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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.

From left, football quarterbacks and NFL veterans Cade McNown (Bruins 1995-1998) and Rodney Peete (USC 1985-1988) with record-holding wide-receiver Danny Farmer (Bruins 1996-1999).

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Trojans vs. Bruins: A Los Angeles-Rotary Tradition

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

The Santa Monica Rotary Club merged with its sister club in Westwood Village Friday, Nov. 20 to revel in the greatest cross-town rivalry in football: USC vs. UCLA.

Arlo is a two-year-old sweet boy who would love a human companion of his own to devote all of his adoring attention to! Could that be you?

News, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Pet Adoption To Waive Adoption Fees Today Through Monday

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 9:05 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Arlo and Nightingale. There will be no adoption fees on most pets Nov. 27-30.

News, Obituary, Santa Monica

Obituary: Jesse Joseph Poliquin March 18, 1923 – Nov. 19, 2015

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:51 am

Jesse Joseph Poliquin, of Santa Monica passed away Nov. 19, 2015. Jesse was born March 18, 1923 in Norwich, Connecticut, to Agnes and Jesse Poliquin.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Shopping

Thousands Flock To Stores & Malls For Black Friday Bargains

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:46 am

Thousands of Southern Californians are expected to head to stores and malls today to continue the tradition of searching for Black Friday bargains amid major changes in Thanksgiving weekend shopping.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Cool Day With Chance Of Rain Today

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:29 am

Los Angeles County may experience some light rain today and a cold front is expected to keep temperatures below normal until Sunday, forecasters said today.

Yo! Venice hit the streets to ask people in Venice Beach, 'What are you thankful for?'

News, Venice, Video, Holiday

VIDEO: What Are You Most Thankful For This Thanksgiving?

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:43 am

Yo! Venice hit the streets to ask people in Venice Beach, "What are you thankful for?"

The Dream Orchestra will perform at St. Monica Catholic Church on Dec. 3 and 4.

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

VIDEO: Enjoy The Best “Messiah” Concert In Town With The Dream Orchestra

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:35 am

The Dream Orchestra presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah Dec. 3 and 4 at beautiful St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Its Brass Ensemble sets a festive mood before the concert.

The unique holiday program offers discounted hotel rates to Santa Monica residents through Jan. 22, 2015.

News, Santa Monica, Tourism, Hotels

Santa Monica Extra Bedroom Program Returns Now Through Jan. 22

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:32 am

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) has announced the annual Santa Monica Extra Bedroom program, set to offer exclusive hotel discounts to Santa Monica residents friends and family now through Jan. 22, 2016.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Meals For Homeless, Poor Planned For Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:27 am

Thanksgiving will be marked in Los Angeles County today by large gatherings on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park to feed homeless and poor residents, and distance races that include charitable aspects.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Shooting: Man Fires At Cab Before Shooting Himself In The Head

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:16 am

A disgruntled passenger fired several rounds at the cab that had just dropped him off at his residence in Santa Monica before shooting himself in the head, a police sergeant said today.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Shopping

Poll Finds Growing Popularity Of Thanksgiving Shopping

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:13 am

While Thanksgiving shopping has its critics, more people plan to shop today than on Thanksgiving last year, according to the National Retail Federation's Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Man Arrested After Trying To Steal Bicycle In Front Of Traffic Services Officer

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 8:49 am

A Santa Monica man was arrested on Friday, Nov. 13, after being caught trying to steal a bicycle. At 3:51 pm a Traffic Services Officer from the Santa Monica Police Department who was working in Parking Lot Number Five South, located at 2600 Barnard Way observed an individual that appeared to be acting suspiciously as he loitered in the area of a bicycle rack.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica

Jobs Program Aims To Have Military Veterans Work More L.A. Construction Hours

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 12:30 pm

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a jobs program aimed at having military veterans work 5 percent of all new Los Angeles County construction job hours.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Education

SMMEF Announces Gift Of More Than $110,000 From Dun & Bradstreet

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 9:46 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation announced that it has received a gift of $110,000 from Dun & Bradstreet.

It is a video that has local dog owners worried. A Venice dog walker caught, on camera, a baby rattlesnake wriggling along the trail by Grand Canal, a popular dog walking spot on the Marina Peninsula.

News, Venice, Video, Santa Monica

WATCH: Snake Video Rattles Local Dog Owners

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 9:36 am

It is a video that has local dog owners worried. A Venice dog walker caught, on camera, a baby rattlesnake wriggling along the trail by Grand Canal, a popular dog walking spot on the Marina Peninsula.

A rendering of the Marina del Rey Pier 44 project.

News, Development, Marina Del Rey

LA County Supervisors Deny Appeal To Halt Marina Del Rey's Pier 44 Project

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 9:15 am

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously denied an appeal seeking to halt redevelopment of Pier 44 in Marina del Rey.

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Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Housing

Letter To The Editor: Short Term Rentals In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:57 am

Mayor McKeown, Last spring, the Santa Monica City Council made headlines when it banned the short term rental of a full unit or house for less than 30 days. Now, last month, the council voted unanimously to amend the equally draconian 2004 prohibition of corporate rentals with a ban on advertising them. Is this short sighted? What could be next?

Nelson Hernandez.

News, Santa Monica, Smo

Nelson Hernandez Named Senior Advisor To Santa Monica City Manager On Airport Affairs

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:52 am

Securing local control of the Santa Monica Airport is one of the top strategic goals adopted by the City Council earlier this year. To spearhead the priority, the City has hired Nelson Hernandez as the Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Airport Affairs.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Apbb

Bail Set At $50K Each For Pair Caught Stealing From Santa Monica CVS Store

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:36 am

Bail was set at $50,000 each for a man and a woman on Thursday, Nov. 12, after being caught stealing from a local CVS store.