The local diner, serving traditional diner fare with a southern california twist. Open 24 hours, the crowd in Swingers will change from late night clubbers to early morning coffee drinkers around 4am. 802 Broadway

(323) 656-6136

Tandoor Cafe 395 Santa Monica Place #009 Tastie16 Santa Monica Place Thai Dishes Restaurant 1910 Wilshire Blvd Tokyo Kitchen 15 Santa Monica Pl T's Thai 1215 4th St. Tudor House 1403 2nd St. Victoria Pizzeria 1607 Ocean Front Walk Villa Italian Specialties 8 Santa Monica Pl Wahoo's Fish Taco 418 Wilshire Blvd Whist 1819 Ocean Av Yangtze 1333 Third Street Promenade Yankee Doodles 1410 Third Street Ye Olde Kings Head 116 Santa Monica Blvd

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THE OP CAFE A Small Neighborhood Place With A Family Feel – Serving Breakfast and Lunch Daily. The Freshest Foods, Friendly Service At Unbelievable Prices! So when you want to be treated like family and enjoy some delicious food –The OP CAFÉ is the PLACE!! 3117 Ocean Park Blvd

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One Pico Restaurant One Pico Blvd. Panchos Tacos 2920 Lincoln Blvd Pedals Cafe One Pico Blvd. Raes Restaurant 2901 Pico Blvd Santa Monica Bar and Grill 3321Pico Blvd Santinos 3021 Lincoln Blvd Sheraton Delfina 530 Pico Blvd The Slice 1622 Ocean Park Spitfire Grill 3300 Airport Ave. Star Of Siam 3133 Lincoln Blvd Subway 2901 Ocean Park Blvd Sunset Grill 1701 Ocean Park Blvd Tandoor India 2622 Pico Bl Tom's No 1 Pico 2350 Pico Blvd. Typhoon 3221 Donald Douglas Loop UnUrban Coffeehouse 3301 Pico Blvd. Valentino Restaurant 3115 Pico Blvd

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RICHIE PALMER’S PIZZERIA Owned and operated by Richie Palmer, founder of the worldfamous Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills. Palmer says he had to open in Santa Monica so all the people here would stop calling Beverly Hills for delivery. Same great pizza and Italian food. 1355 Ocean Ave

(310) 255-1111

Vitos 2807 Ocean Park Blvd Windows Restaurant 530 Pico Blvd. Yongs Cafe 3020 Nebraska Ave. Yuni Sushi 1928 Lincoln Blvd Zabies 3003 Ocean Park Blvd

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Cafe 50's 838 Lincoln Blvd. Casablanca Restaurant 220 Lincoln Blvd. Chaya 110 Navy St. China Beach Bistro 2024 Pacific Ave. Danny's Deli 23 Windward Ave. French Market Cafe 2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Great Western Steak & Hoagie Company 1720 Lincoln Blvd. Hal's Bar & Grill 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Hama 213 Windward Ave. James Beach 60 N. Venice Blvd. Joe's Restaurant 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. La Cabana Restaurant 738 Rose Ave. La Meditrina 1029 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Lands End Restaurant 323 Ocean Front Walk Lilly's French Cafe & Bar 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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Groundwork Coffee Co. 2908 Main St. The Galley 2442 Main St. Holy Guacamole 2906 Main St. It's All Good Bakery 2629 Main St. Joes Main Street Diner 2917 Main St. La Vecchia Cucina 2654 Main St Library Alehouse 2911 Main St. Lula Cocina Mexicana 2720 Main St. Main Street Bagels 2905 Main St. Malia 2424 Main St. Manchego 2510 Main Street Mani's Bakery & Cafe 2507 Main St. O'Briens Irish Pub Oar House 2941 Main St.

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Oyako 2915 Main St. Panini Garden 2715 Main St Rick's Tavern 2907 Main St Schatzi On Main 3110 Main St Shoop's Delicatessen 2400 Main St Sparky's Fine Frozen Yogurt 3110 Main St. #12 Urth Caffe 2327 Main St. Via Veneto 3009 Main St. The Victorian Baker Cafe 2640 Main St. Wildflour 2807 Main St. World Café 2640 Main St. Yose Restaurant 2435 Main St.

