18 (and counting) running for City Council

Residents seeking local office continue to pull papers and, as of Aug. 5, 18 individuals had requested an application to run for City Council. Individuals that pull papers must gather at least 100 signatures from registered voters and pay a $25 fee to file. Pulling papers does not require an individual to follow through on the application... Read more →

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Development, lobbying up for City Council action

It's a mixed bag of topics at the Aug. 9 City Council meeting with items including an appeal of development at the old Post Office site, tax rates for existing bonds, rules for lobbyists and a request to study rent control policies. Council will meet on Aug. 9 at City Hall, 1685 Main St., with the closed session beginning at 5:30... Read more →


‘Palm Tree Bandits’ linked to Santa Monica bank robbery

Law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the bank robbers known to law enforcement as the “Palm Tree Bandits,” who are currently linked to three violent takeover robberies in the cities of Santa Monica, San Marino and Arcadia. The suspects are described by witnesses as two black men between 20 and... Read more →


Homeless man breaks window of Santa Monica salon

On July 24 at about 8:01 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a request from the Santa Monica Fire Department for assistance. SMFD personnel were detaining a suspect for a possible vandalism and battery. Officers determined the suspect kicked the window of a business, Chu Nin's salon at 318 Wilshire Blvd., several times, causing... Read more →


Santa Monica, Kizugawa become friendship cities

Buoyed by a strong relationship that belies the roughly 5,600 miles of water between them, the governments of Santa Monica and Kizugawa made official their connection this week by entering into a ceremonial partnership. The mayors of the two municipalities met Tuesday at City Hall to sign a declaration that designates the Japanese... Read more →


Suspected burglar found with head in broken window

On July 28 at about 1:34 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service in the 2500 block of 4th Street regarding a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers saw a broken window in the kitchen area of an apartment. A suspect was standing just outside of the broken window while his hand and head were inside the... Read more →


Santa Monica High searching for new principal

With the 2016-17 school year about three weeks away, Santa Monica High School is deeply engaged in its search for a new principal. But as top officials in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district work to find a replacement for Eva Mayoral as soon as possible, they said they wouldn't necessarily have the position filled by the first day of... Read more →

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No love for Residocracy affiliates at SMRR convention

It was a good day for incumbents at the annual Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights convention this weekend. Three of the four possible endorsements for city council went to incumbents as did two of three for school board, three of three for the SMC board and one of two for Rent Control Board. As of July 29, 15 candidates had requested... Read more →


How tracking terror helps Santa Monica emergency experts

It’s Paul Weinberg’s job to hope for the best and plan for the worst. As the emergency services administrator for the City of Santa Monica, he is constantly monitoring potential threats and keeping tabs on terrorist attacks around the world. So when a man in drove a cargo truck into a large crowd a few weeks ago in Nice, France,... Read more →