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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.

Crossroads basketball player Brandon Tillis sunk a huge three pointer and two free throws in the dying minutes of Tuesday's game to help the team come from behind for a victory.

Sports, Crossroads, Basketball, Santa Monica

Crossroads Basketball Team Defeat St. Bernard In 52-51 Nail-Biter

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 10:29 am

Crossroads hosted St. Bernard on Tuesday night in basketball with the Santa Monica players finding the visiting team to be a solid competitor.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Man For Stealing Bicycle, Spitting At Officers

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 9:14 am

Santa Monica police arrested a 37-year-old man on Wednesday, Dec. 3, after the suspect spat on an officer investigating a report of a stolen bicycle.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Woman Arrested After Hoisting Skirt To Expose Herself In Ride-Aid

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 9:10 am

Bail was set at $10,000 for a 53-year-old Santa Monica woman on Sunday, Dec. 7, after hoisting her skirt and shirt inside a Rite-Aid store to expose her private parts to staff and customers.

News, Culver City, Sony, Sonu

"The Interview" Will Not Be Screened On Christmas Day Following Threats

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:40 am

With the group claiming responsibility for the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyberattack issuing a vague threat against theaters showing "The Interview," some cinema chains decided Wednesday they would not be showing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Police Department

Three-Hour Car Chase Passes Through Santa Monica, Ends Near Malibu

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

A nearly three-hour chase of a stolen BMW on Wednesday night that began in North Hollywood, passed through Hollywood and Santa Monica, and ended on Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu when the suspect stopped and surrendered.

News, Holiday, Religion, Bel Air

Local Rabbi Participates In White House Hanukkah Reception

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, a vice president of the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, his wife Elana, and their daughter Shira participated in an afternoon Hanukkah reception at the White House today.

News, Police Department, West La, Fbi

Stolen Art Recovered In One Of Largest Art Heists In Los Angeles History

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:31 am

Nine works of art stolen six years ago in one of the largest art heists in L.A. history have been recovered by investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI, it was reported today.

News, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX 14-Day Holiday Travel Period Starts Friday; 2.97 Million Passengers To Use Airport

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:30 am

Nearly 2.97 million passengers will pass through LAX during the 14-day holiday travel period that starts Friday and ends. Jan. 2, a 4.1 percent increase over last year, airport officials said today.

News, Police Department, Redondo Beach

Three Pedestrians Dead In Redondo Beach Traffic Collision

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:28 am

The death toll from the accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver and a dozen pedestrians leaving a church in Redondo Beach has climbed to three, and nine victims -- including two children -- remain hospitalized, authorities said today.

Sports, Hockey, La Kings

Los Angeles Kings To Host Annual Toy Drive At Tonight's Game

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:26 am

The Los Angeles Kings will continue their annual toy drive at tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center.

News, Malibu, Weather

Falling Rocks Strike Vehicle In Malibu On Topanga Canyon Boulevard

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 4:18 pm

Falling rocks struck a vehicle in Malibu today, causing no injuries but prompting a city official to warn motorists of the potential danger from storm-related hillside debris.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Man Shot To Death Near Hamilton High School In Beverlywood, Others Injured

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 2:26 pm

Three men were shot today -- one fatally -- in what police said may have been a gang- or drug-related crime in the Beverlywood area of Los Angeles.

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place To Open New Concierge Lounge

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:50 am

Santa Monica Place has announced it will open a new Concierge Lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Joseph Maviglia.

News, Music, Santa Monica

Catching Up With Joseph Maviglia, Author Of “Critics Who Know Jack”

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:39 am

Joseph Maviglia is a singer-songwriter, poet, and essayist whose work has appeared in journals and media across North America and Europe. His tribute poem jazz dharma was commissioned the the CBC’s The Sunday Edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alan Ginseberg’s iconic poem "Howl."

Tim Blaylock is the new CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Monica Announces New CEO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:35 am

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, serving the community since 1944, has announced the selection of Tim Blaylock, as its new Chief Executive Officer.


News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Starla & Shiloh

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:21 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Starla and Shiloh.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Chla

Richard Cordova To Retire As Children's Hospital Los Angeles President/CEO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:14 am

Children's Hospital Los Angeles announced today that its president and CEO is retiring, and a national search will be conducted to find a successor.

