Brief: A year in jail for running down Santa Monican

A 38-year-old man plead no contest Wednesday to charges stemming from the hit-and-run death of a Santa Monica woman who had just placed her toddler cousin into a car seat in Inglewood. Just before a hearing was set to begin to determine if there was enough evidence to require him to stand trial, Jesus Cazares of Inglewood pleaded no... Read more →


‘Chain Reaction’ may get funds and fence

MAIN STREET— City Hall wants to repair the weakest links on “Chain Reaction” and add a barrier to protect the public. The future of the sculpture will at last be determined at next week’s City Council meeting. The sculpture, designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad, was installed in 1991 as a gift to... Read more →


Twins sentenced in July 4 stabbing

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — Twin brothers plead guilty earlier this month to stabbing at least one Santa Monican during a fight that started following an argument on the Fourth of July last year. Santa Monica Police said Wednesday that Anthony and Conrad Sowash, 27, each plead to one count of assault with a deadly weapon Feb. 3 at the Airport... Read more →



Brief: N.Y.’s Rescue 5 to visit

This Friday the Santa Monica Fire Department will be the very first in California to host the New York Fire Department’s Rescue 5 as part of the Remembrance Rescue Project, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives trying to rescue people from the Twin Towers following the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center of Sept. 11,... Read more →


Brief: Samohi music student to go national

Santa Monica High School student Ryan Roberts, a senior oboe player, has been chosen, one more time, to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, school district officials said. Last year, Roberts was selected and participated in the Inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and... Read more →


City Hall sees budget deficit in future

THE SPOT: People walk across the lobby of Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday. City officials warn that budget shortfalls may be on the horizon. (Daniel Archuleta CITY HALL — Property, sales, and business tax revenues are higher than expected but City Hall is projecting a $3.2 million deficit by fiscal year... Read more →


Brief: Post office to reopen following asbestos scare

The Ocean Park post office is scheduled to reopen Wednesday after asbestos tests came back clean. The post office has been closed since Saturday at 5 p.m. after an asbestos scare. Air and surfaces were tested for the cancer-causing substance but none was found. The post office was deemed safe. Ceiling tiles, thought to contain... Read more →


Brief: Missing woman found

The Santa Monica Police Department has officially closed the missing person’s case of 20-year Ocean Park resident, Cynthia Smith, known simply as C. They did so after locating Smith at an undisclosed location where she was interviewed and determined to be well and has satisfactory living arrangements, the Daily Press learned this... Read more →


School suspensions down across the board

SMMUSD HDQTRS — New state laws and a different approach to discipline have led to fewer student suspensions in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and across the state, according to a recent report from the California Department of Education. The total number of suspensions at the high school level dropped to 369 in 2012-13... Read more →