Suspect arrested for identity theft

On August 3, 2017 at about 7:46 a.m. While patrolling the 1800 block of Lincoln Court an officer saw a subject trying to force his way through the rear fence of a parking lot. The officer spoke with the subject. The subject stated he was attempting to enter the lot to rummage through the trashcans. The subject consented to a search and... Read more →

Union’s limit salary increases to cost of living adjustment

Citywide On August 8, the Santa Monica City Council authorized City Manager Rick Cole to execute seven employee union agreements representing the largest percentage of municipal employees. Overall, the agreements limit annual salary increases to 1.5 to 1.7%, which is equal to or below the region’s Consumer Price Index increase of 1.7%... Read more →

Citation leads to arrest

On July 24, 2017 at about 5:05 p.m. While patrolling the area of 4th Street and Arizona Avenue, officers saw a subject walk against the pedestrian signal indicating not to cross the street. Officers stopped the subject in the 300 block of Arizona Avenue to issue him a citation. The subject was evasive and uncooperative. The subject became... Read more →

Live theatre shows this weekend

The following is a list of live theater shows in Santa Monica this weekend compiled by Daily Press Staff. Theater listings will publish at least once a month in the Weekender Edition on a rotating basis with Happy Hour and Art Gallery listings. To add a theater to the listings, contact editor@smdp.com.   Ruskin Group Theatre... Read more →

“Dog Day Afternoon” returns to the Lincoln

Venice The Lincoln’s periodic event “Dog Day Afternoon” welcomes dogs to the iconic Venice watering hole (www.thelincolnvenice.com) on Sunday, August 13. This event features a visit from dogs up for adoption from Pacific Pups Rescue (http://pacificpupsrescue.com) and Dogs of Service (www.dogsofservice.org) with support from NKLA, an... Read more →

Protests grow at Racial Justice workshop

  Racial protests intensified at last week’s Committee for Racial Justice meeting with multiple groups and organizations rallying at Virginia Avenue Park. Police detained some individuals over the course of the event but no arrests were made and organizers said the disruptions were limited inside the meeting room with vocal... Read more →

Woman breaks into car and steals $1200 worth of property

On July 23, 2017 at about 2:10 a.m. An officer was flagged down in Beach Lot 1 North – by the victim of a possible vehicle burglary. After speaking to several witnesses and victim, officers determined the suspect was in the beach lot making a lot of commotion and asking for assistance. The suspect told various people that she locked her... Read more →

Murder charge for Friday shooting suspect

  Murder charges have been filed against a man arrested Friday night for a shooting near Hotchkiss Park. The Santa Monica Police Department announced Tuesday that Christopher Charles Davis, 46, homeless, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a... Read more →

Woman punches victim in the throat

On July 25, 2017 at about 4:38 p.m. Officers responded to the Santa Monica Pier regarding a battery that just occurred. As officers arrived, the suspect was detained. Officers spoke with the victim and determined the suspect was in a former dating relationship with the male subject. The victim was walking along Ocean Front Walk with her... Read more →

Suspect identified in weekend murder

  The Santa Monica Police Department has identified the suspect in Friday’s shooting. Christopher Charles Davis, 47, homeless, was shot and arrested Friday night by police officers after Davis shot and killed a second man near the intersection of Main St. and Strand Ave. According to SMPD, Davis is being held in the custody of... Read more →

Volunteers Needed for New Tutoring Program

Citywide   The Pico Branch Library is calling all book works, science geeks, high school honor roll-ees, or anyone with time and a passion for learning to share their knowledge with local youth. The City of Santa Monica is seeking a new cadre of volunteers—from teens to seniors—to help close the ever-widening achievement gap... Read more →

Huntley Hotel fined $310,000 for campaign contribution violations

  The Huntley Hotel is facing a $310,000 fine for 62 violations pertaining to political fundraising in the 2012 and 2014 elections. The fine is one of the largest ever issued by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and follows an extensive investigation into the hotel’s political activity. According to the... Read more →

Suspected identified in weekend murder

The Santa Monica Police Department has identified the suspect in Friday’s shooting. Christopher Charles Davis, 47, homeless, was shot and arrested Friday night by police officers after Davis shot and killed a second man near the intersection of Main St. and Strand Ave. According to SMPD, Davis is being held in the custody of Los... Read more →

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 →