District gearing up community outreach with public surveys

SMMUSD — The cliché says there's no such thing as a stupid question but the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District hopes that by asking smarter questions, it can develop more comprehensive programs to serve students. The District launched a new centralized survey program last year that enables SMMUSD to solicit responses from parents... Read more →


Target of City’s lawsuit sells assets

CITYWIDE — A precious metals company that was sued by the City last year appears to have closed for business and sold its assets. Merit Gold and Silver, the retail division of Seacoast Coin Inc., has sold its assets to the Credit Management Association (CMA), a non-profit association that helps credit, collection, and financial... Read more →


City Goals: Finance and Housing/Economic Development

Editor’s Note: Every year, city departments set goals and objectives. In August, City Hall released information about how each of the 15 departments progressed toward these goals during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Over a several week period, the Daily Press will take a look at the goals that are being achieved (according to City Hall) and the... Read more →



Initiative Arguments: Future control of SMO

SMO — In November, voters will get a chance to choose between two competing measures about future control of the Santa Monica Airport. Measure LC, put forth unanimously by City Council, would allow council to retain some of its control over the airport while requiring voter approved development limits be placed on the land before any new... Read more →



Police officers recognized for stopping SMC shooter

SMC — Santa Monica Police Officers Jason Salas and Robert Sparks are being honored by state authorities for their courage and heroism during the June 7, 2013 shooting at the Santa Monica College. Both officers were part of a team who confronted 23-year old John Zawahri in the SMC Library. Zawahri shot and killed his father and brother, set... Read more →



City sues landlord over alleged tenant harassment

CENTINELA AVE — City Hall is going after a landlord they say harassed tenants through sham inspections executed under the guise of checking smoke detectors. City attorney’s filed a lawsuit against landlord Barbara Bills and her company WIB Holdings for her alleged harassment of three long-term renters in a Centinela Avenue apartment... Read more →



Residents sound off on permit parking

CITY HALL — Many residents want better enforcement of permit parking and a simpler petitioning process for neighbors interested in adding permit parking to their blocks. City Council weighed in on the current state of permit parking on Tuesday after hearing a presentation from city officials and testimony from residents and Santa Monica... Read more →


Crime Watch: Shots fired

On August 24 at 1:06 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call of shots fired in the 1800 block of 16th Street. Officers located two witnesses that saw the suspect vehicle, a dark Toyota Camry. The suspects shot multiple times at a group of subjects standing in front of a building. The suspects were described as male Hispanics, 20-25 years of... Read more →

City Council


Council grapples with outsourcing

CITY HALL — Seeking to avoid the nickname "Wal-Mart by the sea," coined by members of the public, City Council voted down some contracts that would outsource city jobs at their last meeting. During council's discussion of the consent calendar on Aug. 26, members of the public and city workers bashed three items that would have tasked... Read more →