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26 Beach Restaurant 3100 Washington Blvd. Abbot's Habit 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd Abbot's Pizza Co 1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd Agra Indian Kitchen 2553 Lincoln Blvd. Axe 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Azteca Restaurant 835 Sunset Ave. Baby Blues BBQ 444 Lincoln Blvd. Beechwood 822 W. Washington Blvd. Benice 1715 Pacific Ave. Big Daddy and Sons 1425 Ocean Front Walk The Brig 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd. The Brick House Cafe 826 Hampton Dr.

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Maos Kitchen 1512 Pacific Ave. Piccolo Ristorante 5 Dudley Ave. Primitivo Wine Bistro 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Rose Cafe 220 Rose Ave. Shima 1432 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Siam Best Restaurant 2533 Lincoln Blvd. Stroh’s Gourmet 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Szechwan Restaurant 2905 Washington Blvd. Uncle Darrow's 2560 S Lincoln Blvd. Wabi-Sabi 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Wacky Wok 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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BRENTWOOD

Barney's Hamburgers 11660 San Vicente Blvd. Chez Mimi Restaurant 246 26th St Chin Chin 11740 San Vicente Blvd. Coral Tree Cafe 11645 San Vicente Blvd. Harvest Restaurant 13018 San Vicente Blvd. Literati II 12081 Wilshire Blvd. Enzo and Angela 11701 Wilshire Blvd. Trattoria Amici 2538 San Vicente Blvd

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Amelia's 2645 Main St. Bravo Pizzaria & Deli 2400 Main St. Chinois On Main 2709 Main St. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Ocean Park Blvd. Creative Sushi 2518 Main St. Dhaba Cuisine Of India 2104 Main St. Elvira's Cha Cha Chicken 1906 Ocean Ave. The Enterprise Fish Co 174 Kinney St. Euphoria Loves RAWvolution 2301 Main St. Finn McCools Irish Pub & Restaurant 2700 Main St.

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Anna's Italian Restaurant 10929 Pico Blvd. Aphrodisiac 10351 Santa Monica Blvd. The Apple Pan 10801 W. Pico Blvd. Awash Restaurant 5990 Pico Blvd. Bombay Cafe 12021 W. Pico Blvd. Carmine's II Caffe 10463 Santa Monica Blvd. Colony Cafe 10937 W. Pico Blvd. En Sushi 11651 Santa Monica Blvd. DiVita's 11916 Wilshire Blvd. Feast From the East 1949 Westwood Blvd. Gaby’s Mediterranean 10445 Venice Blvd.

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Il Grano 11359 Santa Monica Blvd. John O'Groats 10516 Pico Blvd. Kay 'n Dave's Cantina 10543 Pico Blvd. Melanee Thai Restaurant 9562 Pico Blvd. Ramayani 1777 Westwood Blvd. Shanghai Diamond Garden 9401 Pico Blvd. Sisley Restaurant 10800 Pico Blvd. Sushi Masu 1911 Westwood Blvd. Torafuku Restaurant 10914 W. Pico Blvd. Upstairs 2 2311 Cotner Ave. Versailles Restaurant 10319 Venice Blvd. Wakasan 1929 Westwood Blvd. The Wine House 2311 Cotner Ave.

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rated into some of the units, including a large arched window that will double as the living room window for one of the apartments. A tenant for the retail space has not been selected. “(The barricade) has impeded the pedestrian flow in that area,” Harding said. “I think the retail space on the ground floor will activate that part of Santa Monica Boulevard and draw people toward Palisades Park.” The structure was built in 1911 by J. Euclid Miles and Charles Tegner, who was one of the city’s founders, opening what was then known as the Majestic, the first theater in Santa Monica. Schober is a direct descendent of Tegner. The building was remodeled in 1929 to accommodate talking pictures, and in 1973, the theater was renamed the Mayfair and converted into a supper club that was modeled after English music halls, said Ruthann Lehrer, an architectural historian and member of the Landmarks Commission. The business was short lived. “It was part of the life of Downtown as an entertainment center, which has been important for Downtown’s revitalization today,” Lehrer said of the Mayfair. Transforming the space has not come without obstacles, which have included a lawsuit filed after Schober requested permission to demolish the building, citing safety and structural concerns caused from the earthquake. City Hall and Schober reached a settlement in 2004, preserving the facade as part of the building’s rehabilitation.

