Homelessness

Outpouring of Support for City Homeless Count

    For the first time in its history, the Santa Monica Homeless Count had to close registration early because of a flood of volunteers who wanted to help with the annual count that takes place on Wednesday. The City had no problem recruiting 250 people to count the homeless well before the Jan. 18 deadline to sign up. “I... Read more →

Crime

Woman hits jail staff

On January 10, at about 4:30 a.m. Officers responded to the rear of the Santa Monica Main Library – 601 Santa Monica Blvd regarding a complaint from library staff of a group of people camping overnight. Officers contacted a female subject and attempted to identify her to be issued a citation. The subject refused to identify herself and... Read more →

Crime

Property Crime rises in Santa Monica

    As property crime goes up across major cities in California, Santa Monica has also seen an increase in serious crime. Part 1 crimes (including murder, arson, burglary, assault, and grand theft auto) are up 5.5 percent in the city, to a total of 4,515 incidents in 2016. Nearly 90 percent of those incidents are property... Read more →

News

Wayne Blank cashes out of Bergamot Station

  Wayne Blank doesn’t pull punches when it comes to the City and plans to develop the art gallery complex Bergamot Station. “The City has been playing god over everybody here for a few years now,” Blank said from his business, Shoshana Wayne Gallery. “They haven’t made up their mind. They don’t have a real plan. It’s... Read more →

News

Budget and City Hall expansion on tap at City Council

    It’s a dense agenda for the Jan. 24 City Council meeting with the plans to tackle the budget, an expansion to city hall itself and revisions to the city’s urban forest rules. The City Services Building (CSB), a proposed expansion to City Hall, occupies two slots on the agenda. First, Council will be asked to amend... Read more →

Health

Medical collaboration to benefit Westside newborns

  After recently being named one of the best children’s hospitals in the state, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is teaming up with Saint John’s Providence Health & Services to expand the level of care available locally. The partnership began Jan. 1, with hopes it will bring additional care to Santa Monica and the... Read more →

Crime

Battery at Whole Foods

On January 11, about 7 p.m. Officers responded to the Whole Foods at 500 Wilshire Blvd regarding a subject in custody for theft and battery. Officers determined the suspect entered the store and selected merchandise from the store. As the suspect attempted to walk out of the store, the store security guard confronted the suspect and told... Read more →

Crime

Grand theft on the Promenade

On January 12, at about 7:32 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Victoria’s Secret -1211 3rd Street Promenade regarding a grand theft. Officer met with store’s employees and learned the suspect entered the store carrying a large shopping bag. The suspect exited the store causing the anti-theft security alarm to... Read more →

City Council

$7 million in expenses on Council Consent Calendar

    When City Council meets on Jan. 24, it will have more than $7 million in expenses on its Consent Calendar. The Consent Calendar includes items considered routine or administrative in nature. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public.... Read more →

Crime

Pharmacist suspects theft and forgery

On January 9, at about 4:35 p.m. Officers responded to Drugtown Pharmacy at 802 7th Street regarding a possible fraud suspect at the location. Officers met with the pharmacist outside of the store. Officers learned the suspect was attempting to fill a prescription under the name of another and was attempting to pay with an identification... Read more →

Education

Samohi Graduate behind Trump’s Inauguration Speech

  The politics that left many Californians confused and concerned late into the evening on Election Night actually played out in a Samohi classroom more than ten years ago. Just as many Santa Monicans on Nov. 8 were stunned a man like Donald Trump could captivate nearly half the nation and win the presidency, back in 2003, members of... Read more →

News

Tales from Hi De Ho

Being an independent comic book publisher is tough. It can be even more trying when doing it with your significant other. Going against the old adage of not sharing your work life with the one you love, Barbra and Bryant Dillon are a husband and wife duo who started and run Fanbase Press with a mutual love for comics and a joy of bringing... Read more →

News

Future looks bleak for some Bergamot Station Galleries

For the past week, gallery and other creative business owners have scrambled to combine bank statements, tax returns and essays to justify their place in the creative community of Bergamot Station. January 17 was the deadline for the tenants on the privately-owned portion of the gallery complex to submit hardship cases to their new... Read more →

News

Sears to close in April

The Sears store at 302 Colorado Blvd. will close in April of this year. The closure follows the sale of the location to a real estate investment company in 2015 and no definitive plans have been announced for a replacement business. Sears has been announcing waves of store closures in the past few months but the Santa Monica store is not... Read more →

Education

YWCA building sold to SMC

  The YWCA property near Pico and 14th has been sold to Santa Monica College. According to SMC, the Board approved the $5 million purchase on Jan. 17 by a unanimous vote. The Santa Monica YWCA announced its closure in 2016 and the building shuttered at the end of June. Officials cited a persistent funding shortfall as the... Read more →