Woman causes commotion at Chess Park

On July 20, 2017 at 3 a.m. Officers were on patrol along the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk. Officers could hear loud, unintelligible yelling from an unknown person in the area of Chess Park.   Officers went into the park to investigate and found a woman standing alone in the east portion of the park. Officers made contact with the woman... Read more →

Council approves new loan source for affordable housing

  Setting aside money to fund affordable housing was an easy decision for City Council at their July 25 meeting, but deciding who gets to spend it was harder. Council approved revisions to the city’s housing trust fund guidelines on Tuesday that included establishing a new dedicated fund of about $15 million a year to build... Read more →

Daily Press presents Educator Spotlight

The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community. Jessica Katz – Lincoln Middle School Jessica Katz is in... Read more →

Paletas Santa Monica

Paletas Santa Monica // El Sabor a la Comunidad-Taste of the Community will be on the streets in all five zip codes of Santa Monica from July 29 - August 29. Do you know about public art in Santa Monica? Do you know where it exists? Do you relate to it in a personal way; is it relevant to you? How does it affect your experience of the... Read more →

Final DCP debate defined by affordable housing

        The City Council has passed the Downtown Community plan and the final discussion focused on how much affordable housing will be built in the 40-block zone. The DCP covers all zoning rules for Downtown such as heights, density, incentives for historic resources, increased pedestrian/bike measures,... Read more →

Pasadena’s art, gardens and history make a good LA side trip

Most visitors to Los Angeles head to Hollywood, Venice Beach or Santa Monica. But if you're in the mood for stunning gardens, first-class art and historic architecture without the crowds and traffic, consider Pasadena. Pasadena is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Incorporated in... Read more →

Gelson’s Market LP catches thief

On July 12, 2017 at about 11:54 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Gelson’s Market -2627 Lincoln Blvd regarding a theft suspect in custody.  Officer spoke with Loss Prevention staff.  Loss Prevention monitored the suspect as he selected several items from the sales floor.  The suspect placed several items in his... Read more →

Santa Monica City Council Approves Downtown Community Plan

City Hall released the following press release today regarding approval of the Downtown Community Plan:   The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) at last night’s City Council meeting on July 25, 2017. The DCP is the central planning tool that will guide the future of Downtown Santa... Read more →

Red cross in dire need of blood donations

  The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations and the organization will host several blood drives in the coming weeks. A combination of factors have depressed the supply at a time when demand is increasing and despite an increase in donations following a plea in early July, Red Cross officials said donated blood is being... Read more →

SMPD catches duo with stolen property on 18th St

On July 13, 2017 at about 4:10 p.m. Officers responded to radio call for service at 18th Street and Delaware Avenue regarding a male and female in a vehicle possibly using narcotics. Additionally, the vehicle was reported as a stolen vehicle. As officers arrived to the area, they saw the vehicle traveling northbound on 18th Street.... Read more →

School Board hears financial recommendations

  The Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee believes the district needs to reevaluate some of its ongoing services to meeting long-term financial goals. The Board of Education met on July 19 to discuss the recommendations from the Financial Oversight Committee (FOC). “FOC was formed to... Read more →

Council to debate subsidies for affordable housing

  The City Council has long talked about the need to support affordable housing in Santa Monica and a pair of items at this week’s meeting will earmark significant local money for housing construction and preservation. The two proposals take different approaches to preserving housing. The first targets the actual housing supply... Read more →

Quake maps won’t shakeup seismic rules

    Proposed updates to the seismic maps covering Santa Monica and the nearby area will have little impact on the way local government regulates construction in geohazard zones. State regulators issued proposed updates to local fault maps this month and the documents make slight alterations to the locations of fault lines... Read more →