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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, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Ask For Participation In Parent Engagement Survey

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:38 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, in association with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), is asking all parents to participate in a Parent Engagement Survey launching this Thursday, Sept. 4.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Coalition of Santa Monica City Employees PAC Announce Council Endorsements

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:30 am

The Coalition of Santa Monica City Employees PAC on Monday announced its picks for the three vacant seats for the Santa Monica City Council election on Nov. 4.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Magic Of Adaptive Reuse

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:22 am

Dear Editor, Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors.

From left: Captain Frank Evaro, Station officer Michael Yates, and Training Division Chief Jose Torres.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Australian Firefighter Concludes Fellowship At Santa Monica Fire Department

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:17 am

Australian firefighter Michael Yates, from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Department in Queensland Australia, has completed his four month fellowship with the Santa Monica Fire Department’s Training Division.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Must-Do Weight Bearing Exercises For Women Over 50

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:06 am

I have been consistently weight training for more than a year now. I tried it when I was younger, but it never really worked out.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Ocean

City Of Santa Monica Accepts Grant To Study Impacts Of Rising Sea Level

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:03 am

California might be in the midst of one its worst droughts in history, but the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to accept a $235,000 grant at its Tuesday meeting to study the impacts of coastal storm and sea level rise. The California Ocean Protection Council gave the grant.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Road Rage Escalates To Handgun Being Pointed At Driver

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:01 am

A 27-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 24 shortly after pointing a handgun during a “road rage” incident in Santa Monica.

The high volume Big Blue Bus shelters at Santa Monica College.

News, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Redesign Underway For Failed Big Blue Bus Shelters

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:30 am

The redesign of Big Blue Bus' double-seat unit is underway with anticipated modifications to the seat size, spacing, and the arm/back configurations.

Big Blue Bus' new real-time signs at Santa Monica College high-volume bus stops is now operating at Pico at 18th Street.

News, Santa Monica College, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Real Time Big Blue Bus Signs Now Live At Santa Monica College

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:27 am

Big Blue Bus opened the first stops with real-time signage as part of its two-year Bus Stop Improvement Project last Friday.

'Grenade' is one of the works by Long Beach artist Roxanne Sexauer will be on exhibit at SMC’s Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery from Sept. 2 to Oct. 11.

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

SMC Exhibit "Sight Readings" From Artist Roxanne Sexauer Opens Tuesday

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:17 am

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is presenting “Sight Readings: A 35-Year Survey of Work by Roxanne Sexauer,” an exhibition of original works by the printmaker renowned in the contemporary printmaking community as an artist whose aesthetic of abstraction references nature. Sexauer’s work recognizes a long tradition built in the distinctive qualities and processes of hand-pulled prints.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Teens Arrested In Santa Monica After Firing Shots At Group On 16th Street

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:09 am

Three males in their late teens were arrested on Sunday, Aug. 24 after firing multiple shots at a group of people. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call at 1:06 am on this day informing them that shots had been fired in the 1800 block of 16th Street.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, History

The History Of Labor Day: An Annual Tribute To Workers Since 1882

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:06 am

Labor Day, a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the U.S. on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica

Flow Of Hacked Celeb Nude Photos Decreases Online

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:01 am

Stolen nude photos of Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, super-model Kate Upton, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and others were leaked online by an unknown hacker in what appears to be one of the largest security breaches involving celebrities, the Los Angeles Times reported.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Seven Temporary Santa Monica Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, Sept. 5

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 8:55 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, Sept. 5 in the following locations:

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" Remains At Top Of Box Office

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:39 am

After regaining the box office top spot last week, Guardians Of The Galaxy remains ahead of the pack, according to preliminary Rentrak estimates for the three-day Labor Day weekend.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus To Operate On Sunday Schedule On Labor Day This Monday

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:38 am

Big Blue Bus is reminding its users that all buses will operate on a Sunday schedule this Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. Regular service resumes on all routes Tuesday, September 2.

Uber Taking To The Skies With UberCHOPPER, All Flights Head To Malibu Wines

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:33 am

Want to fly high above Los Angeles this Labor Day weekend? Ridesharing app Uber is today offering an “UberCHOPPER” experience in Los Angeles between 10 am and 4 pm.

News, Business, Santa Monica

New Chase Manager Named For 226 26th Street Branch In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:26 am

Chase has named Sergio S. Salup manager of its Santa Monica branch, located at 226 26th Street. In this role, Salup will be responsible for the daily operation of the branch and lead a team of 11.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

13 New Administrators Welcomed At Nine Santa Monica-Malibu Schools

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:24 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu School District has welcomed 13 new administrators have joined the ranks as principals, assistant principals and directors across nine schools within the District.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Santa Monica

Garcetti To Announce $13.25 Minimum Wage Plan At Labor Day Rally

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:07 am

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce his proposal to raise the Los Angeles minimum wage to $13.25 an hour during a Labor Day rally in South Los Angeles.

News, Downtown, Music, Celebrity, Santa Monica

Made In America Festival To Conclude Today With Kanye West, Iggy Azalea

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 9:01 am

A two-day concert featuring Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and Kendrick Lamar is due to conclude today in Grand Park.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Time For California Utility Execs To Start Worrying

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, 8:57 am

Executives of California’s large privately-owned utility companies don’t usually have to worry about much. Their companies enjoy virtual monopolies in vast regions, their profits are guaranteed, their shareholders are generally assured of regular dividends – which means they can count on collecting large salaries indefinitely.