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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, Malibu, Weather

Falling Rocks Strike Vehicle In Malibu On Topanga Canyon Boulevard

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 4:18 pm

Falling rocks struck a vehicle in Malibu today, causing no injuries but prompting a city official to warn motorists of the potential danger from storm-related hillside debris.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Man Shot To Death Near Hamilton High School In Beverlywood, Others Injured

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 2:26 pm

Three men were shot today -- one fatally -- in what police said may have been a gang- or drug-related crime in the Beverlywood area of Los Angeles.

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place To Open New Concierge Lounge

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:50 am

Santa Monica Place has announced it will open a new Concierge Lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Joseph Maviglia.

News, Music, Santa Monica

Catching Up With Joseph Maviglia, Author Of “Critics Who Know Jack”

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:39 am

Joseph Maviglia is a singer-songwriter, poet, and essayist whose work has appeared in journals and media across North America and Europe. His tribute poem jazz dharma was commissioned the the CBC’s The Sunday Edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alan Ginseberg’s iconic poem "Howl."

Tim Blaylock is the new CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Announces New CEO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:35 am

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, serving the community since 1944, has announced the selection of Tim Blaylock, as its new Chief Executive Officer.


News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Starla & Shiloh

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:21 am

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

News, Health, Santa Monica, Chla

Richard Cordova To Retire As Children's Hospital Los Angeles President/CEO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:14 am

Children's Hospital Los Angeles announced today that its president and CEO is retiring, and a national search will be conducted to find a successor.

News, Los Angeles, Celebrity, Courts

"7th Heaven" Actor Stephen Collins Confessed To Sexual Allegations

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:11 am

"7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins confessed to having sexual contact with three girls 20, 32 and 40 years ago, it was reported today.

News, Environment, Marina Del Rey

Groups Call For Halt To County Plans To Cut Down 650 Marina Del Rey Trees

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:09 am

Environmental and community groups, working together as "Friends of Oxford Lagoon," called today for a halt to county plans to cut down 650 trees surrounding a marshy flood basin next to the Marina City Club towers.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Hotels

Two Hotel Groups Sue L.A. In Federal Court Over Minimum Wage Hike For Workers

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:08 am

Two hotel industry groups sued the city of Los Angeles in federal court today challenging the recent passage of a $15.37-per- hour minimum wage for workers at many hotels in the city.

Sports, Los Angeles, Football

San Diego Chargers Won't Move To Los Angeles In 2015

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:07 am

The number of potential NFL teams that could move to Los Angeles in 2015 dropped by one today when the San Diego Chargers announced they will again play in Qualcomm Stadium next season.

Sports, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Olympics

No U.S. City Selected Yet For U.S. 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:05 am

A Los Angeles delegation that included Mayor Eric Garcetti joined three other cities today making final pitches to the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors in Redwood City in hopes of becoming the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

News, Santa Monica, Weather, Ocean

Health Officials: Beachgoers Should Stay Out Of Runoff-Polluted Ocean Water

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:03 am

Health officials are warning beachgoers to stay out of runoff-polluted ocean water, storm drains, creeks and rivers.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Storms Produce Snow In Local Mountains, High Surf Along The Coast

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:02 am

The second of back-to-back storms kept the Southland wet for a second day today, producing snow in local mountains and high surf along the coast while raising more fears of flash flooding in areas below slopes denuded by wildfires, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley.

Sports, Los Angeles, Basketball, Clippers

Clippers To Hold Jewish Heritage Night, Hanukkah Celebration

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Clippers will conduct their fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night at tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center, and the team is dubbing the event, "Chanukah with the Clippers."

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Announces New Holiday Tree Collection Program

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:54 am

The City of Santa Monica is moving to a more convenient holiday tree collection plan: residents no longer need to cart their holiday tree to a City park.

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Public Input Sought On Final Phase Of Reed Park Improvements

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:52 am

The City of Santa Monica is kicking off the final phase of improvements at Reed Park, which will focus on the one-acre lawn in the northeast section of the park.

Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica, Religion

Church In Ocean Park To Host Longest Night Service This Saturday, Dec. 20

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:43 am

Church in Ocean Park will host "Longest Night Service" this Saturday, Dec. 20 from 5 pm to 6 pm, followed by a "Hug Walk" along Main Street from 6 pm to 7 pm.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica-Based Activision SVP Named To Easter Seals SoCal Board

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:40 am

Easter Seals Southern California (ESSC) Disability Services has named Lewis Shiro, senior vice president, financial, and administrative services for the Santa Monica-based interactive entertainment software publisher Activision Blizzard, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Assn. Teams With Firefighters To Promote Toy Drive

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:35 am

Every year, fire departments all across Southern California collect toys to distribute to needy boys and girls.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Chase Ends With Two Arrests, One Suspect At-Large

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:29 am

Santa Monica police arrested two men with a third suspect at-large following a police chase on Saturday, Dec. 6. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department on patrol in the area of 17th St. and Delaware Ave. chanced upon a vehicle with three occupants run a stop sign at 3:10 am.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Weather

Rainfall To Continue Through Wednesday In Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:22 am

Light rain generated by the first of two back-to-back storms expected in California doused the Southland early today amid fears that rainfall through Wednesday coming so soon after last week's drenching could unleash mud slides in areas previously stripped bare by wildfire.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Hanukkah Begins At Sundown

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:15 am

Hanukkah, Judaism's eight-day commemoration of the temple rededication that followed the Maccabees' victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C., begins at sundown tonight, amid a call to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

Nominations Close Friday For Santa Monica Chamber's Tech Startup Award

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:52 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is launching its inaugural Tech Startup Award at its 2015 State of the City breakfast on Jan. 20, 2015 at the SGI Auditorium, in downtown Santa Monica.

News, Environment, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Vigil On Dec. 23 To Remember Conservationist John Muir

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:48 am

John Muir, the renowned conservationist and Sierra Club founder who passed away 100 years ago, will be remembered and honored at a public 'John Muir 100th Anniversary Memorial Candlelight Vigil' in Santa Monica.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Portland Man Arrested On Third Street Promenade After Throwing Cup Of Water

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:41 am

A 32 year-old man from Portland, Oregon, was arrested on the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, Dec. 4, after throwing a cup of water at a woman.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Dec. 21

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:37 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Dec. 19 in the following locations:

News, Ucla, Football, Westwood

UCLA's Kendricks Wins College Football's Lott IMPACT Trophy

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:33 am

Eric Kendricks on Sunday became the second consecutive UCLA linebacker to receive The Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded to college football's defensive player of the year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym.

News, Police Department, Redondo Beach

Police Seek Hit-And-Run Driver Near South Bay Galleria In Redondo Beach

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:30 am

A man riding a bicycle was injured by a black SUV in a hit-and-run accident near the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, police said today.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Weather

Pair Of Storms Head For Santa Monica, Los Angeles Today

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:27 am

A pair of storms headed for the Southland today, threatening to generate rainfall from early Tuesday through Wednesday, National Weather Service forecasters said.

News, Venice, Police Department

Authorities Identify Man Fatally Wounded In Inglewood As Venice Man

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:10 am

The coroner's office today released the name of the man fatally wounded in Inglewood by a gunman who fled the scene.

News, Santa Monica, Earthquake

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Catalina Island

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:05 am

A small, shallow 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded today in the Gulf of Santa Catalina, according to a computer-generated report from the U.S. Geological Survey.