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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 presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

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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.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Student Named Winner Of 2014 IP Video Contest

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 7:01 am

Natalie DiMundo, a Lincoln Middle School student, and Rosalynn Moe, her teacher have won the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation's IP Video Contest.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Chamber Of Commerce Expands Civic Engagement

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:55 am

With all eyes on November, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is expanding its civic engagement efforts to encourage Santa Monica residents and businesses to get involved and stay involved in the upcoming citywide election, and beyond.

News, Sports, Santa Monica, Running

Herbalife Triathlon Today With New Course

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:37 am

The Herbalife Triathlon will be held Sunday in Torrance for the first time, replacing a course that stretched from Venice Beach to downtown Los Angeles.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Television

"Madam Secretary" To Premiere On CBS Tonight

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:31 am

"Madam Secretary," a drama starring Tea Leoni as a secretary of state balancing demands of her job with her responsibilities to her family, premieres at 8 p.m. tonight and will be rerun at 10 p.m. on CBS.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Why Democrats Will Have A Lock On California For A While

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:29 am

It was lawbreaking, both proven and alleged, that ended the Democrats’ supermajority in the state Senate. Republicans and their efforts had nothing to do with it. Until state Sens. Roderick Wright of Los Angeles, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco encountered serious legal problems, Democrats had more than two-thirds of the seats in both houses of the Legislature for almost the first time ever.

News, Santa Monica, Metro

Metro Blue In Downtown Long Beach Closed For 30 Days

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

The Metro Blue Line loop in downtown Long Beach closed today for 30 days and $1.2 billion worth of repairs.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica

Two People Hospitalized After Malibu Rollover

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:35 am

Two people have been hospitalized after their vehicle overturned near the Malibu tunnel early today.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Rand Paul To Speak At California Republican Party Convention In L..A.

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:33 am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak today at a luncheon and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, at a dinner during the California Republican Party convention.

Sports, Opinion, California, Santa Monica

The NFL: The New Vatican?

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:10 am

This just in: The ranks of professional football players include many large and muscular men who are prone to acts of violence. We’ll have more on this sudden and totally unexpected revelation, but first our top story: Gosh, it’s hot outside! Is there something going on with the climate of the planet?

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Tesla 'Loss': California Evades A Massive Giveaway

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:08 am

There are very few Americans who need welfare and government support less than Elon Musk, the hyper-creative head of the Tesla Motors electric car company, the Space X rocketry and satellite hoisting firm and Solar City, a leader in renewable energy.

News, Santa Monica, Smrr

SMRR Adds Vote of Support to Sue Himmelrich for Santa Monica City Council

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 2:12 pm

Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) has announced a Vote of Support for Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich in the upcoming Santa Monica City Council elections.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Mirror To Host Three Local Election Forums In October

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:37 am

The Santa Monica Mirror – under the umbrella of Mirror Media Group (publisher of The Mirror, Westside Today, Brentwood News, Century City News, and Yo! Venice!) – will host three local election forums in the month of October.

Volunteers will do their part to clean up local beaches, rivers, creeks, and parks on Saturday.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Coastal Cleanup Day Returns Saturday To Santa Monica Beach

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:36 am

Local environmental group Heal the Bay is asking residents to join the world’s biggest single-day volunteer event – the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day – this Saturday, Sept. 20.

Heal the Bay hosted LAUSD students at the beach on Wednesday in the name of eco-education. For some kids it was there first time at the beach.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

LAUSD Kids Hit Santa Monica Beach In The Name Of Eco-Education, Science

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:34 am

Dressed in brightly colored T-shirts and with Heal the Bay buckets in hand, more than 700 kids from across L.A. County hit Santa Monica beach Wednesday, in the name of eco-education and science.

Rotary District 5280 Governor Elsa Gillham presenting a District recognition to 93-year-old John Bohn for his active involvement with Rotary since 1955.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Rotarians Don Glow Sticks As Part Of Light Up Rotary

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:33 am

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica emanated particularly brightly in its meeting room at the Riviera Country Club last Friday, Sept. 12. in honor of Rotary District 5280 governor Elsa Gillham’s special appearance at this week’s meeting. Club members took to highlighting the district’s theme – “Light Up Rotary” – and playfully donned glow sticks throughout the meeting on their heads, wrists, and necks.

News, Santa Monica, Westwood

Westwood Power Outage: 700 Customers Still In The Dark From Thursday Blackout

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:29 am

Efforts were underway today to restore power to up to 700 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers in Westwood.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man In 40s Found Dead On Metro Bus In Santa Monica

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:27 am

A man in his 40s was pronounced dead on Thursday morning after being found unresponsive on a Metro bus in Santa Monica, but the fatality appeared to be from natural causes.

News, Housing, Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades House Awarded $100K Architecture Conservation Grant

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:22 am

The Eames House was awarded a $100,000 architecture conservation grant by The Getty Foundation, as part of a new effort announced on Thursday by the arts philanthropy group to preserve 20th century buildings around the world.

News, Santa Monica, Politics, Lax

California Republican Party Convention Begins Today At LAX Marriott

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:20 am

The three-day California Republican Party convention will begin today at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott with a series of committee meetings and workshops and a dinner banquet honoring the party's women leaders.

News, Election, Santa Monica

O'Connor, McKeown, Gruber Land Public Safety Endorsements For Council

Posted Sep. 18, 2014, 10:09 am

The Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association and Santa Monica Firefighters, Local 1109 has announced its three endorsements for City Council: Pam O’Connor, Kevin McKeown, and Frank Gruber.