City anticipates deficits in coming years

  While the Santa Monica’s fiscal outlook looks strong for the next two years, a dramatic rise in pension costs threatens the City’s ongoing stability, according to a nearly 400 page budget released by the City Manager’s Office Wednesday. Even if national economic growth continues over the next two years, the City faces a... Read more →


Beautify Earth hits the Venice boardwalk

    On Friday, May 19 Beautify Earth will host a kick off part and fundraising event, The Sky’s the Limit to celebrate a new climate awareness mural that will be featured on the Venice Boardwalk. Proceeds from the event will raise awareness and funds to create a mural dedicated to climate awareness. The proceeds will also... Read more →


Victim gets transported to local hospital

On May 15, at approximately 3 p.m. Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to a radio call for service of an aggravated assault at a residence in the 500 block of 17th Street. The victim was treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics with serious injuries and transported to a local hospital. The victim... Read more →

City Council

City crackdown silences leaf blowers

    The City’s aggressive pursuit of leaf blowers in Santa Monica seems to be paying off – cases were down in 2016 and in the beginning of this year. At the moment, 86 leaf blower cases are under investigation, according to an information item posted on the City’s website. For 2017, Code Enforcement has averaged about... Read more →


Woman violates stay away order

On May 4, 2017 at about 8:23 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 1400 block of 9th Street regarding a violation of a stay away order. The subject was contacted in the 1400 block of 8th Street. Officers were able to confirm the subject had an active stay away order from the surrounding area. The same officer had... Read more →


Man in possession of narcotics and burglary tools

On May 3, at about 2:39 a.m. While patrolling the 1500 block of Alley 4, officers saw a bicyclist riding in the alley with no lighting equipment in violation of a vehicle code. Officer stopped the subject and the subject consented to a search. Officers discovered narcotics paraphernalia and several keys. One of the keys was a “shaved’... Read more →


Anti-Drug assemblies canceled over Scientology link

    Santa Monica High School has canceled a series of planned assemblies presented by The Foundation for a Drug-Free World after concerned parents learned of the non-profit’s affiliation with the Church of Scientology. The foundation had already conducted three assemblies for 9th and 10th grade students when the... Read more →


Community Briefs

Get Connected: A Free Technology Fair for Older Adults Santa Monica, California – Recognizing the important role of technology in increasing well-being, the Commission for the Senior Community, the Santa Monica Public Library, and the Older Adult Task Force collaborate to host Get Connected: Free Tech Fair for Older Adults on Saturday,... Read more →


Tourism figures frame calls for inclusivity

  Santa Monica’s tourism industry continues to grow and officials are framing the hospitality industry as a reproach to national/international fears of discrimination. Discussions of tourism’s economic impact and cultural value occurred on May 12 at Santa Monica Travel and Tourism’s annual meeting. Total visitor spending... Read more →


Woman wins slip-and-fall lawsuit against City

  The City has approved a $48,000 settlement in a slip-and-fall lawsuit to a woman who was badly hurt when she fell on Wilshire Boulevard near 18th Street two years ago. Olivia Casillas was leaving a UCLA Optometry office when she tripped in March of 2015, according to the civil complaint filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court.... Read more →


Suspect assaults SMPD officer

On May 2, at about 5:39 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call of a disturbance at a business- Seamist Bike Rental 1619 Ocean Front Walk. The reporting party stated a subject was trying to take money from the cash register and harassing employees of the shop. Officers contacted the suspect who was yelling and uncooperative with officers.... Read more →


Lawn Bowlathon to support Westside Coalition

“For the past 20 years, the Westside Coalition has hosted a bowl-a-thon and this year we decided to add something different and fun,” said Westside Coalition Director, Darci Niva. On May 19, the Westside Coalition will be hosting their first lawn bowl-a-thon at the Santa Monica Lawn Bowl Club at Douglas Park, on 25th St. and... Read more →