Briefs

Sexual assault arrest

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Detectives presented a case for filing consideration on a suspect believed to be involved in a sexual assault yesterday. The suspect has been identified as Dylan James Jensen, a 42 year-old male. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Airport Division... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On May 22, at about 10 p.m. In the area of 400 Pico Blvd officers were flagged down by a subject regarding a subject attempting break into a hotel room at the Double Tree Hotel – 1707 4th Street. Officers determined the hotel manager was aware of a subject repeatedly trespassing on the hotel property for several days and located sleeping... Read more →

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Summer science programs build skills for local youth

School may be out in the summer but the break is actually a great time for kids to increase their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) thanks to an abundance of local programs. The city has partnered with three local companies: Bricks 4 Kidz, Play-Well TEKnologies, and Engineering for Kids to offer engineering... Read more →

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Warriors, Cavaliers say they’re not going to White House

Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon. On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl — a visit that was... Read more →

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City breaks ground on Fire Station 1

The community came together Saturday to break ground on a new $41.2 million fire station to serve downtown Santa Monica. The new state-of-the-art facility at 1337 7th Street is scheduled to be finished in 2020 and will replace a seismically unsafe 1950’s era station down the street. City officials and elected leaders lined up to hold... Read more →

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Wildfire erupts in rural northern Los Angeles County

Crews with air support are battling a smoky wildfire that is threatening structures in a rural area northeast of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the blaze just north of State Route 14 grew to 200 acres in less than an hour Monday. A few ranches and other properties are under evacuation orders. Firefighters are... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On May 22, at about 8:10 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Clare Foundation - 1871 9th Street - regarding a subject making entry into a property under construction. The subject of the call was a previous client at the facility and had disrupted the business several hours earlier. The subject was told to leave the... Read more →

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Firefighters mop up Southern California wildfires

Firefighters are patrolling for hotspots in the aftermath of a Southern California wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 2,000 homes over the weekend. Authorities say there are no visible flames Monday morning. Firefighters have completed containment lines around 55 percent of the 150-acre (61-hectare) blaze near Aliso Viejo and... Read more →

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Planning Commission to walk the walk on the Promenade

The Planning Commission spends most of its time inside the confines of City Hall but this week, the group will take a more hands (or perhaps feet) on approach with a walking tour of the Promenade. The future of the City’s economy and specifically the downtown retail environment have occupied significant recourses recently including a... Read more →

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Lawmakers pass bill to set standards for hate crime policies

The California Legislature has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that sets minimum standards for local law enforcement agencies updating or adopting hate crime policies. The bill passed 67-0 Monday would require those agencies to include in their policies that officers work to prevent, respond to and report hate crimes. The lawmakers' action... Read more →

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New Facebook privacy furor: What’s at stake?

Facebook is at the center of another privacy furor, this one over its sharing of user data with device makers such as Apple, Amazon, Samsung and others over the past decade The social network acknowledges the data sharing deals, which it says it's — according to a New York Times report — it has struck with at least 60 device makers... Read more →

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Pen Factory tenant wins top architecture award

The Los Angeles Business Council gave a Santa Monica media company top honors for its new offices inside the Pen Factory near Bergamot Station at their annual architecture awards Friday. Awesomeness is an entertainment brand that caters to teenagers by helping young internet sensations build their brands, monetize their content and improve... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On May 22, at about 8:05 p.m. Officers responded to the area of 700 Pier Avenue regarding a subject attempting to break into a locked residential sub-garage of an apartment complex. The reporting party saw the subject trying to defeat the lock with a tool. When the subject saw the reporting party, he fled southbound out of the area.... Read more →

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Town Hall to focus on homelessness

On June 5, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will host a town hall forum at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to discuss homelessness. Facilitated by City Manager Rick Cole, the conversation aims to be educational and collaborative in nature. Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa... Read more →