Crime

Two private person arrest in Downtown

On Nov. 7 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Officers working patrol in the downtown area responded to a call for service at an apartment building in the 600 block of Broadway regarding trespassers at the location. Two subjects were lying down with a blanket in one of the stairwells which is only accessible by residents with an electronic key fob.... Read more →

News

‘This is Hunger’ makes pit stop in Santa Monica

by Marina Andalon During the holiday season many people reflect and give thanks for everything they have. During the joyous season people and organizations, like MAZON like to contribute as best as they could and give to the people who struggle with getting a meal. ‘This is Hunger’ is a mobilized exhibit, in the form of a 53 foot... Read more →

City Council

Water theme runs through Nov. 22 Council meeting

BY MATTHEW HALL   City Hall will be wading into a pair of water related topics at the Nov. 22 Council meeting including a study session on land use priorities for the coast and a public hearing on 2017 water rates. The Council’s closed session will include recruitment for a new City Attorney, updates on several lawsuits... Read more →

Crime

Hawthorne burglary solved by SMPD

On Nov. 7, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Officers were patrolling the 400 block of California Ave. and saw a car traveling westbound with its headlights off. Officers conducted a traffic stop at the 1000 block of 4th St. for a vehicle code violation. Upon contacting them, both the driver and the passenger gave the officers false names and... Read more →

Crime

Semi-Automatic handgun and ammunition found in backpack

On November 2, 2016 at about 8:55 a.m., an officer on patrol identified a possible subject from an internal SMPD “Officer Safety” bulletin at the 100 block of Colorado Blvd. The bulletin indicated the subject had created a disturbance at local homeless shelter and was observed with a handgun in his possession. Officers contacted the... Read more →

Crime

Be on the Lookout

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public's assistance with any witnesses to a felony hit and run traffic collision. On November 15, 2016 at approximately 5:46 p.m., SMPD received multiple calls for service of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision in the 1300 block of 2nd Street. Officers responded to the... Read more →

Education

‘DIG’ searches for help

by Marina Andalon DIG Childhood Center, a Family Cooperative Preschool that was located the YWCA Westside/Santa Monica on the corner of 14th and Pico. It was announced that YWCA will be closing and DIG plans to relocate. They are now searching for $150,000 in donations to help create and facilitate the move. The YWCA has shut down... Read more →

Crime

Vacant apartment lead police to arrest

On November 2, 2016. At about 2:05 p.m., an officer conducted a check in the 400 block of Ocean Avenue in response to numerous subjects squatting in a vacant apartment building. While checking the area, several subjects were observed loitering in the alley. Officers spoke with the subjects and discovered one of the subjects was on formal... Read more →

City Council

City Hall wants greater presence in vacant buildings

By Matthew Hall A handful of vacant buildings with stalled construction projects will be subject to additional regulation following the Nov. 1 council meeting. Council debated establishing a full-fledged vacant building registry that would have placed additional constraints on vacant buildings but ultimately chose a minor revision to... Read more →

Crime

Coffee and vandalism

On November 2, at about 6:16 a.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of Santa Monica Blvd regarding a subject who had just vandalized (keyed) the victim’s vehicle. The officers located the subject seated on a bus bench. Officers spoke with victim. The victim stated he parked his car along the curb next to the suspect. As the victim... Read more →

Crime

Vons security shakes down suspect

On November 3, at about 6:10 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Vons -710 Broadway regarding a fight in progress involving Vons security. As officers arrived, a store employee pointed out the suspect and he was detained. An investigation revealed, the suspect was observed by a customer concealing merchandise in his... Read more →

News

County report highlights easy access to alcohol

BY MATTHEW HALL Santa Monica has one of the highest concentrations of alcohol sales in the county according to a new report released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. According to the county’s data, Santa Monica has 27.6 on-premises alcohol outlets (such as bars or restaurants) per 10,000 residents and 7.4... Read more →

Crime

Wanted fugitive found in Santa Monica

On November 3, at about 1:56 p.m. Officers conducted a traffic stop in 300 block of Santa Monica Blvd for an equipment violation. A computer check of the driver revealed the subject was a wanted fugitive from Arkansas and had an outstanding felony warrant from Beverly Hills Police Department. The subject was placed under arrest. A search... Read more →