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Santa Monica Beat

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.

Video, Fitness, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Santa Monica RunFEST Benefits Santa Monica-Malibu Schools

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 12:25 pm

The 2XU Santa Monica RunFEST invited runners of all levels to participate in friendly competition and family fun at the Santa Monica Pier on Oct. 19. With different distances for every skill level and age group, the event inspired all runners to participate, but it also was a chance to give back to Santa Monica and Malibu schools’ sports programs and student athletes.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Jerry Rubin 20th Anniversary Public Memorial Remembrance Wednesday

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:43 am

Peace activist singers/songwriters Ross Altman, Dennis Davis, and Stephen Longfellow Fiske will each be performing a peace song at the public remembrance and dedicating it to late anti-war activist Jerry Rubin this Wednesday, Nov. 26.

News, Santa Monica

Providence Saint John’s Health Center Part Of Successful Heart Device Trial

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:39 am

The results of a four-year study that included Providence Saint John’s Health Center cardiologists and compared a tiny implant in the heart to oral blood-thinning medication to treat irregular heartbeats were published last week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Nov. 28

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:32 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Nov. 28 in the following locations.

Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop glides at the ICE at Santa Monica rink.

Downtown, Holiday, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

VIDEO: Santa Monica Ice Skating Brings Back Memories Of Childhood

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:27 am

Every holiday season for the past six years, I have passed the Santa Monica ice rink at the corner of 5th and Arizona, determined to skate “this year.” Each year, even though I swore I was going to, I just never got around to it.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Homeless Man For Assaulting Girlfriend Near Beach

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:19 am

A homeless couple’s argument over a possible pregnancy escalated into a fight that ended with the arrest of the 22-year-old man in the relationship on Monday, Nov. 10.

News, Music, Celebrity

Winners List From 2014 American Music Awards Held Sunday Night

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:06 am

Boy band One Direction and Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea were the big stars at Sunday night's 2014 American Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.

News, Courts, Century City

Century City Man Faces Decades Behind Bars For $3 Million Ponzi Scheme

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:03 am

A Century City man faces the possibility of decades in federal prison when he is sentenced today for running a $3 million Ponzi scheme primarily targeting Iranian Jews living in the Southland.

News, Police Department, Playa Vista

Motorist In Serious Condition After Playa Vista Intersection Collision

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 8:59 am

At least one motorist was hospitalized with serious injuries today following a collision involving several cars at a Playa Vista intersection, authorities said today.

News, Malibu, Ocean

Six Malibu Kayakers Rescued After High Winds Blow Them Mile Out To Sea

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 11:55 am

Six kayakers were blown a mile out to sea, and rescued by squid fishing boat crews, as 50 mile per hour Santa Ana winds cropped up suddenly in Malibu today.

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.