News

Santa Monica’s largest developer splits into new company

    Twenty development projects in Santa Monica’s eight square miles just changed hands after the city’s largest apartment builder announced a major split, according to a spokesperson for the two companies. NMS Properties is ceding managerial and operational control of all pending market-rate and affordable housing... Read more →

News

Crimes occurring around, but not on, Expo trains

  The Santa Monica Police Department is deploying an additional team of officers to the downtown area because of a sharp increase in theft linked to the 4th Street Light Rail Station. Between May 20 and November 20 of 2016, there were 380 Part 1 crimes committed within a 1,000 foot radius of the three light rail stops within the... Read more →

City Council

Short term rental rules return for revisions

  While many use the New Year as motivation to break from old habits, City Hall is using the first meeting of the new year to revisit several old discussions. The agenda calls for revisions to several previously discussed actions. Council will revisit regulations on animal acts in parks, uses of airport land for parks and will hear... Read more →

Crime

Man arrested for forgery, burglary and probation violation

On December 31, 2016 at about 5:29 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Bloomingdales – 315 Colorado Blvd regarding a counterfeit investigation with a suspect in custody. Officers determined the suspect was monitored by Loss Prevention in the store as he selected merchandise. The suspect attempted to purchase several... Read more →

Crime

Nanny assaults store manager

On Dec. 28, 2016 at about 12:15 p.m. Officer responded to a radio call for service at the 1300 3rd Street Promenade regarding a theft that occurred at Bellagio Shoes – 120 Broadway. The suspect was followed by the store manager and pointed out to the officers. Officers detained the suspect who had a baby stroller with an infant for an... Read more →

News

Light rail riders plan to forget their pants Sunday

    Mark your calendar: The 9th Annual “No Pants Metro Ride” will run through Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon. The large party of pants-less participants will meet up at 1 p.m. at Union Station to buy TAP cards and pack-up their slacks before hopping a Red Line train to downtown and then transfer to the Expo Line.... Read more →

Airport

City leaders to discuss Airport Park plans at next meeting

By Kate Cagle The City Council will talk about continuing efforts to turn the Santa Monica Airport into a park at next week’s public meeting. City leaders will discuss new rules that will allow the public to use six acres of the airport that used to be reserved aircraft parking. When the entire project is completed in 2019, Airport... Read more →

News

SM Native runs for 34th Congressional district

  By Marina Andalon Santa Monica native and former White House aide, Alejandra Campoverdi announced her plan to pursue the seat of Representative Xavier Becerra’s 34th Congressional District in Los Angeles, if the Legislature confirms him as Attorney General of California. Becera won reelection in November of 2016 but was... Read more →

Crime

New Year Crime Wrap

Police search for woman who stabbed 7-11 employee By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Police are looking for an unknown, dark haired woman who stabbed a 7-11 employee in the chest Tuesday morning. It happened at 6:03 a.m. at 1600 Santa Monica Blvd, the same store where a Santa Monica Police Department officer was violently... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless Count 2017

  By Kate Cagle City leaders will be carefully watching the numbers from 2017’s upcoming homeless count to see how the new Expo Line is changing Santa Monica’s homeless landscape. The past few years, the City has been able to reduce the number of people living on the streets while the homeless population in Los Angeles... Read more →

Business

The Albright celebrates 40 years on the Pier

Marina Andalon This month The Albright will not just be celebrating the New Year but also their 40th anniversary and owners Greg and Yunnie Morena are taking pride in their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. When the restaurant opened in 1977 it was named Santa Monica Pier Seafood, and owned and by... Read more →

News

2017 CALIFORNIA LAWS

by Kate Cagle Motorcycle “lane splitting” if officially legal in California but the CHP will be looking into guidelines for motorists to safely share lanes. All forms of nonconsensual sexual assault may be considered rape. A new law redefines “assault weapon” to close the so-called bullet button loophole. It is believed the... Read more →

Environment

Year in Review: Environment

The year began with forecasts of a wet winter. An El Niño weather system prompted local officials to issue reminders about basic safety precautions but the rain bypassed much of the area. Northern California received several inches of rain and snow fell in the highest points of the Sierra Nevada. Rain did fall in Santa Monica but there was... Read more →