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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.

Non-profit Human Farming Association’s current ad on a Big Blue Bus this week.

News, Santa Monica, City Attorney, Politics, Bbb

Bus Ad Drama Behind City Attorney Accountability Act

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 12:19 pm

The Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) advertising policy comes before Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with non-profit organizations calling for a change to regulations. Upset surrounding regulation interpretations in 2011 has, in-part, lead to one non-profit drafting their own initiative, the “City Attorney Accountability Act,” calling for the role to become an elected position.

Brock on Your Block

News, Video, Brock On Your Block

Phil Interviews Elaine Jones Stephenson Who Once Lived Above the Carousel (Video)

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 12:14 pm

Phil interviews Elaine Jones Stephenson, who has written a book of fascinating stories about her family's life in an apartment above the Santa Monica Carousel during the years following the end of World War II. The book is titled "My Life above the Carousel in Santa Monica, and is available on Amazon and at the Santa Monica Pier.

Gary Bover Performing with OSM

News, Music, Events, Kids, Osm

Recent OSM All-Mozart Concert a Great Success

Posted Feb. 4, 2016, 12:24 pm

Orchestra Santa Monica (OSM) played an all-Mozart program late January, to a nearly full house in Santa Monica’s Moss Theater at the New Roads School.

The Housing Tour Gang

News, Santa Monica, Affordable Housing

Strolling Through Santa Monica's Affordable Housing

Posted Feb. 4, 2016, 12:18 pm

Graduate and PhD students of urban design at UCLA organized a walking tour of affordable housing projects in Santa Monica recently. Two were downtown, one in Ocean Park, and all had won awards from the American Institute of Architects.

Little Leaguers Enjoying Spring Training

Sports, New, Kids, Snews

Santa Monica Little League Fun Day of Baseball Saturday

Posted Feb. 4, 2016, 10:19 am

Santa Monica Little League (SMLL) is hosting a full day of baseball fun this Saturday at Clover Park.

Latest Fire Department news.

News, Breaking, Gas Leak, Urgent

Brief: Gas Leak on Olympic Clear

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 11:49 am

The Santa Monica Fire Department was dispatched to the 500 block of Olympic

CEO Richard Manning of Manning Insurance, left.

News, Santa Monica, Finance, Insurance

Simplifying the Insurance Maze

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 11:44 am

Wading through the minefields of insurance can be a daunting task for most of us. Faced with a barrage of insurance telemarketers, email-blasts and advertisements, it’s often hard to know which way to turn. One local firm is mixing up the way they approach the business in an effort to make choices and options more customer-centric.

RJ Holguin with Mackenzie Phillips at My 12 Step Store.

News, Health

My 12 Step Store Goes Beyond AA Chips and General Books

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 11:40 am

As an affliction that affects so many in our community, addiction is a condition which sees additional resources as a welcome accompaniment to many a recovering-addicts arsenal. Research has shown that alcohol recovery patients who read the “AA Big Book” during their treatment process actually recover faster.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Feinstein

OpEd: The Polls Don't Look Good for Feinstein Today

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 11:32 am

The polls don’t look super-strong for Dianne Feinstein today. True, she has a very good approval rating in the latest surveys, the Field Poll showing 44 percent of California voters think she’s doing a good job and only 29 percent disapproving of her work.