DNA leads to conviction in cold-case Santa Monica murders

The conviction earlier this month of a 50-year-old homeless man in the deaths of two women in Santa Monica more than a decade ago offered yet another example. When a jury found Edric Dashell Gross guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, it brought closure to a set of... Read more →


SMMUSD setting aside another $1.5 million for legal fees

It’s the issue that seemingly won’t go away. The discovery of potentially harmful chemicals at Malibu schools more than two years ago has spurred dueling accusations of misconduct between Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials and activists groups as well as ample discussion among local Board of Education members and an active... Read more →


Accessibility programs keep Santa Monica beaches open for all

By Camille De Beus Daily Press Intern As a city by the sea, Santa Monica has long drawn people to its famed beaches and the City uses a variety of tools to ensure access for everyone. With a fleet of free beach wheelchairs and paved paths leading to the water, Santa Monica has a history of keeping the ocean accessible and recent additions... Read more →


Woman punched in the face by homeless man

On June 12 at about 7:12 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of 7th Street and Wilshire Boulevard regarding a man punching a woman in the face. The female victim indicated she was in an argument with the male suspect. The suspect became upset, punched the victim in the face with a closed fist and left the location on... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of June 27, 2016

Here's a list of Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of June 27, 2016: California Incline Bridge replacement project The California Incline will be closed until summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current... Read more →


State budget provides development incentives

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new state budget that guarantees developers the ability to build housing projects if they meet preexisting zoning standards. The budget contains a provision known as “by right” construction and is tied to new spending to incentive affordable housing. The new rules will allow developers to bypass... Read more →


Samohi valedictorian heading to Harvey Mudd

He’s a viola-playing, karate-kicking twin brother who wants to explore the connections between electrical engineering and neuroscience. Meet this year’s Santa Monica High School valedictorian. Christopher Ferrarin, who will continue his education at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, was honored as the top student in the graduating... Read more →


SMMUSD board supports city tax

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education on Thursday voiced its collective support for a city tax that would support local public schools. Proponents have not yet hammered out the details of the tax, which is expected to appear before voters in the November elections, but the school board authorized Superintendent Sandra Lyon to write a... Read more →


Fraud suspected at Santa Monica car dealership

On June 16 at about 1:29 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Chrysler-Dodge dealership at 3219 Santa Monica Blvd., for fraudulent activity. Upon arrival, officers spoke with dealership employees and the subject of the radio call. Officers discovered the suspect attempted to finance a vehicle using another person's identity.... Read more →


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 →