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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.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Winter Storm To Sweep Across The Southland Today, Monday

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 8:14 am

Snow may cause nasty conditions on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine, and maybe even in the foothills near the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Acton, as a winter storm sweeps across the Southland today and Monday.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Education, Smc

League Of Women Voters Of Santa Monica To Host Higher Education Forum March 7

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 8:12 am

The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (LWVSM) invites the community to “Students Speak,” a forum on access to public higher education at Santa Monica College on Saturday, March 7.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Rise For 30th Consecutive Day

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 8:05 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose today for the 30th consecutive day, increasing 3.1 cents to $3.504, its highest amount since Oct. 21.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC Emeritus College Acting Troupe To Present Free Performance Today

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 7:59 am

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Acting Troupe will presents its Spring 2015 Performance at 1 pm today, March 1.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Time To Examine Conspiracy In Peevey-PUC Scandal

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 7:54 am

California attorney general's agents wasted no time after this column in late January called for a criminal investigation of the former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. Less than five days later, investigators executed a search warrant at Peevey’s primary home in La Canada Flintridge.

Santa Monica 'my-waste' mobile app puts reuse and recycling collection information on your smartphone.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Launches 'My-Waste' Mobile App To Help With Reuse, Recycling

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:53 am

If you are one of the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a City of Santa Monica App that puts recycling, special waste collection details and more at your fingertips.

Prolific screenwriter Richard LaGravenese’s latest film is “The Last Five Years,” which he adapted and directed from Jason Robert Brown’s musical.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Richard LaGravenese’s Journey To Success As Writer, Director

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:41 am

Ask the average movie buff if he or she knows who Richard LaGravenese is and the answer is probably going to be no. In the same sentence add that he wrote “Behind the Candelabra,” “Water for Elephants,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers,” “Paris, je t’aime,” “Beloved,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Little Princess,” “The Ref,” “Erin Brockovich,” “The Fisher King,” and “Rude Awakening.” Then, of course, the light goes on, as LaGravenese’s body of work is immediately recognizable as he written some of the most emotionally profound Hollywood scripts.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Columnist Barbara Bishop: Things I’m “Too Old” To Do

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:34 am

Have you ever thought you were “too old” to do something? Most people argue that you’re never too old to do what you want to do.

Chloe (left) is a delightful, five-year-old gorgeous Tortoiseshell who is a fluffy kind of love! Atlas is a mellow, three-year-old creme-colored Chihuahua mix who is ready to jump into your arms and give you unconditional love!

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Offering $25 Pet Adoptions Through End Of February

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:32 am

Hoping to find “The One” for you this month? Well, look no further than the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. More than 100 dogs and cats of all types are waiting to make that special love connection with you.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government, Politics

Condoleezza Rice's Poll Standing: Star Power Still A Political Factor

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:27 am

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration and now a Stanford University professor, has stated very clearly she would rather attend college basketball games and help choose the college football playoff teams than be a U.S. senator.

More than 1000 Norwegian Muslims form a 'Ring of Peace' around an Oslo synagogue after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen and Paris.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Religion

What Say You? Yousef Bittar: An American Muslim

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:16 am

“Chanting ‘No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,’ Norway’s Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend,” the New York Times published on Feb. 21.

Propeller engine planes sit just off the runway at Santa Monica Airport.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Lease Debate Fuels Up For A Fight

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:09 am

As the date for Santa Monica City Council to discuss the future of leases at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) fast approaches, anti-aviation proponents have began re-mobilizing the ranks in an effort to eventually cease airport operations altogether. Airport tenants are also preparing for battle in a push to save their businesses.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Anti-Airport Activists Footed With $31,525 Anti-SLAPP Legal Bill

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:06 am

A Santa Monica-based group of anti-airport activists have been left to personally foot the legal bill of failed lawsuits against the filers of Measure D on the November 2014 election ballot and the City of Santa Monica.

