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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. has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in penalties and refunds plus agrees to permanent injunction in false advertising and automatic-renewal case.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica's To Pay $800K In Penalties, $250K In Customer Refunds

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:47 pm

Local social media website has agreed to a court judgment under which it will pay $800,000 in penalties, plus $250,000 in refunds to customers, according to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pch

Final Stretch Of Pacific Coast Highway North Of Malibu To Finally Reopen Friday

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:40 pm

The final stretch of Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu that was closed in early December due to storm-driven mud and rock slides will reopen tomorrow, clearing the path for motorists traveling between Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Robbery Backfires For Suspects Who Pick Home With Surveillance

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 1:55 pm

Two Los Angeles men on parole aged in their mid-20s were arrested on Tuesday evening not long after they broke into a Santa Monica home that was wired with motion sensor surveillance cameras that instantly alerted the homeowner’s smart phone.

News, Business, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Record Largest Daily Increase Since October 2012

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:48 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County recorded its largest daily increase since Oct. 6, 2012, today, rising 8 cents to $3.245, its highest amount since Nov. 10.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series Begins Today

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:43 am

Santa Monica College launches its Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series today, a selection of eclectic lectures and presentations exploring the many facets of art in its various manifestations.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Proudly Recognizes 17 National Board Certified Teachers At Board Meeting

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:30 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District honored 17 teachers on Feb. 19 who have received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for the 2014-15 academic year.

News, Health, Ucla

Lawsuit Blames Medical Scope For Spreading Superbug At UCLA Medical Center

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:14 am

The family of a woman who died after undergoing multiple procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with a medical scope blamed for spreading a superbug sued the manufacturer of the device Wednesday.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man, 19, Arrested After Stealing Cell Phone From Santa Monica Sears

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:09 am

Bail was set at $10,000 after a 19-year-old homeless man stole a cell phone from the Sears department store in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 14. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out at 12:55 pm to investigate a report of theft at the Sears at 302 Colorado Ave.

Joseph Thomas Koetters.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Man, A Former Teacher, Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Crimes Involving Female Student

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 3:32 pm

A former teacher at an exclusive high school for girls pleaded not guilty today to felony sex charges stemming from his alleged relationship with a 16-year-old student.

A new Tow-Away zone on the south side of Olympic Drive between Main and Fourth streets is leading to a handful of tows every day at 2 pm.

News, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Motorists Face Up To $500 Fine In New Santa Monica Tow Zone

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 10:58 am

Recent changes in parking enforcements along Olympic Drive between Main and Fourth streets in Santa Monica are seeing a number of cars towed away each afternoon.

Providence Saint John's Health Center has been serving the Santa Monica and Westside communities since 1942. It is located at 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica,

News, Health, Santa Monica

Providence Saint John's Health Center Among Nation's Top 50 Hospitals

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:36 am

Providence Saint John's Health Center was named Tuesday among the nation’s top 50 hospitals, the only California hospital and one of just 11 nationwide to receive the distinction every year since it was initiated in 2007.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Requests Parent Input On Homework Survey

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:34 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is inviting all parents to participate in a 10-minute online Homework Survey now available on the SMMUSD website at

SMCVB Public Relations Coordinator Jackie Alvarez and SMCVB Executive Vice President Richard Peterson accept the Adrian Award for Leadership in Sustainable Tourism on behalf of SMCVB.

News, Santa Monica, Tourism, Smcvb

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives Platinum Adrian Award

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:27 am

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) has been recognized with a prestigious Platinum Adrian Award for "Leadership in Sustainable Tourism" at the 58th Annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Lindsay Lohan Given Extra 125 Hours Community Service For Santa Monica Crash

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:21 am

Lindsay Lohan was ordered today to perform 125 additional hours of community service as part of her probation stemming from a 2012 crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, after the prosecution objected to some of the work for which the actress had been credited.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Skateboarding Homeless Man Arrested After Trying To Break Into Parked Car

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 8:58 am

A skateboarding homeless man was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 14, after officers observed the 20-year-old trying to break into a parked car.

A Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles conference will give attendees the opportunity to tour local schools and attend workshops at each school.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Youth

Pedagogical Institute To Host Two-Day Conference In Santa Monica Starting Friday

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 1:28 pm

The Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles, in collaboration with Evergreen Community School, First Presbyterian Nursery School, The New School-West, and Palisades Preschool, will host a two-day conference starting Friday called "Children as Producers of Culture: looking inward and outward."

Second in from left: HCT Leadership Award Recipient Espree Devora, Founder We Are LA TECH along with HCTLA team members.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Heart Centered Technology Launches Awards Ceremony, New Website

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:47 am

Heart Centered Technology (HCT) celebrated its first awards ceremony and new website launch in January. HCT recognizes people and organizations who lead from the heart, putting community before profits and acknowledges these leaders with its Heart Centered Tech Leadership Awards.

Matt Paweski “Corner (Jade)”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

Renowned Artists Exhibit Works At Santa Monica College Art Gallery

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:37 am

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is currently presenting "FONDAMENTA: Future Furniture Formed in a Collective Memory,” an exhibition of original works by renowned artists Peter Shire, Matt Connors, Peter Harkawik, and Matt Paweski.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits, Mayor

League Of Women Voters Invites Community To Lunch With Mayor Kevin McKeown

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:33 am

The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica invites the community to "Luncheon with the Mayor".

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Hear From Director/ Screenwriter Ned Benson At Vidiots Foundation Event

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:05 am

American film director, screenwriter, and producer Ned Benson will take part in the next Vidiots Foundation Director Series event on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 pm.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Woman Arrested For Ripping Shirt Off Husband During Argument

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 8:56 am

A 51-year-old Santa Monica woman was arrested on Friday, Feb. 13, after ripping off her husband’s shirt during an argument. An officer of the Santa Monica Police Department was called out to a residence in the 1200 block of California Ave. at 6 pm after a disturbance had been reported at the address.