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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.

A rendering of the 360º loop unveiled for the end of the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica.

Santa Monica, April Fools

Expo Line To End In Santa Monica With 360° Loop

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:23 am

Noting that some of the excitement over the Expo Line coming to Santa Monica has receded as construction and related street closings continue, officials today announced that the rail line will conclude in a thrilling 360 degree “Super Loop” just before the train pulls into our city’s station.

Hair dryers will be installed at all Big Blue Bus stops.

Santa Monica, April Fools

Santa Monica Bus Stop Improvements To Include Hair Dryers

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:22 am

The re-do of the controversial new Santa Monica Bus Stops will include the installation of hair dryers at most stops. The move by city planners came following testimony in open meetings that most passengers using buses to get to work never have time to fully dry their just-washed hair and that the city could make time spent waiting at stops more productive for bus line customers.

City Council Meetings To Include Exotic Pets

Santa Monica, April Fools

Santa Monica City Council Meetings To Include Exotic Pets

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:20 am

Impressed with the abilities of Rocky the Fortune Telling Parrot to analyze projected costs of proposed city projects, the Santa Monica City Council has voted to include exotic animals at all Council meetings.

Uber/Lyft Drivers Give Up, Sell Drugs

Santa Monica, April Fools

Uber/Lyft Drivers Give Up, Sell Drugs

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:17 am

Citing pending litigation and “one hassle after another” involving the integration of their car services with the taxi industry, a group of local drivers for Uber and Lyft have banded together to sell and distribute drugs.

CNN anchor Nancy Grace declared her “Jenner Watch” over after 43 hours of continuous reporting.

Santa Monica, April Fools

Paparazzi Catch Bruce Jenner Doing Nothing For Two Days

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:15 am

Media attention is still focused on last week’s release of startling paparazzi videos that caught Bruce Jenner doing nothing for two entire days in his home. Public concern ratcheted-up when CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired the footage, showing a lounging Jenner watching TV and solving Sudoku puzzles that had nothing to do with either his mischievous step-daughters or his planned sex change.

Richard Linklater.

Santa Monica, April Fools

Director Linklater To Film "Shirt Boyhood" In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:12 am

Film director Richard Linklater has announced he will produce a new documentary film that follows three middle-aged Santa Monica men as they continue to wear the same “Thin Lizzie” and “Rush” t-shirts over the course of 20 years.

President Barack Obama.

Santa Monica, April Fools

Obama To Alleviate Traffic On Motorcycle

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:10 am

President Obama, taking heat for all the traffic congestion created when he appears in Los Angeles, has vowed to ride a Harley Davidson Fat Bob motorcycle and weave through traffic on all subsequent visits to LA.

A Marina del Rey man walked away from a golf buggy crash landing at Santa Monica Airport over the weekend.

Santa Monica, April Fools

Runaway Golf Cart Crashes At Santa Monica Airport

Posted Apr. 1, 2015, 9:02 am

A runaway golf cart from Penmar Golf Course crash-landed safely at Santa Monica Airport during the course’s annual “X Games of Golf” over the weekend. The driver, Jack Par of Marina del Rey, walked away from the accident declaring his safe landing “very ‘Fore!’-tunate.”

Latest Santa Monica High School news.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

PCB Sampling Taking Place At Santa Monica & Olympic High Over Spring Break

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:52 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has begun sampling building materials for PCBs at the technology building at Santa Monica High School, prior to planned demolition, and in all four buildings at Olympic High School, prior to planned renovation.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Housing

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Is For Everyone

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:36 am

Dear Editor, Santa Monica always has been in the forefront of protecting and producing affordable homes. When Santa Monica passed its landmark rent control law on April 10, 1979, we took a bold step to preserve affordable housing for seniors, families and others. In 1990, when we passed Measure R, we codified our commitment by mandating that 30 percent of all new housing be affordable.

Every day, sixth- through eighth-graders (Shirley Tarpley’s sixth-graders pictured here with Yes! for Schools lead Justin McGurrin) at John Adams Middle School take a moment to stop, breathe and practice presence through the Mindfulness Program, which is part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District initiative to enhance school climate at all sites.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Education, John Adams Middle School

John Adams Middle School Mindfulness Program Seeks To Enhance School Climate

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:19 am

Did you know the sixth- through eighth-graders at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school participate in a Mindfulness Program, which is a part of the SMMUSD’s initiative to enhance school climate at all sites.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Apartment Robbed Overnight Near Third Street Promenade

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:05 am

A burglar was interrupted while at a Santa Monica apartment early today but still managed to escape with musical instruments and a computer, police said.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Security Guard Assaulted After Pepper Spraying Suspect With Knife

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:02 am

A security guard in Santa Monica was assaulted after pepper spraying the suspect, a 23-year-old homeless man, later known to have 13 outstanding warrants.

Sheila Kuehl.

News, Business, Board Of Supervisors

Kuehl, Solis Call For Economic Impact Study Of Raising Minimum Wage

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:56 am

Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl (Third District) and Hilda Solis (First District) said today they look forward to the results of a minimum wage study anticipated to win approval at the Board’s weekly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the County’s Hall of Administration downtown.

Santa Monica Forward says it endorses the community’s vision for its future, expressed in the LUCE.

News, Development, Santa Monica

New Group Wants “Diverse, Sustainable & Equitable” Future For Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:35 am

A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.

Traffic alert! This week's Santa Monica temporary lane closure information.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, April 3

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:25 am

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

The Expo Line train along Exposition Boulevard between the USC campus and Exposition Park.

News, Los Angeles, Exposition Light Rail

Expo Service Resumes, USC Professor Says Crash Was Predictable

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:15 am

Expo Line trains resumed passing USC on Sunday, as a motorist remained hospitalized with injuries suffered when he drove a car driven into a train's path.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested In Santa Monica For Blasting Music In Car While Intoxicated

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:12 am

A 42-year-old Los Angeles resident was charged with resisting officers and public intoxication after he was found parked with his door open and blasting music.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way To Unclog Congestion On Santa Monica Streets?

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm

Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Best California Budget Idea? Letting Sick, Elderly Convicts Go

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 11:56 am

Sometimes it can take more than a decade for a completely sensible idea to catch on. So it is with what may be the single best money-saving idea in last year’s state budget, one that is just now beginning fully to take hold.

News, Santa Monica, Box Office

"Home" Tops Weekend Box Office With $54 Million In Sales

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 10:21 am

An animated movie from Dreamworks, "Home," opened in the number one spot this weekend and proved that a PG-rated family movie can out-muscle the slew of recent raunchy comedies, an industry analyst said today.