City gears up to count the homeless

By Kate Cagle The Santa Monica Homeless Count needs more volunteers for their upcoming tally of homeless people living in the City. Interested volunteers have until Wednesday, January 18 to sign up. The annual count collects information on the number of individuals and families living in shelters and on the streets. The count will start... Read more →


After December rains SoCal remains bone dry

By Kate Cagle Umbrellas are finally drying out, windshield wipers have a chance to rest and rubber boots are making their way back to the corner of your closet, but unfortunately Southern California’s drought still stands. In the past week, Santa Monica has received about 2 inches of rain, according to the California Irrigation... Read more →


The candy thief

On December 13, 2016 at about 5:59 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for service at See’s Candies – 1227 Wilshire Blvd regarding a petty theft that just occurred. As officers were responding, a second call was received of an assault that just occurred involving the security guard at Vons- 1311 Wilshire Blvd. An investigation... Read more →


Cyclists count (officially now) in Santa Monica

By Kate Cagle Cyclists heading down Main Street in front of city hall will get a chance to see their numbers add up because of a new “Eco-TOTEM” installed near the bike line. In real-time, a digital counter will keep track of daily and annual bike riders on a bright green LED display. Similar bike counters are already in use around... Read more →


Ongoing efforts to ensure bike/pedestrian safety

BY MARINA ANDALON Daily Press Staff Writer As City Hall continues to encourage new mobility options in Santa Monica, a recent study regarding safety near some local schools raised concern among some parents and residents. The study was conducted by research company 1Point21 Interactive and was released this month by the law firm... Read more →


Tug-of-war continues over local apartment buildings

By Kate Cagle. Seven Santa Monica apartment buildings caught in the middle of a legal battle have been sold to a San Francisco real estate investment company. The sale involved a total of nine apartment complexes managed by Santa Monica’s largest apartment owner, NMS Properties. The buildings have been at the center of a legal dispute... Read more →


Traffic stop results in arrest

On December 9, 2016 at about 11:59 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop at Main Street and Pier Street for a vehicle with no headlight on at darkness. The driver of the vehicle was found to have an outstanding warrant with full extradition from the state of Virginia. The driver was taken into custody without incident and transported to SMPD... Read more →



by Kate Cagle Motorcycle “lane splitting” if officially legal in California but the CHP will be looking into guidelines for motorists to safely share lanes. All forms of nonconsensual sexual assault may be considered rape. A new law redefines “assault weapon” to close the so-called bullet button loophole. It is believed the... Read more →


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 →