Phil Brock vying for seat on SMMUSD board

Phil Brock is running for a seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education despite years of expectations that he would mount a second campaign for City Council. Brock pulled papers for school board July 20 and began soliciting for the required 100 signatures. He could still request paperwork for a City Council run anytime before the... Read more →


Santa Monica Pier concert activates British tourists, expats

Ye Olde King’s Head has needed extra staff to handle large crowds after the Twilight Concert Series shows, which bring thousands of people to Santa Monica Pier for Thursday night music during the summer. But this week’s act could make for an even busier evening. Indeed, the British are coming. The arrival of the Psychedelic Furs for a... Read more →


YWCA program folded into new Church in Ocean Park initiative

The recent closure of the Santa Monica YWCA didn’t sit well with the Rev. Janet Gollery McKeithen. As minister at the interfaith Church in Ocean Park, which is dedicated to social justice, she knew about the nonprofit’s work to empower youths through its Girl Central initiative. And she didn’t want the communities they’ve created... Read more →


Man detained at Santa Monica Place found with stolen iPhone

On July 12 at about 3:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on patrol when they were flagged down by security officers of the Santa Monica Place mall near 2nd Street and Broadway. The security officers pointed to a man who was quickly walking away from them. Officers detained the subject to investigate what happened. While they tried... Read more →


Santa Monica police arrest serial sexual assault suspect

Santa Monica police this week arrested a suspect in connection with a series of violent sexual assaults and attacks in the area over the last six months. Pablo Carlos Pineda, 32, was located Tuesday at about 5:15 p.m. in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles following an extensive multi-agency probe involving officers from the Santa... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series attracting capacity crowds

If you're coming to the Twilight Concert Series with the intent of hearing the band, get here early and don't leave the pier. Large crowds have filled the Santa Monica Pier's concert venue to capacity in the past two weeks and officials are expecting another large crowd this week due the continued popularity of the series and the particular... Read more →


Sylvia Rousseau contract up for SMMUSD approval

The short-term leadership transition in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is almost officially complete. The local Board of Education on Wednesday night is expected to approve a contract with Sylvia Rousseau, a former Santa Monica High School principal who was recently named interim co-superintendent. Rousseau and co-chief Chris... Read more →


Shouting woman refuses to leave Santa Monica business

On July 7 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a call of a subject causing a disturbance at The Premier Center, located at 1416 6th St. The reporting party said the business was trying to close and a female subject refused to leave. Upon officers’ arrival, the office manager said the subject walked... Read more →


First wave of candidates pulls nomination papers

More than a dozen residents have picked up applications to run for local offices in this November’s election. Monday, July 18 was the first day potential candidates could request applications and 16 individuals pulled papers for City Council, School Board, Rent Control Board or College Board. Individuals that requested City Council... Read more →


Bond money allocated for SMMUSD upgrades

As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district searches for its next superintendent, it still must approve contracts and handle other administrative issues as it pivots towards the upcoming school year. Even with the district facing a massive shortfall in its operating budget, money from a recent bond measure continues bankrolling improvements... Read more →


Homeless man arrested after Santa Monica confrontation

On July 9 at about 9:12 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding an argument between a woman and two men, one of whom may have made threats. One of the suspects, described as a man wearing a dark hat and dark clothing, had already left the location. The officers contacted another... Read more →


Taking a hard look at gun violence

For years, Suzanne Verge has been trying to educate people about gun violence and urge them to advocate for change. They’re finally listening. The recent mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub has shoved problems surrounding gun safety and gun control into the national discussion, drawing in citizens who may have avoided the issues in... Read more →


Sears theft suspect hid stolen watches in Starbucks bag

On July 8 at about 5 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Sears department store at 302 Colorado Ave., for a theft suspect being detained by store security personnel. Sears security told the officers they watched via surveillance camera as the suspect entered the store while carrying a brown Starbucks paper bag. The suspect... Read more →


New leader for Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica

By Jeong Park Daily Press Intern Michelle Arellano was everywhere during the last two years. She lived in Oregon but flew back and forth to Santa Monica to serve as an interim director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, staying in the city for weeks at a time. Arellano then moved to Sacramento to serve as an interim... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of July 18, 2016

Here are Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of July 18: California Incline Bridge Replacement Project The California Incline will be closed until summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current Incline... Read more →