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Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem" that opens this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Pier.

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LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

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This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

Former Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould has been forced to resign from Management Partners as part of a settlement agreement that he violated the City’s anti-corruption law known as the Oaks Initiative by going to work for the firm after approving their contracts.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica, Courts

Former Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould Forced To Resign As Part Of Corruption Settlement

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 10:41 am

Former Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould has been forced to resign from his new job at Management Partners as part of a settlement agreement after it was alleged he violated Santa Monica’s anti-corruption law by accepting employment with the consulting firm whose contracts he signed while City Manager.

On this episode of Westside Top 5, host Melanie Camp tells us the top five places to go plane spotting

News, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Top 5 Plane Spotting Spots On The Westside!

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 10:21 am

On this episode of Westside Top 5, host Melanie Camp tells us the top five places to go plane spotting

Santa Monica College (SMC) maintained its hold as California’s No. 1 community college in transfers to the University of California for the 25th straight year. SMC also topped in transfers to USC, Loyola Marymount University, and in combined transfers to the UC and California State University system. Cinthia Magaña (pictured) transferred to UCLA – the most popular UC destination for SMC students – this fall.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Does It Again, Ranked No.1 Transfer College To UC System For 25th Year

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 10:07 am

Santa Monica College maintains its hold as California’s No. 1 community college in transferring students to the prestigious University of California (UC) system, for the 25th consecutive year.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica's Upward Bound To Benefit From 'Giving Tuesday' Initiative

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 9:56 am

With an estimated 25,000 homeless residents in Los Angeles, homelessness in LA has increased 12 percent in two years.

Santa Monica Police Department, along with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Westside Impact Project, are hosting a free responsible beverage service training for alcohol establishments in Santa Monica today, Dec. 1.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Cops To Host Responsible Alcohol Service Training Today

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 9:45 am

The Santa Monica Police Department and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will host a training this week to help bartenders and other staff of bars, clubs, restaurants and liquor stores in Santa Monica to sell and serve alcohol responsibly.

Mayor McKeown and Councilmember Pam O’Connor join McKinley principal Susan Yakich and parents and students at the Bike Festival.

News, Santa Monica, Biking

Family Bike Festival A Big Success For Santa Monica Cyclists Of All Ages

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 9:43 am

The City of Santa Monica’s Safe Routes to School Program partnered with the McKinley Elementary School sustainability and beautification committee and Santa Monica Spoke (a local bike advocacy group) to host more than 600 attendees at the Family Bike Festival held on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Cops Bust Man, 19, For Exposing Himself On Santa Monica Beach

Posted Dec. 1, 2015, 9:25 am

A 19-year-old Los Angeles man was busted after exposing himself to passersby on Santa Monica Beach.

From left: Coach David Listenberger, Ethan Finkel, Daniel Allen, Alex Groenendaal-Jones, Jonah Dylan, Andrew Wedeking, Ayden Georgi, and David Olds.

News, Crossroads, Santa Monica, Cross Country

Crossroads Boys Cross Country Team Finishes 9th In The State

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 10:15 am

The Crossroads Boys Cross Country team finished 9th in the State this past Saturday after a stellar performance in Fresno.

 Virginia Avenue Park on the corner of Cloverfield and Pico Boulevard.

News, Health, Senior, Santa Monica

WISE & Healthy Aging’s Benefits Enrollment Clinic Thursdays At Virginia Avenue Park

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 10:05 am

What if you could help a senior save $104.90 a month on the Medicare Part B premium? Or qualify for up to $194 in CalFresh benefits to pay for food? Or get some extra help paying for prescription drugs?

Kevin McKeown.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

McKeown To Present Santa Monica’s Ambitious Climate Action Project, Progress At Paris Climate Summit

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 9:45 am

This week kicks off the highly anticipated 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21 for the 21st Gathering of the Conference of Parties) in Paris.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Woman Arrested After Hitting Man Over The Head With A Bottle

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 9:18 am

During the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 18, officers of the Santa Monica Police department were on patrol in the 2900 block of Main Street when security personnel from an area discotheque flagged them down after an alleged assault had occurred on the premises.

Traffic alert! This week's Santa Monica temporary lane closure information.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Dec. 4

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 9:12 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Dec. 4 in the following locations:

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' tops the weekend box office.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

'Hunger Games' On Track To Top Box Office For Second Week With $75.8 Million

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 10:17 am

Hollywood had a "solid, but not record-breaking" Thanksgiving weekend, with the latest Hunger Games movie, and a new Disney Pixar flick, in the one-two positions.

Shore Hotel is located at 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Hotel

Shore Hotel To Host Community Blood Donation Drive Monday

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 9:22 am

Shore Hotel will host a community blood drive in partnership with Cedar-Sinai’s blood donor services from noon to 6 pm on Monday, Nov. 30.

It's moving day for Sam and Abby, and the traffic could be a problem.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Traffic

‘California Rolls’ Onto Westside TV: Get To Know The Mirror’s Own Comedy Starlet

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 9:09 am

Westside TV’s host Denyc (Poole) has returned from the Miami Web Festival with the award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in the new series “California Roll.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Email Issue Hints At Possible Brown Corruption Role

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 8:58 am

There is no doubt Gov. Jerry Brown has tolerated corruption in his administration. But now there are hints that he might be personally involved in some of it.