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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

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

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.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Housing

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Is For Everyone

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:36 am

Dear Editor, Santa Monica always has been in the forefront of protecting and producing affordable homes. When Santa Monica passed its landmark rent control law on April 10, 1979, we took a bold step to preserve affordable housing for seniors, families and others. In 1990, when we passed Measure R, we codified our commitment by mandating that 30 percent of all new housing be affordable.

Every day, sixth- through eighth-graders (Shirley Tarpley’s sixth-graders pictured here with Yes! for Schools lead Justin McGurrin) at John Adams Middle School take a moment to stop, breathe and practice presence through the Mindfulness Program, which is part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District initiative to enhance school climate at all sites.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Education, John Adams Middle School

John Adams Middle School Mindfulness Program Seeks To Enhance School Climate

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:19 am

Did you know the sixth- through eighth-graders at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school participate in a Mindfulness Program, which is a part of the SMMUSD’s initiative to enhance school climate at all sites.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Apartment Robbed Overnight Near Third Street Promenade

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:05 am

A burglar was interrupted while at a Santa Monica apartment early today but still managed to escape with musical instruments and a computer, police said.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Security Guard Assaulted After Pepper Spraying Suspect With Knife

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:02 am

A security guard in Santa Monica was assaulted after pepper spraying the suspect, a 23-year-old homeless man, later known to have 13 outstanding warrants.

Sheila Kuehl.

News, Business, Board Of Supervisors

Kuehl, Solis Call For Economic Impact Study Of Raising Minimum Wage

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:56 am

Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl (Third District) and Hilda Solis (First District) said today they look forward to the results of a minimum wage study anticipated to win approval at the Board’s weekly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the County’s Hall of Administration downtown.

Santa Monica Forward says it endorses the community’s vision for its future, expressed in the LUCE.

News, Development, Santa Monica

New Group Wants “Diverse, Sustainable & Equitable” Future For Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:35 am

A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.

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

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, April 3

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:25 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, April 3, in the following locations.

The Expo Line train along Exposition Boulevard between the USC campus and Exposition Park.

News, Los Angeles, Exposition Light Rail

Expo Service Resumes, USC Professor Says Crash Was Predictable

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:15 am

Expo Line trains resumed passing USC on Sunday, as a motorist remained hospitalized with injuries suffered when he drove a car driven into a train's path.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested In Santa Monica For Blasting Music In Car While Intoxicated

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:12 am

A 42-year-old Los Angeles resident was charged with resisting officers and public intoxication after he was found parked with his door open and blasting music.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way To Unclog Congestion On Santa Monica Streets?

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm

Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Best California Budget Idea? Letting Sick, Elderly Convicts Go

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 11:56 am

Sometimes it can take more than a decade for a completely sensible idea to catch on. So it is with what may be the single best money-saving idea in last year’s state budget, one that is just now beginning fully to take hold.

News, Santa Monica, Box Office

"Home" Tops Weekend Box Office With $54 Million In Sales

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 10:21 am

An animated movie from Dreamworks, "Home," opened in the number one spot this weekend and proved that a PG-rated family movie can out-muscle the slew of recent raunchy comedies, an industry analyst said today.

News, Awards, Film, Folm

Kids Choice Awards Winners; Angelina Jolie Makes First Public Appearance Since Ovaries Removed

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 8:54 am

Actress-director Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since announcing she had her ovaries removed as a precaution against cancer to accept a Kids Choice Award.

News, Exposition Light Rail, Police Department

Expo Line Train Wreck Cleared After Collision With Hyundai Sonata

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 8:45 am

The wreckage from the crash between an Expo Line train and a car, which left one person in grave condition, has been cleared. The collision occurred Saturday when the train this hit a car that turned in front of it at Exposition Park. In addition to the person who was reportedly near death, 20 other people were also injured. That unidentified person was driving a Hyundai Sonata and had to be cut from the crumpled car, authorities said.

WISE and Healthy Aging will honor Dr. Chui Tsang and Drs. Reece and Wang at its ‘Celebration of Caring’ event on April 18.

News, Health, Senior, Non Profits

Wise & Healthy Aging Announces 2015 Honorees For Celebration Of Caring

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:50 am

Area professionals, caregivers, and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of Southland seniors will be honored by Santa Monica-based WISE & Healthy Aging at its annual Celebration of Caring event, announced Grace Cheng Braun, President and CEO.