Crime

Santa Monica shoplifting suspect denied bail

On June 2 at approximately 12:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Sears at 302 Colorado Ave., regarding a shoplifting suspect who had left the premises carrying a set of stolen speakers. Loss prevention agents for the store provided a suspect description and direction of travel. Shortly thereafter, officers located and... Read more →

News

Santa Monica construction accident causes natural gas leak

A construction accident resulted in a severed natural gas main in the 2400 block of Olympic Boulevard over the weekend, according to the Santa Monica Fire Department. The first arriving units found a high-pressure, 1-inch gas main severed with no fire. Three engines, a ladder truck, a hazardous materials unit, and chief officer supervisor,... Read more →

Public

Olympic High graduates score scholarships

There were speeches by students and educators, caps flung into the air and flowers cradled against gowns. There was a feeling of joy and a sense of curiosity about what’s ahead. There was even some cash awarded. Olympic High School held its graduation ceremony outdoors on its campus earlier this month, when principal Anthony Fuller and... Read more →

Crime

Police prevent possible attack on Gay Pride Parade

Santa Monica police arrested a man Sunday morning for explosives and weapons possession, preventing a potential attack on the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade. SMPD officers arrested James Wesley Howell and recovered three assault rifles, high capacity magazines, ammunition and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals capable of forming an... Read more →

Crime

Cash stolen from Santa Monica bike shop

On June 3 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on uniformed bike patrol in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk when flagged by an employee of a local bicycle shop who stated that two suspects on foot had stolen his tip jar. The victim stated that he was working at the counter when both suspects approached the... Read more →

Government

How a state bill could bypass Santa Monica zoning rules

In response to the state's affordable housing crisis, California lawmakers are working on a potentially controversial plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would bypass local zoning restrictions. Known as “by right” construction, the rules would supersede local zoning processes and guarantee developers the ability to build new housing... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica pursuit of stolen car nets two arrests

On June 3 at approximately 5:20 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer was patrolling the 3100 block of Main Street when he identified and followed a black Jeep Compass traveling southbound. The vehicle had been fraudulently rented using the credit card and driver's license of an unsuspecting victim of identity theft. The car had been... Read more →

Crime

Man’s screams prompt Santa Monica police response

On June 2 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1000 block of 27th Street regarding a radio call of unknown trouble. The caller stated that he heard a man screaming about God and the devil and that the yelling was coming from a vacant apartment unit in the building. Upon arrival, officers saw and... Read more →

News

Santa Monica updating historic inventory

Standing on 20th Street in the Pico neighborhood is a white two-story building with bow windows on both sides of the recessed entryway and light-green shutters flanking the matching windows on the upper floor. The Colonial Revival-style structure was designed in 1937 by acclaimed architect Paul Williams and commissioned by Marcus Tucker, the... Read more →

Education

Timeline set for SMMUSD superintendent search

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is still months away from naming a new superintendent, but its search for Sandra Lyon’s successor now looks much clearer. In a special meeting Saturday morning, the local Board of Education crafted a timeline for the hiring process that will bring a full-time replacement to the district by... Read more →

Government

Sanders will spend Election Night in Santa Monica

By Associated Press writers CATHERINE LUCEY & LISA LERER Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold his California Primary election night rally in Santa Monica. The event will be held at the Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave. According to the Sanders Campaign, the event is closed to the public and available only to... Read more →