Westside Coalition enlists faith groups to help locals in need

When an elderly woman arrived recently at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, homeless and seeking help, officials at the Santa Monica congregation knew what to do. First they contacted Darci Niva of the Westside Coalition, an alliance of local nonprofits and social service organizations, to discuss the woman’s needs. Then they put the woman in... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of July 5, 2016

Here’s a list of Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of July 5: 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 →


Fourth of July parade returns to Main Street

By Camille De Beus Daily Press Intern The annual Santa Monica Independence Day Parade will take to the streets on the morning of July 4. The Ocean Park Association will host its 10th annual Fourth of July parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street. “I think it's special this year because we finally figured out the best theme for the... Read more →


Man, dog randomly attacked at Santa Monica market

On June 24 at approximately 2 p.m., a man and his dog were sitting in front of the AMPM market at 332 Pico Blvd. For no apparent reason, a suspect walked up to the man and began yelling and cursing at him. The suspect then lunged at the man and began punching him repeatedly in the face. The man's dog, a pit bull, stood up as his owner was... Read more →


SMMUSD names two interim superintendents

At outgoing Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s last public meeting with the local school district, Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education members figured out who will be in charge for the next six months. The school board on Wednesday announced Chris King and Sylvia Rousseau as interim co-superintendents for the rest of the calendar year as it... Read more →


Burglary attempted at Santa Monica animal shelter

On June 21 at 7:25 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the city animal shelter regarding an attempted burglary. Animal Control officers discovered the padlock and clasp on one of the kennels was damaged and found a rock lying outside the gate. No entry to the kennel was made. A stray dog found the day before was still inside the... Read more →

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 →