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Santa Monica Beat

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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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.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Vehicle On Santa Monica Beach

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:42 am

A man who said he was hit by a vehicle on Santa Monica State Beach was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Threatening To Kill Community Center Employee

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:39 am

A 50-year-old homeless man was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 10 after threatening to kill an employee at the OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center).

News, Santa Monica, Film

"The Maze Runner" Debuts At Top Of Box Office

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:36 am

The youth-based sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner" debuted in the top spot at this weekend's box office, earning more than twice as much as second-place finisher "A Walk Among The Tombstones,'' according to Rentrak industry analysts.

Ernest Hollins.

News, Police Department, Culver City

Culver City Police Ask For Public's Help Locating Missing 70-Year-Old Man

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:31 am

A 70-year-old man with memory difficulties has gone missing in Culver City and police today sought the public's help in locating him.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

State Republicans Vote To Back Two Measures On November Ballot, Oppose Two

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:27 am

Delegates to the California Republican Party convention voted on Sunday to oppose initiatives on the November ballot on health insurance and sentencing while supporting a water bond and a measure on the state's "rainy day fund."

News, Santa Monica, Technology

NASA MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:24 am

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit on Sunday at 7:24 p.m. P.D.T. and will prepare to study the planet's upper atmosphere, according to the Media Relations Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Sports, Santa Monica, Running

Redondo Beach Man Wins Triathlon On New Course

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:21 am

Chris Foster of Redondo Beach won the pro division of the Herbalife Triathlon on Sunday on a new course in Torrance, finishing 47 seconds ahead of Jason Pedersen of Poway.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Sept. 26

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:07 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Sept. 26 in the following locations.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Student Named Winner Of 2014 IP Video Contest

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 7:01 am

Natalie DiMundo, a Lincoln Middle School student, and Rosalynn Moe, her teacher have won the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation's IP Video Contest.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Chamber Of Commerce Expands Civic Engagement

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:55 am

With all eyes on November, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is expanding its civic engagement efforts to encourage Santa Monica residents and businesses to get involved and stay involved in the upcoming citywide election, and beyond.

News, Sports, Santa Monica, Running

Herbalife Triathlon Today With New Course

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:37 am

The Herbalife Triathlon will be held Sunday in Torrance for the first time, replacing a course that stretched from Venice Beach to downtown Los Angeles.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Television

"Madam Secretary" To Premiere On CBS Tonight

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:31 am

"Madam Secretary," a drama starring Tea Leoni as a secretary of state balancing demands of her job with her responsibilities to her family, premieres at 8 p.m. tonight and will be rerun at 10 p.m. on CBS.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Why Democrats Will Have A Lock On California For A While

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 6:29 am

It was lawbreaking, both proven and alleged, that ended the Democrats’ supermajority in the state Senate. Republicans and their efforts had nothing to do with it. Until state Sens. Roderick Wright of Los Angeles, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco encountered serious legal problems, Democrats had more than two-thirds of the seats in both houses of the Legislature for almost the first time ever.

News, Santa Monica, Metro

Metro Blue In Downtown Long Beach Closed For 30 Days

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

The Metro Blue Line loop in downtown Long Beach closed today for 30 days and $1.2 billion worth of repairs.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica

Two People Hospitalized After Malibu Rollover

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:35 am

Two people have been hospitalized after their vehicle overturned near the Malibu tunnel early today.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Rand Paul To Speak At California Republican Party Convention In L..A.

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:33 am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak today at a luncheon and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, at a dinner during the California Republican Party convention.

Sports, Opinion, California, Santa Monica

The NFL: The New Vatican?

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:10 am

This just in: The ranks of professional football players include many large and muscular men who are prone to acts of violence. We’ll have more on this sudden and totally unexpected revelation, but first our top story: Gosh, it’s hot outside! Is there something going on with the climate of the planet?

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Tesla 'Loss': California Evades A Massive Giveaway

Posted Sep. 20, 2014, 8:08 am

There are very few Americans who need welfare and government support less than Elon Musk, the hyper-creative head of the Tesla Motors electric car company, the Space X rocketry and satellite hoisting firm and Solar City, a leader in renewable energy.

News, Santa Monica, Smrr

SMRR Adds Vote of Support to Sue Himmelrich for Santa Monica City Council

Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 2:12 pm

Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) has announced a Vote of Support for Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich in the upcoming Santa Monica City Council elections.