Santa Monica police plan DUI checkpoint

The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on July 2, at an undisclosed location within city limits. The operation will take place between the hours of Thursday at 7 p.m. to Friday at 3 a.m. Officials said the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the... Read more →


Santa Monica launches commuter challenge

Santa Monica employers can now participate in the third modal competition of Santa Monica's 2015 Commuter Challenge: Public Transit Month. Individuals can participate in the Public Transit Month Challenge by visiting and registering with their employer network. Santa Monica residents employed outside of... Read more →



What’s next for Santa Monica Airport?

This is the way a key agreement over the future of Santa Monica Airport ends — not with a bang but with a barbecue. On Wednesday, a key agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and City Hall that dictates control over the Santa Monica Airport expires. Opponents of the airport have had the date circled on their... Read more →


Rick Cole takes his seat at City Hall

New City Manager Rick Cole has officially taken his seat at City Hall. The Daily Press spoke with Cole about his priorities, goals and plans. Daily Press: What projects, topics, or ideas do you hope to embark on that are not already under way in the City? Rick Cole: In addition to pursuing the City's ambitious policy goals and capital... Read more →



Candy company, arts center partner to support OPCC

Apparently, once you p.o.p., you can’t stop looking for ways to make a difference. A local candy company is partnering with a Santa Monica performing arts organization to help feed hundreds of people in need every day. The toffee treats that p.o.p. candy co. makes in small batches will soon be sold at Edgemar Center for the Arts on... Read more →


Man steals $587 in fragrances from Nordstrom (crime watch)

On June 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to Nordstrom, 220 Broadway, regarding a theft suspect in custody. The loss prevention agent saw the suspect place several fragrances into a bag and walk out of the store without paying for them. When they stopped the suspect outside, they recovered six... Read more →



SMMUSD announces new Grant Elementary School principal

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Jezelle Fullwood as the new principal of Grant Elementary School at its June 24 regular meeting. Fullwood is a California native and has served in various school districts in and around Los Angeles County for nearly 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the Los... Read more →


SMC’s Black Collegians club turns 25

1989 marked the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa, and at Santa Monica College, other revolutionary things were happening. The idea of a special program was born, which would provide smaller classes taught by phenomenal instructors with a focus on African-American culture where possible. This would be backed up by a “tough... Read more →



SMMUSD worker charged in $40K equipment heist

A former Santa Monica-Malibu schools employee is accused of stealing about $40,000 worth of district technology equipment, according to district and law enforcement officials. The suspect, Jorge Lopez-Paredes, was arrested on burglary charges and terminated by the district after security video showed the suspect taking valuable electronics... Read more →


Police arrest man in Palisades Park brawl (crime watch)

On June 18 at about 3:26 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding a robbery that just occurred. The victim told officers that the suspect, an acquaintance, just got out of jail asked him for $5. The victim did not give the suspect any money, which made the suspect angry and... Read more →



Olympic High principal retiring

There was no shortage of daily challenges for Janie Gates at Olympic High School. It’s a small campus, for one, so resources are limited. It doesn’t have the strong parental involvement that is characteristic of other campuses in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. And its students arrive far behind in their credits with a wide... Read more →

City Council

Late NFL kicker remembered (adjournments)

Editor’s note: This is a semi-regular feature that announces the deaths of people who lived in or impacted Santa Monica. Oftentimes the names and information are gathered from the ends of City Council meetings, when council adjourns in the memory of those who’ve passed. Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez this week honored Danny Villanueva,... Read more →


Night of music to benefit OPCC

Acclaimed Pop opera recording artist Nick Palance will be headlining the “Coming Home with Nick Palance and Friends” charity benefit to support OPCC. He will be joined by the sensational sopranos from Italy, Le Div4s. The event will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Casa Del Mar Hotel (1910 Ocean Way). Guests will enjoy a... Read more →