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Association, said. Muskin added that he expects people to make more realistic resolutions, moving away from the overly ambitious aspirations of making a million dollars to something more attainable, such as focusing on replenishing the retirement fund that might have been affected by the economy. Experts also predict that more people will make an effort to spend time with families, a resolution that is often seen in times of uncertainty and crisis. “They’re focusing on the home — spending time with family and friends,” said Greg Helmstetter, the CEO of myGoals.com. “It has to do with more of a nesting mentality.” The company, which provides expert advice on achieving goals, recently released a list of top resolutions expected this year,

DOWNTOWN There is a new scam targeting homeowners looking to save some money on their property taxes, county officials said. Recently, several homeowners across the county have received letters from private companies offering to file property assessment reduction forms for a hefty fee, a service the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office does for free. “We are again receiving calls from homeowners who have been sent these deceptive mailers, many of which could be mistaken for government notices and mislead property owners into thinking they must pay at least $100 to apply for a review of their assessed value,” Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach said. “Because of the real estate market downturn, however, my office will begin reviewing nearly 500,000 residential properties for their 2009 assessed values. “We don’t charge a fee for this,” he said, “and anyone whose homes are reviewed will receive a letter in June notifying them of the results.” One firm, he noted, is charging $179 to file a decline-in-value application, as well as a so-called “late fee” of $30. This company is already the subject of investigation in several counties, Auerbach added. “What is particularly disturbing about the latest solicitation from this firm is that it misleads the homeowner by mixing up years,” he continued. “The mailer states that the firm will represent the homeowner in an assessment appeal, when in fact, the last date to appeal was Nov. 30. If the solicitation is for 2009, assessments have not yet been made. Therefore, this firm won’t know what the 2009 assessed value is until after our review of the 500,000 homes is completed in June and the homeowner is notified.” Anyone can file an application form for an assessment online at www.assessor.lacounty.gov. A property owner can also call toll-free (888) 807-2111 for assistance. “The 2008 decline-in-value review recently completed by my office, resulted in lower assessments on nearly 130,000 homes and condos with an average property tax savings of $750,” Auerbach said. “At least

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GETTING STARTED THE RIGHT WAY: Rich Capparela works out his legs at the YMCA on Seventh Street on Monday morning. Many Santa Monicans will be making New Year's resolutions that include exercising more. Others, because of the economy, are planning to save cash.

Economy could shape resolutions BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN Following an economically dismal year filled with layoffs and bankruptcy filings, New Year’s resolutions made in 2009 might have more to do with tightening the belt and less with traveling the world. Experts predict that given the current world climate, more people might look to resolutions that concern finances, whether it be eliminating debt or saving money. “There are people who are frightened about losing their jobs,” Dr. Philip Muskin, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, said. “(The economy) does impact how we think about ourselves, which is what New Year’s resolutions are all about.” Such is the case in Santa Monica where residents and visitors said they plan on

focusing more on personal finances over the year. “(I’ll) probably be more prudent, more careful … with spending money I don’t have,” Dominique Adair, a Santa Monica resident, said while hanging out with friends in Downtown on Tuesday. James Kelly, an accountant from Lancaster, said that he will be a bit more mindful of where his money goes this year. “My New Year’s resolution would be to spend my money smart, cut back on luxury,” he said. One of the more common resolutions this year could be to improve performance in the workplace, better ensuring job security in the future. “People might do something to protect themselves at the current job such as volunteering more for projects rather than wait for bosses to come to them,” Muskin, who also serves on the American Psychiatric

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’Eat local’ movement takes root BY MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO Here’s something you might not know about being a locavore, the new-fangled term for the oldschool tradition of eating food grown close to home: Coffee is almost always negotiable. Here’s another: The people practicing this new-old (and currently quite hot) trend may surprise you. Suburban moms? Check. Artisanal-cheese sniffing foodies? Double check. And how about denizens of the decidely un-hippie halls of Wal-Mart? “It’s really amazing how it’s just exploded,” says Jennifer Maiser, a San Francisco database consultant who was part of a small group credited with coining “locavore,” as part of an “eat local” challenge they mounted three years ago. Since then, wildly fluctuating transportation costs, food scares and global warming concerns, have lent a mainstream patina to eating local. WalMart, the nation’s largest grocer has pledged to source $400 million worth of fruits and vegetables from in-state

farmers this year. Some numbers: — There were 4,685 farmers’ markets as of August, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, up nearly 7 percent from two years ago and nearly 3,000 more than 1994, the first year of tracking. — Locally grown produce was listed as the No. 2 item on a “What’s Hot” list by more than 1,200 members of the American Culinary Federation in an October 2007 Internet survey by the National Restaurant Association. (No. 1 was bite-sized desserts, but that’s another story.) — The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement in which members get food delivered from nearby farms has grown to include more than 1,300 farms since its inception in 1985, according to the Robyn Van En Center at Pennsylvania’s Wilson College. Who’s eating all this local food? All kinds of people, from trowelwielding back-to-the-landers to the tech titans of Google, Inc.’s headquarters in Mountain View, where Cafe 150 serves food from within a 150-mile

