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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.

Santa Monica Beat presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

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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.

Vice President Joe Biden talks to two student reporters before a round table discussion at West Los Angeles College, telling them 'Just remember - you gotta stay in school, go to college - you're going to do that right?' Both said yes.


Vice President Meets With West L.A. College Students, Administrators

Palihouse Santa Monica is located at 1001 Third Street. Neighbors to the hotel have maintained a vocal opposition since the hotel’s renovation.


Palihouse Neighbor Films Sounds Of Woman Having Sex At Hotel In Residential Neighborhood

Latest Santa Monica High School news.

News, Samohi, Health, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Santa Monica High School Freshman Baseball Coach Diagnosed With Measles

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 10:02 am

A Santa Monica High School freshman baseball coach has been diagnosed with measles, but it is unlikely any of the coach’s players have caught the highly contagious virus, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Santa Monica History Museum is located at 1350 7th Street,Santa Monica.

News, Museum, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica History Museum Elects New Board Members

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 9:42 am

The Santa Monica History Museum's Board of Directors has elected a new chairman: Ricardo Bandini Johnson. Johnson's family has lived in California since 1810. His great-Aunt, Arcadia Bandini de Baker, was the wife of Colonel Robert S. Baker - the man who established Santa Monica in 1875.

Vice President Joe Biden.

News, Video, Vice President

VIDEO: VP Joe Biden's 27 Minute Speech At West Los Angeles College On Friday

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 9:35 am

Vice President Joe Biden met with students and administrators at West Los Angeles College Friday, touting a presidential proposal to provide two free years of community college by preaching that 12 years of free education is not enough for America in 2015.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Criminal Investigation For California Utility Regulators?

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 9:28 am

Memo to United States Attorneys in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego: It’s high time you investigate the former president and some current members and officials of the California Public Utilities Commission for things like conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Malibu, Police Department, Ocean

Two Kayakers Rescued Off Malibu After Stiff Winds Blew Them Out To Sea

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 9:25 am

Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards in a Baywatch boat located two kayakers in two separate craft, who had been blown in stiff winds out to sea off the coast of Malibu on Saturday.

Michael Keaton in "Birdman".

News, Awards, Film, Century City

"Birdman" Takes Home Top Award At Producers Guild Of America Awards

Posted Jan. 25, 2015, 9:11 am

The producers of the film "Birdman" took home the coveted Producers Guild of America Darryl F. Zanuck Award for motion pictures on Saturday night in Century City, an honor that typically leads to best-picture glory on Oscar night.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Encourages Immunization For Measles

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:49 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is encouraging parents to have their students immunized against preventable diseases, such as pertussis and measles, currently on the rise in Southern California.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

News, California, Columnist, Police Department, Government

Why Latinos Are Key As Democrats Plot 2016 Strategies

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:34 am

For the last 20 years – ever since passage in 1994 of California’s abortive anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 – Democrats here and around the nation have increasingly depended on Latino votes.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Police Department, Culver City, Coroner

Authorities Identify Motorcyclist, 24, Who Died On 90 Freeway In Culver City

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:33 am

A motorcyclist was killed Friday in a crash on the Marina (90) Freeway in Culver City.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Police Department, Lax

Airport Union Accuses LAPD Of Improper Sting On LAX Luggage Handlers

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:27 am

The airport police officers union on Friday accused commanding officers and the Los Angeles Police Department of initiating an improper sting on luggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport, and called on the LAPD's watchdog to investigate.

Steven Cruz, a 14-year-old high school student, was fatally stabbed outside Griffith Middle School on Friday.

News, Police Department, East Los Angeles

Boy Arrested In Fatal Stabbing Of 14-Year-Old Student Outside East L.A. School

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:24 am

A possible gang member, just 13 years old, was arrested today for stabbing a 14-year-old high school student to death outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Cops Establish Perimeter In Palms For Possibly Armed Man

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:18 am

A six-block perimeter was established Friday night in Palms as police searched for a possibly armed man.

A public memorial service will be held today for actor and fitness guru George Gregory Plitt Jr.

News, Celebrity, Police Department, Beverly Hills

Public Memorial Today For Fitness Celeb Greg Plitt In Beverly Hills

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:11 am

A public memorial service will be held today for actor and fitness guru George Gregory Plitt Jr., who was struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank while filming near the tracks on Jan. 17.

Latest North of Montana Association news.

Seven Days, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

North Of Montana Association Annual Meeting This Saturday, Jan. 24

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 3:07 pm

The North Of Montana Association will host its annual meeting this Saturday, Jan. 24. It will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave.

Santa Monica residents with zip codes 90401 and 90404 are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in state incentives to protect their homes against temblors.

News, Santa Monica, Earthquake

Two Santa Monica Zip Codes Eligible For Earthquake Protection Incentives

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

Residents in earthquake-prone areas, including certain zip codes in Los Angeles, Santa Monica (90401 and 90404), and Pasadena, are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in state incentives to protect their homes against temblors, state officials said Thursday.

Latest Fire Department news.

News, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Rand Corp.: More Outreach Needed To Increase Number Of Women Firefighters

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

More outreach is needed to increase the number of women and minority firefighters in the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to a report released Thursday by a Santa Monica-based think tank.

New West Symphony principal violist Lauren Chipman will make her solo debut with world premiere of symphony commissioned work by noted pianist/composer Mike Garson.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Concert Sunday To Feature Italian Musical Feast

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

The New West Symphony’s principal violist Lauren Chipman will make her solo debut with the orchestra this weekend – including a performance in Santa Monica on Sunday – as part of the third Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony’s 20th anniversary season.

State Senator Ben Allen participated in a community swearing-in ceremony at Santa Monica High School on Saturday. The Honorable Holly E. Kendig, Superior Court Judge, administered the Oath of Office.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

State Senator Ben Allen Sworn In At Alma Mater Samohi

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

Newly elected California State Senator Ben Allen (Dem-26th District) chose his old campus of Santa Monica High School for his community swearing-in ceremony Saturday, hosting lawmakers and officials from across the region alongside students and grassroots campaigners for a night of community celebration.

City Council approved “an amount not to exceed $570,000” for the purchase and delivery of 174 Big Blue Bus single aisle-facing flip seats and 174 transit bus passenger barriers that were found to be faulty.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Spends $5.94 Million In Two Minutes

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

With all but one item on Santa Monica City Council’s Consent Calendar passing without discussion last Tuesday evening, the City effectively signed checks totaling a possible $5.94 million for legal work, bus repairs, solar emergency lights, and pedestrian striping.


News, Housing, Lax

LAX Neighbors Can Take Advantage Of $40 Million Home Soundproofing Subsidies

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

More than $40 million in subsidies are available for Inglewood residents near Los Angeles International Airport who want to soundproof their homes, city officials and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said Thursday.