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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.

Show Up Fitness is located at 1207 4th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What’s So Special About Show Up Fitness In Santa Monica?

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 12:41 pm

Show Up Fitness is a small private personal training studio in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s not a Crossfit, or a trendy group training boot camp style gym. They’ve got dumbbells, machines, balance tools, a squat rack, foam rollers, and even a Glute Station to help perk up that backside so many people are trying to achieve. But this still doesn’t really separate them from the saturated personal training market in Santa Monica. So what makes this quaint training studio at 1207 4th Street (Suite 150) so special besides its catchy name? Education.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am

Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.

The California Incline, connecting Ocean Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, will be closing for renovation and widening.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic, California Incline

Final Weekend To Use California Incline; Yearlong Closure Begins Monday

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:58 am

Just in time for summer, the fabled California Incline that connects Pacific Coast Highway and trendy downtown Santa Monica will close Monday so it can undergo a yearlong rehabilitation.

Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge is sponsored by RideAmigos, Urban Trans, Paradise Consulting, and the City of Santa Monica.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Gets On Board With Commuting Challenge

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:57 am

Santa Monica businesses and organizations are saddling up for a commuter challenge that puts environmentally friendly transport options to the test, while boosting company culture and creating alternatives to the daily travel grind.

Head of Carlthorpe School Dee Menzies and students.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Participate In “Hobby Day” At Weekly Meeting

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:54 am

Last Friday, April 10, marked a special themed “Hobby Day” during the Santa Monica Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. After a prayerful invocation by Matt Williams, the club members collectively crooned “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in honor of the recent MLB kickoff.

Achinta S. McDaniel, Artistic Director and Founder of Blue13, a Los Angeles-based contemporary Indian dance company

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Tongva Park Kicks Off Second Season Of Cultural Programming

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:52 am

Tongva Park presents an exciting second season of cultural programming beginning with a Bollywood-style community dance class this Wednesday, April 22.

Rob Stewart’s award-winning eco-documentary 'Revolution' will premiere at Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, April 18.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier

Free Screening Saturday Night On Pier Of Rob Stewart's Eco-Documentary

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 9:54 am

A special free outdoor screening of Rob Stewart’s award-winning eco-documentary "Revolution" will be held at Santa Monica Pier this Saturday, April 18, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Boys and Girls Club members Leilani Stopani and Kanyjah Delancy show the rendering of the new Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center. With the members are (left to right) donor Cindy Jones, HACLA President Douglas Guthrie, and donor John D. 'Jack' Jones.

News, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Launches Upgrades, Fundraising Challenge

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 9:47 am

The Santa Monica Boys & Girls Clubs, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), has launched a major renovation project of the Club’s Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center, located in the Mar Vista Gardens public housing development.

A man in his mid-20s today accepted what to turned out to be an expensive dare from friends at Venice Beach.

News, Venice, Police Department

Skinny Dipping Dare Ends With Citation After Man Jumps Off Venice Beach Pier

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 9:39 am

A man in his mid-20s today accepted what to turned out to be an expensive dare from friends at Venice Beach.

A screenshot from the water video 'Pretend.'

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

The Bay Foundation, LADWP Create Humorous Water Conservation Videos

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:40 am

A lawn-owning, water-wasting consumer vs. a thirsty, angry crowd, and people pretending to recreate with water that’s not there, are the subjects of witty Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos that hit home with the public as the California drought heads into its fourth year.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation is a Canadian-American entertainment company. The company was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 3, 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Film

Joss Whedon, Lionsgate Hit With Lawsuit Over 'Cabin in the Woods'

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:18 am

Author Peter Gallagher is suing Joss Whedon and Lionsgate in Los Angeles, alleging the director stole the concept behind the film "The Cabin in the Woods" from his novel, according to court papers obtained today.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Louisiana Woman Arrested In Santa Monica Hotel After Fight With Her Husband

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:15 am

A 41-year-old female resident of Louisiana was arrested and charged with corporal injury upon a spouse in response to her husband’s accusations that she scratched and punched him during an alcohol-fueled fracas.

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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why We Need Activity Centers

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 9:15 am

Dear Editor, When I moved to Santa Monica over 15 years ago, I chose to live near Wilshire, a few blocks away from Von’s market. This choice provided access to transit and a grocery store to walk to.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Measure R Parcel Tax General Information, Senior Exemption Application

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 9:11 am

In accordance with the Senior Exemption provision of the Measure R Parcel Tax, the 2015-16 forms are being mailed and are due to be returned/postmarked by June 30, 2015.

Editor Brenton Garen interviews Dustin Plunkett, spokesman for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

Sports, Video, Santa Monica, In The Chair

VIDEO: Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles Spokesman Dustin Plunkett

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 9:07 am

Special Olympics Board Member Dustin Plunkett stops by the studio to chat with Executive Editor Brenton Garen about the Special Olympics, his involvement and some of the details of the events that will take place in Los Angeles for the games.

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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why I Support Santa Monica Forward

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 8:47 am

Dear Editor, I am very happy to be a part of a community in which not only does the city provide amazing resources that are not available in other places but the civic engagement is astounding. Santa Monica is a place where community members truly care. I was not born here, nor did I grow up here but I am still a Santa Monican.

Universal Music in Santa Monica has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle digital royalties suit.

News, Business, Music, Santa Monica

Universal Music Agrees To Pay $11.5 Million To Settle Digital Royalties Suit

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 8:39 am

Santa Monica-based Universal Music Group on Tuesday submitted a settlement resolving claims that it shorted recording artists on royalties from digital downloads.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Police Department

Man Arrested In Santa Monica After Searching For Shoes In Trash Can

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 8:13 am

A shoeless 21-year-old Los Angeles resident was arrested and charged with code violation and resisting arrest after he was spotted by an officer taking trash out of a city-owned trash can and throwing it in the street in search of his shoes.