City Council

Alternative to LUVE dismissed by City Council

City Hall won't pursue an alternative to the Land Use Voter Empowerment initiative despite a request to do so from Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich this week. Himmelrich and Mayor Tony Vazquez made a request at the June 28 meeting to discuss an alternative to LUVE, but by the end of the brief discussion, Himmelrich was the only councilmember to... Read more →


Joanie Martin leaving Crossroads after 29 years

Joanie Martin remembers the moment she fell in love with Crossroads School. It was 1987, she was visiting the site where she was about to become the elementary school director and a group of sixth-grade students was working on a project in one of the classrooms. It was recess time. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “They wanted... Read more →


Family dog kicked into the air by robbery suspect

On June 25 at 11:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1800 block of Wilshire Boulevard to investigate a report of a battery. Upon arrival, officers met with a woman and her 8-year-old son who were standing at the corner of 18th Street and Wilshire. Officers noticed that the woman was shaking and crying... Read more →


DNA leads to conviction in cold-case Santa Monica murders

The conviction earlier this month of a 50-year-old homeless man in the deaths of two women in Santa Monica more than a decade ago offered yet another example. When a jury found Edric Dashell Gross guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, it brought closure to a set of... Read more →


SMMUSD setting aside another $1.5 million for legal fees

It’s the issue that seemingly won’t go away. The discovery of potentially harmful chemicals at Malibu schools more than two years ago has spurred dueling accusations of misconduct between Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials and activists groups as well as ample discussion among local Board of Education members and an active... Read more →


Accessibility programs keep Santa Monica beaches open for all

By Camille De Beus Daily Press Intern As a city by the sea, Santa Monica has long drawn people to its famed beaches and the City uses a variety of tools to ensure access for everyone. With a fleet of free beach wheelchairs and paved paths leading to the water, Santa Monica has a history of keeping the ocean accessible and recent additions... Read more →


Woman punched in the face by homeless man

On June 12 at about 7:12 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of 7th Street and Wilshire Boulevard regarding a man punching a woman in the face. The female victim indicated she was in an argument with the male suspect. The suspect became upset, punched the victim in the face with a closed fist and left the location on... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of June 27, 2016

Here's a list of Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of June 27, 2016: California Incline Bridge replacement project The California Incline will be closed until summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current... Read more →


State budget provides development incentives

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new state budget that guarantees developers the ability to build housing projects if they meet preexisting zoning standards. The budget contains a provision known as “by right” construction and is tied to new spending to incentive affordable housing. The new rules will allow developers to bypass... Read more →


Samohi valedictorian heading to Harvey Mudd

He’s a viola-playing, karate-kicking twin brother who wants to explore the connections between electrical engineering and neuroscience. Meet this year’s Santa Monica High School valedictorian. Christopher Ferrarin, who will continue his education at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, was honored as the top student in the graduating... Read more →


SMMUSD board supports city tax

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education on Thursday voiced its collective support for a city tax that would support local public schools. Proponents have not yet hammered out the details of the tax, which is expected to appear before voters in the November elections, but the school board authorized Superintendent Sandra Lyon to write a... Read more →


Fraud suspected at Santa Monica car dealership

On June 16 at about 1:29 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Chrysler-Dodge dealership at 3219 Santa Monica Blvd., for fraudulent activity. Upon arrival, officers spoke with dealership employees and the subject of the radio call. Officers discovered the suspect attempted to finance a vehicle using another person's identity.... Read more →