Homeless man arrested in attempted Santa Monica bank robbery

A would-be bank robber was arrested in Santa Monica on April 18 after attempting to steal from the Bank of America location at 1430 Wilshire Blvd. Grenville Robinson, 39, entered the bank at about 9:25 a.m. on April 18. According to police, he waited in line before presenting the teller with a note demanding $3,000. Robinson allegedly... Read more →

City Council

Council aims to nip hedge issues in bud

What were you doing at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday? If you're a City Council member, engaged citizen, or local reporter, you were listening to a debate about hedges. Deep into council's seven-hour discussion of the proposed update of the Zoning Ordinance, which will dictate land uses throughout the city for years to come, Mayor Kevin McKeown... Read more →


Drunk-driving suspect arrested in Santa Monica car crash

On April 11 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers received a radio call of a traffic collision at the intersection of Stewart Street and Olympic Boulevard. One of the drivers was reportedly walking around in the middle of the street, acting disoriented. When officers arrived they detained the subject in the middle of the intersection who... Read more →

City Council


Council seeks to regulate Airbnb, VRBO

CITY HALL — City Council will consider regulating short-term rentals, like those offered by companies like Airbnb and VRBO. Near midnight on Wednesday, as council discussed the updated Zoning Ordinance, Mayor Kevin McKeown made a request for city attorneys to draw up an ordinance to deal with what he called “a crisis for... Read more →


Lincoln principal named SMMUSD human resources director

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Webb as the new director of human resources at its April 16, regular meeting. Webb has served as principal of Lincoln Middle School since 2008. As principal, she provided oversight and guided the overall vision and mission of the school by working with stakeholders in... Read more →


Santa Monica gallery to honor artist during BritWeek

Artist Ryan Callanan, aka RYCA, has been selected by a jury of creative industry leaders from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles to receive BritWeek's first Visual Artist of the Year award. An evening reception for RYCA's BritWeek exhibition, "Rough With The Smooth," will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica... Read more →


Joint dispatch center enhancing public safety

Editor's note: This is the second installment of a two-part series about the Santa Monica police and fire departments' joint dispatch center. City police and fire officials in recent weeks have been settling into their recently established joint dispatch center, which begs the question: What does it mean for public safety? The dispatch... Read more →


Local lawyer to discuss family finance

The Santa Monica Public Library presents "How to Divide the Family Money ... Without Dividing the Family" with Jeff Condon on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Author Jeffrey L. Condon discusses the issues to consider to protect your children's inheritance from squabbling,... Read more →


SMC student art show to explore peace, conflict

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will present the annual SMC Art Department Student Exhibit. This year's specially created exhibit explores and interprets SMC's Annual Global Initiative Theme: “Peace and Security: Managing Conflict and Violence in a Turbulent World.” The show will be open to the public from... Read more →


Joint dispatch center unites police, fire departments

Editor's note: This is the first installment of a two-part series about the Santa Monica police and fire departments' joint dispatch center. For years, the Santa Monica police and fire departments had separate dispatch centers. They operated independently, frequently collaborating but regularly coping with staffing shortages, information... Read more →


E-bike drawing supports SMMEF drive

Sunlight poured through the west-facing windows at the Treats frozen yogurt shop on Ocean Park Boulevard as theater students from John Adams Middle School sang the title song from “Bye Bye Birdie,” their upcoming play. “Guess I'll always care,” they crooned, and the lyrics seemed appropriate considering the nature of the... Read more →


Assault suspect arrested after Vons altercation (crime watch)

On April 8 at about 1:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to Vons market at 710 Broadway in regard to a battery that had just occurred. The suspect had slammed a patron of the market up against the wall and threw a cup of water onto another customer.  As the suspect left, he pushed a pedestrian into oncoming traffic in an attempt to have... Read more →


Route 66 gift shop opens at Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier marks the end of Route 66 highway, and anyone looking to remember their trip to the landmark can now visit a new 1,200-square-foot open-air corner space on the Santa Monica Pier devoted to the famous road. “We've been looking for something completely distinctive and synonymous to the Santa Monica Pier, which is also... Read more →