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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.

News, Venice, Santa Monica

Update: Reported Venice Beach Drowning A False Alarm

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 3:14 pm

Paramedics responded to a reported drowning at Venice Beach on Wednesday afternoon, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Brick and Mortar has been placed on 30 months of probation after operating as an unpermitted bar/nightclub.

News, Main Street, Santa Monica, City Attorney

Brick + Mortar Pleads "No Contest" To Operating As Unpermitted Bar/Nightclub

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 12:07 pm

The operator of Brick + Mortar at 2435 Main Street pleaded "no contest" to 14 misdemeanor charges earlier this month relating to illegal operations as a bar/nightclub, according to the Santa Monica City Attorney's office.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters Endorse McKeown For City Council

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:59 am

The Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV) – which has supported pro-environment local candidates in communities across Los Angeles County for more than three decades – announced Tuesday its endorsement of Kevin McKeown in his re-election campaign for Council in the upcoming Nov. 4 election in Santa Monica.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man Uses Mop Bucket To Break Into Santa Monica U-Haul Premises

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:32 am

A 64-year-old homeless man was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after breaking into the Santa Monica U-Haul premises using a mop bucket.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Marcel Loh Appointed New Chief Executive Of Providence Saint John’s Health Center

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:30 am

Providence Health & Services and the Saint John’s Health Center Board of Trustees has appointed Marcel Loh at new chief executive for Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

News, Santa Monica, Ocean

Celebrate Santa Monica Bay As Part Of National Estuaries Week

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:26 am

Starting Saturday, Sept. 20 and running through Sept. 27, The Bay Foundation (TBF) invites everyone to celebrate Santa Monica Bay as part of National Estuaries Week (NEW).

News, Business, Santa Monica

Ovation Taps Santa Monica Resident Jodi Lipe As SVP Of Marketing

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:23 am

Branding and marketing professional Jodi Lipe has been appointed senior vice president of marketing for Ovation, America’s only Arts Network.

News, Broad Stage, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica To Host Social Media Week Los Angeles Starting Monday

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:13 am

Social Media Week Los Angeles (SMWLA) comes to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica this Monday, Sept. 22 with a long list of keynotes and panelists during the four-day conference.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

Delta To Add New Service From Los Angeles To San Antonio & Dallas

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:08 am

Delta Air Lines will begin twice-daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to San Antonio, Texas, beginning April 7, the carrier announced on Tuesday.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

$508 Million Facelift For Southwest Airlines Terminal At LAX Begins

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:05 am

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined city leaders and airport officials on Tuesday to mark the beginning of a $508 million facelift for the terminal that houses Southwest Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Weather

Flash Flooding Threatens Parts Of The Southland

Posted Sep. 17, 2014, 9:01 am

Flash flooding threatened parts of the Southland today as a combination of high heat and subtropical moisture created atmospheric instability, raising a chance of showers and thunderstorms, forecasters said.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Masturbating At Santa Monica Planned Parenthood

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 10:31 am

A 23-year-old man was arrested on Friday, Sept. 5 after exposing himself and masturbating at a Planned Parenthood office in Santa Monica.

News, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, Newss

ABS by Allen Schwartz To Host 25th Anniversary Celebration This Saturday

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:58 am

ABS by Allen Schwartz is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica this Saturday, Sept. 20.

Surveillance footage of the Westwood Starbucks robbery suspect on Monday.

News, Police Department, Westwood

Armed Robber Strikes Westwood Starbucks; Cops Release Suspect's Photo

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:39 am

Robbery detectives at the West Los Angeles Police Station on Monday issued photos of a suspect wanted in a robbery at a Starbucks.

News, Los Angeles, Education, Technology

Google Donates Nearly $1M Amongst 769 Los Angeles Unified District Schools

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:33 am

Tech giant Google surprised hundreds of Los Angeles teachers on Monday by fulfilling their requests for books, microscopes, musical instruments and other classroom materials through the crowd-funding website

News, Venice, Beach, Police Department

Venice Lifeguard Truck Runs Over Sunbather On Beach

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:31 am

A 25-year-old woman was injured on Monday when she was run over by a Los Angeles County lifeguard truck rushing to an emergency scene with its lights and sirens going in Venice.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Heat Wave Continues For Sixth Day; High Surf Batters The Coast

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:06 am

The Southland will bake on the sixth day of a heat wave today and remain under the threat of wildfire as high surf continues to batter the coast.

News, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Ladwp

Brentwood Residents Left Without Power Tuesday Morning

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:04 am

Utility crews were working today to restore power to about 7,000 customers in various parts of Los Angeles County, including about 3,000 in the city of Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Register Now For 29th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day This Saturday, Sept. 20

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:59 am

Local environmental group Heal the Bay is asking residents to join the world’s biggest single-day volunteer event -- the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day -- this Saturday, Sept. 20

News, Santa Monica, Library, Education

Santa Monica Libraries Report Record Summer Youth Reading Stats

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:54 am

In Santa Monica, children are reading more than ever. At the Santa Monica Public Library, its “Fizz, Boom, READ” (for children) and “Spark a Reaction” (for teens) summer reading themes helped the reading stats explode.

One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market on Sundays at Main Street.

City Council, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Council Acts With Compassion For Ponies

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:47 am

Dear Editor, I want to thank the Santa Monica City Council for moving forward with a compassionate heart recently, when it voted to instruct city staff to explore more spacious park-line venues for our animal friends now displayed like pieces of equipment at the Main Street Farmers Market.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

SMC’s Fall 2014 Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series Starts Sept. 23

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:45 am

Methods for protecting precious antiquities from earthquakes, and the latest developments in solar energy are just two of the topics of the Santa Monica College Fall 2014 Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series.

News, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX Employee Crashes Car On Taxiway Causing Runway To Briefly Close

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:44 am

A Los Angeles World Airports employee's car crashed today on a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport, resulting in an injury, authorities said.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Hot Weather To Remain Through Tuesday; Humidity To Increase Around Sea Level

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:30 am

As the region's heat wave lingered into a new week, a red flag warning denoting a risk of wildfire was in effect in much of Southern California today, along with an excessive heat warning intended to focus the attention of residents on the need to protect themselves from "dangerously hot weather."

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Bust Trio After Discovering Fraud Bank Card Equipment

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:14 am

Santa Monica police arrested three men on Saturday, Sept. 6 after discovering an apartment full of drugs and equipment used to make fraudulent identification and bankcards.

News, Santa Monica, Nes

Six Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Sept. 19

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:08 am

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