The project went through a series of reviews by the ARB, which sent the designs back to the architect after determining that some of its elements were too modern. “The primary concern was trying to incorporate the facade appropriately,” said Scott Albright, the city staff liaison to the ARB. “In one of the initial iterations, it looked a little too modern relative to the historic facade.” The developer hired a historic consultant to assist the architect with the designs, providing a road map of how he thought the project should be handled. The result has been a design that has pleased the ARB and historic preservationists. “Even though they (will) completely gut the interior and build a new building behind it, they set everything back in such a way that you can look at the building and get a sense of what was there originally,” said Carol Lemlein, the president of the Santa Monica Conservancy. The theater is part of the conservancy’s Downtown Walking Tour, which showcases various historic buildings, including a structure at 1433 Fourth St. where the original facade was preserved in a redevelopment. Most preservationists did want to see the theater protected in its entirety, Lemlein said. “It’s a difficult compromise but at the same time it still gives us a sense of history in a way that certain other buildings where the facade appears to have been pasted onto a modern building (don’t),” Lemlein said. “Those are called the ‘Walls of Shame’ by people in preservation.” melodyh@smdp.com

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Lawyer: client seemed ‘pleasant, cheerful’ FROM KILLER PAGE 3 Silver said his client seemed cheerful when he left a message two days before the shooting and was trying to pay the $10,000 to finalize the divorce proceedings. He said he never saw any sign Pardo was angry or unstable. “All of my dealings with him were always pleasant and cheerful,” Silver said. “I’d never

encountered him when he was ... angry or unpleasant at all.” Police said Bruce Pardo showed up at his former in-laws’ home around 11:30 p.m. for their annual Christmas party. The gift-wrapped box Pardo was carrying actually contained a pressurized homemade device he used to spray a liquid that quickly sent the house up in flames. Police said Pardo had recently worked is the aerospace industry.


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Volunteers to cover all SM census tracts FROM COUNT PAGE 1 teers would only cover a certain number and then a mathematical equation was used to come up with an official number. Now city officials and providers will know exactly how many people are sleeping on the streets and can compare that to data collected in the future to measure progress. “This will give us a real, apples-to-apples comparison with our service registry,” said Stacy Rowe, a human services administrator for City Hall. “This is a good evolution of methodology for LAHSA and us, to combine our efforts and really establish a baseline based on direct enumeration and not projections.” Several other cities across the county will also be covering all census tracts for a more accurate picture of the homeless problem. Volunteers will head out sometime after 10 p.m. on the night of the count and look for those sleeping in alleys, doorways, park or bus benches as well as in makeshift shelters. The homeless will not be disturbed, Rowe

said. Instead, volunteers will simply mark a tallysheet, including whether or not the person is male or female, whether it is an individual or family and then plot the location on a map. “Angelenos want to help end homelessness in their communities, but many aren’t sure where to begin,” Isaacs said. “This is it: Come and count with us for one night in January. Volunteering for the Homeless Count is an opportunity to help homeless people in an enduring way.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all jurisdictions that receive federal homelessness funding to conduct a Homeless Count every two years. LAHSA, which administers the majority of HUD’s homelessness funding for the Los Angeles region, coordinated similar Counts in 2005 and 2007. For more information about volunteering for the count, and to register online, visit: www01.smgov.net/hsd/index.htm or www.lahsa.org/hc09. kevinh@smdp.com

