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 →



Initiative Updates: SMO opponents lose both lawsuits

SMO — Opponents of the Santa Monica Airport lost their second of two lawsuits that attempted to dismantle a ballot initiative put forth by SMO advocates. National aviation advocacy groups financially back Measure D, which would require a public vote on any significant changes to the airport, including its closure. Opponents of Measure D... Read more →



BBB benches not coming back

CITYWIDE — Bad news for bench lovers. Big Blue Bus will not bring back the old aluminum bus stop benches, largely because they encourage loitering. A $7 million project to replace the old bus stops with new, modern ones started earlier this year. Residents (and City Council candidates) hate the new stops. The Daily Press has received... Read more →



Fatal motorcycle crash clogs morning commute

MCCLURE TUNNEL — Traffic on the Interstate 10 freeway was backed up for hours following a fatal motorcycle wreck Tuesday morning. The 36-year-old Los Angeles man was transported to UCLA Medical Center, Westwood, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Driving in the westbound lane near the... Read more →



Students biking to Samohi in large numbers

SAMOHI - Everyday is Bike It Day for many students at Santa Monica High School this year. More students than ever before are opting to use bikes as their primary means for getting to and from school, city officials say. Despite the rising interest, major City Council-approved bike-friendly improvements around the school are not yet... Read more →

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College CIO dies at 66

SMC — Santa Monica College Executive Vice President and Chief Instructional Officer Randal “Randy” Lawson died unexpectedly on Aug. 19, 2014. He was 66. Lawson, who was appointed SMC's Executive Vice President on Jan. 1, 2005, started what would become his lifelong career at Santa Monica College as a faculty member in the Music... Read more →



Letters: Ballot measures

Airport or development Editor: I read with amazement the column by Mr. Barry Brewer. I could almost hear some close-the-airport "spin doctor" saying in the background, "Let's see if we can convince the people of Santa Monica that the decision about the airport is actually a decision between the airport and a park." The Santa Monica City... Read more →



Meet your (likely) new Rent Control Board members

CITY HALL - Barring a wildly popular write-in candidate or an unforeseen event of the like, it's a pretty safe bet who's going to get elected to the Rent Control Board in November. With three available seats and only three candidates qualifying for the ballot, our money is on incumbent Todd Flora and newcomers Nicole Phillis and Steve... Read more →