radius. And then there’s bluesman Elvin Bishop, accidental locavore. Best known for the ‘70s hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” that sent many a couple swaying into the night, Bishop is often to be found these days working in his well-cared for garden in rural Marin County, north of San Francisco. Bishop started out eating local as an Oklahoma farm boy, but turned to a road diet of fast food and bad food when he started traveling with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the ‘60s. A decade of that moved him to buy a place with some arable land — his first tasks were pulling apart an old redwood deck then on the property to frame a greenhouse and digging up the raggedy lawn to plant vegetables. He’s still busy with music, recently releasing a new CD “The Blues Rolls On,” a funky collection that features some well-known names, including old friend B.B. King. But that hasn’t stopped him from stocking a deep cupboard in his kitchen SEE LOCAL PAGE 10

Skinny legs and logos go into fashion hibernation BY SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer

NEW YORK It’s probably safe to retire — or at least put to rest for a long winter snooze — your skinny-leg pants. Once the first signs of spring start to stir, the favored silhouette will be loose and easy. “Wide pants — if you invested in the dramatic floppy leg pant that just skims the ankle, you are in luck. These are still a big trend for next year,”says Avril Graham, Harper Bazaar’s executive fashion editor. That’s the thing about fashion: Almost every look — good or bad — comes back, even if it’s slightly tweaked. The key is gauging how fast the boomerang is moving. Take Uggs, for example. EBay style director Constance White says the cozy, furry boot is already a must-have item again for many women — and it’s a trend driven by consumers. “The fashion gods forgive me: I will not throw out a pair of Ugg boots. ... They

dipped — came off the radar and weren’t ‘it’ anymore — but they’ve had the huge rise in popularity again. All you have to do is look on the streets and you’ll see hundreds of women and girls who just think they’re the cutting edge of fashion all over again,” White says. Some other likely top (and not) looks of 2009: • Sandy neutrals and tropical colors are likely to make a splash, but there might be a changing of the guard for regal purple, which has reigned for a few years. Painterly prints had a shorter run, but Graham says they too are on their way out. “Best to look for sweet florals,” she advises. • Safari styles, whether they’re vintage Yves Saint Laurent or new Banana Republic, are enjoying a high point on their arc of popularity. That’s good news, says Graham, because it’s an easy look for most women to wear. • The 1980s continue to both inspire and haunt fashion, but if you ever wore

harem pants and highlighter colors the first time, you might consider giving only a wink to the decade with a bangle bracelet or fluorescent accessories. • A low-platform heel is a shoe that takes you through every season and most occasions, says eBay’s White. If you’re cleaning your closet, extreme platforms can get tossed, but hold on to all your peep-toe shoes, she advises. The popular gladiator-style sandal will triumph again this summer, but it’ll be even more aggressive looking with higher heels. • The big statement necklace popular last year is still a trend, but it’s one you can cut back on. “If you’ve accumulated three or four, part with two of them,” White says. “Instead hold on to any bracelets — cuffs or stacking bracelets, especially. They’re fresher, new and they’re going to be hot right through spring and summer.” • Logos are out and subtly is in.“It’s not the right time for flash,” declares Graham.

