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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.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Metropolitan Transit Authority

Most Expensive Bidder Awarded $1.6B Metro Purple Line Extension Contract

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:59 am

A joint venture of three construction firms was awarded a $1.6 billion contract by the Metro Board of Directors on Thursday to build the first phase of the Metro Purple Line subway extension toward the Westside, despite concerns the venture was by far the most expensive bidder for the project.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica

James Cameron Sells 703-Acre Coastal Santa Monica Mountains Property

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:56 am

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority announced it closed escrow Thursday on a 703-acre property in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains purchased from Oscar-winning director James Cameron.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Competing City-Backed Santa Moncia Airport Ballot Measure Close To Final

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:55 am

A third time is not always the charm. The Santa Monica City Council inched significantly closer to a ballot initiative to challenge and compete with an aviation-backed measure to determine the future of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), but a final product is not quite ready.

Santa Monica Councilmember Kevin McKeown turns in his nominating signatures, the first candidate to do so. Receiving the nomination petitions at City Hall was Assistant City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Kevin McKeown First Person To Qualify For Santa Monica City Council Ballot

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:50 am

The race for the Santa Monica City Council continues to shape up, as incumbent Council member Kevin McKeown became the first candidate to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot on Monday. Recreation and Parks commissioner Phil Brock became the second candidate to qualify on Wednesday.

A Washington D.C. based environmental advocacy group, who is working with the local group Malibu Unites, alleges the SMMUSD is failing to take the most conservative steps regarding environmental questions at Malibu schools.

News, Health, Malibu, Santa Monica, Smmusd

New Testing Reportedly Finds Illegal Levels Of Toxins At Malibu Schools

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:49 am

Two groups urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week to reject a plan reportedly offered by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) to maintain a 15-year status quo after a new round of testing purportedly revealed “illegal levels of a toxic compound dramatically higher than previously reported” at district-operated schools in Malibu.

Tongva Park will host free family events this Saturday from 10 am to noon at the children’s play area and Wednesday from 7-9 pm.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Parks, Santa Monica

Enjoy Two Free Fun Tongva Park Events This Saturday, Wednesday

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:47 am

A family-friendly morning with Tongva and Chumash Native American story-telling and craft workshops will be held this Saturday morning at Tongva Park. The first season of cultural programming for Tongva Park continues Wednesday with an evening community dance with an internationally known salsa band.

The closure zone through Tuesday, Aug. 5.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Metro Begins Full Closure Of 14th Street At Colorado In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:45 am

For the next two weeks, it might be a good idea to avoid Colorado Avenue between 14th Street and downtown Santa Monica, as the Expo Line’s second phase expansion now claims two closed intersections to install rail for the new Metro train service.

News, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Obama

Obama To Visit Brentwood, Downtown Los Angeles Today

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:28 am

President Barack Obama is set to conclude a planned 24-hour visit to the Los Angeles area today by participating in another Democratic National Committee fundraiser and speaking at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College about the economy.

The steel pipeline is 10 inches in diameter that runs for 3.9 miles within Santa Monica along 26th Street.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Pipeline To Continue Carrying Crude Oil Underneath Santa Monica Through 2024

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:21 am

About four miles of pipeline that runs underneath Santa Monica and carries crude oil will continue to operate through at least 2024, thanks to a franchise agreement the City Council unanimously approved July 8.

Eighth grader Ava Delaney’s cover of “Bridge OverTroubled Water” is now available on iTunes for 99cents with all profits being given to InternationalJustice Mission.

News, Music, Santa Monica, Non Profits

8th Grader Records "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Cover To Help End Child Trafficking

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:18 am

Veteran music producer Peter Asher is no stranger to creating emotionally charged music over the past four decades while producing hit records for James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and 10,000 Maniacs.

History, travel, romance, and fantasy inspire debut novel by young Santa Monica author C.T. Hillin.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Author

Santa Monica Author C.T. Hillin Debuts First Novel "The Imati"

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:16 am

Santa Monica author C.T. Hillin recently finished her first paranormal romance novel “The Imati” that’s set in a world of immortals, Souljumpers, Seekers, and ancient prophecies. The book centers around a 300-year-old “Imati” (an immortal) who looks like a 17-year-old girl.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: When A Man Does Not Want To Commit

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:13 am

Dear Anthea, I have a real problem with a man in my life. We have been seeing each other on and off for years but he won’t make a commitment of an exclusive relationship. I end up going over to his place and spending the night, I keep thinking things will be different and start progressing but they never do. I can’t seem to end the relationship, he doesn’t call me for weeks but I always end up contacting him. – Yasmin, 41

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Drunk, Topless Woman, 20, Arrested After Breaking Into Santa Monica Apartment

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:11 am

An intoxicated 20-year-old woman roaming the streets of Santa Monica with her breasts exposed was arrested on Friday, July 11 after breaking into an apartment by smashing through a glass window.

Huntington Beach resident Daniel Becerril II.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

2008 Montana Avenue Murder Suspect Sentenced To 15 Years Prison

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 6:51 pm

A Huntington Beach financial consultant was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in prison for murdering elementary school teacher Alexander Merman in his apartment in the 500 block of Montana Avenue in 2008 after Merman had uncovered a complex fraud scheme.

News, Santa Monica, Court

California Supreme Court Refuses To Review Santa Monica Murder Case

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 3:34 pm

The California Supreme Court refused today to review the case against a gang member convicted in December 2010 of murdering five people in Los Angeles and Santa Monica during a crime spree that stretched over more than three years.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades

No Injuries In Pacific Palisades House Fire

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 12:43 pm

A fire damaged a house in the Pacific Palisades area today, but no one was hurt.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica

Schedule For Obama's Third Los Angeles Trip In Three Months

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:31 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive aboard Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon for a planned 24 1/2-hour visit to conduct two political fundraisers and speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

News, Real Estate, California, Santa Monica

Equity Home Sales Reach Highest Level In California Since Housing Crisis Began

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:28 am

Equity home sales -- standard sales in which a seller has equity in the property being sold -- in June reached their highest level in California since the housing crisis began, the California Association of Realtors reported today.

The Santa Monica Relay for Life returns to Santa Monica College.

News, Health, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Relay For Life Returns To Santa Monica College This Weekend

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:24 am

Santa Monica’s annual Relay for Life, a relay to promote cancer awareness, is a touching event about to celebrate its 12th year. It will be held this weekend – July 26-27 – at Santa Monica College (co-sponsor and host of the event).

News, Venice, Fire Department, Santa Monica

46 Firefighters Knock Down Venice Apartment Building Fire In 17 Minutes

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:18 am

A man was hospitalized with minor injuries and a woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries after a small fire in a multistory apartment building in Venice early today, authorities said.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Brawl Ends With Attempted Murder Charge After Man Stabbed

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:14 am

A brawl between two men at a Santa Monica residential complex on Saturday, July 12 escalated to both men being arrested – one charged with attempted murder after producing a knife and stabbing the other man during the fight.