Online shopping more popular FROM SHOPPING PAGE 3 rock-bottom prices while others were just flat-out returning items for cash. After an early surge, several malls in the New York area were “quieter than expected” on Friday, said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group Inc. Among the cautious consumers was Gigi Johnson, who bought laundry detergent and some clothes at Wal-Mart in Milwaukee for her twin 14-year-old daughters. But she said she was not planning any large purchases for the next few months and would put the money she received from Christmas in the bank. “Maybe I’ll wait until tax time and get a computer or TV,” Johnson said. “But until then, I’m resisting the temptation to buy anything else.” The lure of after-Christmas shopping was hurt by the deep discounts stores offered before the holiday. Gift card sales have also been down, meaning fewer people are returning to the malls with “free money” to spend. “The last week of December represents about 14 percent of Christmas sales,” said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group. “You can’t save a season with only one-seventh of the sales to go.” The holiday season — which typically accounts for 30 percent to 50 percent of a retailer’s annual total sales — has been less than jolly for most retailers. Job cuts, portfolio losses and other economic woes have convinced consumers to cut back on their spending. Meanwhile, strong winter storms during the holiday season kept some wouldbe shoppers at home. According to preliminary data from SpendingPulse — a division of MasterCard Advisors that tracks total sales paid for by credit card, checks and cash — retail sales fell between 5.5 percent and 8 percent during the holiday season compared with last year. Excluding auto and gas sales, they fell 2 percent to 4 percent, according to

SpendingPulse. Sales of women’s clothing dropped nearly 23 percent while men’s clothing sales slipped more than 14 percent. Footwear sales fell 13.5 percent. Sales of electronics and appliances fell even more drastically, dropping almost 27 percent. More consumers appeared to do their shopping online, particularly in the last two weeks of the season when storms snowed shoppers in. Online sales dipped just 2.3 percent from last year, according to SpendingPulse. Online retailer Amazon.com said Friday the 2008 holiday season was its “best ever,” with more than 6.3 million items ordered. Holiday bestsellers included the Nintendo Wii, Samsung’s 52-inch LCD HDTV, the Apple iPod touch and the Blokus board game. Cohen said Amazon did a great job offering deals and driving customers to its site, adding that “the best possible prices” were frequently on Amazon.com. A better indicator of how retailers fared will arrive Jan. 8, when major stores report same-store sales, or sales at locations open at least a year, for December. Retailers, who have been cutting prices all season, offered more deals for after Christmas. Toys R Us said it was cutting prices by 60 percent on some brands. Sears stores were offering doorbuster deals through noon. Tom Aiello, a spokesman for Sears and Kmart, said Kmart customers were snapping up clearance items while Sears shoppers were buying smaller TVs. He said practical items, like Craftsman tool kits and tires, were also selling well. The deals still weren’t enough for some shoppers. Paul McAdam, 48, of Everett, Mass., took a 20 percent pay cut recently and was shopping for “items I need in a price range I can’t pass up.” “I’m a little disappointed because a lot of the prices seem to be about the same as before Christmas,” he said.

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Inspiration from ‘08 that will help for years to come “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy AS WE HEAD INTO 2009 MANY PEOPLE

begin setting goals and resolutions for themselves. One of the most popular is to exercise more. Two of my personal fitness goals this year are to start swimming again and complete a triathlon. I contemplated whether or not to share this with everyone. But now that it is out there, I have to do it, as apprehensive as that makes me feel. It always helps to share your goals and aspirations with people that support and encourage you. You help push each other and help each other overcome fears and rise to that next level. It is important for us all to set goals. They do not have to be in December but it seems to be as good a time as any. Goal setting helps us break down the seemingly unachievable. I thought it would be fun to share some of the things and people that I found to be inspirational and helpful in 2008: • Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss • Book: “Never Eat Alone,” by Keith Ferrazzi: This book was hands down my favorite read this year. It left me feeling energized, invigorated and got my head reeling with ideas. • Calorie Blasting Workout: 30-minute workout consisting of 15-90 second high

intensity sprints with double the recovery time (15 seconds on, 30 seconds off) • Ab Exercise: Tie between bicycle crunches and exercise ball crunches • Upper Body Exercise: Try a variety of pushups for a way to work on upper body strength without any equipment. • Stretch: Pigeon (Perfect hip opener for all the running, biking and sitting). • Athletes: Michael Phelps and Dara Torres, two examples of unrivaled dedication and motivation. • Entrepreneur: Michael Milken. I had the chance to meet him a few months ago. He is one of the sharpest and most passionate people I have yet to meet when it comes to being a leader in education and forward thinking. • Anthony Davis. I met Anthony a month ago and was immediately impressed. He is a College Football Hall of Fame running back who played for USC, and later for teams in the World, Canadian, National and United States football leagues. He spends his post football career in real estate development and speaking to youth. • Politics: President-elect Barack Obama. Whether or not you are a Democrat or Republican or other, it is pretty amazing to think how far our country has come. When I think of all my grandparents have seen and experienced in their lifetime, it is just hard to even comprehend. I love hearing what people have to say as it gives me ideas and invigorates me. I asked our members, interns and friends what their goals were for 2009. The responses sort of

