News

Trump considering woman, openly gay man for leadership posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is considering a woman and an openly gay man to fill major positions in his new leadership team, history-making moves that would inject diversity into a Trump administration already facing questions about its ties to white nationalists. The incoming president is considering Richard Grenell... Read more →

Crime

Yet again, burglary on the Promenade

On November 4, at about 5:20 p.m. Officers responded to Urban Outfitters- 1440 3rd Street Promenade- regarding suspicious persons loitering in the store. An employee identified the subjects as possibly being involved in a series of retail burglaries. The subjects exited the store prior to the officer’s arrival causing a security alarm to... Read more →

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Daily Press Editorial

  Election lessons For all their faults, American elections are still one of the greatest examples of democracy in action. Whether you win or lose, at the end of the day there are always lessons to be learned and the will of the people is made known. The easy lesson this year is that Santa Monican’s continue to support local... Read more →

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Rubber bullets and fear: Trump protesters flood streets anew

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — From New York to Illinois to California, in red states and blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump's election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations... Read more →

Crime

Election complaints increase this year

BY MATTHEW HALL The contentious election didn’t leave Santa Monica unscathed and reports of potential wrongdoing were rife on Election Day. Reports are circulating on social media that a man was attacked in Santa Monica by Trump supporters, however the story has not been verified. The Santa Monica Police Department said it did not... Read more →

News

The economy that Trump inherits: Durable but sluggish

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump inherits a much sturdier economy than the one Barack Obama carried into his second term four years ago. Back then, the scars of the Great Recession were still fresh. Joblessness was near 8 percent. Pay was flat. Europe faced a grave debt crisis that threatened to spread across the Atlantic. Now? The job... Read more →

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Student protests spread in wake of Trump victory

BY MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Editor   Hundreds of students protested on California campuses Wednesday following Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Students at Santa Monica College and Santa Monica High School staged impromptu walkouts Wednesday with many students citing feelings of danger created by Trump’s candidacy and... Read more →

Crime

Woman used methamphetamine and walks into traffic

On October, 29 at around 8:10 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a traffic hazard in the area of Neilson Way and Bay Street. The reporting party stated there was a female White, with blonde hair, walking in and out of traffic. When officer arrived, they located a subject matching that description in the 100 block of Bay St. Officers... Read more →

City Council

LUVE lost in Santa Monica

BY MATTHEW HALL   In an election that saw the national population explicitly reject the establishment in favor of an outsider, Santa Monica voters doubled down on the status quo. Local voters rejected Measure LV and its author Armen Melkonians. Instead, voters chose the incumbents for City Council and backed several ballot... Read more →

News

Shock, joy and fear as voters elect Donald Trump president

From Virginia coal country, as election results trickled in, Jimmy McDonald texted his boss to warn he might need a day off Wednesday. Celebrations, it seemed, were in order. "Historic day," his boss wrote back. "There's still some good in America," McDonald responded. Just before midnight, he said he could barely believe it. "The... Read more →

News

LUVE lost in Santa Monica

In an election that saw the national population explicitly reject the establishment in favor of an outsider, Santa Monica voters doubled down on the status quo. Local voters rejected Measure LV and its author Armen Melkonians. Instead, voters chose the incumbents for City Council and backed several ballot measures that reinforce... Read more →

Crime

Sephora gets hit by shoplifter

On October 29, at approximately 6:27 p.m. Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Sephora, 1244 Third Street Promenade. The loss prevention officer for the store told officers that he witnessed the suspect put multiple fragrances in her shopping basket and remove the EAS (electronic article surveillance) from the packaging. She then... Read more →

Transportation

Happy Birthday to Breeze!

  Celebrate one year of Breeze bike sharing November 12, 2016 – come on and take a free ride! Breeze Bike Share, presented by hulu, provides 500 shared ‘smart bikes’ at 80 stations for residents, workers and visitors throughout Santa Monica to ride. Breeze has attracted over 40,000 subscribers who have ridden over 570,000... Read more →

Education

New superintendent officially named by SMMUSD board

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District board has officially hired Dr. Ben Drati as the district’s new Superintendent. The district announced plans to hire Drati in October and the board made the decision official at their Nov. 3 meeting. Drati has worked for the Santa Barbara Unified School District since 2012 and said he... Read more →