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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.

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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.

Elected officials including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin inspect a new Expo Line train that will run to Santa Monica in spring 2016.

News, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail, Metro

Metro Expo Line Renamed to honor Ethel Bradley

Posted Oct. 10, 2015, 9:55 am

The Metro Expo/La Brea rail station was renamed Friday in honor of Ethel Bradley, the city's longest-reigning first lady credited with inspiring black women to improve their social, educational and economic status.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

Apb, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Police Department

Woman of Santa Monica Sprays Neighbor's Face With Dog Repellent

Posted Oct. 10, 2015, 9:35 am

A 50-year-old Santa Monica was arrested on Friday, Oct. 2, after spraying her neighbor in the face with dog repellent.

President Obama's motorcade will shut down major streets across Los Angeles.

Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Traffic, Obama

Watch Out: Here's Obama's Traffic Schedule For Today

Posted Oct. 10, 2015, 9:33 am

With President Barack Obama scheduled to visit the Los Angeles area for about 6 1/2 hours today, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a list of areas motorists should try to avoid to prevent being stuck in presidential motorcade traffic.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica

It’s Official: Solar Thermal Causes Energy Poverty

Posted Oct. 10, 2015, 9:28 am

When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot, dry alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, all anyone knew for sure was that they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity in California.

Sris Sinnathamby.

News, Venice, Police Department

Second Arrest Made In Fatal Venice Shooting

Posted Oct. 9, 2015, 3:38 pm

Los Angeles police today announced the arrest of the suspected gunman charged, along with a Venice Beach hotel owner, in a transient's shooting death during a disturbance. Francisco Guzman, 28, was arrested about 9:55 a.m. Monday by the FBI- LAPD Fugitive Task Force and jailed in lieu of $3 million bail in connection with the killing.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Steve Stajich, Guns, Recycling

Recycling & Guns: A Possible Similarity

Posted Oct. 9, 2015, 6:00 am

Every new mass shooting brings with it speculation about mental health, to some extent because the media just can’t seem to accept that those dead from guns are dead from guns. But am I missing something?

Vitamin IV Drops?

Health, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash: Vitamin IV Drops To Achieve Wellness?

Posted Oct. 9, 2015, 6:00 am

They say that Vitamin IV drips (yes, IVs) are the modern day way to boost your immune system, fight stress at a cellular level, and help you live life to the fullest.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Police Department

Naked Homeless Woman Steals GoPro at Santa Monica Beach

Posted Oct. 9, 2015, 6:00 am

A half-naked woman was arrested at Santa Monica Beach on Thursday, Oct. 1, after stealing a GoPro camera and other belongings from beachgoers.

El Niño Week promises to have more bite than Shark Week. So sign up now for events and make sure you check Heal The Bay’s website and social media channels for regular updates throughout the week. It all starts this Sunday!

News, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay, Coastal Commission, El Niño

Heal the Bay's El Niño Week Storms In

Posted Oct. 9, 2015, 6:00 am

El Niño is coming, right?

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Senate, Ben Allen

Senator Ben Allen's Signed Alzheimer’s Bill To Boost Early Diagnosis

Posted Oct. 8, 2015, 9:59 am

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that will improve diagnosis, treatment and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

An orca at SeaWorld.

Santa Monica, Seaworld, California Coastal Commission

California Coastal Commission To Consider SeaWorld's Orca Tank Development

Posted Oct. 8, 2015, 9:36 am

A controversial plan by SeaWorld San Diego to expand its killer whale tanks is scheduled to be considered today by the California Coastal Commission.


News, Marina Del Rey, Ocean, Diving, Santa Monica Bay

Santa Monica Bay Diver Rescued From The Bends

Posted Oct. 8, 2015, 9:32 am

A scuba diver was rescued this morning after he became stricken off Marina del Rey.