Crime Watch

Saturday, June 7, at 9:20 p.m. Santa Monica patrol officers working a foot beat on the Third Street Promenade responded to a call for assistance from the Santa Monica Fire Department. Fire personnel were treating an intoxicated female who fell in the courtyard of Santa Monica Place. The female subject was not injured so she was released to... Read more →


Kidnap report snarls downtown traffic

Traffic ground to a halt in Downtown Santa Monica on June 12 as police responded to possible kidnapping call at the intersection of 2nd and Santa Monica Boulevard. Police officers scrambled significant resources to the downtown location at about 3:40 p.m. and sent out public alerts regarding the case. At about 5:05 p.m. the department sent... Read more →


Santa Monican graduates basic training

Navy Seaman Christopher E. Hammer, son of Mark L. Hammer of Santa Monica and Cheryl L. Ammerman of Hesperia, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Hammer completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval... Read more →


District exceeding state goals

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is exceeding most of California’s goals for students learning English as a second language but according to state standards, some students are not advancing quickly enough. Terry Deloria, assistant superintendent of educational services, briefed the Board of Education on... Read more →

City Council

Feinstein announces for council

Former mayor Michael Feinstein has announced his intention to run for City Council. Feinstein will gather with supporters in front of City Hall at 5 p.m. on June 17 for an official campaign kickoff. The event, to be held in Tongva Park, will include a 5:45 p.m. press conference to be followed by a community dinner at the picnic area... Read more →



Santa Monica Fire Department responds to explosion

  Two men were injured, one seriously, in an electrical explosion on Ocean Ave. on June 10. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of an explosion at 1725 Ocean Ave. at about 11:48 a.m. Deputy Chief Tom Clemo said firefighters were on scene within three minutes of dispatch and found two... Read more →



Pro-airport group files signed petitions

Backers of a pro-Santa Monica Airport initiative that would allow voters to decide the future of the facility deliver petitions to City Hall on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta CITY HALL — Proponents of the Santa Monica Airport handed city officials 15,700 signatures Tuesday afternoon, supporting their attempt to put its... Read more →



Firefighters establish fund for crash victims

A fatal accident closed the I-10 Freeway on June 6. (Matthew Hall CITYWIDE — Santa Monica firefighters have established a fund to support the Looney family during their recovery following the loss of their son in a car crash on June 6. The Las Vegas family was traveling to the beach on June 6 when their minivan was... Read more →


Brief: Local completes 80-day wilderness expedition

Santa Monica resident Thompson Gilhuly, 19, recently completed an 80-day wilderness expedition in New Zealand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Gilhuly and eight other NOLS students embarked on the 80-day wilderness expedition in New Zealand in 2013. The trip was free of modern conveniences like cell phones, video games... Read more →

City Council


Buses top $11M consent calendar

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city's expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →