More candidates file for November election

Races for local elections are starting to take shape, with multiple candidates signaling they intend to run for City Council, Santa Monica-Malibu school board and Santa Monica College board. As of press time, the individuals filing paperwork with the City Clerk include three incumbents and one challenger for council, two incumbents for... Read more →


Suspected drunken driver had child in car

On June 10 at about 11:31 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service of a family disturbance at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1600 Santa Monica Blvd. A man and woman were in an argument over the man locking their child in a vehicle and having driven the child while under the influence of an alcoholic... Read more →


Santa Monica High principal resigns

The top administrator at the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus will leave her post at the end of the month. Eva Mayoral resigned Thursday as Santa Monica High School principal after three years at the helm and 21 total years in the district, SMMUSD spokeswoman Gail Pinsker confirmed. In a message to the school... Read more →


Overtime pay looms large on Santa Monica books

A Santa Monica police sergeant with a salary of about $137,000 made more than double that amount last year after accounting for overtime. And that’s before factoring in benefits and other income. Indeed, overtime pay played a significant role in compensation packages for public employees in Santa Monica and across the county in... Read more →


PS1 teacher retiring after 43 years

The technological tools available to teachers today are dramatically different than they were 43 years ago. So are some parenting techniques. But as far as Abbie Perttula is concerned, students are building brainpower the same way they always have. “Now they use iPads, whereas before they used paper and pencil, but it’s the same... Read more →

City Council

Changes coming to Santa Monica’s ethics rules

City Hall is moving forward with a ballot measure to amend the city's anti-corruption laws. City Council gave direction to staff at its June 14 meeting to pursue a set of substantive revisions to the rules, known as the Oaks Initiative, that will require voter approval. While precise language for a ballot measure is still in the works,... Read more →


Naked man rolling around at Santa Monica park found with meth

On June 15 at about 4:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Airport Park, 3201 Airport Ave., regarding a subject “rolling around” in the nude. Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect was completely nude and agitated. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. A search of the suspect's belongings and clothing... Read more →


Possible tax could benefit Santa Monica-Malibu schools

At a meeting during which the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is expected to name an interim superintendent, the local Board of Education will discuss the potential impact of a city tax on school funding. As the district prepares for Sandra Lyon’s departure June 30, it is also considering how a possible transaction and use tax could... Read more →


Stolen Bloomingdale’s merchandise worth $1,200

On June 9 at approximately 2:53 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a shoplifter in custody in Bloomingdale's at 315 Colorado Ave. Officers discovered the suspect concealed approximately $1,200 worth of merchandise in his clothing and had exited the store without paying. Adrian Morales, 20, of Montebello, was arrested and cited... Read more →


Santa Monica PAL youths earn $29,500 in scholarships

A dozen outstanding Santa Monica Police Activities (PAL) kids shared $29,500 in academic funds presented by the Chris Carrey PAL Education Scholarship program last month at the Le Meridien Delfina in Santa Monica. Through a joint gift from Ed Simmons and Standard Parking and from Neil and Karen Carrey, an endowment fund has been... Read more →


Cautious optimism for SMMUSD equity plan

Acknowledging the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap was one thing. Coming up with a plan to address it was another. And implementing it successfully will be yet another. But with the 2015-16 school year in the books, district officials are trying to figure out how to move forward with the recommendations for improving... Read more →


Hunger gap impacts Santa Monica youth

By Avery Yang Daily Press Intern During the school year, more than 21 million kids nationwide receive free and reduced-price meals but only 3.8 million children are provided the same services during their summer vacations. Especially in Los Angeles, where one in four children struggles with hunger, and in Los Angeles County — which tops... Read more →


Man acting suspiciously arrested in Santa Monica

On June 8 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers observed a suspect acting suspiciously in the area of 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard. They spoke with the suspect and noticed he was attempting to conceal an unknown object in his wristband. Officers also noticed a screwdriver in the suspect's wristband, and determined... Read more →


Jose Escarce won’t seek SMMUSD board re-election

The race for seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s Board of Education just got a little more interesting. Longtime board member Jose Escarce will not seek re-election to the district’s governing body, telling the Daily Press via email that he will not run to keep his seat in November. News of the future vacancy comes at... Read more →