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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

WestsideToday.com 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.

News, Senior, Santa Monica

Local Program Brightens The Holidays For Santa Monica Seniors

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:38 am

This season, many seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

News, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica Conservancy Calls For Preservation Award Nominations

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:33 am

Nominations close in less than a month for the Santa Monica Conservancy awards to individuals and projects that represent exemplary contributions to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural heritage.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Board Appoints Two New District Administrators

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:31 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment Dr. Mark Kelly as the new Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services and Bertha Roman as the new Director of Educational Technology for 2014-15.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Bighorn Sheep Escapes Los Angeles Zoo, Dies After Being Struck Near Greek Theatre

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:27 am

A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo Saturday and died after it was apparently struck by a hit-and-run vehicle near the Greek Theatre, authorities said.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Usc

UCLA Quarterback Brett Hundley Throws 326 Yards In 38-20 Win Against USC

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:21 am

Brett Hundley threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score as UCLA defeated USC 38-20 at the Rose Bowl today, the Bruins' third consecutive victory over their crosstown rival.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1'' Opens With $123 Million In Domestic Sales

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

"The Hunger Game'' sequel opened with a gigantic $123 million in estimated domestic sales this weekend, according to studio estimates.

News, Ucla, Police Department, Pasadena, Usc

26 Arrests At Saturday's UCLA-USC Football Game

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:12 am

Police made 26 arrests at Saturday's UCLA-USC football game at the Rose Bowl, but just one for a felony, drug possession, police said.

News, Transportation, Politics

PCH Overpass To Be Dedicated In Memory Of State Senator Jenny Oropeza

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:07 am

An overcrossing for a bridge on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington will be dedicated in memory of Sen. Jenny Oropeza Monday.

News, Football, Pasadena

2015 Rose Parade Organizers Invite Public To Submit "Inspiring Stories"

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:02 am

Underscoring the theme of the 2015 Rose Parade, pageant organizers invited the public to submit "inspiring stories,'' which automatically will be entered into a sweepstakes that offers a grand prize of a VIP trip for two to the Jan. 1 parade and first College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education

Will UC At Last Face Up To Out-Of-State Student Dilemma?

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:01 am

It’s a dilemma that University of California officials have long refused to confront, but one they may soon have to face: How many foreign and out-of-state students can UC absorb and still fulfill its mission of providing an elite education for the very best California high school graduates?

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Key Pension Question Unanswered In Stockton Ruling

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Politicians and public employees drawing pensions had high hopes they would get clarity on a key question from the federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the city of Stockton’s ongoing attempt to regain its financial health.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Planning Commission, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

What Say You? Santa Monica Residents & The Zoning Ordinance

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:54 am

The Santa Monica Planning Commission, concerned about resident opposition to the current redline version of the proposed new zoning code, called a Town Hall Meeting at Lincoln Middle School for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 19.

For the fifth year in a row, the Santa Monica Public Library has earned top marks from Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries.

News, Santa Monica, Library

For Fifth Year In A Row, Santa Monica Public Library Earns A Top, Five-Star Rating

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:51 am

For the fifth year in a row, the Santa Monica Public Library has earned top marks from Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries – the only Southern California library to earn the prestigious five-star rating.

The unique holiday program offers discounted hotel rates to Santa Monica residents through Jan. 23, 2015.

News, Santa Monica, Tourism, Hotels

Santa Monica Extra Bedroom Campaign Launches For Santa Monica Residents

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:45 am

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) has launched its Santa Monica Extra Bedroom campaign that's now available to Santa Monica residents through Jan. 23.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Pro-Ponies Petition Reaches Nearly 1,300 Signatures

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:39 am

Dear Editor, I am the attorney representing Tawni Angel and her company in the lawsuit against the protestors at the Main Street Farmer’s Market, but this letter is not about the lawsuit. It’s about the ponies.

News, Los Angeles, Transportation, Long Beach

Port Truck Drivers End Strike; Companies To Resolve Labor Disagreements

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:15 am

Port drivers ended their picketing Friday against a pair of trucking companies serving Los Angeles and Long Beach ports and rail yards, after the two firms agreed to engage in dialogue with the drivers to resolve ongoing labor disagreements.

Seven Days, Music, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert To Feature Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:01 am

Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Willie Nelson, Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc will perform the 17th annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert on Feb. 5 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, it was announced Friday.

News, Malibu, Police Department

Three Injured After Vehicle Plunges Several Hundred Feet Off Malibu Inland Road

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:57 am

Helicopters simultaneously worked two separate incidents in the midnight hour in Malibu today: a small brushfire and a car over a cliff with three people hurt.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Police Department, Lapd

Largest Cadet Class In Los Angeles Police Department's History To Graduate Today

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:55 am

The Los Angeles Police Department will graduate the largest cadet class in the program's history during a ceremony taking place at the University of Southern California's Galen Center today.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Seven Day

American Music Awards To Be Held Sunday, Iggy Azalea Leads Nominations List

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:50 am

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will carry a leading six nominations into Sunday's presentation of the American Music Awards, while John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Usc

Game Day: UCLA, USC Go Head-To-Head At Rose Bowl

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:40 am

Rose Bowl Stadium officials are strongly recommending fans arrive at the stadium no later than 1 p.m. for today's UCLA-USC football game to avoid traffic-related delays and the potential for parking lots to fill up.

