City Council

City Hall says farewell to top attorney

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer With two standing ovations, praise from state and national leaders and a hand-blown glass vase, the City Council said goodbye to long-standing city attorney Marsha Moutrie Tuesday. Moutrie is retiring at the end of the year after weathering two decades of city politics and as many as 16... Read more →

News

Man cut during fight on Expo train

  Police are investigating a fight on a Westbound Expo train that resulted in the partial closure of the Downtown Station and one man being transported to the hospital. According to witnesses and local law enforcement, a man was stabbed during a fight on a westbound Expo train at about 1:30 p.m. As the train pulled into the... Read more →

Crime

Judge Reverses Local Man’s Murder Conviction

By Kate Cagle A Santa Monica man convicted of stabbing his friend to death will get a new trial, after a judge with the 2nd District Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the conviction. Two years ago, Ryan Bright was sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison for the 2012 killing of his friend, Jensen Gray. Bright’s attorney... Read more →

City Council

New mayor sees divided city

Over the past few months conversations at City Hall have not always been, well, diplomatic. A passionate fight over the future of Santa Monica’s skyline played out in the months before voters cast their ballots in the November election, as the battle over Measure LV pitted neighborhood associations against the City Council. The measure... Read more →

Airport

FAA demands reprieve for airport evictions

BY MATTHEW HALL   The Federal Aviation Administration is demanding City Hall temporarily stop efforts to evict a pair of business from the Santa Monica Airport. Among the City’s many skirmishes with the FAA over the facility is a recent decision to evict business that provide services to pilots and replace them with a... Read more →

News

Downtown Community Plan approaches final stage

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer City planners are hammering out the final draft of the Downtown Community Plan, or DCP: the comprehensive document that will guide development in downtown Santa Monica for the next 20 years. After two meetings and ten hours of deliberations, the Planning Commission has signed off on an urban... Read more →

Crime

Threats against Blue Plate Taco employees

On November 30, at around 3:25 p.m. Officers were driving in the 1500 block of Ocean Ave. when they were flagged down by an agitated male subject. The subject who refused to identify himself claimed an employee from Blue Plate Taco Restaurant had assaulted him. After the officers completed their investigation, it had appeared the agitated... Read more →

Crime

Possession of burglary tools on the Promenade

On November 29, while working a detail on the 3rd Street Promenade Officers were contacted by employees at the Urban Outfitters at 1440 3rd Street regarding a subject that was in the store earlier possibly attempting to steal merchandise. The subject was confronted by employees and found to be in possession of a device to remove security... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless Veterans gets national attention

  Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer Unfortunately, homelessness in Santa Monica is nothing new to the city. People become homeless for various reasons such as a lack of affordable housing, decreased employment opportunities, lack of healthcare, substance abuse, and many more. In evaluating how to tackle the problem,... Read more →

Crime

$617 worth of alcohol stolen from Vons

On November 30 at about 2:30 p.m. Officers were patrolling the area of 7th Street & Colorado when they saw a young male adult run by them wearing a backpack and holding a bottle of champagne in his hand with the security sensor still attached to the top. Officers followed the man and eventually caught up to him where they asked him to... Read more →

News

Local developer faces city scrutiny amid fraud scandal

Kate Cagle Santa Monica’s largest residential property owner has filed a lawsuit against a Boston-based hedge fund, alleging AEW attempted a “hostile takeover” of seven of their properties in the city and two others in Los Angeles County. The suit is the latest battle in a legal war that has waged between NMS Properties and AEW... Read more →

Crime

Marijuana, pistol, and gang member in Pico neighborhood

On December 1, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Officers patrolling the area near Ocean Avenue and Pico Boulevard noticed a beige Volkswagen Passat in the 00 block of Arcadia Terrace in a no parking zone.   The vehicle was occupied by five males, including one juvenile who was in the driver seat, and smelled of burnt marijuana. During their... Read more →

Crime

Battery on a Peace Officer

On Dec. 3 at approximately 12:10 p.m. Officers responded to the intersection of 12th Street and California in response to a report of a disturbance. The reporting party stated there was a woman yelling and kicking at cars as they drove through the intersection. Officers arrived and detained a woman who was yelling while holding a... Read more →

News

Open Waters offer teens new perspective

By Kate Cagle As dolphins swam toward the small boat, the group of rowdy teenagers let out whoops and howls. The dolphins, drawn to the vibrations of the motor, swam closer and closer. For their peers, this might be deemed a once and a lifetime experience, but these young men will now venture out on the ocean every month. The three... Read more →