Australian tourist Morgan Lane (left) holds James Patrick’s snake Prada next to the entry to the Santa Monica Pier.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Santa Monica Bans Exotic Animal Handlers From Palisades Park

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:03 am

The sprawling “circus” of individual exotic animal handlers that can be found near the Santa Monica Pier entrance in Palisades Park have been told to pack up and leave permanently after an ordinance to ban them from exhibiting their snakes, reptiles, birds, and non-human primates was passed Tuesday – despite pleas from animal handlers for the City to work with them on finding middle ground.

City Council approved short-term interim uses for the Colorado/4th Street (pictured) and Colorado/17th Street Expo Line stations on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Santa Monica Future Expo Stations Get Interim Use Approval

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:01 am

Concept design on the interim use of the future Colorado/4th Street and Colorado/17th Street light rail station sites were approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with work expected to start in the near future.

Mallika Chopra (left) and Denita Willoughby will be honored with the Chamber’s “Owlie Award” for enhancing women’s lives everywhere through inspirational storytelling.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica, Women

Up Front With 2015 OWL Award Recipients: Mallika Chopra & Denita Willoughby

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:53 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present an International Women’s Day breakfast in honor of Women’s History Month on Monday.

Jeff Jarow is President of Santa Monica Sister Cities Association.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Sister Cities Association Looks To Year Ahead

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:50 am

First I would like to say how excited and proud I am to be part of the Santa Monica Sister Cities Association (SMSCA), and how honored I am to have been chosen to lead the organization going forward this coming year.

Santa Monica actress Marie Paquim and Meryl Streep at the Women In Film’s event.

Awards, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Santa Monican Actress Attends Oscar Week Festivities

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:47 am

Oscar Week, as always, is a time for Hollywood’s best to not only accept awards, but to share on the recent year’s activity, as well as the possibilities in the year ahead.

New West Symphony piano soloist Sean Chen.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Season Continues With Sunday Show In Santa Monica

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:44 am

New West Symphony continues its 20th anniversary season theme of “Breaking New Sound” with performances of two works new to the Symphony’s repertoire, including a performance in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon.

Adventure travel photographer David Heath will exhibit never-before-seen images from his new book “BURMA: An Enchanted Spirit” in Santa Monica starting this Saturday.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Adventure Travel Photographer To Exhibit Burma Images From Book

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:43 am

Globetrotting adventure photographer, David Heath, will launch the exhibition of exclusive images from his new book, “Burma: An Enchanted Spirit” this Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Steve McAndrew, head of emergency operations for the International Federation of the Red Cross, spoke at last Friday’s Santa Monica Rotary meeting.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear First Hand About Ebola In Sierra Leone

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:37 am

There are few people in this world as well traveled, well informed, and as brave as Steve McAndrew. As the head of emergency operations for the International Federation of the Red Cross, he works globally on all sorts of projects. When he’s not out in the field, which he is 50 to 75 percent of his year, he’s mentoring, training, and working on policy development. Lately he’s been in Sierra Leone, in the middle of the biggest Ebola outbreak the world has yet to see.

MyLife.com has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in penalties and refunds plus agrees to permanent injunction in false advertising and automatic-renewal case.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica's MyLife.com To Pay $800K In Penalties, $250K In Customer Refunds

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:47 pm

Local social media website MyLife.com has agreed to a court judgment under which it will pay $800,000 in penalties, plus $250,000 in refunds to customers, according to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pch

Final Stretch Of Pacific Coast Highway North Of Malibu To Finally Reopen Friday

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:40 pm

The final stretch of Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu that was closed in early December due to storm-driven mud and rock slides will reopen tomorrow, clearing the path for motorists traveling between Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Robbery Backfires For Suspects Who Pick Home With Surveillance

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 1:55 pm

Two Los Angeles men on parole aged in their mid-20s were arrested on Tuesday evening not long after they broke into a Santa Monica home that was wired with motion sensor surveillance cameras that instantly alerted the homeowner’s smart phone.

News, Business, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Record Largest Daily Increase Since October 2012

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:48 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County recorded its largest daily increase since Oct. 6, 2012, today, rising 8 cents to $3.245, its highest amount since Nov. 10.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series Begins Today

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:43 am

Santa Monica College launches its Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series today, a selection of eclectic lectures and presentations exploring the many facets of art in its various manifestations.