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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.

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

VIDEO: Santa Monica Protestors Crowd City Hall’s Front Steps

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 12:06 pm

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Hot Spell To Heat Santa Monica Up To 84 Degrees Today

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 9:34 am

A two-day hot spell expected to send temperatures in Los Angeles and several other communities into the 90s will get underway today, forecasters said.

Santa Monica Pier’s acclaimed children’s concert series 'Wake Up With The Waves' returns Saturday.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Fitness, Santa Monica, Pier

Wake Up With The Waves Returns To Santa Monica Pier This Saturday Morning

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 9:02 am

The acclaimed free children’s concert series "Wake Up With The Waves" returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday mornings, starting this weekend.

Santa Monica community activist Armen Melkonians.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter: The Residocracy Residents’ Petition To Protect Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:48 am

Dear Editor, When government fails, it becomes time for individuals to act. Our local government has failed the residents of Santa Monica. The time for action is now!

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Rotary Club Of Santa Monica Invites Applications For Community, Youth Grants

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:26 am

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Malibu, Celebrity, Courts, Pch

Man Pleads No Contest To Malibu DUI Crash Involving Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:18 am

A Las Vegas man who crashed a pickup truck into singer Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce in Malibu last September pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Homeless Prowler Arrested For Burglary, Possessing Drugs

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:11 am

A 39-year-old homeless man was charged with burglary, vehicle tampering, possession of drug paraphernalia, and appropriation of lost property after he was found inside the gates of a property where he stole an ashtray and an outdoor seat cushion.

Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris (from left), Jason Weiss and Mark Belnick in Donald Margulies' 'Sight Unseen' on stage at The Lounge Theatre.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Award-Winning “Sight Unseen” On Stage At The Lounge Theatre

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 3:59 pm

Playwright Donald Margulies is a writer with issues to explore. In his play, "Sight Unseen,” presented by Wasatch Theatrical Ventures, he delves into questions of what constitutes art as well as the slippery slope of love, commitment, bigotry, and the loss of creative purity.

Pacific Park's Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

News, Santa Monica, Pier

Pacific Park Ferris Wheel On Santa Monica Pier To Turn Lights-Off For Earth Hour

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 10:09 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier joins Earth Hour in its “Use Your Power To Change Climate Change” mantra with a one-hour, “lights-off” on the world-famous Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel, except for the wheel rim safety lighting, at 8:30 pm this Saturday, March 28. The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Malibu, Police Department, Pch

Authorities Identify Two Victims Killed On PCH West Of Malibu Last Tuesday

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 10:06 am

Two men from Irvine were publicly identified today as the victims of a collision on Pacific Coast Highway west of Malibu.

Oaky Annie.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Oaky Anne & Bliss

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 9:57 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Oaky Anne and Bliss.

A Big Blue Bus in downtown Santa Monica.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Map: Big Blue Bus Routes 2, 8 Begin Long-Term Detour Near Colorado Ave. & 4th St.

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 9:20 am

Santa Monica transit authority Big Blue Bus says Routes 2 and 8 will begin long-term detours near Colorado Ave. and 4th St. starting this Thursday, March 26.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man Arrested In Santa Monica For Juvenile Annoyance, Sexual Battery

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 9:11 am

A 21-year-old homeless man was charged with juvenile annoyance and sexual battery after he assaulted two women in one day on Thursday, March 14.


News, Courts, Lax

Defense In LAX Shooter Case Will Argue Death Penalty 'Unconstitutional'

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 3:51 pm

Attorneys for the suspect charged in a deadly shooting spree at Los Angeles International Airport plan to argue the government should be prohibited from seeking a death sentence on the grounds that it is "unconstitutional," according to court documents obtained today.

The ParkMe App, which has been operating in Santa Monica, has expanded to more locations on Westside.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Parking

ParkMe App Currently Used In Santa Monica Expands To Venice, Hollywood

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 11:19 am

A smartphone app that has been guiding drivers to open parking spaces in Santa Monica is being expanded to Venice and Hollywood today.

Jerome Smith and Lewis Carter at the Santa Monica Swim Center.

Sports, Santa Monica, Swimming

Swimming Benefits The Heart, Touts Southern California Aquatics Club

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 11:12 am

State University of New York says swimmers have lower heart rates compared to those of non-swimmers. Swimming was also found to be a viable workout for people in cardiac rehabilitation and recovering from heart failure or artery disease.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Delaware Man Arrested On Third Street Promenade After Assaulting Woman

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 10:59 am

A 27-year-old resident of Delaware was arrested and charged with assault after officers of the Santa Monica Police Department watched the male suspect pull a woman by the legs off a fountain on Third Street Promenade on Friday, March 13, at 10 am.

News, Health, Malibu, Courts, Smmusd

Citizen's Lawsuit Alleges PCB Contamination In Malibu Classrooms

Posted Mar. 23, 2015, 1:49 pm

A citizen's lawsuit filed today accuses Malibu school officials of violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by failing to decontaminate the city's combined elementary, middle and high school campuses of allegedly illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals embedded in caulk and other building materials.