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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.

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.

The Metro Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is about 90 percent complete and on track to open by 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.

Fireworks may not be used in Santa Monica even if they are legal in the city in which they are purchased.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Police Department, Fire De

Santa Monica Authorities: All Types Of Fireworks Are Illegal Within City Limits

Posted Jun. 29, 2015, 9:51 am

As the July 4th holiday approaches on Saturday, the Santa Monica Fire and Police Departments reminds everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX To Close Runway 24R/6L For 113 Days For Construction Starting Today

Posted Jun. 29, 2015, 9:30 am

One of the runways at Los Angeles International Airport will be closed over the summer and parts of the fall starting today due to federally mandated construction, airport officials said.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Resident Helps In Arrest Of Lurking Burglar

Posted Jun. 29, 2015, 9:16 am

An alert Santa Monica resident helped in the arrest of a burglar on Friday, June 19, after reporting suspicious behavior to authorities.

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

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, July 3

Posted Jun. 29, 2015, 9:09 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, July 3, in the following locations.

Visit Whole Foods at 5th and Wilshire in Santa Monica on Tuesday, June 30, from 7 am to 10 pm as the store will be donating 5 percent of their sales for the day to SMMEF to support essential staff and programs for the children in Santa Monica and Malibu public schools.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Whole Foods At 5th/Wilshire To Donate 5 Percent Of Sales Tuesday To SMMEF

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:56 am

Whole Foods Market at 5th and Wilshire in Santa Monica will donate 5 percent of the day’s sales directly to Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) this Tuesday, June 30.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Board To Adopt Local Control Accountability Plan At Special Meeting

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:46 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting this Monday at 4:30 pm at the district office, 1651 16th Street, Santa Monica.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Malibu, Police Department, Pch

Car Careens Into Malibu Gas Pump Saturday Night After Clipped By Taxi On PCH

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:30 am

A car that witnesses said was clipped by a taxi cab careened into a gas pump in Malibu Saturday night, causing a fire that did not injure anyone, authorities said.

"Jurassic World" continues to dominate the box office.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Jurassic World" Crosses Half-Billion Dollar In Domestic Ticket Sales

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:06 am

"Jurassic World" crossed the half-billion dollar mark in domestic sales today, and the genetically re-engineered dinos dominated the box office returns for a third straight week.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Long Wait Looms For GOP Congress Gains In California

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:02 am

Few things gall California Republicans more than realizing they hold just 14 of this state’s 53 seats in Congress. That’s only 26 percent of California’s representatives, while the opposition Democrats, with a mere 14 percent more registered voters, hold 39 seats, or about 74 percent.