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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.

Propeller engine planes sit just off the runway at Santa Monica Airport.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Lease Debate Fuels Up For A Fight

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:09 am

As the date for Santa Monica City Council to discuss the future of leases at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) fast approaches, anti-aviation proponents have began re-mobilizing the ranks in an effort to eventually cease airport operations altogether. Airport tenants are also preparing for battle in a push to save their businesses.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Anti-Airport Activists Footed With $31,525 Anti-SLAPP Legal Bill

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:06 am

A Santa Monica-based group of anti-airport activists have been left to personally foot the legal bill of failed lawsuits against the filers of Measure D on the November 2014 election ballot and the City of Santa Monica.

Australian tourist Morgan Lane (left) holds James Patrick’s snake Prada next to the entry to the Santa Monica Pier.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Santa Monica Bans Exotic Animal Handlers From Palisades Park

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:03 am

The sprawling “circus” of individual exotic animal handlers that can be found near the Santa Monica Pier entrance in Palisades Park have been told to pack up and leave permanently after an ordinance to ban them from exhibiting their snakes, reptiles, birds, and non-human primates was passed Tuesday – despite pleas from animal handlers for the City to work with them on finding middle ground.

City Council approved short-term interim uses for the Colorado/4th Street (pictured) and Colorado/17th Street Expo Line stations on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Santa Monica Future Expo Stations Get Interim Use Approval

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:01 am

Concept design on the interim use of the future Colorado/4th Street and Colorado/17th Street light rail station sites were approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with work expected to start in the near future.

Mallika Chopra (left) and Denita Willoughby will be honored with the Chamber’s “Owlie Award” for enhancing women’s lives everywhere through inspirational storytelling.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica, Women

Up Front With 2015 OWL Award Recipients: Mallika Chopra & Denita Willoughby

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:53 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present an International Women’s Day breakfast in honor of Women’s History Month on Monday.

Jeff Jarow is President of Santa Monica Sister Cities Association.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Sister Cities Association Looks To Year Ahead

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:50 am

First I would like to say how excited and proud I am to be part of the Santa Monica Sister Cities Association (SMSCA), and how honored I am to have been chosen to lead the organization going forward this coming year.

Santa Monica actress Marie Paquim and Meryl Streep at the Women In Film’s event.

Awards, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Santa Monican Actress Attends Oscar Week Festivities

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:47 am

Oscar Week, as always, is a time for Hollywood’s best to not only accept awards, but to share on the recent year’s activity, as well as the possibilities in the year ahead.

New West Symphony piano soloist Sean Chen.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Season Continues With Sunday Show In Santa Monica

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:44 am

New West Symphony continues its 20th anniversary season theme of “Breaking New Sound” with performances of two works new to the Symphony’s repertoire, including a performance in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon.

Adventure travel photographer David Heath will exhibit never-before-seen images from his new book “BURMA: An Enchanted Spirit” in Santa Monica starting this Saturday.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Adventure Travel Photographer To Exhibit Burma Images From Book

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:43 am

Globetrotting adventure photographer, David Heath, will launch the exhibition of exclusive images from his new book, “Burma: An Enchanted Spirit” this Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Steve McAndrew, head of emergency operations for the International Federation of the Red Cross, spoke at last Friday’s Santa Monica Rotary meeting.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear First Hand About Ebola In Sierra Leone

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:37 am

There are few people in this world as well traveled, well informed, and as brave as Steve McAndrew. As the head of emergency operations for the International Federation of the Red Cross, he works globally on all sorts of projects. When he’s not out in the field, which he is 50 to 75 percent of his year, he’s mentoring, training, and working on policy development. Lately he’s been in Sierra Leone, in the middle of the biggest Ebola outbreak the world has yet to see. has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in penalties and refunds plus agrees to permanent injunction in false advertising and automatic-renewal case.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica's To Pay $800K In Penalties, $250K In Customer Refunds