TWO OF MY PERSONAL FITNESS GOALS THIS YEAR ARE TO START SWIMMING AGAIN AND COMPLETE A TRIATHLON. I CONTEMPLATED WHETHER OR NOT TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE. BUT NOW THAT IT IS OUT THERE, I HAVE TO DO IT, AS APPREHENSIVE AS THAT MAKES ME FEEL. covered the gamut and were not all fitness related: • “To grow up! I’m serious. I want to create my business and have $100K in the bank by December 2009.” • “I want to develop a purely healthy body/soul to care for me for years to come.” • “My goal in 2009 is to be able to wake up every day with gratitude and a peaceful feeling that keeps me in the moment through-

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out my day — and lots and lots of abundance and success — and to pay off my house and to complete my web site and get globs and globs of money and … .” • “Make more time for myself. Be more consistent with my exercise routine. Take chances. Have fun. Be healthy. Surround myself with positive people. Clear out the clutter in all areas of my life.” • “For the year 2009, I want to actually take action instead of thinking of doing something.” • “To workout hard and make sure I don’t lose my determination in my sport (wrestling).” • “Are you doing your best, often enough?” Olympic great Jesse Owens said, “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” What are your dreams? Surround yourself with people that help you learn, grow and encourage you to achieve your goals. When you set your mind to something you can accomplish anything. Happy New Year! KAREN JASHINSKY is the founder of O2 MAX, a Santa Monica-based fitness network for teens that teaches them how to integrate fitness and nutrition into their day-to-day lives while preventing injuries and empowering teens to lead healthy and fit lifestyles. She can be reached at info@o2maxfitnes.com. or through her Web site and blog: www.o2maxfitness.com.

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Get Out of Your Way Dr. Jeanette Raymond

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An addiction in sheep’s clothing JUDY MADE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

to give up smoking for the umpteenth time. Last year she was successful for 3 months, but a bitter row with her best friend weakened her resolve. The familiar comfort of smoking saw her through many a lonely moment. Painful memories that were played over and over in her mind were dulled as she inhaled and let out sighs of smoke filled hurt and disappointment. And the nicotine addiction didn’t help either. This time she was more determined to conquer the habit. This time she made contingency plans for dealing with temptations and ensuring that her iron will overcame any emotional calamity, no matter how dire. She joined a support group, devised rewards for not smoking, and extracted promises from her colleagues and friends to come down hard on her if they noticed any signs of lapsing. She got the nicotine gum and the patch to get her through the worst cravings. She would call her sponsor if she had a desire to smoke, go out for walks, go to the gym, meet with friends or start a new project that would distract her from thoughts of smoking. Notes to herself were stuck all over her apartment, desk, and car. A recording of her own voice reminding her to be strong with lots of good affirming statements from her cell phone recorder greeted her each morning and repeated every couple of hours. She was good to go. The foolproof structure she had constructed supported her admirably. She glowed with success as she saved money, found new flavors exploding on her tongue, and jogged for a mile without getting out of breath. She was proud of herself, and so were her cheerleaders. She no longer had to worry whether a date would be put off by her smoky breath! In fact Judy found a great guy who joined her in sampling new cuisine, and walking off their hearty meals. She celebrated her seventh month without smoking by booking a vacation with all the money she saved. Then came the bombshell. She saw her boyfriend in a close embrace with another woman at a café while she was out walking. For a split second Judy’s life came to a complete halt. Her breath ceased, dizziness made her unsteady and there was a strange sound in her ears. The next thing she knew she was inhaling smoke from a cigarette held in her shaking hand. The smoke filled her lungs, and jolted her heartbeat into frantic action. The tinny sound in her ears grew louder as she tried to deal with the scene she had stumbled upon. The Judy of the last seven months had just been obliterated by the savage betrayal she thought she just witnessed. She felt as if she was propelled into another world with no land legs, and no compass to find her way to safety. Some automatic part of her had rushed to the nearest store and bought a pack of cigarettes. Grasping the familiar white stick, lighting it, and inhaling it was like finding her way home. The rush of nicotine mobilized her survival instincts, uncorking her rage to fuel her fighting spirit. Judy was horrified that she had fallen off

the wagon so easily. She realized that something more than just a lack of will was at play. She got up the courage to address her deeper issue in therapy with me.

