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 →

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Pony rides go to council

CITY HALL — And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: A discussion by the city’s top elected officials about pony rides at the Farmers’ Market. Two City Council members have requested that, upon the expiration of City Hall’s contract with a pony ride and petting zoo vendor at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, preference be... Read more →



Airport Commission to hear from tenants

CITY HALL — Airport Commission members have expressed a desire for stricter airport leasing policies have been recommended by City Hall. Last month, City Council decided not to vote on leases at the airport and instead sent the recommendations back to the Airport Commission, which voted 4 to 1 to start its review process with input from... Read more →


City Goals: Library and Office of Sustainability

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 →


20-somethings batter, burgle and burn

CRIME WATCH — On August 31 at 4:15 a.m. A male was seen exiting on foot from behind a building in 1000 block of Broadway. An SMPD Officer believed his actions were suspicious and made consensual contact with him. The Officer conducted a check of the male and found he had a warrant for his arrest. The Officer placed him under arrest and... Read more →


Democrats endorse

MAIN LIBRARY — The Santa Monica Democrats Club held an endorsement meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Club voted to endorse: City Council: Sue Himmelrich and Kevin McKeown. School Board: Laurie Lieberman, Ralph Mechur, Oscar de la Torre, and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein. College Board of Trustees: Barry Snell, Louise Jaffe, and Nancy... Read more →


District gearing up community outreach with public surveys

SMMUSD — The cliché says there's no such thing as a stupid question but the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District hopes that by asking smarter questions, it can develop more comprehensive programs to serve students. The District launched a new centralized survey program last year that enables SMMUSD to solicit responses from parents... Read more →


Target of City’s lawsuit sells assets

CITYWIDE — A precious metals company that was sued by the City last year appears to have closed for business and sold its assets. Merit Gold and Silver, the retail division of Seacoast Coin Inc., has sold its assets to the Credit Management Association (CMA), a non-profit association that helps credit, collection, and financial... Read more →