Attempted murder suspect arrested on Virginia Avenue

The Santa Monica Police Department arrested a man on Aug. 6 for attempted murder, attempted car jacking, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats. Michael Witt, 47, of Santa Monica, was arrested at about noon on Aug. 6 near his Virginia Avenue apartment after threatening several victims with a butcher's knife. According to... Read more →


Is the SMMUSD achievement model working?

The local Board of Education on Wednesday evening will examine the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s strategies and programs for improving student achievement. Board members will take a look at the so-called Response to Instruction and Intervention, a framework that includes screening students, monitoring their progress and offering... Read more →


Planning Commission revisits zoning code

By Lea Yamashiro Daily Press Intern After hundreds of meetings spread across several years, Santa Monica updated its Zoning Ordinance in 2015. But apparently a planner's work is never done, and officials are returning to the issue this year to refine, revise and correct a list of pending problems. City Hall began the revision process... Read more →


Report: SMMUSD split could put new districts ‘at risk’

The reality of a $10-million operating deficit probably would have been hard enough for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district to swallow if it planned to stay together forever. But as a committee explores the possible separation of the district into separate entities, the financial portrait of the two theoretical districts appears to be... Read more →


Woman refuses to leave McDonald’s

On July 27 at about 7:01 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service at McDonald’s, 2712 Santa Monica Blvd., regarding a subject sleeping in a booth and refusing to leave. Upon arrival, officers determined the subject had not purchased anything from the restaurant and had her belongings strewn about the... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of Aug. 8, 2016

Here are Santa Monica road closures and construction updates for the week: 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 closure and... Read more →


18 (and counting) running for City Council

Residents seeking local office continue to pull papers and, as of Aug. 5, 18 individuals had requested an application to run for City Council. Individuals that pull papers must gather at least 100 signatures from registered voters and pay a $25 fee to file. Pulling papers does not require an individual to follow through on the application... Read more →

City Council

Development, lobbying up for City Council action

It's a mixed bag of topics at the Aug. 9 City Council meeting with items including an appeal of development at the old Post Office site, tax rates for existing bonds, rules for lobbyists and a request to study rent control policies. Council will meet on Aug. 9 at City Hall, 1685 Main St., with the closed session beginning at 5:30... Read more →


‘Palm Tree Bandits’ linked to Santa Monica bank robbery

Law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the bank robbers known to law enforcement as the “Palm Tree Bandits,” who are currently linked to three violent takeover robberies in the cities of Santa Monica, San Marino and Arcadia. The suspects are described by witnesses as two black men between 20 and... Read more →


Homeless man breaks window of Santa Monica salon

On July 24 at about 8:01 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a request from the Santa Monica Fire Department for assistance. SMFD personnel were detaining a suspect for a possible vandalism and battery. Officers determined the suspect kicked the window of a business, Chu Nin's salon at 318 Wilshire Blvd., several times, causing... Read more →