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Couldn't this house use some $1000 elves? What's the matter with them? | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist

So here are this week's top posts, as endorsed by you via the recommend feature, or as indicated by the level of talk going on in the comments:

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In 2 Months, California Could be Broke Democrats, Republicans, the Governator, bicker, bicker, bicker... The bottom line is, the state is in fiscal trouble. Up in Sacramento the only thing anyone seems to agree on is that they disagree. In the rest of the state, we're just holding on to hope that things will get better.

Down and Out in Beverly Hills Just before Christmas, some neighbors in Beverly Hills called in the cops and broke out the video camera to tell the tale of the thieves who helped themselves to items from their outdoor Christmas displays. While theft is never acceptable, it seems as if grousing about the loss of your $1000 lawn elf is more grinchy than stealing it, considering how better spent that $1000 could be.

Parking Meter Increases Almost Done Citywide "Since the Fall, Los Angeles has been adjusting parking meter rates throughout the city to an increased $1 per hour rate at the minimum (you'll find some meters up $4 an hour) and they expect to be done by the end of January. Not only that, beware of the time. The days of free parking after 6 p.m. is over--numerous areas will now have meters in force until 8 p.m."

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10,000 Skid Row Kids & Their 50,000 Toys Skid Row's Fred Jordan Missions' 65th annual Family Christmas Celebration brought out the masses. There's nothing better than giving at this time of year, and everyone's generosity helped make this Christmas special for some very deserving kids.

Three posts tied for 2nd place this week...

Get Out: Things to do on Christmas Day Beyond the usual Chinese Food and a movie option we brought you all sorts of ideas of things you could do on Christmas day, like Ice skate at Pershing Square or on 3rd Street Promenade. Then eat lots of turkey at The Pantry. Visit the homeless in Venice Beach. See Jewish musical comedy at The Echo. Or see a selection of films--including John Waters' Christmas Evil--at the Silent Movie Theatre. Or go to the DWP Holiday Lights Festival in Griffith Park.

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Silver Lake Jogging Path Finally Opens to Public "[Last] weekend marked the official opening of the jogging path around Silver Lake Reservoir. The new 3,300 foot path (that's about 2/3rds of a mile) on the eastside of the reservoir goes from Armstrong Avenue to the dog park. This new step helps one jog or walk a complete circle around the approximately 2 mile loop of both reservoirs (that includes Ivanhoe, too)." Check out our pics from the ribbon cutting and the inaugural runs and walks on the path.

Have You Had Your Orgasm Today? Last weekend also happened to be Global Orgasm Day. We just wanted to remind you to get in on the action (solo or partnered, it mattered not) and take part in the world-wide event aimed at creating a massive positive vibe and a period of raised collective consciousness. And, I mean, hey, why not, right?

...and three posts tied for 3rd

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A Fresh Perspective on Skid Row "December's Skid Row Neighborhood Watch Walk was lightly attended, likely due to the tree lighting events happening at LA Live. As always, the walk went on, and as always, the walk was unlike any prior walks. While feelings of sadness, confusion and hopelessness had ensued after previous walk, this one offered a new, fresh and somewhat hopeful perspective."

In the Garden: Frozen African Blue Basil? December gives us Jesus and c-c-c-old weather! So what do we thin-blooded Angelenos do with our plants when things get down in the 30s? The mysterious Hand of Gardener reaches out with some gardening tips that might save your basil and other plants during this chilly time of year.

Holiday Relief For 12 Steppers Rikki (or whoever) don't lose that number! Our Christmas Eve posting of drug and alcohol addiction resources in the city just might come in handy, especially if New Year's gets a little rough.

Droog's Top Ten of 2008 "December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, singles and remixes, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them." Check out Droog's picks for '08, and maybe find something new to listen to as the year comes to an end!

Photo from the opening of Silver Lake's jogging path by Tom Andrews/LAist