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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.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Police Department, Palms

Palms Shooting Update: Inglewood Man Jailed On Suspicion Of Murder

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 9:08 am

An Inglewood man is jailed on suspicion of murder and attempted murders today in connection with a series of shootings in the Palms district of West Los Angeles, which left one man killed and four other men wounded.

Crews posted closure signs all around the California Incline early today.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic, California Incline

Closure Signs Already Up At California Incline In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:57 am

Crews posted "no left turn" and "road closed" signs on the California Incline early today, as commuters who use Pacific Coast Highway readied themselves for 14 months of increased traffic woes they fear as a result of the reconstruction of the aging bridge.

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

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier, Smmef

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation To Host Pier Party April 26

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:51 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) will host its second annual Pier Party, a fundraising event to benefit all students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Pier Party will take place on Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Santa Monica College celebrates Earth Week 2015 from April 20-24 with a number of free events.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Begins Earth Week Celebration Monday

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:49 am

A free organic produce giveaway, workshops on making natural sunscreen and building your own bike generator, and a cultural festival and upcycled art show are just a few highlights of Santa Monica College’s celebration of Earth Week, to be held starting Monday, April 20. Celebrations continue through Friday, April 24.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Business, Opinion, California, Santa Monica

California Business Climate: Market Says It’s Pretty Good

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:46 am

The drumbeat from Republican politicians, governors of states like Texas and Florida and from independent relocation consultants seems constant: California’s business climate stinks; high taxes and heavy regulation are driving businesses and jobs out of this state.

Latest Fire Department news.

News, Fire Department, Malibu

225 Firefighters Respond To Malibu Brusher Caused By Traffic Crash

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 10:33 am

A traffic crash is believed to have caused a three-alarm brush fire that apparently sparked a second, smaller fire in Malibu Friday afternoon, closing a busy canyon road.

NKLA adoption pets of the week: Jupiter (left) and Shelley.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Jupiter & Shelley

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 10:30 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Jupiter and Shelley who are available to adopt today. All pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Announces New Director Of Human Resources

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:26 am

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Webb as the new director of human resources at its April 16, 2015 regular meeting.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Malibu, Police Department, Pch

Overnight PCH Checkpoint Nets One Drunk Driver, Passenger With Open Container

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:19 am

A motorist was arrested and booked for a DUI warrant and a passenger was cited for having an open container during an overnight driver's license/sobriety checkpoint in Malibu, a police sergeant said today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Drought

Both Logic & Illogic In Governor Jerry Brown’s Drought Plans

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:12 am

There is both sense and nonsense in the $1 billion drought relief package announced by Gov. Jerry Brown in a parched Sierra Nevada Mountains meadow that usually is covered in deep snow on the date Brown walked through it.

Show Up Fitness is located at 1207 4th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What’s So Special About Show Up Fitness In Santa Monica?

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 12:41 pm

Show Up Fitness is a small private personal training studio in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s not a Crossfit, or a trendy group training boot camp style gym. They’ve got dumbbells, machines, balance tools, a squat rack, foam rollers, and even a Glute Station to help perk up that backside so many people are trying to achieve. But this still doesn’t really separate them from the saturated personal training market in Santa Monica. So what makes this quaint training studio at 1207 4th Street (Suite 150) so special besides its catchy name? Education.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am

Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.

The California Incline, connecting Ocean Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, will be closing for renovation and widening.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic, California Incline

Final Weekend To Use California Incline; Yearlong Closure Begins Monday

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:58 am

Just in time for summer, the fabled California Incline that connects Pacific Coast Highway and trendy downtown Santa Monica will close Monday so it can undergo a yearlong rehabilitation.

Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge is sponsored by RideAmigos, Urban Trans, Paradise Consulting, and the City of Santa Monica.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Gets On Board With Commuting Challenge

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:57 am

Santa Monica businesses and organizations are saddling up for a commuter challenge that puts environmentally friendly transport options to the test, while boosting company culture and creating alternatives to the daily travel grind.

Head of Carlthorpe School Dee Menzies and students.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Participate In “Hobby Day” At Weekly Meeting

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:54 am

Last Friday, April 10, marked a special themed “Hobby Day” during the Santa Monica Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. After a prayerful invocation by Matt Williams, the club members collectively crooned “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in honor of the recent MLB kickoff.

Achinta S. McDaniel, Artistic Director and Founder of Blue13, a Los Angeles-based contemporary Indian dance company

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Tongva Park Kicks Off Second Season Of Cultural Programming

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:52 am

Tongva Park presents an exciting second season of cultural programming beginning with a Bollywood-style community dance class this Wednesday, April 22.