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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.

Vice President Joe Biden talks to two student reporters before a round table discussion at West Los Angeles College, telling them 'Just remember - you gotta stay in school, go to college - you're going to do that right?' Both said yes.

News

Vice President Meets With West L.A. College Students, Administrators

Palihouse Santa Monica is located at 1001 Third Street. Neighbors to the hotel have maintained a vocal opposition since the hotel’s renovation.

News

Palihouse Neighbor Films Sounds Of Woman Having Sex At Hotel In Residential Neighborhood

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Encourages Immunization For Measles

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:49 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is encouraging parents to have their students immunized against preventable diseases, such as pertussis and measles, currently on the rise in Southern California.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

News, California, Columnist, Police Department, Government

Why Latinos Are Key As Democrats Plot 2016 Strategies

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:34 am

For the last 20 years – ever since passage in 1994 of California’s abortive anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 – Democrats here and around the nation have increasingly depended on Latino votes.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Police Department, Culver City, Coroner

Authorities Identify Motorcyclist, 24, Who Died On 90 Freeway In Culver City

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:33 am

A motorcyclist was killed Friday in a crash on the Marina (90) Freeway in Culver City.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Police Department, Lax

Airport Union Accuses LAPD Of Improper Sting On LAX Luggage Handlers

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:27 am

The airport police officers union on Friday accused commanding officers and the Los Angeles Police Department of initiating an improper sting on luggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport, and called on the LAPD's watchdog to investigate.

Steven Cruz, a 14-year-old high school student, was fatally stabbed outside Griffith Middle School on Friday.

News, Police Department, East Los Angeles

Boy Arrested In Fatal Stabbing Of 14-Year-Old Student Outside East L.A. School

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:24 am

A possible gang member, just 13 years old, was arrested today for stabbing a 14-year-old high school student to death outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Cops Establish Perimeter In Palms For Possibly Armed Man

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:18 am

A six-block perimeter was established Friday night in Palms as police searched for a possibly armed man.

A public memorial service will be held today for actor and fitness guru George Gregory Plitt Jr.

News, Celebrity, Police Department, Beverly Hills

Public Memorial Today For Fitness Celeb Greg Plitt In Beverly Hills

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:11 am

A public memorial service will be held today for actor and fitness guru George Gregory Plitt Jr., who was struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank while filming near the tracks on Jan. 17.

Michael Keaton in "Birdman".

News, Awards, Film, Century City

Full Nomination List For Producers Guild Of America Awards Tonight

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:04 am

Awards-season favorites "Birdman" and "Boyhood" are among the 10 nominees vying tonight for the coveted Producers Guild of America Darryl F. Zanuck Award for motion pictures, an honor that typically leads to best-picture glory on Oscar night.

Latest North of Montana Association news.

Seven Days, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

North Of Montana Association Annual Meeting This Saturday, Jan. 24

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 3:07 pm

The North Of Montana Association will host its annual meeting this Saturday, Jan. 24. It will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave.

City Council approved “an amount not to exceed $570,000” for the purchase and delivery of 174 Big Blue Bus single aisle-facing flip seats and 174 transit bus passenger barriers that were found to be faulty.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Spends $5.94 Million In Two Minutes

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

With all but one item on Santa Monica City Council’s Consent Calendar passing without discussion last Tuesday evening, the City effectively signed checks totaling a possible $5.94 million for legal work, bus repairs, solar emergency lights, and pedestrian striping.

State Senator Ben Allen participated in a community swearing-in ceremony at Santa Monica High School on Saturday. The Honorable Holly E. Kendig, Superior Court Judge, administered the Oath of Office.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

State Senator Ben Allen Sworn In At Alma Mater Samohi

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

Newly elected California State Senator Ben Allen (Dem-26th District) chose his old campus of Santa Monica High School for his community swearing-in ceremony Saturday, hosting lawmakers and officials from across the region alongside students and grassroots campaigners for a night of community celebration.