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121: one to one ADN: any day now AFAIK: as far as I know AFK: away from keyboard A/S/L: age, sex, location B4: before B4N: bye for now BAK: back at the keyboard BBIAB: be back in a bit BBL: be back later BBN: bye bye now BBS: be back soon BEG: big evil grin BF: boyfriend BFN: bye for now BG: big grin BL: belly laughing BMTIPG: bril iant minds think in parallel gutters BRB: be right back BTA: but then again BTW: by the way BWL: bursting with laughter BWTHDIK: but what the heck do I know C&G: chuckle & grin CID: crying in disgrace CNP: continued (in my) next post CP: chat post CRBT: crying real big tears CSG: chuckle, snicker, grin CU: see you CUL: see you later CYO: see you online DBAU: doing business as usual DIKU: do I know you? DL: dead link DLTBBB: don’t let the bed bugs bite DQMOT: don’t quote me on this EG: evil grin EMFBI: excuse me for butting in EMSG: email message EOT: end of thread F2F: face to face FC: fingers crossed FISH: first in, stil here FMTYEWTK: far more than you ever wanted to know FOMCL: falling off my chair laughing FTBOMH: from the bottom of my heart FUD: fear, uncertainty, and doubt FWIW: for what it’s worth G2G: got to go G: grin GA: go ahead GAL: get a life GD&R: grinning, ducking, and running GF: girlfriend GFN: gone for now GIWIST: gee, I wish I’d said that GMBO: giggling my butt off GMTA: great minds think alike GOL: giggling out loud GTRM: going to read mail GTSY: glad to see you H&K: hug and kiss HAGN: have a good night HDOP: help delete online predators HHIS: hanging head in shame HTH: hope this helps HUB: head up butt IAC: in any case IANAL: I am not a lawyer (but) IC: I see IDK: I don’t know IHA: I hate acronyms IIRC: if I remember correctly ILU: I love you IM: instant message IMHO: in my humble opinion IMNSHO: in my not so humble opinion IMO: in my opinion IOW: in other words IPN: I’m posting naked IRL: in real life IWALU: I wil always love you IYSWIM: if you see what I mean JIC: just in case JK: just kidding JMO: just my opinion JTLYK: just to let you know K: okay KIT: keep in touch KOC: kiss on cheek KOL: kiss on lips KOTC: kiss on the cheek KWIM: know what I mean? L8R: later LD: later, dude LDR: long distance relationship LLTA: lots and lots of thunderous applause LMIRL: let’s meet in real life LMSO: laughing my socks off LOL: laughing out loud LSHMBB: laughing so hard my belly is bouncing LTM: laugh to myself LTNS: long time, no see LTR: longterm relationship LULAB: love you like a brother LULAS: love you like a sister LUWAMH: love you with all my heart LY: love you M/F: male or female MOSS: member of same sex MOTOS: member of the opposite sex MSG: message MTF: more to follow MUSM: miss you so much NADT: not a darn thing NIFOC: naked in front of computer NP: no problem NRN: no reply necessary OIC: oh I see OLL: online love OM: old man OTF: off the floor OTOH: on the other hand OTTOMH: off the top of my head P2P: peer to peer PDA: public display of affection PEBCAK: problem exists between chair and keyboard PLZ: please PM: private message PMFJIB: pardon me for jumping in but POAHF: put on a happy face POS: parent over shoulder PU: that stinks QT: cutie RL: real life ROTFL: rolling on the floor laughing RPG: role playing games RSN: real soon now S4L: spam for life SETE: smiling ear to ear SHCOON: shoot hot coffee out of nose SHID: slaps head in disgust SF: surfer friendly SNERT: snot nosed egotistical rude teenager SO: significant other SOMY: sick of me yet? SOT: short of time STW: search the web SWAK: sealed with a kiss SWL: screaming with laughter SYS: see you soon TA: thanks again TCOB: taking care of business TCOY: take care of yourself TIA: thanks in advance TILII: tell it like it is TMI: too much information TOY: thinking of you TTYL: talk to you later UW: you’re welcome WB: welcome back WFM: works for me WIBNI: wouldn’t it be nice if WTGP: want to go private? WTG: way to go WU: what’s up WUF: where are you from? YBS: you’l be sorry YL: young lady YM: young man

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for governor in 2003, his supporters touted his independence, outsider status, and inspiring life story as the quintessential American dream. His detractors mocked his inexperience, but he indeed stood as a great example of what was possible in America. This immigrant worked tirelessly and rose to the top in the private sector as a giant on the silver screen. He entertained millions, created vast amounts of wealth, and even used his fame to educate the public about the importance of personal health and, in a twist for Hollywood, market economics and individual freedom. Oh, how the mighty fall. The governor is struggling, once again, to negotiate a budget. He seemingly becomes embroiled every year in these protracted showdowns, resulting not in responsible budgets but burgeoning deficits and growing bureaucracies. He tries to hold the line, threatening to veto the Democrats’ plan, but it is stunning how far that line has shifted. He began promising a dose of economic conservatism after the fiscally reckless and profligate years of Gray Davis. Instead, he has overseen the state budget climb by 39 percent since he took office. Arnold always had a soft spot for spending programs, vowing five years ago to produce a massive bond package to finance the school system. Since then he has saddled us with several large bonds and many billions in new spending projects. So now he is fighting over relative trivialities, while accepting in principle California’s leviathan government and new tax increases. This marks a sad time for the state but also a personal tragedy. Schwarzenegger had an amazing career as an entertainer. The governorship has only diverted his invaluable time toward intractable political disputes and symbolic battles over nothing. We are no better off than we were under Davis, and meanwhile the private sector has lost a talented and socially conscious actor. The only solution to the state’s ills is libertarian reform. The government should shut down prisons and free nonviolent offenders such as drug convicts. It should liquidate its many billions in unneeded assets. It should close down entire agencies and leave their functions to the market. This would truly stimulate the economy. But these measures would be too much for a governor to do, even if he wanted, without strong public support. With almost 40 million residents, America’s most populous state is especially difficult to tame. Perhaps there can never be a semi-functional political system as long as the state is so big, larger than most nations. In any event, genuine, sustaining reform requires a revolution in public opinion first. Republicans often say we need a successful businessman, small-town leader, or citizen whose accomplishments are outside politics to shake things up in Washington or the state capitals. But those who work in the market labor under a totally different system, set of incentives, and institutional dynamic. The government’s defining character renders it immune to fundamental reform by

outsiders. Unlike the market, government finances itself through coerced taxation, not honestly earned profits. It maintains dominance through the threat of violence — police and imprisonment — not through voluntary exchange. Government power corrupts and cannot be purged of its intrinsically coercive and political nature. Outsiders cannot stay outsiders long once inside the halls of power.

