Insights from my internship at SMPD

PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING — I have always been interested in the job responsibilities and perceptions of policeman in different states and foreign countries. Therefore I spent one month working alongside the Bavarian Police in the inner city of Munich at Police station 11. In October 2012 during the book fair in Frankfurt, I listened to a... Read more →



Public respond to Pedestrian Plan

MAIN LIBRARY — A group of “professional pedestrians” met with professional planners and volunteer commissioners Sept. 23 at the main library to discuss the City's upcoming Pedestrian Action Plan. The evening event allowed residents to browse elements of the plan, talk one-on-one with city staff and participate in an informal hearing... Read more →


City workers comp up to $6.9M last fiscal year

CITY HALL — Workers’ compensation costs continue to rise as City Hall spent $6.9 million on injured employees in fiscal year 2013-14. Costs grew 12 percent, or $850,000, over the previous year, according to city risk managers. Claim frequency remains high and older city employees in physically demanding jobs are experiencing more severe... Read more →

City Council

Council considers $8.5M in bus-heavy consent

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →



Anti-airport sign defaced

SMO — Happy election season. A yard sign supporting an anti-airport measure was allegedly defaced over the weekend, according to a release from anti-airport activists. The sign reading "Yes on LC" — a measure that, if approved by voters in November, would maintain City Council's current control over the airport while requiring a public... Read more →

City Council


Council to consider e-cig ordinance

CITY HALL — If you read articles written by numerous regional news outlets a few months ago, you might think that City Council already outlawed e-cigarettes. In fact, the ordinance regulating e-cigarettes in the city by the sea will be considered by council on Tuesday. The ordinance is fairly simple in that it essentially — with a few... Read more →


SMRR adds Himmelrich, Walzer

CITY HALL — The Steering Committee of the city's largest political party voted Thursday night to support Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich for City Council. The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights committee announced support of incumbent Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy earlier this year. At Thursday’s... Read more →


O’Connor, McKeown, Gruber score police and fire endorsement

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica police officers and firefighters want to stick with the status quo for City Council. The Police Officers’ Association (POA) and Firefighters, Local 1109 endorsed incumbents Kevin McKeown and Pam O’Connor, along with former Planning Commissioner Frank Gruber, this week. The incumbents “have consistent... Read more →

City Council

Council to review tenant harassment policy

CITY HALL — City Council will try to strengthen its response to the growing number of tenant harassment claims. City attorneys are scheduled to review the current ordinance and plans for addressing the issue at council’s Tuesday meeting. Earlier this year, city officials acknowledged that harassment complaints are rising — they nearly... Read more →


Crimewatch: Burnt BMWs

On September 10, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Officers responded to a call of a suspicious fire at the BMW dealership, 1127 Santa Monica Boulevard. Responding police and fire personnel found several vehicles engulfed in flames and could smell a strong odor of gasoline. Witnesses in the area told officers they saw a suspect douse the vehicles... Read more →