Panel brings Pakistani researchers to Santa Monica

By Ryder Davis Daily Press Intern A recent forum at a Santa Monica church gave locals a chance to hear from and interact with a group of Islamic researchers touring the Los Angeles area. A group of seven female Pakistani researchers from the International Islamic University of Islamabad (IIUI) held a panel discussion at the Quaker Meeting... Read more →


Homeless man arrested in fight at McDonald’s

On July 19 at about 11 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of 2nd Street and Colorado Avenue regarding a fight in progress. Upon officers' arrival, the fight was broken up and officers spoke with the victim. The victim stated he was at the McDonald's at 1540 2nd St., and placed his backpack on the floor. The suspect... Read more →


Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run crash on PCH

On July 20 at about 12:44 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service regarding a hit-and-run vehicle investigation in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle struck a motorcycle and fled. The suspect vehicle was located in the 500 block of PCH. The suspect... Read more →


Santa Monica police ramping up motorcycle safety enforcement

By Lt. Saul Rodriguez The Santa Monica Police Department is continuing its efforts for motorcycle safety awareness. Officers will be conducting a specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operation in an effort to lower deaths and injuries stemming from motorcycle collisions. Officers will be looking for various violations made by drivers... Read more →


City Council floats intent to close Santa Monica Airport

City Hall is reiterating its longstanding and often-repeated desire to close the Santa Monica Airport. City Council will discuss formalizing its intent to close the airport in August following a request this week from Mayor Tony Vazquez and Mayor Pro Tem Ted Winterer that a specific discussion be added to a future agenda. In order to... Read more →


Why SMMUSD hired two interim superintendents

The leadership change in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district didn’t seem to come at an opportune time. Sandra Lyon left her post as superintendent amid a period of transition and challenge in SMMUSD, which is facing litigation over chemical testing in Malibu and exploring a possible splitting of the district as it upgrades facilities... Read more →


Santa Monica man who punched pedestrian was ‘unprovoked’

On July 21 at approximately 7:11 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a battery that had just occurred. Officers spoke with the victim. The victim stated that at about 7 p.m., she was standing on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of Wilshire Boulevard when, for unknown reasons and... Read more →


Santa Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battle

The call came in late Friday night: The Santa Monica Fire Department’s help was needed as a blaze began scorching brush in the Angeles National Forest. Local firefighters headed out early Saturday morning to a mountainous area north of Los Angeles to assist in the fight against the Sand Fire, which officials said had spread to more than... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of July 25, 2016

Here are Santa Monica road closures and construction updates for the week of July 25: California Incline Bridge Replacement Project The California Incline will be closed until Summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current Incline... Read more →

City Council

Ballot measures headed for City Council approval

A relatively short council meeting on July 26 will hopefully wrap up two pending ballot measures and schedule a future discussion to formalize council's intent to close Santa Monica Airport. Old business covers changes to telecommunications regulations, finalizing a ballot measure to update anti-corruption laws and correcting language from... Read more →


Interim SMMUSD co-superintendents introduced

At its first meeting in three weeks, the local Board of Education last week conducted business with two new faces on the dais. The school board on July 20 officially welcomed interim co-superintendents Chris King and Sylvia Rousseau to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, which is currently searching for Sandra Lyon’s long-term... Read more →


Bail set at $10,000 for Rite Aid theft suspect

On July 12 at about 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of a petty theft incident with a subject in custody at Rite Aid, located at 1331 Wilshire Blvd. Officers met with a loss-prevention agent who told them he was monitoring the store via security cameras from the security office around 8:15 p.m. The... Read more →

City Council

City Council acts on tax increase, Oaks Initiative

By Jeong Park Daily Press Intern The Santa Monica City Council at its July 12 meeting voted to place a tax increase initiative on the November ballot. The council also approved a concept design for modernization of City Yards and finalized a revision of the ethics initiative that will be placed on the ballot. Tax increase The City... Read more →