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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.

Latest news from Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors To Hold Fundraiser Monday Night

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:31 am

Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors will hold a fundraiser this Monday, April 27, from 5 pm to 9 pm at Pono Burger.

Latest New West Symphony news.

News, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Announces Piano Competition

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:22 am

Following a 21-year legacy in Sedona, Arizona, the Quick Bowman Piano Competition is being brought to Southern California and will be presented in collaboration with the New West Symphony during the orchestra’s 2015-2016 concert season.

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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter: Dispensary Location Appropriateness Vs. Patients' Reasonable Safe Access

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:10 am

Dear Editor, Santa Monicans for Safe Access (SAMOSA) should like to comment on your article Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity published on April 17. Your article mentioned that the permissible areas where a medical marijuana dispensary might be located are, essentially, along Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds. East of Lincoln. In fact, it is far more restrictive than that.

Proceeds from the fundraiser dinner at Back on Broadway will provide a myriad of activities and classes for hundreds of youth to be engaged and off the streets during the critical hours afterschool.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Last Chance To Buy Tickets To Chez PAL Fundraiser Dinner On Thursday

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:29 am

The City of Santa Monica Police Activities League will partner with Back on Broadway to host the annual Chez PAL Dinner this Thursday, April 30.

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held today.

News, Santa Monica, Television

42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Today: Check Out Complete Nomination List

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:23 am

Television's best talk shows, network morning programs, soap operas and game shows will be honored at today's 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Broad New Vaccination Law Is A Must

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:10 am

Rarely has a new law been so urgently and obviously needed as the broad children’s vaccination requirement now being carried by the state Legislature’s only medical doctor, Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Can Automatic Registration Increase Voter Turnout?

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:08 am

No sooner had Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a new law automatically making a registered voter of every person who applies for or renews a drivers license in her state than California’s top elections official jumped on the idea.

The rePLANET recycling station at Lincoln and Ocean Park.

News, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Ocean Park/Lincoln Residents Furious Over Noisy Recycling Station

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 10:03 am

Faced with a never-ending background soundtrack of crashing bottles and crunching aluminum cans, residents on Ocean Park and Lincoln have had enough. They’re calling on Santa Monica City to put an end to the cacophony of smashing sounds and the increasing number of homeless people trekking to the area at all hours to cash in recyclables seven days a week.

California Incline detours that are now in effect through Spring 2016.

Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

The “Big Three” Santa Monica Construction Projects

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:39 am

The California Incline closed to traffic on Monday, April 20. I made the circuit of the “Big Three,” the three construction projects that have Santa Monicans talking about traffic. Walking from the under construction light rail station at 4th and Colorado, along the under construction Colorado Esplanade, and up Ocean Avenue to the under construction California Incline. All three projects have an estimated end date of Spring 2016.

Michael Edlen has helped over 1,000 clients achieve their real estate goals since 1986.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica

Why Homeowners Feel Held Hostage By Taxes

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:37 am

Each month, my team and I provide complimentary local home value estimates for nearly a dozen homeowners. Many of these owners just want a rough idea of value as part of their overall financial picture for future plans. Others are simply curious what their home might be worth now.

Dr. Heather Bennett Schickedanz is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:35 am

Inspired to do some spring cleaning this April? Don’t forget to take stock of your medicine cabinet while cleaning out your garage or attic. Reviewing your medications with your care team to make sure they are still appropriate is vitally important, especially if you take five or more medications.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

Eat, Sleep, Pray In Santa Barbara

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:32 am

For years, my friends have told me to spend a weekend by myself. A weekend to clear my head, focus on and create what I want to do for the rest of my life, and get spiritually centered.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Politics, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser To Take Place In Westwood On May 7

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 10:59 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold the first Southern California fundraisers for her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on May 7.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock talks to Santa Monica Urban Gardener Greg Fuller.

News, Santa Monica, Gardening, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Phil Brock With Urban Gardener Greg Fuller

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:28 am

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock talks to Santa Monica Urban Gardener Greg Fuller.

Underage Parties: Event To Give Parents Glimpse.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Underage Parties: Santa Monica Mock Party Saturday To Give Parents Glimpse

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:18 am

Local parents are invited to an event Saturday intended to educate about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at house parties. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) and City of Santa Monica and hosted by CLARE Foundation, the Westside Impact Project and Straight Up Reality Improv, in conjunction with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), the #ItsTooEasy Reality Party is a mock high school party where parents and other adults will get a glimpse into what can really go on at underage get-togethers.

The California Incline is now closed until Spring 2016.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

Inclineaggedon Averted: All Is Quiet On Santa Monica Streets

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:17 am

Despite months of hype, fear, and predictions of complete traffic chaos, the one-year closure of the California Incline that began Monday amounted to, not much at all. In fact Santa Monica’s streets were and continue to be seemingly quiet, with traffic flowing freely, even during peak hour.

HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) will host a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at Upper West Restaurant on May 5. Funds will benefit HARK workshops at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Upper West To Host Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser For Healing Arts Reaching Kids

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:10 am

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is style and support a good cause at the same time? Look no further than Upper West Restaurant at 3321 Pico Blvd. where the community is invited to celebrate with HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids).

Shore Hotel unveiled its state-of-the-art energy storage system and new fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities on Monday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Hotel

Intelligent Energy Storage Charges Shore’s Enviro Appeal

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:09 am

Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel celebrated Earth Week by launching a state-of-the-art energy storage system Monday, alongside new fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities.

The 2015 SQA Sustainable Quality Awards winners.

News, Environment, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

VIDEO: SQA Event Brings Santa Monica’s Best Green Businesses Together

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:07 am

Santa Monica’s 20th annual Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) went off without a hitch Thursday April 16, featuring a luncheon brimming with locally sourced, sustainable produce, and a slew of green businesses touting their wares.

Allison Hastings, Rotary president George Collins, speaker Matthew Fienup, and Rotary VP of Programs Len Lanzi.

News, California, Santa Monica, Water, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear From Expert About State Water Crisis

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 8:59 am

The guest speaker at last Friday’s April 17 Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting enlightened the Rotarians on a hot topic: the state water crisis. Although the issue is consistently in the news, speaker Matthew Fienup, who holds a master’s degree in economics from UCSB and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in a relevant field, offered a unique mindset from the viewpoint of an economist.