SHE CELEBRATED HER SEVENTH MONTH WITHOUT SMOKING BY BOOKING A VACATION WITH ALL THE MONEY SHE SAVED. THEN CAME THE BOMBSHELL. SHE SAW HER BOYFRIEND IN A CLOSE EMBRACE WITH ANOTHER WOMAN AT A CAFÉ WHILE SHE WAS OUT WALKING. Smoking had brought a smile to her mother’s face after long nights waiting for her husband who never came home. When her mother smoked she wasn’t absent like her dad, but right there with her kids, being a loving parent. Judy learned that smoking was an effective pick-me-up. She used it as her comfort food when her first boyfriend dumped her. Eventually it became her indispensable pacifier. The rhythmic actions of inhaling and exhaling let out all the tension. Her brain and body recognized the nicotine and smoke as dollops of reassurance. They responded by reducing the unbearable emotions that betrayal created inside her. Support groups and sponsors helped with minor let downs, but they were useless when the big betrayal hit. She was hard-wired to use cigarettes to manage the tsunamis. Judy disconnected the wire from nicotine to relief. She made new connections allowing love and care to take the place of nicotine. It was hard work but she did it. Now her chances of successfully sticking to her New Year’s resolution are excellent. So if you want to give yourself a shot at sticking to your resolution, choose something that isn’t hard-wired to serve a crucial function for your emotional well being. If you have solid, reliable ways of meeting your emotional needs, you can give up the substitutes, so long as you recognize them in their sheep’s clothing. DR. JEANETTE RAYMOND is a licensed psychologist. She helps people find healthy ways to manage unbearable emotions. You can reach her at 310.985. 2491, or at www.drjeanetteraymond.com

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Star power the best, worst thing about ‘08 Cowboys BY JAIME ARON Associated Press Writer

SURF CONDITIONS

WATER TEMP: 57°

SWELL FORECAST ( 1-8 FT ) Saturday the 27th weather should clear but surf should drop off dramatically. Sunday the 28th doesn't look any better size wise, but conditions should improve. Most all breaks are looking at just knee to waist high conditions.

LONG RANGE SYNOPSIS MONDAY

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IRVING, Texas Stars, stars, stars. Everywhere you look, the Dallas Cowboys are all about the stars. There’s the logo on their helmets and the giant one in the middle of their home turf. Another made of diamonds that can always be found on the lapel of team owner Jerry Jones. And, of course, they are all over the roster. There’s Tony Romo, the quarterback with the aw-shucks demeanor and starlet girlfriend. There’s Terrell Owens playing the starcrossed role of “T.O.” — sometimes the hero, sometimes the villain, always the center of attention. There’s the player who answers to “Pacman,” making more headlines for a bathroom brawl and a neck injury than for anything he’s done at cornerback. But the stars haven’t exactly aligned for the Cowboys this season. Despite returning 13 Pro Bowlers from last year’s 13-win club, Dallas has reached the finale of an up-and-down season needing to win Sunday in Philadelphia just to make the playoffs. Lose and they will have gone as far as Detroit. That might sound like a cheap shot, except it comes from receiver Roy Williams, the latest star added to the Cowboys’ galaxy. He arrived in October from the woeful, winless Lions and was counting on making the playoffs for the first time in his career, but now he’s bracing for his usual long offseason. “(Teammates) joke about me with the 016 Detroit thing and I just told them, ‘If we don’t win this game, we’re all in the same boat. We both are going to be watching the same playoff game next week,’” Williams said. “They all understood that. That put it in perspective.” So does this: The Cowboys need four

