City Council


Pony rides to disappear from Farmers’ Market

CITY HALL - Avoiding the use of idioms about dead horses being beaten, we will note that it was after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when City Council voted to move away from allowing pony rides and petting zoos at the Main Street Farmers' Market. In a 4 to 0 vote, council asked City Hall to pursue a non-animal related vendor at the market... Read more →


Experience and enthusiasm define SMPD’s Beat 2

BEAT 2 — The Santa Monica Police Department's Beat 2 is an area of juxtapositions. Heavily residential in population, it also contains two of the city's busiest business streets (Pico and Lincoln). It has the longest border with L.A., increasing the number of transients moving through neighborhoods populated by longtime and deeply rooted... Read more →


Crime Watch: Brawling in the streets

On September 7 at 3:50 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Pico Blvd. for a fight call involving 10-12 subjects. A witness reported the subjects were fighting and then fleeing the area. Officers detained two subjects as they were running away. One of them stopped running when directed, but the other was confrontational. This... Read more →



Dealing with the facts

YOUR COLUMN HERE — Santa Monica voters want to deal with facts when they are deciding on ballot issues but it seems to me that anti-airport people are either not aware of the true facts or are purposely obscuring them. Two examples: The first is the attempt to cast the pro-airport Measure D as being a tool of outside forces (those dreaded... Read more →



Police searching for arson suspect

Police are searching for a suspected arsonist responsible for the destruction of several vehicles at the Santa Monica BMW Dealership. Authorities were notified of the fire at about 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 10. Police officers and firefighters responded to the scene within minutes. Witnesses gave a description of the suspect and provided a... Read more →


Fall preview

CULTURE WATCH — A quick trip to Portland last week prevented me from seeing anything local this week, but my inbox is overflowing with news about the arts around Santa Monica and the Westside, so let me share a few must-see events. The Broad Stage opens its new season with “The Magic Flute.” And while you might think this is just... Read more →


Assault, robbery, auto theft hit 50 year low in 2013

CITYWIDE — The number of violent crimes in the city last year was the lowest since 1963, according to data provided by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD). Property crimes were up thanks to a spike in the number of larcenies, according to the data. Until 2011, SMPD released annual reports including all crime data. To align with City... Read more →


City Goals: Public Works

Editor’s Note: Every year, city departments set goals and objectives. In August, City Hall released information about how each of the 15 departments progressed toward these goals during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Over a several week period, the Daily Press will take a look at the goals that are being achieved (according to City Hall) and the... Read more →


Officers receive award for bravery

LOS ANGELES The three police officers responsible for stopping John Zawahri during his 2013 shooting rampage at Santa Monica College have been recognized for their heroism by the Attorney General's office. Attorney General Kamala Harris honored Santa Monica Police Officers Robert Sparks and Jason Salas and SMC officer Ray Bottenfield at a... Read more →


Hospitality union endorses Gruber, McKeown

CITY HALL — A large hospitality union is getting behind incumbent Kevin McKeown and former Planning Commission member Frank Gruber in the race for City Council. Unite Here Local 11 announced its endorsement of the two candidates on Friday afternoon. The union has successfully negotiated labor agreements with developers in the early... Read more →