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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.

News, Santa Monica, Earthquake

Prelim 3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Los Angeles

Posted May. 3, 2015, 4:27 am

Los Angeles-area residents have taken to Twitter and other social media saying they were awakened by the 3.9 earthquake that rocked the greater Los Angeles area at 4:07 am. 

Latest 405 Freeway news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department, 405 Freeway

Woman Seriously Injured On 405 Freeway Near Century Boulevard After Car Flips

Posted May. 2, 2015, 10:40 am

A woman was hospitalized this morning after being seriously injured when her car overturned on the San Diego (405) Freeway near Century Boulevard and she was ejected onto the ground, authorities reported.

The stepchildren of the woman killed Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in a Malibu car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that involved reality TV star Bruce Jenner has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

News, Malibu, Courts, Pch

Stepchildren Of Woman Who Died In Bruce Jenner PCH Crash File Lawsuit

Posted May. 2, 2015, 9:38 am

The stepchildren of a Calabasas woman who died in a multi-car collision involving Bruce Jenner in Malibu filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the former Olympic champion who says he has long suffered from gender confusion and now identifies as a woman.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Beach, Santa Monica, Columnist

Old Ideas Are Nude Again When It Comes To Women Bathing Topless On Beaches

Posted May. 2, 2015, 9:24 am

Sorry to race right to the finale, but … there will not be any nude or “topless” sun bathing on Venice Beach. Not because of any lack of support for rights or women having parity in the ability to cast off their tops… but because I am offering this sensible list of "Top 10 Reasons There Will No Topless Bathing at Venice Beach."

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

When A Fine Is Only Half A Fine For Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s $1.6 Billion Tab

Posted May. 2, 2015, 9:18 am

Only minutes after an announcement that the California Public Utilities Commission would fine the state’s largest utility company $1.6 billion for violating state and federal gas pipeline safety standards, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it would not appeal the decision.

News, Santa Monica, Rand

Santa Monica's Rand Corp.: Sexual Assault Remains A Problem In U.S. Military

Posted May. 2, 2015, 9:02 am

Sexual assault remains a problem in the U.S. military, with more than 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurring in 2014, according to a survey released today by the Rand Corp., a Santa Monica-based think tank.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Two Gang Members Connected To Santa Monica Store Robberies Arrested

Posted May. 2, 2015, 8:59 am

Two men described by authorities as South Los Angeles gang members were facing felony robbery charges Friday after their arrests on suspicion of stealing $3,000 worth of perfume from a Rolling Hills Estates Abercrombie & Fitch store.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Tesla Strikes Pedestrian At Santa Monica Boulevard/Centinela

Posted May. 2, 2015, 8:57 am

A pedestrian was struck by a Tesla and injured at a busy West Los Angeles intersection during Friday's afternoon rush.

Barry Sherman is one of two remaining rent-controlled tenants who live at Palihouse Santa Monica who are being evicted in May.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Remaining Two Palihouse Residents File Lawsuit Against City Of Santa Monica

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:32 am

The two remaining residents at Palihouse, formerly Embassy Apartments, Santa Monica, have filed a lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica and the Rent Control Board of the City of Santa Monica in the lead up to the residents’ impending eviction this month.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court has rejected the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes' appeal, meaning the ban on displaying nativity scenes at Palisades Park stands.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Backers Lose Court Appeal, Palisades Park Ban To Stand

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:12 am

The long-running legal battle between Santa Monica’s Nativity Scenes and the City appears to have come to an end, with a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the City of Santa Monica on Thursday. The ruling comes after the judges heard oral arguments from both sides Feb. 6 in Pasadena.

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

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Numbers Crunched, Santa Monica Wellbeing Index Results Released

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:09 am

Santa Monica City Hall released its findings from the Wellbeing Index Monday, a collection of wide-ranging data used to better understand the wellbeing of Santa Monica residents. The project aims to allow the city of Santa Monica to consider new data about how people are doing.

Santa Monica Playhouse co-artistic directors Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie with Rotary president George Collins and Rotarian Diane Margolin.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Rotarians Hear From Santa Monica Playhouse Directors

Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:07 am

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica celebrated Staff Support Day on Friday, April 24, as several club members brought along guests deserving of appreciation. From co-workers to assistants, Riviera Country Club was bustling with additional colleagues and friends, all of whom became acquainted with the club during the meeting’s introductions.

Dennis Downs has been appointed Interim Fire Chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department.

News, Santa Monica, Fire De

Retired Pasadena Fire Chief Tapped As Interim Santa Monica Fire Dept. Chief

Posted Apr. 30, 2015, 9:31 am

An Interim Fire Chief for Santa Monica Fire Department has been named following Scott Ferguson's announcement earlier this month he is leaving the post to work in Riverside County.

Santa Monica’s Vision Internet, which specializes in developing local government websites, continues to grow as cites and counties are challenged to provide the same level of customer experience offered by leading private sector companies.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Technology Provider Names Three New Executives, Ramps Up Hiring

Posted Apr. 30, 2015, 9:13 am

In response to citizens’ growing demand for digital services and fueled by an August 2014 investment from Los Angeles-based Caltius Equity, Santa Monica-based Vision Internet, innovators in online government, has announced the appointment of three new executives and plans to boost its workforce by 40 percent this year.

Santa Monica College is offering all California high school students free college classes this summer.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Offers Free College Classes To High School Students

Posted Apr. 30, 2015, 9:05 am

Santa Monica College is offering all California high school students free college classes this summer. SMC is waiving the enrollment fee (currently $46 per unit) for students now attending Grades 8 through 11, and for certain students in Grade 12.

A ticket with five numbers in Wednesday night's drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery, but missing the Powerball number, was sold at the L and K Market in Santa Monica and is worth $600,140.

News, Main Street, Santa Monica

L & K Market In Santa Monica Sells Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $600,000

Posted Apr. 30, 2015, 8:51 am

A ticket with five numbers in Wednesday night's drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery, but missing the Powerball number, was sold at the L & K Market at 2127 Main St. in Santa Monica and is worth $600,140.

A magnitude-3.7 earthquake struck at 7:01 a.m. at a depth of slightly more than 7 miles, it's epicenter 2 miles east-northeast of Carson.

News, Santa Monica, Earthquake

3.4 Earthquake Rattles Parts Of Los Angeles Area; Epicenter In Carson

Posted Apr. 30, 2015, 8:22 am

A magnitude-3.4 earthquake rattled parts of the Los Angeles area this morning.