LIKE RONALD REAGAN BEFORE HIM, SCHWARZENEGGER WAS THE HOLLYWOOD ROGUE CONSERVATIVE WHO WOULD FINALLY PRODUCE FISCAL RESTRAINT AND MEANINGFUL REFORM. BUT ALSO LIKE REAGAN, HE HAS OVERSEEN A STAGGERING GROWTH IN GOVERNMENT WHILE CONFUSING THE DIALOGUE AND GIVING FREE ENTERPRISE A BAD NAME.

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Like Ronald Reagan before him, Schwarzenegger was the Hollywood rogue conservative who would finally produce fiscal restraint and meaningful reform. But also like Reagan, he has overseen a staggering growth in government while confusing the dialogue and giving free enterprise a bad name. Markets are free insofar as they are left alone by the state. An alleged free marketer wielding and exercising considerable government power ceases to be a true friend of the free market. Some of his films have not been the highest of art, but even Schwarzenegger’s flops were great achievements compared to what he has done as governor, or what we can expect anyone like him to do in his place. If he wants to contribute to society, he should resign, leave the dismal world of politics to the corrupt and power-hungry, and return to the private sector where he can once again make a difference. There might still be time for him to do a cameo in the fourth Terminator film. ANTHONY GREGORY is a research analyst at the Independent Institute, a policy advisor for The Future of Freedom Foundation, and a columnist for LewRockwell.com. His Web site is AnthonyGregory.com.

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be alone forever!”). At the prom, the tears might flow out of nostalgia combined with fear of the unknown beyond graduation (e.g. “I love you guys so much and I’m never going to see you again!”). In both cases, the waterfall usually dries up by brunch the following day at which time most acquaintances are polite enough to pretend that they never witnessed the meltdown. On prom night as on New Year’s Eve, food tends to be shockingly expensive and often times the quality is wholly underwhelming. Establishments that on every other night of the year greet patrons for free will demand payment simply for the privilege of walking in the door. Restaurants that accommodate large parties tend to charge dearly in the form of prix fixe menus for the hassle of serving large unsupervised groups of teens or over-cocktailed adults. Culinary selections are limited, the food is almost always overcooked and under-heated and knowing that the gratuity has already been factored into the bill of a big party, the wait staff can be impatient or scarce. When the final notes of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” fade from the speakers or the ball drops in Times Square, it’s not uncommon for post-event blues to sink in. Prom attendees with curfews are crestfallen that the big night had a shelf life of just a few hours. New Year’s revelers easily turn into pumpkins when the flow of complimentary alcohol comes to an abrupt end. It can take what feels like an eternity to retrieve outer garments from the coat check. Teens decked out in tuxes and cocktail dresses walk around in circles in dark parking lots trying to remember in which of the identical limousines or party vans they started the night. Yet people past prom-prime who just aren’t content spending quiet evenings on the couch waiting for next Dec. 31 shouldn’t despair, as there are year-round fête possibilities: weddings. Hardly anyone can get away with wearing the same outfit twice (particularly brides), much money will be spent on gifts, many people will imbibe excessively and someone will inevitably cry at each ceremony. The next batch of wedding invites should start trickling into mailboxes soon. Something to look forward to before next New Year’s Eve.

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Andrew’s Cheese Shop 728 Montana Ave.

(310) 453-2771 (310) 393-3308

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

(310) 395-2500

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

(310) 586-7469 (310) 453-8919 (310) 828-4001 (310) 828-3191 (310) 453-5442

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.

P rivate e Sushi i Chef Fulll sushii barr setup $4.99 - CAL + Miso +Salad $5.99 - CAL or Spicy Tuna + Miso + Salad + Coke

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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

(310) 472-6020 (310) 453-4941 (310) 260-0073 (310) 315-4375 (310) 828-7060 (310) 829-7871 (310) 452-2905 (310) 434-9924

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.

(310) 899-3030

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

(310) 309-2170 (310) 828-1585 (310) 829-1462 (310) 899-1106 (310) 829-5443 (310) 828-9203 (310) 829-9100 (310) 828-1315

