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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.

Latest UCLA news.

News, Ucla, Westwood

UCLA Stats For Fall 2015 Semester: 16,027 Prospective Freshman Offered Admission

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 12:44 pm

UCLA has offered admission to 16,027 prospective freshmen for the fall 2015 semester -- representing 17.3 percent of applicants -- along with 4,905 transfer students, the university announced today.

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium is on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC's Drescher Planetarium Features Reusable Rockets & More In July

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 9:07 am

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites community members to come find out what the latest developments are in the quest for a reusable rocket, and enjoy a preview that prepares you to make the most of the Perseid Meteor Shower coming this month.

Have you enjoyed the walking paths at Tongva Park across from Santa Monica City Hall?

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Did You Know July Is Parks Month? City Says Rediscover The Great Outdoors

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:59 am

Although Santa Monica is internationally known for its iconic beach and world-class public spaces, the Wellbeing Project recently revealed that few locals find the time to get out and enjoy their own community’s park and recreation resources.

Latest 405 Freeway news.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

Chain-Reaction Vehicle Crash On 405 Freeway Southbound In West L.A. Cleared

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:26 am

The wreckage from a chain-reaction collision involving four or five vehicles, which temporarily blocked the numbers 4 and 5 lanes of the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles this morning, has now been cleared, according to the California Highway Patrol.

There are many firework celebrations for the 4th of July on the Westside including Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, El Segundo, and Redondo Beach.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Where To Watch July 4 Fireworks On The Westside

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:20 am

While the City of Santa Monica does not have a fireworks display on the 4th of July, there are many professional fireworks displays and events planned in and around the surrounding area.

Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo as lovers dealing with AIDS in the powerful television film, 'The Normal Heart.'

News, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mark Ruffalo: Life At Home & The Psychological Challenges Of Acting

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 12:30 pm

Any time you mention Mark Ruffalo’s name to anyone, the response is always, “He seems like a really nice guy;” or “He seems so genuine and not full of himself;” or “I love his acting;” or “I really love that guy.” And so it goes.

A woman reported missing from the Simi Valley area on Monday has been rescued from a Malibu hillside.

News, Fire Department, Malibu, Santa Monica

Firefighters Rescue Missing Woman From SUV That Crashed Off Malibu Hillside

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 10:33 am

A woman reported missing from Simi Valley was found inside her crashed SUV today about 50 feet down the side of a hillside north of Malibu and taken to a hospital with what were described as moderate injuries.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: The Importance Of World Oceans Day

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 10:07 am

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

"Flex Alert" Issued For Today As Hot Spell Grips Southland

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:55 am

With a heat wave gripping the Southland and power demand on the rise, the manager of the state's energy grid issued a "flex alert," urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 9 p.m. today -- a warm, muggy day when showers and thunderstorms are possible -- to reduce strain on the system.

Locals will have a chance to view an original 1911 Santa Monica Road Race car owned by Brian Blain on Friday, July 17.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Relive The Santa Monica Road Races On Friday, July 17

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:37 am

Santa Monica will relive the historical 1911 Santa Monica Road Races on Friday, July 17 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows who is sponsoring the event to benefit the Santa Monica History Museum.

Tongva Park has sweeping views of the Ocean.

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Tongva Park Named One Of Six Finalists For Global Award Of Excellence

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:32 am

The City of Santa Monica and James Corner Field Operations announced that Santa Monica’s Tongva Park/Ken Genser Square Project has been selected as one of six finalists in the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award of Excellence For Urban Open Space.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Female Jogger Assaulted In Early Morning Attack On Santa Monica Beach

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:15 am

A female jogger on an early morning run had the fright of her life on Saturday, June 20, after an 18-year-old man tackled her to the ground for no apparent reason.

Matrix Institute founders Jeanne L. Obert, Richard Rawson, Ph.D., and Michael McCann.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Considering Alcohol, Drug Addiction Treatment? Matrix Institute Has 30 Years Experience

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:09 am

When Matrix Institute on Addictions founders Jeanne L. Obert, Michael McCann and Richard Rawson, Ph.D first opened its doors to drug and alcohol addiction patients in 1984, neither of them could have imagined the significant impact they would make in the years ahead.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Santa Monica

State Senator Ben Allen's Mandatory Vaccination Bill Signed Into Law

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 1:11 pm

Almost all school children in the Southland and across California will be required to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Elected officials including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin inspect a new Expo Line train that will run to Santa Monica in spring 2016.

News, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Metro Expo Line Extension To Santa Monica About 90 Percent Complete

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:41 am

The Metro Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is about 90 percent complete and on track to open by spring 2016, connecting downtown Los Angeles to the beach in a route Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday called "from Grand to the sand."

Santa Monica College students Aurelia Rhymer (left) and Haley Coleman (right) were able to reach their educational goals through the support of SMC’s Black Collegians program, which turns 25 this year.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College's Hallmark Black Collegians Program Turns 25

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:39 am

1989 marked the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa, and at Santa Monica College, other revolutionary things were happening. The idea of a special program was born, which would provide smaller classes taught by phenomenal instructors with a focus on African-American culture where possible.

Stefanie Suffolk.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd, Lincoln Middle School

New Assistant Principal Appointed At Lincoln Middle School

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:23 am

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Stefanie Suffolk as the new assistant principal of Lincoln Middle School at its special meeting on Monday.

Patrick Miller.

News, Malibu, Smmusd

New Assistant Principal Appointed For Malibu High School (For Malibu Middle School)

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:20 am

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Patrick Miller as the new assistant principal of Malibu High School working with the middle school program at its special meeting on Monday.

Brandon Gallagher

News, Malibu, Smmusd

From Hawaii To Malibu High School, New Principal Appointed

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:18 am

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Brandon Gallagher as the new principal of Malibu High School at its special meeting on Monday.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Bail Not Granted To Santa Monica Man For Pushing Pregnant Girlfriend To Ground

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:04 am

Bail was not granted to a Santa Monica man on Friday, June 19, after the 21-year-old pushed his pregnant girlfriend to the ground during an argument. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital, located at 1225 15th Street, at 4:40 pm on this day in response to a call that dispatch had received from a social worker.