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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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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, California, Ucla, Education

Tuition To Increase At UCLA, UC Campuses Following Board Of Regents Vote

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:17 am

The University of California Board of Regents approved tuition hikes today that will increase students’ costs by as much as 5 percent a year over the next five years at UCLA and other campuses across the state.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Community Challenged To Raise Funds To Match $100,000 Contribution

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:31 am

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. earlier this month announced that it is challenging the Santa Monica and Malibu communities to raise funds to match its $100,000 contribution to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF).

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Roosevelt Elementary School To Rally To Reduce Waste This Friday

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:29 am

For the first time in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District history, students at Roosevelt Elementary School are up to the challenge to reduce their lunchtime waste. They're kicking off their participation in Grades of Green's Trash-Free Lunch Challenge this Friday, now in its fourth year, with a "Prep Rally" to motivate and inspire students to make a positive impact on their environment.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Challenging Promenade Shoppers To Fight

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:22 am

Santa Monica police arrested a man but later released him after challenging passersby on the Third Street Promenade to fight on Saturday, Nov. 8.

News, Ocean, Rancho Palos Verdes

Kelp Forest Coming Back In Force Off Palos Verdes Peninsula

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:17 am

A kelp forest is coming back in force since volunteer divers cleared away more than a million urchins from the rocky bottom of the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula over the past year, drawing hungry spiny lobster, bass and octopus, a nonprofit environmental group reported today.

Seven Days, Celebrity, West Hollywood

Brooke Shields To Sign Memoir Copies At West Hollywood Book Store

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:14 am

Actress Brooke Shields will meet the public and sign copies of her memoir at a West Hollywood book store tonight.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Westwood, Usc

UCLA Bonfire Rally At Westwood Campus Tonight Ahead Of USC Game Saturday

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:11 am

The Southland's biggest football game of the year will be held Saturday when UCLA and USC face off at the Rose Bowl, and Bruin fans will get gearing up tonight for the rivalry with UCLA's annual bonfire rally on the Westwood campus.

News, Celebrity, Film, Hollywood

"Horrible Bosses 2" To Premiere In Hollywood Tonight With Red Carpet

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:07 am

The stars will be out in Hollywood tonight for the premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2." Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Carmen Electra are expected to stroll down the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard starting at 6 pm.

News, Education, Police Department

Mira Costa High School To Reopen Today Following Anonymous Threats

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:04 am

Classes are scheduled to resume today at Mira Costa High School, which has been closed the past two days due to anonymous threats posted on the Yik Yak social messaging app.

News, Transportation, 405 Freeway

Single-Vehicle Accident Closes 405 Freeway Briefly At Venice Boulevard

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:02 am

The carpool and fast lanes of the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Venice Boulevard in West Los Angeles reopened around 6:30 am Thursday.

Obituary, Santa Monica, Film

Hollywood Director Mike Nichols Dies Age 83

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 7:58 am

Mike Nichols, who directed such landmark films as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate" and who was among the few to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, has died. He was 83.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Firefighters Knock Down Attic Fire In 30 Minutes

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 11:21 am

The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a house under major renovation at 2311 La Mesa Dr. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:29 am.


News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Izzy & Chloe

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:51 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Izzy and Chloe.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation To Host Benefit Auction At Lexus Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:47 am

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation will host its 2nd Annual LA Initiative Benefit Auction at Lexus Santa Monica this Thursday, Nov. 20.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

City Of Santa Monica Named A 2014 Digital Cities Winner

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:42 am

The City of Santa Monica is one of the top ranked digital cities according to the 2014 Digital Cities Survey conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government.

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

Submit Now For 2015 Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:37 am

The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Man Arrested After Spitting On A Father At Ozone Park

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

A 46-year-old Santa Monica man was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 8 after spitting on a father who was protecting his children from this belligerent and possibly violent human.

Walter Wenko has been missing since Monday after getting off a flight at LAX.

News, Police Department, Lax

LAX Police Ask For Help Finding 70-Year-Old Man Last Seen Monday

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:18 am

Los Angeles police asked for the public's help in finding a 70-year-old man who got off an Evergreen International Airlines flight and was last seen leaving Los Angeles International Airport's customs area.

News, California, Ucla, Santa Monica, Education

UC Board Of Regents To Begin Consideration Of 5 Percent Tuition Hike

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:13 am

Students at UCLA and other UC campuses across the state will have their eyes on San Francisco today, where the university system's Board of Regents is scheduled to begin considering a proposal to hike tuition by 5 percent a year over the next five years.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Subway Sandwich Shop Robbed By Two Armed Masked Men

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

Two masked men robbed a sandwich shop in Santa Monica, police said today.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

For 49th Day, Los Angeles County Gasoline Price Continues To Drop

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:04 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped today to its lowest amount since Dec. 3, 2010, decreasing 1.3 cents to $3.167.

News, Santa Monica Place, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Designer Diane Von Furstenberg Signs Books At Santa Monica Place Boutique

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 2:30 pm

Diane von Furstenberg held a book signing celebration at her new boutique at Santa Monica Place on Monday evening.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

SHINE Storytellers “Finding Bravery” At YWCA Santa Monica Event Nov. 20

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:47 am

When life knocked you down or fear gripped you, how did you move forward? These are questions storytellers will answer at the next SHINE event with its inspiring true stories of “Finding Bravery.”

News, Venice, Beach, Courts

Woman Run Over By Lifeguard SUV On Venice Beach Files Negligence Lawsuit

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:43 am

A woman who was run over by an SUV driven by a lifeguard at Venice Beach filed a negligence lawsuit Monday against the County of Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democratic Club Cancels Nov. 19 General Meeting

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:34 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club has cancelled its general meeting that was scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 19.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man Arrested For Masturbating At Santa Monica Beach

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:28 am

Santa Monica police arrested a homeless man on the beach on Friday, Nov. 7 after a lifeguard spotted this 43-year-old with his pants down and masturbating.

Los Angeles, Courts, Police Department

Bryan Stow Attackers Negotiating Plea Deals In Federal Weapons Case

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:23 am

The two men who beat Bryan Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking -- leaving the San Francisco Giants fan with permanent brain injuries -- are negotiating plea deals with prosecutors to resolve federal weapons charges that could add 10 years to their current prison sentences, attorneys said Monday.

Sports, Santa Monica, Football, Police Department, Usc

USC Cornerback Josh Shaw Will Not Be Charged With Domestic Violence

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:20 am

USC cornerback Josh Shaw will not be charged following an investigation into potential domestic violence, but remained suspended today as the team prepares for the Trojans' big game against UCLA.

News, Dining, Santa Monica, Courts

Former Santa Monica Sushi Restaurant Pleads Guilty To Serving Whale Meat

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:16 am

The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.

News, Los Angeles, Port Of Los Angeles

Truck Drivers Expand Strike At Ports Of Los Angeles & Long Beach

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:12 am

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach expanded a trucker's strike today to rail yards that dispatch cargo to and from warehouses and distribution centers, a union announced.

News, Art, Brentwood, Getty Museum

Getty Museum Acquires 1881 Edouard Manet Painting For More Than $65 Million

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:08 am

The J. Paul Getty Museum’s newest acquisition, an 1881 Edouard Manet painting for which the museum paid more than $65 million, will go on view on Nov. 25, it was reported today.