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:47 pm

Local social media website has agreed to a court judgment under which it will pay $800,000 in penalties, plus $250,000 in refunds to customers, according to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pch

Final Stretch Of Pacific Coast Highway North Of Malibu To Finally Reopen Friday

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 2:40 pm

The final stretch of Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu that was closed in early December due to storm-driven mud and rock slides will reopen tomorrow, clearing the path for motorists traveling between Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Robbery Backfires For Suspects Who Pick Home With Surveillance

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 1:55 pm

Two Los Angeles men on parole aged in their mid-20s were arrested on Tuesday evening not long after they broke into a Santa Monica home that was wired with motion sensor surveillance cameras that instantly alerted the homeowner’s smart phone.

News, Business, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Record Largest Daily Increase Since October 2012

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:48 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County recorded its largest daily increase since Oct. 6, 2012, today, rising 8 cents to $3.245, its highest amount since Nov. 10.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series Begins Today

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:43 am

Santa Monica College launches its Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series today, a selection of eclectic lectures and presentations exploring the many facets of art in its various manifestations.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Proudly Recognizes 17 National Board Certified Teachers At Board Meeting

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:30 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District honored 17 teachers on Feb. 19 who have received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for the 2014-15 academic year.

News, Health, Ucla

Lawsuit Blames Medical Scope For Spreading Superbug At UCLA Medical Center

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:14 am

The family of a woman who died after undergoing multiple procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with a medical scope blamed for spreading a superbug sued the manufacturer of the device Wednesday.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man, 19, Arrested After Stealing Cell Phone From Santa Monica Sears

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:09 am

Bail was set at $10,000 after a 19-year-old homeless man stole a cell phone from the Sears department store in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 14. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out at 12:55 pm to investigate a report of theft at the Sears at 302 Colorado Ave.

Joseph Thomas Koetters.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Man, A Former Teacher, Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Crimes Involving Female Student

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 3:32 pm

A former teacher at an exclusive high school for girls pleaded not guilty today to felony sex charges stemming from his alleged relationship with a 16-year-old student.

A new Tow-Away zone on the south side of Olympic Drive between Main and Fourth streets is leading to a handful of tows every day at 2 pm.

News, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Motorists Face Up To $500 Fine In New Santa Monica Tow Zone

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 10:58 am

Recent changes in parking enforcements along Olympic Drive between Main and Fourth streets in Santa Monica are seeing a number of cars towed away each afternoon.

Providence Saint John's Health Center has been serving the Santa Monica and Westside communities since 1942. It is located at 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica,

News, Health, Santa Monica

Providence Saint John's Health Center Among Nation's Top 50 Hospitals

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:36 am

Providence Saint John's Health Center was named Tuesday among the nation’s top 50 hospitals, the only California hospital and one of just 11 nationwide to receive the distinction every year since it was initiated in 2007.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Requests Parent Input On Homework Survey

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:34 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is inviting all parents to participate in a 10-minute online Homework Survey now available on the SMMUSD website at

SMCVB Public Relations Coordinator Jackie Alvarez and SMCVB Executive Vice President Richard Peterson accept the Adrian Award for Leadership in Sustainable Tourism on behalf of SMCVB.

News, Santa Monica, Tourism, Smcvb

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives Platinum Adrian Award

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:27 am

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) has been recognized with a prestigious Platinum Adrian Award for "Leadership in Sustainable Tourism" at the 58th Annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Lindsay Lohan Given Extra 125 Hours Community Service For Santa Monica Crash

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9:21 am

Lindsay Lohan was ordered today to perform 125 additional hours of community service as part of her probation stemming from a 2012 crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, after the prosecution objected to some of the work for which the actress had been credited.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Skateboarding Homeless Man Arrested After Trying To Break Into Parked Car

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 8:58 am

A skateboarding homeless man was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 14, after officers observed the 20-year-old trying to break into a parked car.