Struggle between suspect and SMPD outside McDonald’s

On August 17, 2017 at about 7:14 a.m. While patrolling the area near the McDonald’s at 1540 2nd Street, officers saw two subjects standing near the entry/exit way smoking a cigarette in violation of a municipal code. Officers made contact with both subjects for the violation and attempted to identify them. The subjects refused to... Read more →


Educator Spotlight

The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community. Kristin Jurewicz – John Adams Middle School Kristin... Read more →


Man rescued after treading water miles off California coast LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have rescued a man who was thrown out of his boat and was treading water five miles off the Southern California coast. The Coast Guard says it received a call Thursday morning about an unmanned, 14-foot boat that was moving in circles miles off the Long Beach coast. An... Read more →


California death penalty measure survives, but with limits

    A voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California was upheld Thursday by the state Supreme Court, but justices rejected arguments that a provision setting a five-year limit on appeals was mandatory, raising doubts that the law will succeed in accelerating death sentences. "What happened here is that the... Read more →


Where’s the winner? Lottery error adds intrigue to Powerball

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A mistake by the Massachusetts State Lottery on Thursday injected a little extra drama into the massive $758.7 million Powerball drawing — the largest won by a single ticket in U.S. history — after lottery officials initially bungled their announcement and gave the wrong shop and location. The owner of the store... Read more →


Assembly GOP leader steps down over pressure on climate vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly's top Republican said Thursday he will resign his leadership post after weeks of pressure from his party over his support for major climate change legislation. Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley will be replaced as leader by Assemblyman Brian Dahle of Bieber, a tiny town in far northern... Read more →


Teen tells judge he bought tiger cub on streets of Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California teenager charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger into the United States told a judge Thursday that he bought the animal on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, where several of the endangered animals have been spotted this year. Luis Eudoro Valencia was charged after border officials said they found the fury cub... Read more →


Attempted robbery at McDonalds

On August 8, 2017 at about 12:06 a.m. Officers were flagged down by a security guard indicating he had just pepper sprayed a subject at the McDonalds – 1540 2nd Street. Officers detained the possible suspect outside of the restaurant. Officers determined the subject walked behind the cash registers in an area restricted for employees.... Read more →


Calling all students and community to PYFC

Pico Blvd. Raza Studies now, Xochitl LA, & The Pico Youth and Family Center present a panel discussion. Raza Studies Now discusses nurturing indigenous roots on Friday, August 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Pico Youth and Family Center (715 Pico). Panelist include Lucha Arevalo - Ethnic Studies Now, Compton, Alex Sanchez - Homies... Read more →


Death on the PCH snarls traffic

  The Santa Monica Police Department released the following statement about the accident: Earlier this morning at approximately 5:10 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a radio call for service regarding a traffic collision involving a pedestrian at the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Upon arrival,... Read more →


Father shot, son safe after mom’s slaying spurs Amber Alert

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles police shot and killed a man suspected in the murder of his estranged wife and the abduction of his 9-year-old son, who was found with his father but was unharmed, authorities said. Konstantin Morozov, 48, and his son Daniel Morozov had been the subjects of a manhunt Tuesday after they disappeared... Read more →


Protest threats won’t disrupt local workshops

  Santa Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) is forging ahead with its plans for upcoming meetings despite threats of continued protests. The organization’s past two meetings, both held before the large protests in Charlottesville, were disrupted by individuals and organizations associated with the Alt-Right political... Read more →