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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.

Rod Gould has announced he plans to retire as Santa Monica City Manager.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould To Retire

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 3:17 pm

Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould announced Friday he plans to retire at the end of January 2015.

From left: Ronald Cohen (UCP), Kathy Mondotte (wheelchair solutions), and Denis Karpeles (wheelchair solutions).

News, Business, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Wheelchair Solutions Donate Products To Santa Monica United Cerebral Palsy Clients

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:27 am

Wheelchair Solutions, a company that caters to wheelchair users through the convenience and usefulness of its wheelchair products and accessories, donated wheelchair cushions, covers, and backpacks to the clients at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)'s Santa Monica branch on Tuesday.

Ocean Park Community Center Daybreak client Norma (second from left) with employees Evvy Mankowitz, Jeannine Fallon, and Asif Mahmood on July 22.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits Employees Embark On Volunteer Gigs Across Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:24 am

Employees from Santa Monica-headquartered car-shopping site embarked on a series of volunteer and city appreciation activities last Tuesday, July 22.

News, Ucla, Santa Monica

Car Retrieval At Flooded UCLA Parking Structure To Start Today

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:14 am

The owners of some of the 900-or-so vehicles that became inaccessible when a water main break flooded Sunset Boulevard and parts of UCLA this week were invited to retrieve their rides today.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monicans For Renters’ Rights To Hold Election-Year Convention Sunday

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:11 am

The filing period for candidates seeking a seat on the City Council or one of Santa Monica’s three other boards has not yet closed, but that has not prevented one of the largest political parties in Bay City from holding its 2014 Convention this weekend.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Proponents Of SMO Ballot Initiative Receive Major Financial Backing

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:09 am

It has been no secret that the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) have largely backed the group identifying itself as the “Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions” (SMOHDD). Some have went so far as to allege AOPA and SMOHDD are essentially one in the same.

The Santa Monica Pony 12U baseball team has advanced to the Pony Bronco World Series tonight.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Monica

Santa Monica 12U Pony All Stars Head Begin Pony World Series Campaign Tonight

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:04 am

Summer for many 12-year-old boys is filled with baseball and dreams of a World Series run. The dream is no different for the Santa Monica 12U Pony All Stars.

Critical Brass, a New Orleans band that blends Dixieland jazz, gospel funk, Afro-Latin grooves, and neo-soul hip-hop freestyles, will perform this Sunday at Jazz on the Lawn.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Free Jazz On The Lawn Series Returns Sunday At Stewart Street Park

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:02 am

The smooth sounds of jazz is set to fill the air at Stewart Street Park every Sunday in August from 5-7 pm, beginning this weekend thanks to the return of the free Jazz on the Lawn series.

Left: J.J. L'Heureux's 'Lazzaroni,'  print with knotted threads in an edition of 40. Right: Julienne Johnson's 'La Suite Jany 2013'.

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

New Exhibition Opens Tonight At FABstudio On Main Street In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 8:59 am

Tonight, Aug. 1, Los Angeles artists Julienne Johnson and J.J. L’Heureux will take part in an opening reception for a new group show titled “Five Artist Show” at FABstudio in Santa Monica. Both artists have exhibited their work around the world, but admit they are looking forward to being featured in this Main Street gallery.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department, Culver City

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man, 62, Last Seen In Culver City

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 4:01 pm

Police today sought the public's help in locating a 62-year-old man with Alzheimer's who went missing in Culver City.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Responds To Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:34 am

As the drought worsens, the City of Santa Monica is urging its water customers, workers and visitors to step up their water conservation efforts in response to the statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted yesterday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Granada Hills Man For Driving Without License

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:28 am

Santa Monica police arrested at Granada Hills resident on Sunday, July 20 after being caught driving on a suspended license and in possession of drug paraphernalia.

News, Venice, Santa Monica

Private Funeral Mass Today For Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim Nick Fagnano

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:08 am

A 20-year-old man electrocuted Sunday when a bolt of lightning struck the water near the Venice Pier will be remembered at a private funeral Mass today as an athlete, a fun-loving friend and aspiring real estate developer.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested In Malibu After High-Speed Chase, Shots Fired

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:05 am

A man suspected of firing shots at a police officer in Chatsworth was taken into custody tonight after leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Malibu.

News, Santa Monica, Westwood

LADWP Workers Hospitalized While Working To Fix Westwood Flooding Rupture

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:01 am

Two Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers were hospitalized today after being exposed to carbon monoxide fumes from a generator being used to pump water from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in the aftermath of the pipe rupture that sent some 20 million gallons onto Sunset Boulevard and into the campus, authorities said.

News, Santa Monica, Earthquake, Manhattan Beach

3.0 Earthquake Felt In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 12:31 pm

Initial report states earthquake epicenter is in Manhattan Beach,

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica partnered with Vision to Learn to help bring gift of clear sight to the children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club, Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Santa Monica Partners With Vision To Learn

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:35 am

Rotary Club of Santa Monica earlier this month partnered with Vision to Learn to help bring gift of clear sight to the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

News, Venice, Santa Monica

Vigil Held For Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim Nick Fagnano

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:28 am

A 56-year-old lifeguard hospitalized after lightning struck the water near the Venice pier Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man, was improving at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center today.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Board Of Supervisors Vote To Help Fund Purchase Of Critical Wildlife Habitat

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:26 am

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to help fund the acquisition of 74 acres in Agua Dulce as part of a critical wildlife corridor connecting two major sections of the Angeles National Forest.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Hollywood Man, 23, For Stealing Wallet, Galaxy S5

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:23 am

A 23-year-old Hollywood man was arrested on Saturday, July 19 after an attempted bicycle theft caught the eye of Santa Monica police and when searched, found in possession of a stolen wallet and Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone.

News, Ucla, Santa Monica, Westwood

Sunset Boulevard Near UCLA To Remain Closed Following Ruptured Pipe, Mass Flooding

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:18 am

A stretch of Sunset Boulevard near UCLA will remain closed today as repairs continue to damage caused by the rupture of a 93-year-old 30-inch-diameter water main that sent an estimated 8 million to 10 million gallons cascading down the street and into the campus.