Crime

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: It is time to join most modern countries and abolish the death penalty in California by voting No on Prop 66 and voting Yes on Prop 62. The United States is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that legally executes their own citizens. We frequently seek to impose our version of what we consider acceptable “human... Read more →

City Council

Yes on V

We support Measure V because believe in the broad idea of education and in SMC’s specific execution of its mission. Measure V provides $345,000,000 in bond money to fix or build facilities on campus. We can support both the method and the use of that money. Schools have other funding options but bonds are a common method that have... Read more →

News

Election winding down with accusations of wrongdoing

As has become an election tradition in Santa Monica, complaints are flying regarding possible breaches of local election law. Two separate complaints have been filed so far. Terry O’Day is accused of taking campaign contributions from individuals who did business with the city and the Yes on LV campaign has been asked to return donations... Read more →

City Council

Candidates of 2016

In 2014, we eliminated traditional endorsements in favor of a ranking system and we tried to build on that this year. We tried to group candidates based on our evaluation of their ability to hold office, their demonstrated desire to work on behalf of constituents and the level of knowledge they would bring to their... Read more →

News

SMDP columnist dies of cancer

  BY MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Editor Longtime Santa Monica Daily Press columnist Bill Bauer died last week. Bauer was diagnosed with cancer several years ago and eventually passed due to complications from his treatment. Bauer wrote a weekly column for SMDP, My Write, that chronicled his opinions about a variety of issues... Read more →

City Council

Yes on SM

Voting Yes on SM is the easiest decision of the year. The City-sponsored measure will increase enforcement of existing anti-corruption laws and is a direct response to recent problems with the existing rules. Commonly referred to as the Oaks Initiative, there’s a section of the City Charter that governs ethics for city employees and... Read more →

News

Suspicious package closes 4th and Colorado

A report of a suspicious package  closed a section of downtown Santa Monica adjacent to the Expo station at 4th and Colorado this morning. According to the Sheriff's Department, Metro employees saw a suspicious device at about 7:09 a.m. and reported it to Deputies who were on patrol. Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department and... Read more →

Crime

Suspect attacks police officer in 7-11

BY MATTHEW HALL A Santa Monica Police Officer is recovering after a violent assault at a local convenience store. According to SMPD, the lone officer entered the 7-11 store at 1600 Santa Monica Blvd. at about 7:25 p.m. on Oct. 28. While in the store, the officer was approached by Darryl Andrew McIntosh, 28 of Santa Monica who... Read more →

City Council

The Battle of a Santa Monica 2016 Ballot Measure

FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, AND DOUBT  Laurence Eubank and Elizabeth Van Denburgh In nature, the first law of survival is ‘don’t become food’. In politics, the first law of winning is ‘go negative’. The same principle is at work: fear - our strongest, most urgent emotion – rules. Political consultants live off this basic... Read more →

City Council

GS/GSH endorsement

GSH/GS is a dual measure that is asking residents to raise taxes to pay for affordable housing and provide additional funding to local schools. GSH proposes a half-percent increase in the transactions and use tax, functionally identical to a sales tax, that would raise about $16 million per year. That money would go to the City’s general... Read more →

Crime

Neighbor has watchful eye

On October 22, 2016 at about 10:20 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Ozone Avenue regarding a possible burglary in progress.  Officers detained the suspect possibly involved in the incident at the 700 block of Ozone Street. An investigation revealed the suspect entered a property at the 600 block of Ozone Avenue.  The suspect... Read more →

Education

School district names next superintendent

  By Michael Tittinger The search is over. On Friday, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced Dr. Ben Drati as its choice to become the next superintendent. Drati, who has served as assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Santa Barbara Unified School District since 2012, is credited with shaping... Read more →

City Council

NO on Measure LV

Measure LV is the most relevant question in this election cycle. The proposal to require voter approval of most development projects would not only impact the physical scope of Santa Monica, but also have far-reaching implications for the city’s demographics, economy and political future. LV will call upon voters to approve most... Read more →

City Council

Torosis talks communication of landlords & tenants

Meet the Candidates of this years Election Everyday this week from Oct. 24 –Oct. 28 the Santa Monica Daily Press will post a video of candidates that came forward to express their ideas regarding Santa Monica. Every candidate has a different question. The video will range from 2-4 minutes. Meet the candidates of this year’s election.... Read more →