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. 1433 Wilshire Blvd

(310) 394-1131

J P's Bar & Grill 1101 Wilshire Blvd Kaido Japense Cuisine 2834 Santa Monica Blvd Kay 'N Dave's 262 26th St. L A Farm Ltd 3000 Olympic Blvd Lee's Chinese Food 1610 Santa Monica Blvd The Lincoln 2460 Wilshire Bl Lucys Lunchbox 710 Wilshire Bl #100 Maya Japanese Food 2840 Santa Monica Blvd Manhattan Bagel 2216 Wilshire Blvd Nawab Of India 1621 Wilshire Bl Networks Cafe 2700 Colorado Ave. #190 Noma Restaurant 2031 Wilshire Blvd Norms Santa Monica 1601 Lincoln Blvd O' Briens 2226 Wilshire Blvd Our Cafe 2104 Wilshire Bl Overunder 1333 Santa Monica Blvd Pacific Dining Car 2700 Wilshire Blvd Pot & Pan Thai Food 2315 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica Pizza 1318 Wilshire Blvd The Shack Restaurant 2518 Wilshire Blvd The Slice 915 Wilshire Blvd Sizzler 2025 Wilshire Blvd Snug Harbor 2323 Wilshire Blvd Sunshine Cafe & Grill 2021 Santa Monica Blvd Sushi King 1330 Wilshire Blvd Tacos Por Favor 1406 Olympic Blvd Taqueria Chihuahua 1909 Lincoln Bl Tazzina 1620 Wilshire Blvd Thai Dishes 111 Santa Monica Blvd Toi On Wilshire 1120 Wilshire Blvd Wilshire Restaurant 2454 Wilshire Blvd

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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

(310) 395-6765 (310) 394-3463 (323) 655-3372 (310) 393-6060 (310) 395-9658

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 unbe-

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. 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

(310) 597-4395

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

(310) 656-1665 (323) 468-0220 (310) 451-8823 (310) 394-3956

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.

(310) 451-4595

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

(310) 393-9985 (310) 395-5009 (310) 838-8586 (310) 278-2908 (818) 981-2250 (310) 917-6671

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

P F Chang's China Bistro 326 Wilshire Blvd Panera Bread 501 Wilshire Bl Perrys Pizz 930 Ocean Front Walk Perrys Pizza 2600 Ocean Front Walk Perrys Pizza 1200 Ocean Front Walk Perrys Pizza 2400 Ocean Front Walk Promenade Cafe 321 Santa Monica Bl R A W 609 Broadway Real Food Daily 514 Santa Monica Blvd Renees Court Yard 522 Wilshire Blvd Rustic Canyon 1119 Wilshire Blvd

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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

(310)393-PIERS


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been a staple for Santa Monica locals. 6:30 am to 2pm daily.

Scarboni 312 Wilshire Bl

(310) 704-8079

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

(310) 216-7716 (310) 393-3959 (310) 576-7011 (310) 655-3372 (213) 500-4989 (310) 394-2189

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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PICO/SUNSET PARK 310 Lounge & Bistro 3321 Pico Blvd. Abbots Pizza Company 1811 Pico Blvd Acapulco Restaurant 3360 Ocean Park Blvd. Air Conditioned 2819 Pico Blvd Ameci Pizza Pasta 2218 Lincoln Bl B B Q Garden 1707 Pico Blvd. The Bread Factory Inc 1900 Pico Bl Buddha Boba 1701 Pico Bl Bud's Famous Deli & Desserts 2727 Ocean Park Blvd. Cafe Bolivar 1741 Ocean Park Blvd. Campos Mexican Food Inc 2008 Pico Blvd Classic Pizza 2624 Pico Blvd The Counter 2901 Ocean Park Bl #102 The Daily Pint 2310 Pico Blvd El Indio 2526 Pico Blvd El Pollo Loco Restaurant 1906 Lincoln Blvd El Torito 3360 Ocean Park Blvd. El Texate 316 Pico Blvd. Fresh & Natural Cafe 1900 Pico Blvd Ocean Park Pizza 2819 1/2 Ocean Park Blvd Georges Burgers 3101 Lincoln Blvd Gilbert's El Indio Mexican Food 2526 Pico Blvd. Hotel Casa Del Mar Restaurant 1910 Ocean Way The Hump 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South The Hungry Pocket 1715 Pico Blvd Il Forno Caffe & Pizzeria 2901 Ocean Park Blvd Josie Restaurant 2424 Pico Blvd La Playita 3306 Lincoln Blvd Lazy Daisy Inc 2300 Pico Blvd Le Pain Du Jour 828 Pico Blvd #2 Mandarin Food Service 2618 Pico Bl Michael D'S Cafe 234 Pico Blvd Miyako 2829 Ocean Park 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

(310) 452-5720

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

(310) 450-4999 (310) 399-9344 (310) 828-4775 (310) 396-4039 (310) 392-9036

MAIN STREET 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. Goudas & Vines 2000 Main Street

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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OCEAN PARK OMELETTE PARLOR The best breakfast in town, featuring locally grown vegetables from the Farmers Markets. Sinc 1962, the Omelete Parlor has

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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. 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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LINCOLN FINE WINES Now open in Venice. We offer the Best Selection of Wines on the Westside. We have warehouse pricing with friendly service. Come by and let us find the perfect wine for the perfect occasion! Open 10-8pm and Sun. 11-6pm. 727 Lincoln Blvd.