straight wins to make the Super Bowl, five in a row to win it all. Their longest winning streak so far is three games. That’s not to say it can’t be done. Just look at the surge the New York Giants had last postseason. Dallas certainly has the talent to pull it off, or else it wouldn’t even be this close to the postseason after all the injuries and infighting. In fact, the Cowboys have played their best in games they absolutely had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. They knocked off Tampa Bay without Romo, and that would be the difference in a tiebreaker with the Buccaneers. They won at Washington in Romo’s return, avoiding a dip to 5-5. They bounced back from a blown late lead in Pittsburgh and a week of tabloidesque drama to beat the Giants. A loss to Baltimore last Saturday night was supposed to hurt the Cowboys’ chances, but the right combination of results Sunday kept a playoff seat warm for them. Win and they’re in, no scoreboard-watching necessary. Still, the question remains: Even if they get it together against the Eagles, can they keep it together through February? “It’ll be fun to see how this thing shapes out,” Romo said. If the Cowboys don’t reach the NFC championship, they’ll be branded underachievers. If they get that far, or all the way to Tampa, the struggles of the last few months will go down as character-building; the adversity that could’ve torn them apart instead made them stronger. “Here’s an easy analogy: Joe Montana wasn’t Joe Montana before he won a Super Bowl,” Romo said. “Everybody probably questioned them at that time, ‘Do they have the quarterback to go win a Super Bowl?’ I mean, the Giants, their coach was fired at this point last year, maybe. Eli (Manning) wasn’t a great leader, I heard. It is what it is until you win.

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Slumdog Millionaire (R) 2hr 1min 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

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The Tale of Despereaux (G) 11:25am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40

Last Chance Harvey (PG-13) 1hr 39min 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

AMC Loews Broadway 4 1441 Third Street Promenade (310) 458-1506

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 2hrs 48min 11:15am, 2:50, 6:30, 10:10

Bedtime Stories (PG) 1hr 35min 10:15 a.m., 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 2hrs 48min 12:00, 3:35, 7:15, 10:45 Milk (R) 2hrs 08min 10:40 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Bolt (PG) 1hr 36min 10:30 a.m., 12:55, 3:15 Quantum of Solace (PG-13) 1hr 46min 5:40, 8:15, 10:45

AMC 7 Santa Monica 1310 Third St. (310) 289-4262 Bedtime Stories (PG) 1hr 35min

Mann's Criterion Theatre 1313 Third St. (310) 395-1599

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) 1hr 50min 11:50am, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Yes Man (PG-13) 1hr 44min 11:35am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00 Frost/Nixon (R) 2hrs 02min 10:45am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:45, 10:40

Laemmle’s Monica Fourplex 1332 Second St. (310) 394-9741

Seven Pounds (PG-13) 1hr 58min 11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40 Gran Torino (R) 11:20am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 9:00, 10:20 Marley & Me (PG) 2hrs Digital Projection 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Marley & Me (PG) 2 hrs 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 11:45 Valkyrie (PG-13) 2hrs 10:40am, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00, 12:30am

The Reader (R) 2hrs 02min 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55

Twilight (PG-13) 2hrs 10:30am, 3:50, 9:30

Doubt (PG-13) 1hr 44min 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

Four Christmases (PG-13) 1hr 22min Digital Projection 1:20, 6:40

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Tonight, party hard Pisces ARIES (March 21-April 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★★ If you know what you want, you can make it so. Listen to what others offer, but be ready to take action and move on a situation. Others respect your actions and ability to move key situations forward. Tonight: A must appearance.

★★★★ How you deal with a situation really depends on your values. If you are not comfortable, you will unravel this knot in what you deem is the appropriate manner. Someone really does worship the ground you walk on. Tonight: Close to home.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

★★★★★ Honor what is happening around your immediate circle. How you deal with someone and the choices you make will be much different if you distance yourself and approach a situation in another way. Tonight: Let your mind wander.

★★★★★ The time to clear the air has arrived. You might not be able to change someone, but on the other hand, acceptance might have the same result, letting go of an unspoken pressure. Tonight: With favorite people.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

★★★★★ A new beginning becomes possible. Allow a partnership to add more creativity and ingenuity into your life. Hearing other opinions always helps. Be open to many different ways and approaches. Tonight: Dinner for two.

