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City Council asks for study of LUVE initiative

Council wants an in-depth study of the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative before scheduling the proposal for a November vote. The measure has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot and City Council had the option this week of scheduling it for a vote, passing it into law or asking for a study. They opted... Read more →


SMMUSD close to naming interim superintendent

As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district prepares to name an interim superintendent, officials are also starting their search for a full-time replacement and trying to keep alive momentum on an equity initiative that began under Sandra Lyon. The local Board of Education will meet in closed session Thursday afternoon to consider four... Read more →


Santa Monica student named California Arts Scholar

It took Bruce DeBiasse away from his schoolwork, but that was a price he paid happily. While preparing for an exam, the Santa Monica High School sophomore-to-be learned that he had been named a California Arts Scholar. “I was very excited,” he said. “It impeded me from studying a little bit, but I was very happy.” The... Read more →


Santa Monica police make arrest in murder case

Santa Monica police have arrested a San Diego man for murder following a weekend altercation. Theo Andrew Krah was arrested in San Diego County on Tuesday in connection with a deadly assault that occurred on June 11. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, Krah and an unnamed victim had an altercation on the Santa Monica Pier... Read more →


Santa Monica shoplifting suspect denied bail

On June 2 at approximately 12:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Sears at 302 Colorado Ave., regarding a shoplifting suspect who had left the premises carrying a set of stolen speakers. Loss prevention agents for the store provided a suspect description and direction of travel. Shortly thereafter, officers located and... Read more →


Santa Monica construction accident causes natural gas leak

A construction accident resulted in a severed natural gas main in the 2400 block of Olympic Boulevard over the weekend, according to the Santa Monica Fire Department. The first arriving units found a high-pressure, 1-inch gas main severed with no fire. Three engines, a ladder truck, a hazardous materials unit, and chief officer supervisor,... Read more →


Olympic High graduates score scholarships

There were speeches by students and educators, caps flung into the air and flowers cradled against gowns. There was a feeling of joy and a sense of curiosity about what’s ahead. There was even some cash awarded. Olympic High School held its graduation ceremony outdoors on its campus earlier this month, when principal Anthony Fuller and... Read more →


Police prevent possible attack on Gay Pride Parade

Santa Monica police arrested a man Sunday morning for explosives and weapons possession, preventing a potential attack on the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade. SMPD officers arrested James Wesley Howell and recovered three assault rifles, high capacity magazines, ammunition and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals capable of forming an... Read more →


Cash stolen from Santa Monica bike shop

On June 3 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on uniformed bike patrol in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk when flagged by an employee of a local bicycle shop who stated that two suspects on foot had stolen his tip jar. The victim stated that he was working at the counter when both suspects approached the... Read more →


How a state bill could bypass Santa Monica zoning rules

In response to the state's affordable housing crisis, California lawmakers are working on a potentially controversial plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would bypass local zoning restrictions. Known as “by right” construction, the rules would supersede local zoning processes and guarantee developers the ability to build new housing... Read more →


Santa Monica pursuit of stolen car nets two arrests

On June 3 at approximately 5:20 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer was patrolling the 3100 block of Main Street when he identified and followed a black Jeep Compass traveling southbound. The vehicle had been fraudulently rented using the credit card and driver's license of an unsuspecting victim of identity theft. The car had been... Read more →


Man’s screams prompt Santa Monica police response

On June 2 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1000 block of 27th Street regarding a radio call of unknown trouble. The caller stated that he heard a man screaming about God and the devil and that the yelling was coming from a vacant apartment unit in the building. Upon arrival, officers saw and... Read more →