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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.

Santa kicked-off the season at Santa Monica Place’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held in Center Plaza on Thursday.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Downtown Santa Monica Kicks Off Holiday Season With Tree Lighting

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 1:37 pm

Downtown Santa Monica kicked-off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony at Santa Monica Place on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20.

Santa kicked-off the season at Santa Monica Place’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held in Center Plaza on Thursday.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Claus Arrives In Santa Monica To Light Tree At Santa Monica Place

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 11:26 am

Santa ushered in the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Santa Monica Place's Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Volunteers with Gobble Gobble Give will prepare meals for Santa Monica’s homeless on Thanksgiving.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Locals Set Out To Feed The Homeless This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:48 am

Fifteen years ago, Barry Walker served meals to homeless people in need and told his friends about it. Now, people are following in his footsteps through Gobble Gobble Give in cities across the country, including Santa Monica, New York, and Las Vegas, and he expects more to come.

Bubar’s Jewelers owner Bill Bubar (left) and jeweler Leonel Zepeda. The family-owned business has been serving the Santa Monica community since 1945.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Bubar’s Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee: 70 Years Of Service In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:46 am

With an intriguing family history that dates back to Santa Monica merchant days in 1945, Bubar’s Jewelers is celebrating 70 years of business success and has the owner and jeweler sparkling with pride.

Dr. Angela Vassallo, Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, addresses Rotary members.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

VIDEO: Santa Monica Rotary Gets Up To Speed On Ebola

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:43 am

In line with Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” the passion and recognition of outstanding international health workers in regards to the Ebola outbreak was front and center at last Friday’s Rotary Club of Santa Monica gathering.

Roberta Koz Wilson founded Audrey’s Cookies with 10 percent of retail purchases being donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Homemade Cookies Donates To Starlight Children’s Foundation

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:42 am

A scrumptious win-win situation has arrived in all Whole Foods locations in Santa Monica, as well as stores in the Pacific Southwest region. There is now a way to enjoy the essence of homemade cookies, contribute to a worthy cause, and take part in a family legacy.

Pierce Brosnan and Jane Velez-Mitchell.

News, Malibu, Celebrity, Pets

Pierce Brosnan Hosts Malibu Fundraiser To Benefit Four-Legged Friends

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:39 am

The sounds of barking dogs and meowing cats were notably absent during a recent Saturday afternoon and evening when a crowd of passionate animal lovers gathered at the Gull Estate (formerly Dick Clark’s home) at the beach in Malibu.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Council Should Act On Ride-Sharing Apps Before It’s Too Late

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:37 am

Dear Editor, In 2011, the City Council passed the Santa Monica Taxi Franchise law that at the time took almost 300 rouge taxis off of our streets with the intent of making the streets safe for pedestrians especially near busy venues like the Third Street Promenade.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Entertainment

Kelsey Grammer's Daughter To Serve As Miss Golden Globe At Jan. 11 Ceremony

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:22 am

Greer Grammer, the 22-year-old daughter of Golden Globe-winning actor Kelsey Grammer, was named tonight to serve as Miss Golden Globe at the Jan. 11 awards ceremony.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Government

Immigration Activists Gather In Los Angeles In Response To Obama's Executive Order

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:17 am

Immigration activists will gather in downtown Los Angeles today in response to President Barack Obama's executive order aimed at protecting millions of people living in the country illegally from deportation.

News, Ucla, Education, Westwood

UCLA Approves Measure Requiring Undergraduates To Take Diversity Classes

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:14 am

UCLA's Legislative Assembly has given final approval to a measure that requires undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious or gender diversity, campus officials said in remarks reported today.

News, Holiday, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX Forecast To Be Nation's Busiest Airport Over 11-Day Thanksgiving Travel Period

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:11 am

Los Angeles International Airport is forecast to be the nation's busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins today.

Sports, Baseball, Santa Moncia

Three-Day Food Drive To Begin At Angel Stadium

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

A three-day food drive will begin today at Angel Stadium, where fans will have the chance to hit, pitch and catch balls and visit the Angels clubhouse in exchange for donations of food or money for the poor.

News, Los Angeles, Transportation, Technology

30 Vehicles To Make World Debut As 10-Day Los Angeles Auto Show Opens Today

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Auto Show begins its 10-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center today, offering a mix of luxury and practicality among the record 30 vehicles making their world debuts.

News, Los Angeles, Weather

Flash Flood Warnings For Hills Above Glendora

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:56 am

Heavy rain over the Colby Fire burn area early today triggered a debris flow onto a residential property and prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings for the hills above Glendora.

