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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.

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, California, Santa Monica

California Plastic Bag Ban Bill Approved; Bill To Go Into Effect January 2015

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:50 am

Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 270 which will phase out single-use plastic bags in the state of California. The bill was joint authored by Senators Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach).

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Special Education Satisfaction Survey Results Reveal Positive Reviews

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:43 am

A District-wide survey released by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is reporting that parents of students participating in Special Education programs are pleased with ongoing student improvement, teacher relationships and parent involvement opportunities.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu Students, Staff Prepare For Bike It! Walk It! Week

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:29 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students and staff are getting out their bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It! Week next Monday through Friday, Oct. 7-10.

News, Courts, Police Department, West Hollywood

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Three Men In West Hollywood Over Few Pounds Of Pot

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:26 am

A 35-year-old man was found guilty on Monday of killing three men in West Hollywood for a few pounds of pot.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean

Two Boats Collide Off Dockweiler State Beach

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:24 am

A search for occupants of two boats that collided off Dockweiler State Beach on Monday has been scaled back, authorities said.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Gusty Winds, High Heat, Low Humidity To Create Critical Fire Weather Conditions

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:17 am

Gusty northeast winds, high heat and low humidity will create "critical fire weather conditions" in the mountains, forests and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties from Wednesday night through Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Judge Denies Casey Kasem Daughter's Request For $160,000 In Attorneys' Fees

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:14 am

A judge on Monday denied a request by one of Casey Kasem's daughters for about $160,000 in attorneys' fees in connection with her initial bid to establish a conservatorship over the late radio icon.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Resident Arrested For Stealing Mail From Mailboxes

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:06 am

On Friday, Sept. 19, at 9:05 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 1400 block of Princeton Street in order to investigate a man who was allegedly stealing mail from mailboxes.

News, Ucla, Santa Monica

New UCLA Students Hit The Streets To Do Good Deeds

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 10:10 am

About 6,500 new UCLA students are hitting the streets of Los Angeles today to do good deeds.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution Announce City Council Endorsements

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 9:54 am

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution has endorsed incumbent Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioners Richard McKinnon and Sue Himmelrich for Santa Monica City Council following CRAAP's three-hour candidates forum on Sept. 22 that featured 13 of the 14 candidates.

News, Santa Monica, Ladwp

Sunset Boulevard In Holmby Hills Remains Closed After Water Main Rupture

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 9:52 am

A stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills remained closed today after a 12-inch cast-iron water main ruptured, causing flooding and cutting service to about 12 residents, a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman said.

News, Malibu, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Pch

Jennifer Lopez Rear-Ended By Suspected Drunk Driver In Pickup Truck In Malibu

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 9:22 am

Actress Leah Remini and singer Jennifer Lopez were not hurt when their car was rear-ended by a pickup truck piloted by a suspected drunken driver in Malibu Saturday night.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest 73-Year-Old For Elder Abuse

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 9:08 am

On Friday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 1000 block of 20th Street in order to investigate a report of elder abuse that also involved domestic violence.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Oct. 3

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 9:00 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Oct. 3 in the following locations.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Learn About Biggest Issues Facing Teens At Free Santa Monica Event Wednesday

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:36 am

Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) will hold a “Lunch & Learn,” a free community educational event discussing “The Biggest Issues Facing Westside Teens Today” this Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Detectives need the public's help in locating this vehicle.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Police Department

Traffic Detectives Need Help Locating White Ford Truck

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:26 am

Traffic detectives at Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the owner of the vehicle in the above photograph that damaged another vehicle earlier this month.

News, Santa Monica, Busines, Lax

Greater Los Angeles Job Fair To Take Place Monday At Holiday Inn LAX

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:21 am

The Greater Los Angeles Job Fair will take place this Monday, Sept. 29 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Holiday Inn LAX.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

L.A. To Las Vegas Motorists To Face New, Major Bottleneck For Months

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:15 am

Drivers crossing the Cajon Pass between Southern California cities and Las Vegas will encounter a new and major bottleneck for the next few months, as a pavement replacement project moved into a new phase on Saturday.

News, Santa Monica, Pets

Pit Bull Mix Named American Hero Dog

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:11 am

Susie, a pit bull mix from High Point, North Carolina, who was beaten, burned and abandoned, then became part of the campaign that changed North Carolina's animal cruelty laws, was named Saturday night as the American Hero Dog of 2014.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department, Police Chase

High Speed Pursuit Cuts Through Santa Monica, Ends In Ventura County

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:05 am

The driver of a black Mustang led California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit from the Inland Empire through Los Angeles County into Ventura County before a spike strip forced the car to stop at Pacific Coast Highway and Hueneme Road, a CHP officer said today.

News, Santa Monica, Box Office

Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer" Collects $35 Million To Top Box Office

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 9:00 am

Denzel Washington has "once again proved he is one of the most bankable stars on the planet," an industry analyst said, as his new movie "The Equalizer" opened as the number one film in North America.

News, Transportation, West Hollywood, Ladwp

Lanes Reopen Following Sunset Boulevard Water Main Break In West Hollywood

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 8:57 am

Three lanes of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood are reopened this morning after Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews completed repairs at the site of a water main break.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Why Six Californias Failed: It's A Lousy Idea

Posted Sep. 28, 2014, 8:55 am

There is little doubt about why the putative “Six Californias” ballot initiative that Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper hoped to put on the 2016 ballot failed: It was and is a terrible idea.