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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.

Public Service Officers Alex Gomez and Carlton Palmer on the roof of Parking Structure 2 in Santa Monica, showing how easy it is for criminals to target vehicles.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Police Department

VIDEO: How Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structures Are Targets For Criminals

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 9:28 am

Santa Monica Police have issued a Citywide call for vehicle owners to be vigilant when it comes to locking their cars and keeping belongings safe.

Public Service Officers Carlton Palmer, Alex Gomez, and S. Gallant, pictured at the entrance to Parking Structure 2, say it is surprising how many cars they come across where doors of vehicles are unlocked and windows are left down, despite valuables being left in full sight.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Unlocked Vehicles Rev Up Crime In Santa Monica: Car Burglaries, Thefts Up 25%

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:49 am

Santa Monica Police have issued a Citywide call for vehicle owners to be vigilant when it comes to locking their cars and keeping belongings safe. The move follows a 25 percent increase in vehicle break-ins and property theft in downtown Santa Monica in recent months.

A recent survey revealed the majority of attendees at the Main Street Farmers Market on Sundays are in favor of Tawni’s Ponies and Animal World Petting Zoo continuing to operate.

News, Farmers Market, Santa Monica

Dot Survey: 92% In Favor Of Keeping Ponies At Farmers Market

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:48 am

Attendees of the Santa Monica Farmers Market held every Sunday on Main Street took the opportunity to have their preferences heard during a recent survey organized by City staff Feb. 15.

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes backers are anxiously waiting for the verdict from an appeals court panel.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Backers Await Appeals Court Verdict

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:40 am

The long-running legal battle between Santa Monica’s Nativity Scenes and the City continued with a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments from both sides Feb. 6 in Pasadena.

Santa Monica’s businesswomen gathered for a morning of celebration on Monday.

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

Santa Monica Women Celebrate Success At Annual Business Breakfast

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:33 am

Women’s history month began with a jam-packed women’s networking breakfast Monday, as more than 300 attendees filled Le Meridien Delfina’s penthouse-level ballroom for a morning of inspirational speakers, awards, and camaraderie.

Santa Monica Rotary President George Collins (right) with speaker Richard Ham.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Learn About Recent Guatemala Humanitarian Trip

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:31 am

Members of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica received a glimpse of the projects that their funds support at their meeting last Friday, Feb. 28.

The plane, piloted by actor Harrison Ford, crashed at 2:25 p.m. Thursday shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Harrison Ford In Single-Engine Plane Crash At Penmar Golf Course Next To Santa Monica Airport

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 3:26 pm

Actor Harrison Ford crashed a World War II-era single-engine plane today on a Venice golf course just west of Santa Monica Airport and was taken to a hospital in fair to moderate condition.

Students, including third-graders pictured here, at John Muir Elementary have embarked on a unique, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program developed in partnership with Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and The Exploratory.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

New STEM Series Launches At Santa Monica's John Muir Elementary

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 9:05 am

Whether they're conducting interviews of school employees to address a school system issue, analyzing turtles and owls to figure out how to keep bicyclists safe or developing a video game to encourage peers to live a healthy lifestyle, students at John Muir Elementary have embarked on a unique, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program developed by a local District partner, The Exploratory.

Since 2006, Dr. Chui Tsang has made a major impact on Santa Monica College that serves about 30,000 students.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Looks For Consultant To Help Replace Retiring President

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:55 am

The Santa Monica Community College Board of Trustees has authorized the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a consultant to assist with the search for a new college president.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica’s Youth Tech Program Designated A “Bright Idea” By Harvard

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:42 am

The City of Santa Monica’s Youth Tech Program has been designated as a “Bright Idea” by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

High Speed Chase Ends In Santa Monica After 40-Minute Pursuit Overnight

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:36 am

A man was arrested today after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high speed chase mostly on surface streets from the eastern San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica, authorities said.

The Jack in the Box at 802 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Trying To Choke Girlfriend Inside Santa Monica Jack In The Box

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:32 am

A 23-year-old homeless man was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 17, after trying to choke his girlfriend in a Jack In The Box restaurant, then attacked other customers who intervened to stop the attack.

'Brock on your Block' host Phil Brock speaks with Mario Fonda-Bonardi about courtyard and garden housing on San Vicente Blvd.

Video, Santa Monica, Housing, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: San Vicente Preservation District

Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:23 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock discusses the creation of a possible historic preservation district for courtyard and garden housing on San Vicente Blvd. in Santa Monica.

The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees appointed Executive Vice President Jeff Shimizu to the role of Interim Superintendent/President last night.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Names Jeff Shimizu As Interim Superintendent/President

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 12:09 pm

The Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to appoint Executive Vice President Jeffery “Jeff” Shimizu to the role of Interim Superintendent/President.

Pacific Park's recently refurbished Inkie’s Scrambler now sports a shiny new chrome finish, brightly colored period decals and detailed lighting.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Pier

Pacific Park On Santa Monica Pier To Host Annual Job Fair On March 14

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 9:58 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will host its annual job fair to hire more than 75 employees for Spring Break and Summer positions on Saturday, March 14 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Lee Davis.

Health, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Women

Free "Building Self-Esteem Class" For Women This Sunday In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 9:40 am

Santa Monica life skills trainer Lee Davis is presenting to women a free "Building Self-Esteem Class" on Sunday, March 8.

Santa Monica High’s Virtual Business Plan earns first place at a Simulated Trade Show.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica High’s Virtual Business Plan Earns First Place At Simulated Trade Show

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 9:30 am

It's all business for the students of Regional Occupation Program’s Virtual Enterprise class at Santa Monica High School. In an innovative new venture, students developed a product line, made all management decisions including electing a chief executive officer and deciding a salary, and created a business plan to pitch at a simulated trade show in Long Beach, where they won first place.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Bail Not Granted To Skecher’s Shoe Shop Thief In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 8:59 am

Bail was not granted to a 32-year-old man on Monday, Feb. 16, after stealing shoes from the Skecher’s shoe shop on the Third Street Promenade.

News, Malibu, Courts

$1.2 Million To Be Paid To Settle Lawsuit In Malibu Detention Brawl

Posted Mar. 3, 2015, 3:32 pm

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors today approved a $1.2 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging Los Angeles County personnel at a youth detention camp in Malibu ignored signs of racial unrest before an outbreak of fighting that left a detainee with brain injuries.