News

Crime is king at Santa Monica Chess Park

Editor’s Note: The Daily Press has agreed to withhold the names of residents who have witnessed criminal behavior at the chess park due to concerns for their personal safety.   There are things you’d expect to see in the Chess Park: pick-up games, school groups eating lunch, tourists enjoying the beachfront view. Then... Read more →

News

Concerts, Conservatives, Controversy

In the heated and polarized political climate we live in, what began as a modest protest via open letter by four local musicians has become something of a “cause célèbre” for conservative cultural critics.   On August 1, an Op-Ed by radio talk show host Dennis Prager written for Townhall.com—which defines itself as the leading... Read more →

News

Whole Foods opens and closes next week

  There’s good news for Pico residents: Whole Foods Market will open their new store at Pico/Cloverfield on Wednesday. However, the opening comes with some bad news for Downtown residents as the Pico store will replace the location at 5th/Wilshire and Sunday will be the last day for Downtown store. While not exactly “good... Read more →

City Council

City Hall expansion back on the agenda

  The multi-year quest to physical expand City Hall will be before Council on August 8 with potential approval of about $70 million in bonds to finance the new construction. Staff have said the new building is necessary to reduce long-term spending on rent and consolidate city services. “City Hall was constructed in 1938 and... Read more →

Crime

Suspect uses large rock to break front window

On July 27, 2017 at about 2:54 p.m. Officers responded to Sleep ‘N’ Aire (1812 Lincoln Blvd) regarding a possible burglary in progress. A SMPD Community Service Officer observed a suspect possibly trying to break into the location and notified SMPD Dispatch. As officers arrived, the suspect fled south on Lincoln Blvd. The suspect was... Read more →

Crime

Victim suffers from broken orbital socket and fractured nose

On July 19 at about 3:47 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 601 Santa Monica Blvd (Main Library) in reference to an assault that just took place. The victim told officers that he was walking with his friend, laughing as they crossed the intersection, when an unknown male yelled out, “Are you laughing at me?” The victim told the male that... Read more →

News

Local relay continues the fight against cancer

This year Santa Monica and Venice are joining forces for American Cancer Society’s 2017 Relay for Life. The 13-hour event will take place at Santa Monica College on Saturday August 5 from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. The theme of the event is to keep walking, running, and moving in recognition of the long-term fight against disease. Organizers... Read more →

Briefs

200 L.A. Families Give Back at Santa Monica Beach Cleanup

Free Entry to Pier Aquarium, Interactive Story Time and More Activities for Parents and Kids. On Saturday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m., approximately 200 L.A. County families will volunteer for a day of community service to clean up a portion of Santa Monica Beach. Participants will visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and... Read more →

News

Elaine Polachek hired by Santa Monica college

Santa Monica College has issued the following press release announcing the hire of former Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek.   Statement from Santa Monica College: Santa Monica College (SMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Polachek to the position of Executive Vice President. The SMC Board of Trustees... Read more →

Crime

Family trip gone wrong

On July 20 around 8 a.m., A father, mother and child rode their bicycles to muscle beach to play on the equipment. After several minutes, the father looked back and saw two females riding away on his wife’s and daughter’s bicycles. He chased after them yelling that they just stole his daughter’s bike. Witnesses saw what happened and... Read more →

News

National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 1, neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County are invited to join forces with thousands of communities’ nationwide for the 34th Annual “National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Department. The event... Read more →

City Council

Zoning revisions continue at Planning Commission

  City Hall is without a major zoning issue at the moment after finishing its revisions to the City’s Zoning Ordinance (ZO), updating the Land Use and Circulation Element and recently completing work on the Downtown Community Plan. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to go back to the beginning and begin revisions to the Zoning... Read more →

Crime

Masked man attempted to rob CVS

On July 19 at about 12:46 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a robbery at the CVS (2505 Santa Monica Blvd). The suspect entered the store wearing a mask and approached a register. The suspect began mumbling and stated to the clerk, “Cash.” The suspect handed the clerk a note that said, “Hand me all cash from the register please and... Read more →

News

August workshop address explicit racism

After an unexpected protest dominated their July workshop, Santa Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) has reexamined how they conduct their events with an eye towards greater security. Protesters at the July workshop made anti-Semitic statements, held handmade signs associated with online anti-Semitism and made statements that... Read more →