News, California, Ucla, Education

Tuition To Increase At UCLA, UC Campuses Following Board Of Regents Vote

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:17 am

The University of California Board of Regents approved tuition hikes today that will increase students’ costs by as much as 5 percent a year over the next five years at UCLA and other campuses across the state.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Community Challenged To Raise Funds To Match $100,000 Contribution

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:31 am

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. earlier this month announced that it is challenging the Santa Monica and Malibu communities to raise funds to match its $100,000 contribution to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF).

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Roosevelt Elementary School To Rally To Reduce Waste This Friday

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:29 am

For the first time in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District history, students at Roosevelt Elementary School are up to the challenge to reduce their lunchtime waste. They're kicking off their participation in Grades of Green's Trash-Free Lunch Challenge this Friday, now in its fourth year, with a "Prep Rally" to motivate and inspire students to make a positive impact on their environment.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Challenging Promenade Shoppers To Fight

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:22 am

Santa Monica police arrested a man but later released him after challenging passersby on the Third Street Promenade to fight on Saturday, Nov. 8.

News, Ocean, Rancho Palos Verdes

Kelp Forest Coming Back In Force Off Palos Verdes Peninsula

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:17 am

A kelp forest is coming back in force since volunteer divers cleared away more than a million urchins from the rocky bottom of the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula over the past year, drawing hungry spiny lobster, bass and octopus, a nonprofit environmental group reported today.

Seven Days, Celebrity, West Hollywood

Brooke Shields To Sign Memoir Copies At West Hollywood Book Store

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:14 am

Actress Brooke Shields will meet the public and sign copies of her memoir at a West Hollywood book store tonight.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Westwood, Usc

UCLA Bonfire Rally At Westwood Campus Tonight Ahead Of USC Game Saturday

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:11 am

The Southland's biggest football game of the year will be held Saturday when UCLA and USC face off at the Rose Bowl, and Bruin fans will get gearing up tonight for the rivalry with UCLA's annual bonfire rally on the Westwood campus.

News, Celebrity, Film, Hollywood

"Horrible Bosses 2" To Premiere In Hollywood Tonight With Red Carpet

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:07 am

The stars will be out in Hollywood tonight for the premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2." Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Carmen Electra are expected to stroll down the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard starting at 6 pm.

News, Education, Police Department

Mira Costa High School To Reopen Today Following Anonymous Threats

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:04 am

Classes are scheduled to resume today at Mira Costa High School, which has been closed the past two days due to anonymous threats posted on the Yik Yak social messaging app.

News, Transportation, 405 Freeway

Single-Vehicle Accident Closes 405 Freeway Briefly At Venice Boulevard

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:02 am

The carpool and fast lanes of the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Venice Boulevard in West Los Angeles reopened around 6:30 am Thursday.

Obituary, Santa Monica, Film

Hollywood Director Mike Nichols Dies Age 83

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 7:58 am

Mike Nichols, who directed such landmark films as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate" and who was among the few to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, has died. He was 83.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Firefighters Knock Down Attic Fire In 30 Minutes

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 11:21 am

The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a house under major renovation at 2311 La Mesa Dr. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:29 am.

Izzy.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Izzy & Chloe

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:51 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Izzy and Chloe.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation To Host Benefit Auction At Lexus Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:47 am

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation will host its 2nd Annual LA Initiative Benefit Auction at Lexus Santa Monica this Thursday, Nov. 20.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

City Of Santa Monica Named A 2014 Digital Cities Winner

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:42 am

The City of Santa Monica is one of the top ranked digital cities according to the 2014 Digital Cities Survey conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Submit Now For 2015 Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:37 am

The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Man Arrested After Spitting On A Father At Ozone Park

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

A 46-year-old Santa Monica man was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 8 after spitting on a father who was protecting his children from this belligerent and possibly violent human.

Walter Wenko has been missing since Monday after getting off a flight at LAX.

News, Police Department, Lax

LAX Police Ask For Help Finding 70-Year-Old Man Last Seen Monday

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:18 am

Los Angeles police asked for the public's help in finding a 70-year-old man who got off an Evergreen International Airlines flight and was last seen leaving Los Angeles International Airport's customs area.

News, California, Ucla, Santa Monica, Education

UC Board Of Regents To Begin Consideration Of 5 Percent Tuition Hike

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:13 am

Students at UCLA and other UC campuses across the state will have their eyes on San Francisco today, where the university system's Board of Regents is scheduled to begin considering a proposal to hike tuition by 5 percent a year over the next five years.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Subway Sandwich Shop Robbed By Two Armed Masked Men

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

Two masked men robbed a sandwich shop in Santa Monica, police said today.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

For 49th Day, Los Angeles County Gasoline Price Continues To Drop

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:04 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped today to its lowest amount since Dec. 3, 2010, decreasing 1.3 cents to $3.167.