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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.

The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has released key findings from the local Wellbeing Index.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Wellbeing Project Key Findings Released

Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 10:02 am

While Santa Monica civic engagement is strong more than half of residents feel their civic influence is limited and almost two-thirds feel disengaged from the city.

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium is on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Been To A Planetarium Lately? Santa Monica College Releases Its May Schedule

Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 9:45 am

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites the public to catch up on the news about NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, find out about star parties, enjoy a talk by astronomer Shelley R. Bonus on space tourism, and check out the Moon’s Alpine Valley, Sea of Rains, and Bay of Rainbows through telescopes.

An event held Sunday in Santa Monica at the Chain Reaction sculpture, 'Global Wave for a Nuclear Weapons Free World,' was one of 80 events held in over 50 countries held sequentially in a 'wave' across the planet leading up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York.

News, Santa Monica, Rally

Nuclear Weapons Free World Rally Takes Place In Santa Monica At Chain Reaction

Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 9:39 am

“Global Wave for a Nuclear Weapons Free World”, a rally to advocate for a nuclear weapons ban treaty, took place in Santa Monica on Sunday as part of a series of actions occurring sequentially, time zone by time zone, around the world prior to the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

La Cañada Woman Arrested In Santa Monica After Crashing Into Cars While Drunk

Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 9:23 am

An intoxicated La Cañada woman was arrested in Santa Monica on Thursday, April 16, after crashing into a number of cars then trying to run away before turning herself in responding police.

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

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, May 1

Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, May 1, in the following locations.

Latest news from Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors To Hold Fundraiser Monday Night

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:31 am

Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors will hold a fundraiser this Monday, April 27, from 5 pm to 9 pm at Pono Burger.

Latest New West Symphony news.

News, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Announces Piano Competition

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:22 am

Following a 21-year legacy in Sedona, Arizona, the Quick Bowman Piano Competition is being brought to Southern California and will be presented in collaboration with the New West Symphony during the orchestra’s 2015-2016 concert season.

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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter: Dispensary Location Appropriateness Vs. Patients' Reasonable Safe Access

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:10 am

Dear Editor, Santa Monicans for Safe Access (SAMOSA) should like to comment on your article Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity published on April 17. Your article mentioned that the permissible areas where a medical marijuana dispensary might be located are, essentially, along Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds. East of Lincoln. In fact, it is far more restrictive than that.

Proceeds from the fundraiser dinner at Back on Broadway will provide a myriad of activities and classes for hundreds of youth to be engaged and off the streets during the critical hours afterschool.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Last Chance To Buy Tickets To Chez PAL Fundraiser Dinner On Thursday

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:29 am

The City of Santa Monica Police Activities League will partner with Back on Broadway to host the annual Chez PAL Dinner this Thursday, April 30.

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held today.

News, Santa Monica, Television

42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Today: Check Out Complete Nomination List

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:23 am

Television's best talk shows, network morning programs, soap operas and game shows will be honored at today's 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Broad New Vaccination Law Is A Must

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:10 am

Rarely has a new law been so urgently and obviously needed as the broad children’s vaccination requirement now being carried by the state Legislature’s only medical doctor, Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Can Automatic Registration Increase Voter Turnout?

Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 8:08 am

No sooner had Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a new law automatically making a registered voter of every person who applies for or renews a drivers license in her state than California’s top elections official jumped on the idea.

The rePLANET recycling station at Lincoln and Ocean Park.

News, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Ocean Park/Lincoln Residents Furious Over Noisy Recycling Station

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 10:03 am

Faced with a never-ending background soundtrack of crashing bottles and crunching aluminum cans, residents on Ocean Park and Lincoln have had enough. They’re calling on Santa Monica City to put an end to the cacophony of smashing sounds and the increasing number of homeless people trekking to the area at all hours to cash in recyclables seven days a week.

California Incline detours that are now in effect through Spring 2016.

Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

The “Big Three” Santa Monica Construction Projects

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:39 am

The California Incline closed to traffic on Monday, April 20. I made the circuit of the “Big Three,” the three construction projects that have Santa Monicans talking about traffic. Walking from the under construction light rail station at 4th and Colorado, along the under construction Colorado Esplanade, and up Ocean Avenue to the under construction California Incline. All three projects have an estimated end date of Spring 2016.

Michael Edlen has helped over 1,000 clients achieve their real estate goals since 1986.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica

Why Homeowners Feel Held Hostage By Taxes

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:37 am

Each month, my team and I provide complimentary local home value estimates for nearly a dozen homeowners. Many of these owners just want a rough idea of value as part of their overall financial picture for future plans. Others are simply curious what their home might be worth now.

Dr. Heather Bennett Schickedanz is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:35 am

Inspired to do some spring cleaning this April? Don’t forget to take stock of your medicine cabinet while cleaning out your garage or attic. Reviewing your medications with your care team to make sure they are still appropriate is vitally important, especially if you take five or more medications.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

Eat, Sleep, Pray In Santa Barbara

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:32 am

For years, my friends have told me to spend a weekend by myself. A weekend to clear my head, focus on and create what I want to do for the rest of my life, and get spiritually centered.