New West Symphony principal violist Lauren Chipman will make her solo debut with world premiere of symphony commissioned work by noted pianist/composer Mike Garson.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Concert Sunday To Feature Italian Musical Feast

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

The New West Symphony’s principal violist Lauren Chipman will make her solo debut with the orchestra this weekend – including a performance in Santa Monica on Sunday – as part of the third Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony’s 20th anniversary season.

Latest Fire Department news.

News, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Rand Corp.: More Outreach Needed To Increase Number Of Women Firefighters

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

More outreach is needed to increase the number of women and minority firefighters in the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to a report released Thursday by a Santa Monica-based think tank.

Santa Monica residents with zip codes 90401 and 90404 are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in state incentives to protect their homes against temblors.

News, Santa Monica, Earthquake

Two Santa Monica Zip Codes Eligible For Earthquake Protection Incentives

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

Residents in earthquake-prone areas, including certain zip codes in Los Angeles, Santa Monica (90401 and 90404), and Pasadena, are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in state incentives to protect their homes against temblors, state officials said Thursday.

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News, Housing, Lax

LAX Neighbors Can Take Advantage Of $40 Million Home Soundproofing Subsidies

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

More than $40 million in subsidies are available for Inglewood residents near Los Angeles International Airport who want to soundproof their homes, city officials and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said Thursday.

Vice President Joe Biden.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Vice President

L.A. Motorists Get Ready - V.P. Joe Biden Arrives Today

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 2:57 pm

Burbank and Los Angeles police have just announced additional road restrictions that will be in place during this afternoon’s rush hour, as well as tomorrow and Saturday, to accommodate a visit by Vice President Joe Biden.

A 32-year-old coconut vendor from Santa Monica has been cast in "Survivor Worlds Apart" - the 30th seasons of the reality show.

News, Santa Monica, Television

Santa Monica Coconut Vendor To Star In 30th Season Of "Survivor"

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 9:23 am

The 30th season of "Survivor" will have the first-time theme of "Worlds Apart" with the 18 contestants divided into "White Collar," "Blue Collar" and "No Collar" tribes, according to CBS.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Receives $450,000 Gift

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 9:05 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) announced last week that it has received a major bequest of over $450,000 from a local community supporter, making it one of the largest in the Foundation's 33-year history.

Jack in the Box is located at the corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd.

News, Apb, Police Department

Machete Wielding Santa Monica Man Steals Cell Phone From Jack In The Box

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 8:59 am

A machete wielding Santa Monica resident was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 10, after stealing a cell phone from a customer at Jack In The Box then threatening the phone’s owner with the machete.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Los Angeles, Courts, Lax

Man Pleads Guilty In Los Angeles To Bilking Airlines

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 8:57 am

A man who pretended to be a flight crew member in order to get free or low-cost flights in and out of Los Angeles County airports, which he would then sell to "clients" who would pay up to $2,000 for a year of flying, pleaded guilty today to a federal wire fraud offense.

Dockweiler State Beach.

News, Beach, Police Department

Man Hospitalized After Boat Runs Aground At Dockweiler Beach Overnight

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 8:49 am

A person was hospitalized with minor injuries after being rescued from a boat that had run aground at Dockweiler Beach Wednesday night.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Police Department, Beverly Hills

No Explosives Found After Second Beverly Hills High School Bomb Threat

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 8:46 am

Police searched the campus of Beverly Hills High School on Wednesday because of the second telephoned bomb threat this month, prompting the evacuation of the school but no explosives were found.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey

Flag Ceremony Today To Honor Life Of Los Angeles County Lifeguard

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 7:50 am

A flag ceremony will be held today in honor of a 42-year-old Los Angeles County lifeguard who died during a training exercise at a Manhattan Beach school.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Los Angeles, Courts

Bryan Stow Attacker Pleads Guilty In Federal Weapons Case

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 7:49 am

One of two men who beat Bryan Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot -- leaving the San Francisco Giants fan with permanent brain injuries -- pleaded guilty today to a federal weapons charge that could put him behind bars for up to 10 years.