(310) 392-7816

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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MARINA DEL REY Beachside Cafe 4175 Admiralty Way C & O Cucina 3016 Washington Blvd. Cafe Del Rey 4451 Admiralty Way California Pizza Kitchen 3345 Fiji Way Casa Escobar 14160 Palawan Way Chart House 13950 Panay Way The Cheesecake Factor 4142 Via Marina Chin Chin 13455 Maxella Ave Ste 266 Chipotle Mexican Grill 4718 Admiralty Way Harbor House Restaurant 4211 Admiralty Way Islands 404 Washington Blvd Jer-ne at The Ritz-Carlton 4375 Admiralty Way Kaya Sushi 13400 Washington Blvd. Kifune Restaurant 405 Washington Blvd Le Marmiton 4724 Admiralty Way Mercedes Grille 14 Washington Blvd Mermaids-Juice Java & More 14045 Panay Way Rainbow Acres Natural Foods 4756 Admiralty Way Sapori Ristorante 13723 Fiji Way Tony P's 4445 Admiralty Way Tsuji No Hana 4714 Lincoln Blvd The Warehouse Restaurant 4499 Admiralty Way

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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

(310) 447-6000 (310) 393-0558 (310) 826-2525 (310) 979-8733 (310) 458-6050 (310) 479-3400 (310) 477-3880 (310) 826-4888

WEST LA 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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HAMLET RESTAURANT Hamlet Restaurant & Bar offers a wide selection of fresh fare and an expanded wine list. Dishes such as the California Market Salad, Spice Crusted Ahi, Southern Crab Cakes and Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich are just a few of their new menu additions! 2927 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

(310) 478-1546

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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at the Huntley hotel, it was a Mexican restaurant with a guitar player and a lot of airline employees drinking Margaritas. It’s changed! It’s now an attractive space decorated in white with the same great view, but a more attractive bar and setting in general. It’s appropriately called The Penthouse. At brunch, coffee and water came quickly, but the rest of the service was really slow. When I asked the manager why the service was so slow, he explained that in a hotel breakfast room you never know how many people are going to show up, so you never know how many waiters to have on hand. There was a party in the private area with about 60 people, apparently unexpected, so they were short of waiters. Welcome to the restaurant business! The menu was fine, with all the usual suspects for a first class brunch. When a waiter finally showed up, his first job was to try and sell me a bottle of overpriced water, which I declined. I explained to him that I pay property tax which includes a water purification charge, so I have to get my money’s worth. Most of the prices on the menu were only slightly overpriced. The fish platter was $21, the John Dory $24, and the petit filet $28. So I took the fish platter. Meanwhile, I struck up a conversation with the couple at the next table. He had the egg white omelet, which looked very nice. She had the corned beef hash, which looked terrible. Instead of hash it was cubes of corned beef with cubes of potatoes. But she liked it. At the table on the other side, a dainty blond had ordered the banana waffle, ate about one-fourth of it, and switched to coffee. But it too looked delicious. My fish platter arrived. It was a nice presentation on a long plate with the fish on one side and chopped egg yolk, egg whites, onion and olives and capers arranged on the right side. But the quality and preparation of the fish was disappointing. The sturgeon had been nicely smoked, but was way too salty. It improved with cream cheese, which cut the salt flavor a bit. But the graved lox, while a nice texture, had an unusual flavor suggesting it had been marinated in something other than the salt and sugar (with a brick on top) used for the traditional graved lox. There was enough for two (my second pet peeve, along with the bottled water thing) but I didn’t bother to take it home for the dog. So I probably ordered the wrong thing. The eggs Benedict at a nearby table looked delicious. The coffee and orange juice was good. And the ambiance was wonderful. Not a bad spot for brunch, but stick with the eggs.

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THE EGGS BENEDICT AT A NEARBY TABLE LOOKED DELICIOUS. THE COFFEE AND ORANGE JUICE WAS GOOD. AND THE AMBIANCE WAS WONDERFUL. NOT A BAD SPOT FOR BRUNCH, BUT STICK WITH THE EGGS. back during a weeknight (when not crowded, I wrongly assumed) and check out the bar scene. This was particularly appropriate since my only single son was in town from Tokyo and wanted to go out for a drink with his (attractive) travel agent. Since dad always picks up the tab, dad is always a welcome companion on these excursions. We went in on a Thursday night, and it was quite a scene. Instead of the quiet, staid hotel bar I expected, the place was hopping. With luck we found three seats at the bar and ordered three of the special mixed drinks off the menu. Each one was delicious and quite special. The manager, Anthony, came over and introduced himself and told me a bit about the food and the wine. We discovered they had a few wines on the wine list that I imported, and he knew about them. When he showed us the late night snack menu, we were impressed, and ordered some appetizers. Then I walked around and looked at the dinner plates of a few of the guests. This time the food looked great — beautiful steaks, attractive side dishes, and an adequate wine list. The appetizers that we tried were also delicious. Chef Seth Greenburg has put together a beautiful menu, and at dinner I can see that the execution is fine. So yes, you can have brunch there, but don’t miss drinks and dinner later in the day. MERV HECHT, the food and wine critic for the Santa Monica Daily Press, is a wine buyer and consultant to a number of national and international food and wine companies. He can be reached at mervynhecht@yahoo.com

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1,2,3: People enjoy the newly-renovated public pool at the YMCA on Monday morning. Working out is a common New Year’s resolution. Gym operators don’t think economy will hurt membership.

