Santa Monican charged with kidnapping

A Santa Monica man will stand trial for allegedly kidnapping and carjacking a man outside a UCLA facility in Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Jason Levi Garza, 43, of Santa Monica was arraigned on July 12 for one count of kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking with a firearm, kidnapping,... Read more →


Swimmers, surfers warned as high surf pounds California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A high surf advisory is in place for the Southern California coast and beachgoers are warned of dangerous waves and rip currents. The National Weather Service says waves Wednesday could top 8 feet along beaches from Ventura County south to San Diego County. The swells are generated by former Hurricane Eugene, which... Read more →

City Council

Paper Mate settlement ends with $10M payment

  The City Council has accepted a $10 million payment to conclude a longstanding settlement between the city and the former owners of the Paper Mate factory. Proctor & Gamble had been making annual payments and had up to 22 years to pay off the entire sum but chose to make a single payment this year to conclude the case. The... Read more →


Bloomingdales recovers $795 worth of merchandise

On June 29, 2017 at about 7 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Bloomingdales – 315 Colorado Blvd regarding a theft suspect in custody. Officer arrived and spoke with loss prevention staff. Officers determined that loss prevention monitored the subject as she selected a purse and other merchandise from the sales floor.... Read more →


IOC to pick Los Angeles, Paris for 2024 or 2028 Olympics

  Finally, Los Angeles and Paris have their Olympic hosting destiny in their own hands. If they can agree who goes first, each city will be awarded either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Games in September. International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities... Read more →


Ferris Wheel Contest

The Pier   This summer, the iconic solar-powered Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will host a special light program, every other Wednesday, from June 28 through September 20. This light display is part of the Conserve Energy SoCal initiative to raise awareness for energy conservation. As the... Read more →


False identification leads to arrest

On June 29, at about 1:29 a.m. While patrolling in the area of 800 block of Pico Blvd, officers saw a subject walking in the roadway and making no efforts to get onto the sidewalk. Officers stopped the subject. As officers attempted to identify the subject, he provided the name and date of birth of another person. The subject admitted to... Read more →


New Postmaster brings new customer focus to Santa Monica

  You might be annoyed if you think the line is too long at the local post office or your mail is always late but there’s at least one man in Santa Monica who is guaranteed to be at least, if not more, concerned about the issue than you are: new Post Master Noel Hodges. Hodges has been on the job since April and he said he wants... Read more →


July is Parks and Recreation Month

Citywide Summer is here, which means it is time to get your play on. This July, the city wants residents to discover all the parks the city has to offer by coming out to celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities including outdoor musical performances and movies,... Read more →


BBB proposes fare reduction for TAP cards

  The Big Blue Bus will host a meeting on August 1 to discuss new rates aimed at incentivizing cashless payment across the system. Proposed changes include reducing the regular one-way trip from $1.25 to $1.10 for customers who use a TAP card instead of cash, a new Annual Pass for $500, introduction of Blue to Business - BBB's... Read more →


Veteran memorials refurbished at Samohi

  A pair of local memorials to veterans of World War I and World War II have been restored thanks to efforts by Squadron 283 of the Sons of the American Legion. The Pacific Palisades based organization held a rededication ceremony for the WWI memorial last week at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Theater where the... Read more →


KBUG: Week of July 10

Transit And Parking Services Tenant Improvement (Taps Ti) Project For the week of July 10, construction will take place in Parking Structure #5 at 1440 4th street and anticipates affecting the sidewalk in front of the building with the sidewalk pedestrian tunnel, lasting until 10/15/17. During this time, there will be intermittent closure... Read more →


Woman gets citation for stealing from the Apple store

On June 26, at about 5:52 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Apple Store 1415 3rd Street Promenade regarding a theft suspect in custody. Officer arrived and spoke with loss prevention staff. Officers determined that loss prevention monitored the subject as she selected several items for the sales floor. As she... Read more →


Man vandalizes multiple cars in beach parking lot

On June 29, 2017 at about 4:33 a.m. Officers responded Santa Monica Pier regarding a subject vandalizing cars in a beach parking lot. As officers arrived, they located the suspect who was positively identified by a witness. Officers determining an employee of the parking booth in Lot 1 South saw the suspect walking in the lot, remove a... Read more →