City Council

Council returns to work after summer break

  After a brief summer respite, City Council returns to regular business on September 12 with a relatively easy agenda. The Consent Calendar, typically reserved for routine or repeat items, contains approval for a pair of events on the beach and a call for new bidders to build pedestrian improvements on 4th Street. The 1550 PCH... Read more →


Captain Kenneth Semko Selected as Interim Chief of Police

Citywide City Manager Rick Cole has selected Kenneth Semko, current Captain of the Santa Monica Police Department’s (SMPD) Operations Division as interim Chief of Police effective September 29, 2017. Captain Semko will serve in the role while an internal and external recruitment effort is conducted to replace Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks... Read more →


Daily Press launching new series on homelessness

  The Daily Press will publish a series of stories, editorials and columns in the coming weeks focused on homelessness. These stories will include news, features, editorials and columns about the subject and while the focus will be on Santa Monica’s response to the problem, the content will acknowledge this is more than just a local... Read more →


Tandem bikeshares now available at the coast

  Santa Monica’s Breeze Bikeshare system has been wildly successful since opening in 2015 surpassing more than a million rides last month. However, the bright green bikes will soon have some company on local roads from the newly expanded, and as yet incompatible, Metro bikeshare system. The new system, supplied by Bicycle Transit... Read more →


Vehicle code violation leads to arrest

On August 21, 2017 at about 4:42 p.m. Motorcycle officers were monitoring the 1700 block of Lincoln Blvd for any vehicle code violations. Officers noticed a motorcycle headed north on Lincoln Blvd with no mirrors – a vehicle code violation.  Officers conducted a traffic stop of the motorcycle and learned the motorcycle was recently... Read more →


Suspect threatens victim with a knife on the Pier

On August 21, 2017 at about 10:17 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Santa Monica Pier regarding a female suspect brandishing a knife at a male victim. Officers located the suspect at the stairs just north of the Bubba Gump Shrimp’s Restaurant. Officers determined the victim was on the Pier when he was approached... Read more →


Suspect threatens employees with a taser

On August 22, 2017 at about 1:16 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Vons Supermarket -710 Broadway regarding a robbery that just occurred. The reporting party indicated the suspect was attempting to steal beer and threatened store employees with a taser. The suspect was last seen fleeing in the parking lot. The possible... Read more →


A look at the facts surrounding Obama immigration program

      The White House took a firm stance on Tuesday in outlining why an immigration program created by President Barack Obama needs to be eliminated. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as an unconstitutional action that contributed... Read more →


Rail Safety Month making a stop at Reed Park

  September is California Rail Safety month and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is reaching out to communities bordering the rail system to remind everyone that “safety begins with you.” According to Metro, there have been four significant safety issues with the Santa Monica stretch of the... Read more →


Samohi sports teams start fall season

  September will be a busy month for Santa Monica High School sports teams. The fall sports season has already begun, and the Vikings look to be highly competitive in several sports this autumn. Unfortunately for the football team, the Vikings did not get off to a good start and lost 39-0 to Segerstrom of Santa Ana in the opening... Read more →