Gym operators don’t think economy will impact membership FROM RESOLUTIONS PAGE 1 showing health and fitness at the top. The predictions are based on 250 goals set by the site’s users during the third quarter of 2008. While health and fitness remained the top resolution, it dropped in popularity from the previous year when it made up 28 percent of stated goals. That number went down to 23 percent this year, Helmstetter said. The result could be a decline in gym memberships. “Everyone has a gym membership, but part of the decision people are going to have to make is what they can afford and what they can’t afford,” Muskin said. Local gym operators believe that the economy won’t affect business. “I really don’t expect that it will have an impact,” Susan Walseth, the owner of the Curves in Santa Monica and Brentwood, said. “I hope that people will realize that the health benefits outweigh the costs.” January is typically one of the busiest

months for the women’s fitness center due to resolutions. Curves is also aided in its partnership with several insurance companies that pay the gym membership for their customers. Equinox Fitness, a national brand of gyms with a location in Santa Monica, has actually experienced more people expressing interest in signing up for memberships over the past few months, according to Dos Condon, the regional director for Southern California. The gym also saw a similar spike shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. “In times of tragedy or with great uncertainty, people turn inward to find stability and peace,” Condon said. “We think of our membership like a stock — if you use it the stock increases value and the gains are predictable, whether it’s improved health, mental clarity or better sleep.” Catherine Cain contributed to this report. melodyh@smdp.com

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with gleaming jars of preserves. (He tried to take a jar of his strawberry jam to King, but couldn’t get it through airport security.) Bishop isn’t an official member of the locavore movement, “I’m not too much of an ‘ism’ type of guy,” he notes. What he likes is knowing where his food came from, and that it’s going to be tasty. Taste and freshness are the driving forces for a lot of people interested in buying local foods, says Laurie Demeritt, who studies American eating patterns for The Hartman Group, a research firm in Bellevue, Wash. National surveys of consumers showed that “local” has a world of different meanings, but there is a unifying theme of wanting to connect with the product — how was it grown, were pesticides used, how were animals treated. “What we’re finding is that the desire to know more about where your products come from is critically important across the United States,” Demeritt says. With the movement still young, researchers are looking for more data to see whether local foods live up to their promise of being safer, healthier and better for the environment, says Rich Pirog, associate director of Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. There is some anecdotal information — for instance, farmer’s markets are more likely to be selling unusual varieties like heir-

loom tomatoes, which maintains genetic diversity, he says. And common sense indicates eating locally means less processed food, and an easier task of tracing where your food comes from. Living locavore can be tough — imagine life without bananas. Some followers are hard-core, drinking tea made of local herbs, for instance; while others are more relaxed. Flexibility is key for Tammy Donroe, a Boston freelance writer and mother of two, who tries to incorporate local food into her family’s diet all year. In October, she went a little deeper for an “eat local” challenge month, which worked fine until farmers’ markets closed down and the options were squash, squash or squash. They survived (with a slight redefinition of “local” pizza) and continue to put as much local food as possible on the table. “You feel better when you know your money is going to people that you know are trying to make a living honestly and are trying to do the best thing for the environment,” Donroe says. “Food that’s grown locally tastes better and fresher. I just like the idea of that for my kids.”

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Director Pastor Herrera, Jr. Auerbach added that for 2009 his staff will now look at all homes sold in 2003 or later and may even go back to 2002 in some areas of the county based on a review of market conditions. While anyone has the right to file a decline-in-value application requesting a review of their property’s value, Auerbach urged those who bought their home or condo in 2002 or later to wait until June when the results of the review will be mailed. If a letter is not received or the owner is not satisfied with the results of the review, a decline-invalue application can be submitted. news@smdp.com

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MOVIE TIMES Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave. (323) 466-FILM Call theater for information.

AMC Loews Broadway 4 1441 Third Street Promenade (310) 458-1506 Bedtime Stories (PG) 1hr 35min 10:15 a.m., 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 Bolt (PG) 1hr 36min 10:30 a.m., 12:55, 3:15

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

The Tale of Despereaux (G) 11:15am, 2:50, 6:30, 10:10 The Spirit (PG-13) 1hr 43min 11:45am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:35, 10:20 The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) 1hr 50min 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:30 Yes Man (PG-13) 1hr 44min 1:20, 2:20, 4:00, 5:00, 6:30, 7:30, 9:00, 10:00

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 2hrs 48min 12:00, 3:35, 7:15, 10:45

Bedtime Stories (PG) 1hr 35min 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30

Milk (R) 2hrs 08min 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:50

Frost/Nixon (R) 2hrs 02min 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55

