Concert organizers dispute crowd size criticism

The organizers of the Twilight Concert Series are disputing previous estimates of crowd size and reasserting their position that the shows are a safe, responsible public service. The Santa Monica Pier Corporation hired a professional service to count attendees at the June 22 opener. While the performer and public safety officials talked... Read more →

Santa Monica native arrested for burglary

On June 21, at about 10:46 p.m. Officers responded to the Whole Foods 365 at 2121 Cloverfield Blvd, which is under construction, regarding an alarm activation. Officers entered the store and conducted a search of the store. As officers searched the store, they located a subject rummaging through several boxes. Officers detained the suspect... Read more →

SMMUSD Board of Education appoints new McKinley Principal

  On Tuesday, June 26 the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Ashley Benjamin the new McKinley Elementary School Principal. In a recent press release, Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said, “Her strong commitment to providing access and opportunities to all students so they meet their full... Read more →

Assault investigation downtown

Police are investigating a reported stabbing near the intersection of 5th and Santa Monica. A call came into the department at about 7:39 a.m. for a potential assault at the downtown location. Officers found a victim at the intersection, conscious and breathing, who was transported to a local hospital. Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez said the... Read more →

SMMUSD Board adopts LCAP and Budget plan

    The Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board of Education might have set a record for a public meeting this week with at 20-minute session to take feedback on their budget process. Public schools are now funded by a streamlined state system known as the Local Control Funding Formula. Part of the LCFF... Read more →

Citation for hit and run on Main St.

On June 22, at about 5:55 p.m. An officer was near the Civic Center Parking Lot and heard a loud bang consistent with a traffic collision.   The officer looked towards the 1700 block of Main Street and saw a vehicle in the center median. The vehicle reversed and the officers saw a stop sign lying on the floor. The vehicle continued... Read more →

DUI-driver’s license checkpoint

Citywide The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a Driving under the Influence (DUI)-Driver’s License Checkpoint. The operation is scheduled for Friday, June 30, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints are a proven factor in reducing... Read more →

Council asks for temporary field at Civic Center site

Council has chosen to move forward with a temporary field at the Civic Center Auditorium with plans to explore additional field space at Memorial Park. Council had six options on the table Tuesday night including variations on a permanent, temporary or no field at the Civic Center. A unanimous council ultimately chose to move forward... Read more →

Peace activists celebrate Santa Monica bomb blast statue

  Chain Reaction’s biggest problem may have been it’s simply not pretty. The 26-foot mushroom cloud of copper and steel chains perpetually exploding outside the Civic Center is meant as a warning to save the world. Instead, for the past six years local peace activists have dedicated themselves to saving the statue... Read more →

LP catches woman stealing from Sephora

On June 17, at about 5:27 p.m. Officers responded to Sephora – 1244 3rd Street Promenade regarding a theft that just occurred. The subject exited the store without paying for any merchandise and Loss prevention staff followed the suspect. Loss Prevention pointed out the suspect as officers arrived to the location. Officers determined the... Read more →

Santa Monica City Council Names New City Attorney, Lane Dilg

The City of Santa Monica released the following press release Tuesday evening announcing the hire of a new city attorney: SANTA MONICA, Calif. — At the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Council announced the selection of a new City Attorney, Lane Dilg. The City Council conducted a nationwide search for the key... Read more →

Double meetings for SMMUSD Board this week

  This week the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District will have two Board of Education (BOE) meetings this week. The first upcoming meeting was originally scheduled for June 22, but has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 27. At the Tuesday meeting, the BOE will approve and appoint a McKinley Elementary School... Read more →

How to ditch your car and get to the Twilight Concerts?

Take the Expo line. The Expo line connects DTLA to the Pier and Santa Monica residents can board at the 17th Street/SMC or 26th Street/Bergamot Stations. Trains leave every 6 minutes until 7 p.m. then every 10-15 minutes. To save time, be sure to have $3.50 loaded on your TAP card to cover the roundtrip fare. Ride Big Blue Bus.  Big Blue... Read more →