News, Los Angeles, Celebrity, Courts

"7th Heaven" Actor Stephen Collins Confessed To Sexual Allegations

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:11 am

"7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins confessed to having sexual contact with three girls 20, 32 and 40 years ago, it was reported today.

News, Environment, Marina Del Rey

Groups Call For Halt To County Plans To Cut Down 650 Marina Del Rey Trees

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:09 am

Environmental and community groups, working together as "Friends of Oxford Lagoon," called today for a halt to county plans to cut down 650 trees surrounding a marshy flood basin next to the Marina City Club towers.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Hotels

Two Hotel Groups Sue L.A. In Federal Court Over Minimum Wage Hike For Workers

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:08 am

Two hotel industry groups sued the city of Los Angeles in federal court today challenging the recent passage of a $15.37-per- hour minimum wage for workers at many hotels in the city.

Sports, Los Angeles, Football

San Diego Chargers Won't Move To Los Angeles In 2015

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:07 am

The number of potential NFL teams that could move to Los Angeles in 2015 dropped by one today when the San Diego Chargers announced they will again play in Qualcomm Stadium next season.

Sports, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Olympics

No U.S. City Selected Yet For U.S. 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:05 am

A Los Angeles delegation that included Mayor Eric Garcetti joined three other cities today making final pitches to the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors in Redwood City in hopes of becoming the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

News, Santa Monica, Weather, Ocean

Health Officials: Beachgoers Should Stay Out Of Runoff-Polluted Ocean Water

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:03 am

Health officials are warning beachgoers to stay out of runoff-polluted ocean water, storm drains, creeks and rivers.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Storms Produce Snow In Local Mountains, High Surf Along The Coast

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:02 am

The second of back-to-back storms kept the Southland wet for a second day today, producing snow in local mountains and high surf along the coast while raising more fears of flash flooding in areas below slopes denuded by wildfires, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley.

Sports, Los Angeles, Basketball, Clippers

Clippers To Hold Jewish Heritage Night, Hanukkah Celebration

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Clippers will conduct their fourth annual Jewish Heritage Night at tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center, and the team is dubbing the event, "Chanukah with the Clippers."

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Announces New Holiday Tree Collection Program

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:54 am

The City of Santa Monica is moving to a more convenient holiday tree collection plan: residents no longer need to cart their holiday tree to a City park.

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Public Input Sought On Final Phase Of Reed Park Improvements

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:52 am

The City of Santa Monica is kicking off the final phase of improvements at Reed Park, which will focus on the one-acre lawn in the northeast section of the park.

Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica, Religion

Church In Ocean Park To Host Longest Night Service This Saturday, Dec. 20

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:43 am

Church in Ocean Park will host "Longest Night Service" this Saturday, Dec. 20 from 5 pm to 6 pm, followed by a "Hug Walk" along Main Street from 6 pm to 7 pm.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica-Based Activision SVP Named To Easter Seals SoCal Board

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:40 am

Easter Seals Southern California (ESSC) Disability Services has named Lewis Shiro, senior vice president, financial, and administrative services for the Santa Monica-based interactive entertainment software publisher Activision Blizzard, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Assn. Teams With Firefighters To Promote Toy Drive

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:35 am

Every year, fire departments all across Southern California collect toys to distribute to needy boys and girls.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Chase Ends With Two Arrests, One Suspect At-Large

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:29 am

Santa Monica police arrested two men with a third suspect at-large following a police chase on Saturday, Dec. 6. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department on patrol in the area of 17th St. and Delaware Ave. chanced upon a vehicle with three occupants run a stop sign at 3:10 am.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Weather

Rainfall To Continue Through Wednesday In Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:22 am

Light rain generated by the first of two back-to-back storms expected in California doused the Southland early today amid fears that rainfall through Wednesday coming so soon after last week's drenching could unleash mud slides in areas previously stripped bare by wildfire.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Hanukkah Begins At Sundown

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:15 am

Hanukkah, Judaism's eight-day commemoration of the temple rededication that followed the Maccabees' victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C., begins at sundown tonight, amid a call to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.