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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.

Santa Monica Beat presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

Santa Monica Beat

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

Santa Monica Beat

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.

Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Scott Ferguson offers some holiday safety tips.

News, Fire Department, Video, Santa Monica, Police Department

VIDEO: Santa Monica Fire, Police Chiefs Discuss Holiday Safety Tips

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 10:36 am

Stay safe this holiday season with some tips from Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson and Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks.

Check out fun winter drinks on offer at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica.

Dining, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: FIG Bartender Chats About Holiday Drinks, Including "Eye Of The Tiger"

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 10:31 am

Barbara Bishop chats with bartender Tavis Chavez about the most popular drinks for the Holidays including the "Eye of the Tiger."

'Wicked' has returned to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a 14-week engagement.

Theater, Video, Santa Monica, Hollywood

VIDEO: "Wicked" Returns To Hollywood Pantages For 14-Week Engagement

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 10:27 am

The popular musical "Wicked" returned to Los Angeles on Dec. 10 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 14-week engagement.

Latest news from the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Main Street Visitor Center Launches Pop-Up Gallery Through Dec. 31

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:47 am

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) has launched a pop-up gallery featuring artwork and products by local artist Gonen Yacov at the Main Street Visitor Center now through Dec. 31, 2015.

Latest Santa Monica police and crime news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Two Women Arrested After Public Scuffle On Third Street Promenade

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:22 am

Two women who used to be in a relationship and formally lived together were both arrested on Thursday, Dec. 11, after getting into a public scuffle on the Third Street Promenade.

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

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Six Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Dec. 26

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:08 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Dec. 26 in the following locations.

An abandoned three-year-old at The Grove has been reunited with her father.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Abandoned 3-Year-Old Girl At The Grove Reunited With Her Father

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 8:54 am

A 3-year-old girl who was found alone at a busy Fairfax District shopping center was reunited with her father on Sunday and an investigation was underway into how she ended up abandoned at a valet stand.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Los Angeles, Travel, Lax

LAX Travel To Take Off With Busiest Days Of The Year Today, Tomorrow

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 8:48 am

Today and tomorrow are expected to be two of the busiest days of the holiday travel season at Los Angeles International Airport, so travelers should pack some patience along with their luggage.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

'Disclose Act' Still A Must, Has A Change In 2015

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:49 am

If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into election campaigns while managing to mask or obscure their identities.

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

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

The Giving Spirit Gives Generously To Homeless In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:40 am

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

Latest police news and updates.

News, Police Department, Rancho Palos Verdes

Authorities Identity Body Found Over Palos Verdes Estates Cliff On Friday

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:35 am

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

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

News, Los Angeles, Religion

Funeral Services Today For Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

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

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

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

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

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:03 am

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

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

News, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Westwood

Westwood Apartment Building Fire Causes $150,000 Damage

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 8:56 am

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

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

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

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

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 8:44 am

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

SoCal Honda Dealers, Guys In Blue Bring Holiday Cheer To OPCC In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:37 am

The SoCal Honda Dealers and the Guys in Blue brought holiday cheer and lit smiles to 400 locals without homes at Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) on Friday, Dec. 19.

Three people were killed, one from Santa Monica, and three others were injured on Friday in Fallbrook.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Woman Killed In SUV Crash While On Way To Mexico For Funeral

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:25 am

Five relatives and a family friend from Santa Monica on their way to Mexico for a funeral were injured Friday, three fatally, when a blowout caused an SUV to crash and overturn on Interstate 15 in the far northern reaches of San Diego County.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Tech Award Nomination Deadline Extended To Jan. 2

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:22 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has extended the nomination deadline for its first-ever Tech Startup Award to Friday, Jan. 2. This award will honor one Santa Monica-based technology company that is innovative, inspiring, and has a viable plan for growth. All tech startups in the city are welcome to apply.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

T.A. Union Vote Exposes Extent Of Campus Anti-Semitism

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:18 am

Few disputes fought out by student governments have ever been as acrimonious as the battles raging intermittently across this state on whether to push University of California regents and trustees of other universities to join an international campaign against Israel. This movement seeks to boycott Israeli companies and academics, demands divestment from companies doing business there and demands trade sanctions.

News, Los Angeles, Lax

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

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:16 am

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

News, Film, Culver City, Sony

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

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:07 am

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

News, Courts, Culver City, Sony

Fifth Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sony Pictures Following Cyberattack

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:02 am

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

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Autopsy Reveals Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot Three Times

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:59 am

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

News, Mar Vista, Police Department

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

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:58 am

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

Sports, Los Angeles, Football

LA Kiss To Kick Off Second Arena Football League Season March 27 At Portland

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:56 am

The LA KISS announced today it will begin its second Arena Football League season March 27 at Portland, who they defeated twice during their three-victory inaugural season.

News, Police Department, Redondo Beach

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

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 8:53 am

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