City Council

Changes coming to Santa Monica’s ethics rules

City Hall is moving forward with a ballot measure to amend the city's anti-corruption laws. City Council gave direction to staff at its June 14 meeting to pursue a set of substantive revisions to the rules, known as the Oaks Initiative, that will require voter approval. While precise language for a ballot measure is still in the works,... Read more →


Naked man rolling around at Santa Monica park found with meth

On June 15 at about 4:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Airport Park, 3201 Airport Ave., regarding a subject “rolling around” in the nude. Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect was completely nude and agitated. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. A search of the suspect's belongings and clothing... Read more →


Possible tax could benefit Santa Monica-Malibu schools

At a meeting during which the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is expected to name an interim superintendent, the local Board of Education will discuss the potential impact of a city tax on school funding. As the district prepares for Sandra Lyon’s departure June 30, it is also considering how a possible transaction and use tax could... Read more →


Stolen Bloomingdale’s merchandise worth $1,200

On June 9 at approximately 2:53 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a shoplifter in custody in Bloomingdale's at 315 Colorado Ave. Officers discovered the suspect concealed approximately $1,200 worth of merchandise in his clothing and had exited the store without paying. Adrian Morales, 20, of Montebello, was arrested and cited... Read more →


Santa Monica PAL youths earn $29,500 in scholarships

A dozen outstanding Santa Monica Police Activities (PAL) kids shared $29,500 in academic funds presented by the Chris Carrey PAL Education Scholarship program last month at the Le Meridien Delfina in Santa Monica. Through a joint gift from Ed Simmons and Standard Parking and from Neil and Karen Carrey, an endowment fund has been... Read more →


Cautious optimism for SMMUSD equity plan

Acknowledging the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap was one thing. Coming up with a plan to address it was another. And implementing it successfully will be yet another. But with the 2015-16 school year in the books, district officials are trying to figure out how to move forward with the recommendations for improving... Read more →


Hunger gap impacts Santa Monica youth

By Avery Yang Daily Press Intern During the school year, more than 21 million kids nationwide receive free and reduced-price meals but only 3.8 million children are provided the same services during their summer vacations. Especially in Los Angeles, where one in four children struggles with hunger, and in Los Angeles County — which tops... Read more →


Man acting suspiciously arrested in Santa Monica

On June 8 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers observed a suspect acting suspiciously in the area of 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard. They spoke with the suspect and noticed he was attempting to conceal an unknown object in his wristband. Officers also noticed a screwdriver in the suspect's wristband, and determined... Read more →


Jose Escarce won’t seek SMMUSD board re-election

The race for seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s Board of Education just got a little more interesting. Longtime board member Jose Escarce will not seek re-election to the district’s governing body, telling the Daily Press via email that he will not run to keep his seat in November. News of the future vacancy comes at... Read more →


Santa Monica man uses potted plant as assault weapon

On June 8 at approximately 10:16 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of assault with a deadly weapon on the 1400 block of 7th Street. A suspect threw a potted plant towards the victim after the victim asked the suspect to quiet down. The plant did not strike the victim. Carlos Carrasco, 52, of Santa Monica, was... Read more →


Los Angeles man refuses to pay for Santa Monica car wash

On June 8 at approximately 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a suspect creating a disruption at the Bonus Car Wash at 2800 Lincoln Blvd. The suspect refused to pay for the service rendered and provided. Fardan Salaam, 36, of Los Angeles was arrested and cited for intentionally interfering with a business and for... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica renews funding for PYFC after hiatus

The City of Santa Monica has restored civic funding to the Pico Youth and Family Center after receiving an emergency request from the organization at City Council's June 14 meeting. PYFC received $50,000 from the council's discretionary fund for use as a matching grant with the hope that PYFC can double the donation. The money follows a... Read more →