Crime

Shoplifter suspect traps himself in Vons restroom

On Aug. 18 at approximately 4:25 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a call of a shoplifter trying to leave the Vons market at 1311 Wilshire Blvd., with various items. The employees knew the suspect because he has stolen numerous items in the past month. When a supervisor saw the suspect enter the store, she posted an employee... Read more →

Briefs

Photo studio to open at Santa Monica Place

Blink Inc., a technology-driven photo shoot experience that captures and delivers professional digital photography in real time, announced the formation of an alliance with Macerich, one of the nation's leading owners, operators and developers of retail properties in top markets. The two companies will work together to open new Blink Inc.... Read more →

Briefs

Pacific Park to host Bay Foundation fundraiser

On Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Bay Foundation will host its 2nd-annual Coastal Connections fundraiser at a customized venue in Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The family-friendly event will celebrate everyone’s connections with the coast, along with TBF’s recent accomplishments and upcoming projects. This event... Read more →

Crime

Knives used in fight at Virginia Avenue Park

A man was taken into custody Friday afternoon at Virginia Avenue Park following a fight during which he and another man brandished knives. Santa Monica police were notified around 2:30 p.m. of an altercation at the park, where two men were involved in a verbal altercation that had become physical, Lt. Saul Rodriguez said. Arriving... Read more →

Airport

Airport closure remains a top priority for City Hall

  The City of Santa Monica wants to close Santa Monica Airport as soon as legally possible. In a resolution passed Tuesday night, the Council unanimously reiterated their desire to close the facility on or before July 1, 2018. The vote made clear Council’s intentions but authority to implement those desires is in dispute and will... Read more →

Briefs

New juror scam

Officials from the Los Angeles Superior Court recently learned of individuals posing as sheriff’s deputies contacting residents saying they are in contempt of court for missing jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. The victims are told the only way to clear up the warrant is to pay the bail, in amounts from $2,000-$5,000, and once... Read more →

Briefs

Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation names new president

  Gerun Riley has been named president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the founders and board vice chairman announced. A longtime employee and confidant of Eli and Edythe Broad, Riley will work closely with Eli Broad to oversee the activities and investments of The Broad Foundation's work in education, scientific and... Read more →

Environment

How janitors in Santa Monica are going green

  By Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer On Aug. 17, the Green Janitor Program graduated 28 janitors at the Water Garden building in Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Business Park had 20 workers certified in 2014 and Kilroy Santa Monica recently had nine employees graduate. The Green Janitor Education Program is an... Read more →

Public

Achievement gap at center of SMMUSD board retreat

  Throughout the last school year, Pedro Noguera took a long look at the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. The education reformist was hired to help close achievement gaps that have persisted along racial and socioeconomic lines, and he found that equity wasn’t enough of a priority — not just in classrooms, but also at the... Read more →

Politics

Election canceled for SMMUSD board seats

The 2016 election for seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board will be canceled due to a lack of candidates. Three people, including incumbents, qualified for the race this year and there are three seats available on the board. According to state election code, when the number of candidates is equal to the number of... Read more →

Public

Teacher turnover costly for SMMUSD

  The faculty of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district has changed dramatically entering the 2016-17 school year, a potentially troubling trend in a system where teacher turnover is seen as an obstacle to student achievement. SMMUSD had hired 64 new teachers and still was looking to add about six more as of last week, according... Read more →