Planning Commission to discuss Lincoln’s future

CITY HALL — How do you feel about a dedicated bus lane on Lincoln Boulevard during peak traffic hours? The Planning Commission will sound off on the first stages of a plan to make Lincoln more beautiful and pedestrian-friendly Wednesday night. The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan is meant to improve the current environment, which,... Read more →



Few answers, many lawsuits a year after fatal SMO crash

SMO — On Sept. 29 of last year just after 6 p.m., Mark Benjamin brought his Cessna 525A down for a landing at the Santa Monica Airport. Benjamin and his three passengers, including his son Lucas, Lauren Winkler — Lucas Benjamin’s girlfriend — and Kyla Dupont had left a small airport in Hailey, Idaho about four hours earlier. The... Read more →



Police combat bike thefts

VENICE — Jessica Beeman, a Venice resident, knows she and her mountain bike belong together. After all, in an area where bikes disappear faster than Lance Armstrong's credibility, how else could she account for the recovery of her stolen bike not once, but twice in recent years? The most recent recovery came courtesy of the Santa Monica... Read more →


PAL employee pleads to taking illegal sexual pics

DOWNTOWN LA — A Santa Monica Police Athletic League employee pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles court on Friday to taking surreptitious sexual pictures without consent, Rob Wilcox, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney told the Daily Press. Donald Condon was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department at Dodger Stadium on May... Read more →


New options for local church-goers

CITYWIDE Church services are expanding in Santa Monica with new projects focused on alternative ways to bring residents into the fold. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church has added several new services to its weekly schedule and an entirely new church, Resonate, is opening at Bergamot Station. Rev. Eric C. Shafer recently took the helm at Mt. Olive... Read more →


Crime Watch: Mail thief and drunk mom

On Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 1000 block of 20th Street, regarding an elder abuse incident that also involved domestic violence. When the officers arrived, the suspect was standing in the doorway and refused to let them enter. The victim, an elderly female, walked into the living room a short time... Read more →


Samohi football cancels controversial halftime ad

SAMOHI — It’s halftime at the first Santa Monica High School football game of the season and Beth Leder-Pack, who is there to watch her daughter on the cheerleading squad, is only half paying attention. “I looked over,” she said, “and I saw the cheerleaders were holding this banner that said ‘Got rent control?’ It took me some... Read more →

City Council

Council sets fees for developers

CITY HALL — Commercial developers will have to pay an affordable housing linkage fee and a parks impact fee thanks to a set of ordinances approved by council. Housing developers will also have to pay the parks impact fee. The affordable housing linkage fee ordinance passed on a 6 to 1 vote with Councilmember Kevin McKeown arguing that the... Read more →