Crime

Masked man attempted to rob CVS

On July 19 at about 12:46 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a robbery at the CVS (2505 Santa Monica Blvd). The suspect entered the store wearing a mask and approached a register. The suspect began mumbling and stated to the clerk, “Cash.” The suspect handed the clerk a note that said, “Hand me all cash from the register please and... Read more →

News

August workshop address explicit racism

After an unexpected protest dominated their July workshop, Santa Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) has reexamined how they conduct their events with an eye towards greater security. Protesters at the July workshop made anti-Semitic statements, held handmade signs associated with online anti-Semitism and made statements that... Read more →

Briefs

Community Briefs – Downtown

Downtown Santa Monica Public Library presents Seed Bomb Insanity Adults and kids alike, get your hands dirty at the library building seed bombs on, Thursday, August 3 at 3 p.m. at the Main Library in the Central Courtyard, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Help build a better world by creating pods of seeds and soil to launch into those... Read more →

Crime

Man assaults BBB driver

On July 19, 2017, at about 12:46 p.m., Santa Monica patrol officers responded to a radio call of a fare dispute on a Big Blue Bus. The reporting party, the bus driver, told officers that while he was driving his route southbound on 4th Street, he stopped to pick up a passenger at Pico Boulevard. The individual boarded the bus and he... Read more →

City Council

Council approves new subsidy for senior renters

  City Hall has approved a new program to help some of the city’s most at need renters stay in their homes. The Preserving Our Diversity program will provide financial aid to low-income, long-term residents, aged 62 and older, who live in rent controlled apartments said the staff report. The POD program would set aside... Read more →

Environment

Multi family units are composting

  Residents in Santa Monica are collecting their food scraps and saving them to create a natural soil. Recently Global Green, Santa Monica based non-profit has educated over 650 households on the benefits of composting food scraps and provided valuable training and resources. This action has led to nearly 85,000 pounds of organic... Read more →

Briefs

2017 Jazz on the Lawn Summer Concert Series

Stewart St. The Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series returns for its 12th season on Sunday, August 6. The community is invited to grab friends, family and dancing shoes for free concerts in the park. A sampling of genres curated through the jazz lens, free dance lessons, intermission performances (on select dates), and some of the... Read more →

Crime

Woman causes commotion at Chess Park

On July 20, 2017 at 3 a.m. Officers were on patrol along the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk. Officers could hear loud, unintelligible yelling from an unknown person in the area of Chess Park.   Officers went into the park to investigate and found a woman standing alone in the east portion of the park. Officers made contact with the woman... Read more →

News

Council approves new loan source for affordable housing

  Setting aside money to fund affordable housing was an easy decision for City Council at their July 25 meeting, but deciding who gets to spend it was harder. Council approved revisions to the city’s housing trust fund guidelines on Tuesday that included establishing a new dedicated fund of about $15 million a year to build... Read more →

Education

Daily Press presents Educator Spotlight

The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community. Jessica Katz – Lincoln Middle School Jessica Katz is in... Read more →

Briefs

Paletas Santa Monica

Paletas Santa Monica // El Sabor a la Comunidad-Taste of the Community will be on the streets in all five zip codes of Santa Monica from July 29 - August 29. Do you know about public art in Santa Monica? Do you know where it exists? Do you relate to it in a personal way; is it relevant to you? How does it affect your experience of the... Read more →

News

Final DCP debate defined by affordable housing

        The City Council has passed the Downtown Community plan and the final discussion focused on how much affordable housing will be built in the 40-block zone. The DCP covers all zoning rules for Downtown such as heights, density, incentives for historic resources, increased pedestrian/bike measures,... Read more →

News

Pasadena’s art, gardens and history make a good LA side trip

Most visitors to Los Angeles head to Hollywood, Venice Beach or Santa Monica. But if you're in the mood for stunning gardens, first-class art and historic architecture without the crowds and traffic, consider Pasadena. Pasadena is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Incorporated in... Read more →

Crime

Gelson’s Market LP catches thief

On July 12, 2017 at about 11:54 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Gelson’s Market -2627 Lincoln Blvd regarding a theft suspect in custody.  Officer spoke with Loss Prevention staff.  Loss Prevention monitored the suspect as he selected several items from the sales floor.  The suspect placed several items in his... Read more →