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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.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" Remains At Top Of Box Office

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:39 am

After regaining the box office top spot last week, Guardians Of The Galaxy remains ahead of the pack, according to preliminary Rentrak estimates for the three-day Labor Day weekend.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus To Operate On Sunday Schedule On Labor Day This Monday

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:38 am

Big Blue Bus is reminding its users that all buses will operate on a Sunday schedule this Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. Regular service resumes on all routes Tuesday, September 2.

Uber Taking To The Skies With UberCHOPPER, All Flights Head To Malibu Wines

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:33 am

Want to fly high above Los Angeles this Labor Day weekend? Ridesharing app Uber is today offering an “UberCHOPPER” experience in Los Angeles between 10 am and 4 pm.

News, Business, Santa Monica

New Chase Manager Named For 226 26th Street Branch In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:26 am

Chase has named Sergio S. Salup manager of its Santa Monica branch, located at 226 26th Street. In this role, Salup will be responsible for the daily operation of the branch and lead a team of 11.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

13 New Administrators Welcomed At Nine Santa Monica-Malibu Schools

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:24 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu School District has welcomed 13 new administrators have joined the ranks as principals, assistant principals and directors across nine schools within the District.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Santa Monica

Garcetti To Announce $13.25 Minimum Wage Plan At Labor Day Rally

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:07 am

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce his proposal to raise the Los Angeles minimum wage to $13.25 an hour during a Labor Day rally in South Los Angeles.

News, Downtown, Music, Celebrity, Santa Monica

Made In America Festival To Conclude Today With Kanye West, Iggy Azalea

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:01 am

A two-day concert featuring Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and Kendrick Lamar is due to conclude today in Grand Park.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Time For California Utility Execs To Start Worrying

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 8:57 am

Executives of California’s large privately-owned utility companies don’t usually have to worry about much. Their companies enjoy virtual monopolies in vast regions, their profits are guaranteed, their shareholders are generally assured of regular dividends – which means they can count on collecting large salaries indefinitely.

The  Los Angeles chapter of A New PATH is demanding greater access to Naloxone for overdose prevention and to eliminate the stigma by treating drug overdoses like any other medical emergency.

News, Health, Santa Monica

International Overdose Awareness Day March This Sunday In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:32 am

As part of the 14th annual International Overdose Awareness Day this Sunday, Aug. 31, a march will be held in Santa Monica through the streets and Beachfront Walk.

Benjamin Kay says he comes across the same single-use culprits in the ocean: plastic films/wrappers, grocery store bags, and balloons that look like jellyfish, which he collects one to two times a week when he surfs off Bay Street.

News, California, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Heal The Bay-Backed Plastic Bag Ban Bill Passes Both Houses Of Legislature

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:26 am

Sending a powerful message nationally that the plastic pollution plague can be abated, California state legislators on Friday night approved landmark legislation that bans the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies statewide.

Donations have come pouring in for the 'Hav A Sole' movement that is helping homeless people receive lightly worn unwanted shoes.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

"Hav A Sole" Helps Homeless With Lightly Worn Shoes From The Community

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:11 am

In a world where all we see on the news is kids getting high or even shot, I wish people could see what I see, when I look at my son, Rikki, and all his friends.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Lax

LAX Meth Case: British Gay Porn Star "Bruno Knight" Pleads Guilty

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:05 am

A British gay porn star busted at Los Angeles International Airport after he was found attempting to smuggle a half-pound of crystal meth in his body pleaded guilty on Friday to a federal drug possession charge.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pch

Eight People Injured In Big Collision On Pacific Coast Highway In Malibu

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:02 am

Eight people were injured, including three who required hospitalization, in a three-vehicle collision in Malibu on Friday night that caused closure of a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in both directions.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Signs Indicate California Recovery Will Last

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 8:55 am

There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 per cent.

Dr. Harry Cynamon.

Health, Santa Monica, Chla

What Happens When A Child’s Stomachache Won’t Go Away?

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 10:09 am

Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome can be debilitating for kids and teens, but treatment is not ‘one-size fits all.’

Police say missing Hollywood man Bobby Tally, 48, and has a traumatic brain injury.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Missing Hollywood Man Last Seen In Santa Monica On Monday

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:15 am

Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 48-year-old man with a traumatic brain injury who left his home in Hollywood earlier this week and was last seen later the same day at a Starbucks in Santa Monica.

Len Lanzi (VP-Programs), Allison Hastings, Carole Sarian (both guests of the speakers), Bill Watkins (speaker), Stacy Swanson (guest of speaker), Tim Gallagher (speaker), Matthew Fienup (colleague of Bill Watkins).

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotary Club Welcomes Honolulu Rotarian

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:11 am

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica held its weekly meeting on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Riviera Country Club with the spotlight on its major fundraising event, the upcoming Wine & Jazz Festival.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

St. John’s Malpractice Trial Continues This Week

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:07 am

A civil trial against St. John’s Hospital and Health Center continues into its second week at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Court Dismisses Anti-Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:04 am

A lawsuit filed last week on behalf of those who want Santa Monica Airport (SMO) shut down or limited in its operation was dismissed, meaning a pro-airport ballot initiative will be allowed to be presented to voters in the upcoming Nov. 4 election.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Ocean

Venice Man Pulled From High Surf Thursday Without A Pulse

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:01 am

A 27-year-old man was pulled from high surf in Venice on Thursday without a pulse. Rescuers administered CPR and restarted his pulse as he was taken to a hospital, where he arrived in grave condition, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department, which responded along with Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Ocean

Authorities Identify Malibu Surfer Who Died In High Surf On Tuesday

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 8:59 am

A surfer who was found floating in the Pacific Ocean in Malibu and pronounced dead at a hospital was identified Thursday by the coroner's office as 54-year-old Silverio Rafanan Laconsay of Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean

High Surf Advisory To Remain In Force Until Tonight

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 8:56 am

High Surf will batter the Southern California coast one more day today.