★★★ Look at your budget now that the jig is up. You might discover several remedies if you discuss your ailing budget with different types of people. It might surprise you what you could opt for. Tonight: Your treat.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

★★★★★ Allow others to come forward and share more of themselves. Someone new or someone you care deeply about might be ready to approach your relationship differently. Why not? Tonight: So many options. Are you overwhelmed?

★★★★★ You feel on top of your game and able to advance nearly any project or idea. A lot of people around you might be going through the bah-humbugs post Christmas. Attempt to rally others’ spirits. Tonight: Be yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

★★★★ Understand that even a vibrant sign like you can and will get tired. Slow down, relax and smell the roses. You will gain much more with this attitude. Someone lets you know how much he or she cares now that you can “hear” him or her. Tonight: Think “New Year’s resolutions.”

★★★ Take your time. If you want to take the day off, by all means, please do. As of late, you have given 100 percent; now do the same for yourself. Once you are recharged, it might be difficult to stop you. Tonight: Vanish. Know that you don’t need to confess anything. Mum’s the word.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

★★★★★ Allow more play in and let go of this oh, so serious attitude that has been hanging out with you for way too long. You know there are options. Why not jump on the occasion and pretend you are an easygoing Taurus or some other sign? Tonight: Let your hair down.

★★★★★ Zero in on what you want, as you haven’t up till now. A discussion with a key person in your life allows for a new beginning. Take the opportunity to learn what the possibilities are. Surround yourself with people. Tonight: And the party goes on and on.

Happy birthday

JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★Dynamic ★★ So-So ★★★★ Positive ★ Difficult ★★★ Average

This year, decide to do what is important and make what you want a possibility. You might be extremely thrilled by the end results. If you’re looking at another career, you could be most surprised by the alternatives that surround you. Tap into an innate talent or love. You’ll be delighted by what heads down the path. If you are single, your magnetism peaks this year, drawing many admirers. Though this popularity might be very appealing, don’t get too caught up and miss that special someone. If you are attached, let your sweetie have center stage more often. You could be thrilled by what heads down your path. CAPRICORN could be a soul mate.

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Girls and Sports

Sudoku

By Justin Borus and Andrew Feinstein

Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty level ranges from ★ (easiest) to ★★★★★ (hardest).

The Meaning of Lila

By John Forgetta & L.A. Rose

King Features Syndicate

GETTING STARTED There are many strategies to solving Sudoku. One way to begin is to examine each 3x3 grid and figure out which numbers are missing. Then, based on the other numbers in the row and column of each blank cell, find which of the missing numbers will work. Eliminating numbers will eventually lead you to the answer.

The Other Coast

By Adrian Raeside

SOLUTIONS TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE

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ODDS OF A CHILD BEING IN A FATAL AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT: 1 in 23,000

ODDS OF A CHILD BEING DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM: 1 in 166

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DAILY LOTTERY 1 8 13 27 41 Meganumber: 45 Jackpot: $29M 7 10 23 26 40 Meganumber: 26 Jackpot: $35M 15 25 35 36 39 MIDDAY: 6 1 4 EVENING: 0 3 4 1st: 12 Lucky Charms 2nd: 01 Gold Rush 3rd: 10 Solid Gold RACE TIME: 1.46.58

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NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY

Strange Brew

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â–  Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) William Jarrett, 38, was charged in Hempstead Village, N.Y., in November with swiping a necklace from a 32-year-old pregnant woman and running off. Despite her condition, the woman chased him, screaming, for six blocks and caught up with him just as a police officer was arriving on the scene. (2) Muoi Van Nguyen, 31, was arrested in Spokane Valley, Wash., in November, charged with breaking a window with a hammer at a state liquor store and grabbing a bottle of wine valued at $9. Earlier, Van Nguyen had tried unsuccessfully to break the window with a rock, but decided he needed a hammer to do the job and went to a nearby store, where he purchased one for $11.

TODAY IN HISTORY James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York's Theater in London. the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City. 28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank. the children's TV program "The Howdy Doody Show" made its debut on NBC under the title "Puppet Playhouse." American physicist James Van Allen reported the discovery of a second radiation belt around Earth, in addition to one found earlier in the year. Algerian President Houari Boumediene, one of the Third World's most prominent and outspoken leaders, died after 40 days in a coma. Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal. Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total of 20 people were killed.

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