Quantum of Solace (PG-13) 1hr 46min 5:40, 8:15, 10:45

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 2hrs 48min 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 9:45

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

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

Mann's Criterion Theatre 1313 Third St. (310) 395-1599 Seven Pounds (PG-13) 1hr 58min 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30 Gran Torino (R) 11:30am, 1:10, 2:30, 4:10, 5:20, 7:00, 8:00, 9:50, 10:40 Twilight (PG-13) 2hrs 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Valkyrie (PG-13) 2hrs 10:40am, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 Marley & Me (PG) 2hrs Digital Projection 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Marley & Me (PG) 2hrs Noon, 3:00, 6:00 Four Christmases (PG-13) 1hr 22min Digital Projection 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

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Find a friend or two, Taurus ARIES (March 21-April 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★ Communication flourishes. A long-overdue conversation could define the day. Listen to suggestions, with an eye to affirming other people’s ideas. You have a lot that you might want to contemplate. Tonight: Get some muchneeded R and R.

★★★ Get into a project rather than delay it any longer. You are able to clear out more than your fair share. Stop and listen to an irate relative, neighbor or friend. Try not to personalize what you hear. Then you can really “hear.” Tonight: Get some long-overdue rest.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

★★★★★ Today is not too soon to start fulfilling a resolution or two. Did you not make any resolutions? There is no such thing as too late. Consider what change you can make that would improve your life. Tonight: Find a friend or two.

★★★★★ Listen to what is going on with a child or potential loved one. Help others find their way out of the haze with a nurturing and accepting attitude. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish! Tonight: Put your feet up.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

★★★★ Others look to you, and you step up to the plate. You might have had intentions otherwise, but events force your hand. Demonstrate your sense of responsibility and good will. Tonight: A must appearance.

★★★★ Don’t feel let down or repressed. You have the good fortune of a timeout. A family situation could demand more than you would like to give. Tonight: Stop and consider your priorities.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

★★★★★ You have a most distinct style — don’t kid yourself. If you decide to get something done, it is as good as done. Knowing your limitations might be important. Make time for planning a trip or calling a friend. Tonight: Put on some music.

★★★★★ Defer and understand what you are seeing and hearing. Be willing to adjust plans. If you suppress your anger, you could find that later it becomes a problem. Reflect on the most effective way to share news. Tonight: Hang out where you are comfortable.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

★★★★★ A partner responds to your overtures and thoughts in a big way. You have a lot of ideas and energy. Learn to use your abilities to keep a situation peaceful. Tempers could flare without your interference. Tonight: Listen to a suggestion.

★★★★ You might not have all the answers, but it appears that a friend thinks he does! Maintain a sense of humor, and you will let this situation wash over you. Still, you might need a push. You alone can decide. Tonight: Treat yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ Know when to defer, making everyone, including you, much happier. You might have other matters to deal with, no matter how much you would like to do otherwise. Investigate an offer. Tonight: Just don’t be alone.

Happy birthday

★★★★★ You might be overly zealous. But don’t worry, someone will let you know that you are out of whack. Know when to call it quits. A boss or older friend/family member demands a lot from you. Say what you mean. Tonight: As you like.

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

Your ability to remain mellow and stable could be undermined this year. Exhaustion often hits when trying to win others’ friendship and good will. Ask yourself if you always need to be the popular kid. Learn to express your feelings before they become explosive. If you are single, you’ll discover what a special year you could have if you relax. Check out any suitor with care. This person might misrepresent him- or herself. Find the real person. If you are attached, learn to express your hurt before it evolves into anger, for everyone’s sake. PISCES often draws you out and can make an excellent neighbor.

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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

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SOLUTIONS TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE

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DAILY LOTTERY 1 22 29 44 52 Meganumber: 39 Jackpot: $46M 14 19 22 32 38 Meganumber: 1 Jackpot: $36M 2 8 19 21 23 MIDDAY: 6 7 9 EVENING: 9 5 4 1st: 10 Solid Gold 2nd: 06 Whirl Win 3rd: 12 Lucky Charms RACE TIME: 1.48.68

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â–  Eugene Falle, 35, was acquitted of murder in Edmonton, Alberta, in December, as jurors apparently accepted his claim of self-defense even though the victim had 39 stab wounds. Falle said he was forced to keep stabbing the man because of previous threats by the victim and his gang and that the victim "wouldn't bleed properly the way he should've bled, according to the movies." And in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sydney Teerhuis, on trial for killing a man, claimed self-defense even though he admitted not only stabbing the man 68 times but having sex with the body during the spree. However, unlike Falle, Teerhuis was convicted.

TODAY IN HISTORY a law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States went into effect. President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free. the first Tournament of Roses was held in Pasadena, Calif. New York City was consolidated into five boroughs. Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic. the United States and China held celebrations in Washington and Beijing to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. the breakup of AT&T took place as the telecommunications giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement. the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.

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