SMPD uses new Bike Index to fight theft

Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer Santa Monica is the bike mecca of Southern California and with so many bikes, means more opportunities for bikes to get stolen. The Santa Monica Police Department has recently introduced the Bike Index Program help track stolen bikes. “If and when an officer encounters a potentially stolen... Read more →


Three dangerous school zones in Santa Monica

By Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer A new study reveals that three elementary schools in Santa Monica rank among the most dangerous school zones in California. Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, and 1Point21 Interactive partnered to find out which California elementary schools are the most dangerous for students getting to and from... Read more →


Fight leads to arrest on Colorado

On December 9, at about 2:30 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at 5th Street and Colorado Blvd regarding a fight in progress involving two male subjects. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the involved subjects. A witness was able to provide updated information and the involved subjects were located in the 200... Read more →


Big changes coming to Lincoln Boulevard

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Hundreds of new apartment units are poised to appear along Lincoln Boulevard in the coming years, as the city green-lights developments near the new Expo Light Rail Station. It is the beginning of a metamorphosis of the southeast end of the boulevard from auto shops and hardware stores to... Read more →


Local football legend declares run for governor

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer An aging Los Angeles football legend who has already tackled major obstacles in his storied career is gearing up to take on a new challenge: running for Governor of California in 2018. Rosey Grier plans to enter the race that’s already getting crowded with candidates like Lt. Governor Gavin... Read more →


Volunteers provides holiday cheer to hospitalized youth

  Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer Last week on Dec. 9, Once Upon A Room gathered up volunteers to help decorate the children’s hospital rooms at UCLA, Medical Center, Santa Monica. Once Upon a Room gives the children in the hospital a room they can love, and feel like it part of them. Based on the child’s like and... Read more →


Woken up by SMPD

On December 9, 2016 at about 3:26 p.m. While patrolling the area of 1600 block of 5th Street, officers observed a male subject lying on the sidewalk and blocking access to pedestrians. Officers stopped to check on the subject. As they approached the subject, officers saw narcotics paraphernalia on the ground next to him. Officers awoke the... Read more →


New booth aims to foster dialogue at Farmer’s Market

By Kate Cagle Amid the fruits and vegetables and flowers, children at Sunday’s Main Street Farmer’s Market will have a chance to learn a unique skill. Volunteers with Parenting for Change will be teaching the Japanese art of Furoshiki, a gift-wrapping technique that utilizes cloth wrap and tied in elaborate knots. Instead of rolls... Read more →

City Council

City Hall says farewell to top attorney

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer With two standing ovations, praise from state and national leaders and a hand-blown glass vase, the City Council said goodbye to long-standing city attorney Marsha Moutrie Tuesday. Moutrie is retiring at the end of the year after weathering two decades of city politics and as many as 16... Read more →


Man cut during fight on Expo train

  Police are investigating a fight on a Westbound Expo train that resulted in the partial closure of the Downtown Station and one man being transported to the hospital. According to witnesses and local law enforcement, a man was stabbed during a fight on a westbound Expo train at about 1:30 p.m. As the train pulled into the... Read more →


Judge Reverses Local Man’s Murder Conviction

By Kate Cagle A Santa Monica man convicted of stabbing his friend to death will get a new trial, after a judge with the 2nd District Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the conviction. Two years ago, Ryan Bright was sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison for the 2012 killing of his friend, Jensen Gray. Bright’s attorney... Read more →

City Council

New mayor sees divided city

Over the past few months conversations at City Hall have not always been, well, diplomatic. A passionate fight over the future of Santa Monica’s skyline played out in the months before voters cast their ballots in the November election, as the battle over Measure LV pitted neighborhood associations against the City Council. The measure... Read more →


FAA demands reprieve for airport evictions

BY MATTHEW HALL   The Federal Aviation Administration is demanding City Hall temporarily stop efforts to evict a pair of business from the Santa Monica Airport. Among the City’s many skirmishes with the FAA over the facility is a recent decision to evict business that provide services to pilots and replace them with a... Read more →


Downtown Community Plan approaches final stage

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer City planners are hammering out the final draft of the Downtown Community Plan, or DCP: the comprehensive document that will guide development in downtown Santa Monica for the next 20 years. After two meetings and ten hours of deliberations, the Planning Commission has signed off on an urban... Read more →


Threats against Blue Plate Taco employees

On November 30, at around 3:25 p.m. Officers were driving in the 1500 block of Ocean Ave. when they were flagged down by an agitated male subject. The subject who refused to identify himself claimed an employee from Blue Plate Taco Restaurant had assaulted him. After the officers completed their investigation, it had appeared the agitated... Read more →