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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 presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

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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.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean

Rescues Remain Constant In Santa Monica Despite High Surf Pounding Beach

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 2:43 pm

Despite high surf pounding the Southland, the number of rescues has remained relatively the same along the coasts of Santa Monica, Venice, Pacific Palisades, and Topanga.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Warn Residents About Phishing Scammers

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:36 am

Santa Monica police are warning residents to be vigilant toward phishing - fraudulent activity in which email messages or phone calls are used to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card numbers.

News, Music, Santa Monica

Orchestra Santa Monica Announce 2014/15 Season Of Four Concerts

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:29 am

Orchestra Santa Monica this week announced its exciting 2014-2015 season of four orchestra concerts. Entering its third season, Orchestra Santa Monica (OSM) has been enthusiastically embraced by music lovers in Santa Monica and its surrounding communities.

PV Guru's President and co-founder Michael Lackna.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Solar Company Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:25 am

Santa Monica-based PV Guru Inc., a full-service solar and electric company, has announced that President and co-founder Michael Lackna has earned the industry’s leading recognition of expertise as a certified installer of photovoltaic electric systems from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

News, Santa Monica, Television

Thousands Of Time Warner Cable Customers Report Loss Of Cable, Internet Service

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:21 am

Up to 3,000 Los Angeles customers have reported a loss of cable and or internet service, an internet service provider said today.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean

High Surf Pounds Beaches For Second Day, Advisory Remains Through Friday

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:17 am

High surf pounded the coast for a second day today, causing some street flooding, as an investigation was under way into the death of a surfer who perished in rough seas.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Police Department, Non Profits

Santa Monica Outreach Group Mourn Loss Of Volunteer, Ask For Donations

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:12 am

A Santa Monica-based homeless outreach group asked for donations today in the name of a volunteer who was fatally injured in an accident Friday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Vineyard Owners Protest Modifications To Zoning Plan In Santa Monica Mountains

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:08 am

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve modifications to a zoning plan aimed at protecting the Santa Monica Mountains, drawing praise from environmentalists and equestrians but protests from vineyard owners.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Man Who Stole "Bait Bicycle"

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:05 am

A 51-year-old man was arrested in Venice on Saturday, Aug. 16 after being caught stealing a “bait bicycle” under the surveillance of the Santa Monica Police Department.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Ocean

High Surf Claims Life Of Malibu Surfer

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, 3:46 pm

A surfer was found unconscious today in Malibu, where six-to eight-foot waves were reported, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Woman Struck & Killed By Landscaping Truck Near Crescent Bay Park In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, 9:26 am

A 62-year-old woman who provided outreach services to the homeless in the City of Santa Monica was struck and killed by a landscaping truck on Friday morning, the Santa Monica Police Department said Monday.

News, Santa Monica, Brentwood

12-Inch Water Main Ruptures At Mandeville Canyon Road In Brentwood

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, 9:23 am

A water main rupture flooded a street in Brentwood, a DWP spokeswoman said. A 12-inch water main ruptured at Mandeville Canyon Road and Westridge Road in Brentwood, said LADWP's Gale Harris.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather

Hurricane Marie To Generate High Surf Through Friday

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, 9:19 am

High surf generated by Hurricane Marie will batter California's coast starting today, raising fears of some flooding and powerful rip currents through Friday and creating "extremely dangerous" conditions for swimmers and surfers, forecasters said.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Three Santa Monica Armed Robbers Arrested While Fleeing On 10 Freeway

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, 9:15 am

Santa Monica police arrested three armed robbery suspects on Saturday, Aug. 16 shortly after they stole about $120 from a parking lot attendant and tried to flee on the 10 Freeway.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On 10 Freeway In Santa Monica At McClure Tunnel

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, 9:12 am

A motorcyclist was killed today in a crash on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway in Santa Monica, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Santa Monica College Executive Vice President Randy Lawson, who passed away unexpectedly last week, has left a legacy of state-wide accomplishment in community college instructional planning.

News, Obituary, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Santa Monica College CIO Randal Lawson Dies Unexpectedly At 66

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 12:18 pm

Santa Monica College Executive Vice President and Chief Instructional Officer Randal “Randy” Lawson died unexpectedly on Aug. 19, 2014. He was 66.

The Bay Foundation's Ivan Medel gives background and overview about the reserve.

News, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey

Yahoo! Volunteers Help Clean Up Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:44 am

The Bay Foundation and Friends of Ballona Wetlands recently hosted volunteers from across regional offices of Yahoo! on a tour of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve (BWER), followed by restoration efforts.

The coasters are bilingual, and will be available in local establishments, such as O'Briens, Finn McCools, Patrick's Roadhouse, and The Galley, to name a few.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean

Drink Coaster Campaign To Remind Beachgoers Of Dangers Of Rip Currents

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:26 am

To promote ocean safety and remind beachgoers of the dangers of rip currents, the Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association (LACoSLSA) has created an awareness campaign targeting local restaurants.

News, Music, Celebrity, Santa Monica

A Look At The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Winners

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:22 am

Miley Cyrus won the top award, Beyonce won three awards and newcomer 5 Seconds of Summer took home two at Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, held at the Forum in Inglewood.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Police Department

Investigation Continues Into "Suge" Knight Shooting In West Hollywood Nightclub

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:08 am

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was the apparent target of a gunman who shot him and two other people at a party at a Sunset Strip nightclub before the MTV Video Music Awards, according to a sheriff's investigator.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Personal Trainer Arrested After Stealing Jewelry From Client's Home

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:03 am

A Santa Monica personal trainer was recently arrested after surveillance footage captured him stealing jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from one of his clients.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Seven Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Aug. 29

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 8:59 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Aug. 29 in the following locations.