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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.

The biggest threat to lion persistence in the Santa Monica Mountains is the loss and fragmentation of habitat by roads and urban development, according to National Park Service.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Mountains, Wildlife

Young Santa Monica Mountain Lions Found Dead, Underscoring Wildlife Struggles

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 9:18 am

National Park Service officials said Friday three young mountain lions were found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains in recent weeks, demonstrating the challenges the cats face trying to survive in an urban area.


News, Santa Monica, Airlines, Lax

Southwest Airlines Fixes Nationwide Computer Failure

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 9:15 am

Southwest Airlines said its technical systems were expected to work normally today in the aftermath of a weekend nationwide computer failure that delayed hundreds of flights.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Police Department

Man Arrested In Clothes He Stole From Promenade Fitness Center

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 9:05 am

A Santa Barbara man was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 3, after going on a theft spree at a fitness center on Third Street Promenade.

Santa Monica K-9 News.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Police Department, K-9 Division

Fallen Santa Monica Police K-9 Remembered

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 9:00 am

It is a sad day at the Santa Monica Police Department as its members mourn the passing of Police K-9 “Pavo,” a seven-year veteran of the force.

From left: Sophie Jones Kellett and Eilina Verger de Dios in “The Great God Pan” at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Main Stage Oct 16-25.

Life And Arts, Theater, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC To Stage 'The Great God Pan' Oct. 16-25

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:44 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “The Great God Pan” Oct. 16-25 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, Courts, Pch

Trial Date Set For Big Blue Bus Lawsuit Over Motorcyclist’s Death

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:41 am

A lawsuit brought by the parents of a motorcyclist killed in a Nov. 20, 2012 accident with a Big Blue Bus is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 8 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Dr. Bogdan Pasaniuc, with Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Jenn Brown, of UCLA Health and Sciences Development.

News, Santa Monica, Science, Rotary Club, Genetics

Santa Monica Rotarians Trace Their Genetic Ancestry

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:38 am

If there was one takeaway from the Santa Monica Rotary meeting Friday, Oct. 2, it was that “we all came out of Africa – We are all related,” said Santa Monica Rotary President Tom Loo. “There is no such thing as race, quite frankly.”

Bill Cosby.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Bill Cosby

Santa Monica Judge Won't Dimiss Bill Cosby Molestation Case

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:27 am

A lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old, will move forward, a judge ruled in Santa Monica Wednesday, with the comedian scheduled to be deposed later this week.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Police Department

Homeless Man Attacked While Sleeping Under Santa Monica Pier

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:22 am

A 21-year-old homeless man was arrested on Friday, Oct. 2, after beating another man sleeping on the beach near 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.