Santa kicked-off the season at Santa Monica Place’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held in Center Plaza on Thursday.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Downtown Santa Monica Kicks Off Holiday Season With Tree Lighting

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 1:37 pm

Downtown Santa Monica kicked-off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony at Santa Monica Place on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20.

Santa kicked-off the season at Santa Monica Place’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held in Center Plaza on Thursday.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Claus Arrives In Santa Monica To Light Tree At Santa Monica Place

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 11:26 am

Santa ushered in the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Santa Monica Place's Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Volunteers with Gobble Gobble Give will prepare meals for Santa Monica’s homeless on Thanksgiving.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Locals Set Out To Feed The Homeless This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:48 am

Fifteen years ago, Barry Walker served meals to homeless people in need and told his friends about it. Now, people are following in his footsteps through Gobble Gobble Give in cities across the country, including Santa Monica, New York, and Las Vegas, and he expects more to come.

Bubar’s Jewelers owner Bill Bubar (left) and jeweler Leonel Zepeda. The family-owned business has been serving the Santa Monica community since 1945.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Bubar’s Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee: 70 Years Of Service In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:46 am

With an intriguing family history that dates back to Santa Monica merchant days in 1945, Bubar’s Jewelers is celebrating 70 years of business success and has the owner and jeweler sparkling with pride.

Dr. Angela Vassallo, Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, addresses Rotary members.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

VIDEO: Santa Monica Rotary Gets Up To Speed On Ebola

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:43 am

In line with Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” the passion and recognition of outstanding international health workers in regards to the Ebola outbreak was front and center at last Friday’s Rotary Club of Santa Monica gathering.

Roberta Koz Wilson founded Audrey’s Cookies with 10 percent of retail purchases being donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Homemade Cookies Donates To Starlight Children’s Foundation

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:42 am

A scrumptious win-win situation has arrived in all Whole Foods locations in Santa Monica, as well as stores in the Pacific Southwest region. There is now a way to enjoy the essence of homemade cookies, contribute to a worthy cause, and take part in a family legacy.

Pierce Brosnan and Jane Velez-Mitchell.

News, Malibu, Celebrity, Pets

Pierce Brosnan Hosts Malibu Fundraiser To Benefit Four-Legged Friends

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:39 am

The sounds of barking dogs and meowing cats were notably absent during a recent Saturday afternoon and evening when a crowd of passionate animal lovers gathered at the Gull Estate (formerly Dick Clark’s home) at the beach in Malibu.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Council Should Act On Ride-Sharing Apps Before It’s Too Late

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:37 am

Dear Editor, In 2011, the City Council passed the Santa Monica Taxi Franchise law that at the time took almost 300 rouge taxis off of our streets with the intent of making the streets safe for pedestrians especially near busy venues like the Third Street Promenade.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Entertainment

Kelsey Grammer's Daughter To Serve As Miss Golden Globe At Jan. 11 Ceremony

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:22 am

Greer Grammer, the 22-year-old daughter of Golden Globe-winning actor Kelsey Grammer, was named tonight to serve as Miss Golden Globe at the Jan. 11 awards ceremony.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Government

Immigration Activists Gather In Los Angeles In Response To Obama's Executive Order

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:17 am

Immigration activists will gather in downtown Los Angeles today in response to President Barack Obama's executive order aimed at protecting millions of people living in the country illegally from deportation.

News, Ucla, Education, Westwood

UCLA Approves Measure Requiring Undergraduates To Take Diversity Classes

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:14 am

UCLA's Legislative Assembly has given final approval to a measure that requires undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious or gender diversity, campus officials said in remarks reported today.

News, Holiday, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX Forecast To Be Nation's Busiest Airport Over 11-Day Thanksgiving Travel Period

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:11 am

Los Angeles International Airport is forecast to be the nation's busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins today.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Moncia

Three-Day Food Drive To Begin At Angel Stadium

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

A three-day food drive will begin today at Angel Stadium, where fans will have the chance to hit, pitch and catch balls and visit the Angels clubhouse in exchange for donations of food or money for the poor.

News, Los Angeles, Transportation, Technology

30 Vehicles To Make World Debut As 10-Day Los Angeles Auto Show Opens Today

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Auto Show begins its 10-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center today, offering a mix of luxury and practicality among the record 30 vehicles making their world debuts.

News, Los Angeles, Weather

Flash Flood Warnings For Hills Above Glendora

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:56 am

Heavy rain over the Colby Fire burn area early today triggered a debris flow onto a residential property and prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings for the hills above Glendora.

News, California, Ucla, Education

Tuition To Increase At UCLA, UC Campuses Following Board Of Regents Vote

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:17 am

The University of California Board of Regents approved tuition hikes today that will increase students’ costs by as much as 5 percent a year over the next five years at UCLA and other campuses across the state.