News

Downtown Community Plan heads to City Council

  Santa Monica’s massive new planning document has cleared a major hurdle and now heads to the City Council. The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 Wednesday to approve the final draft of the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) with several recommendations that the Council can either keep or nix. “This is astonishing,” Commissioner... Read more →

Crime

Suspect arrested for setting a fire

On May 25, at about 10:05 a.m. Officers responded to the 2600 block of Santa Monica Blvd regarding a subject acting suspiciously and possibly trying to burn a building. Officers spoke with the manager of the building. The manager reported seeing what appeared to be burn marks on a wall and various debris (blankets and property) that... Read more →

Briefs

SMC Art Mentor show “Amp 2017” reception

11th St. The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will present "AMP 2017," an exhibition of works by gifted students in the highly selective Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program (AMP). “AMP 2017” will combine two-dimensional works on canvas and paper with mixed media installational sculptures, video and audio... Read more →

Crime

NOMA residents increasing private security patrols

  Quick arrests by the Santa Monica Police Department after two violent break-ins in the North of Montana neighborhood have not quieted neighborhood fears of a perceived spike in burglaries. Now, neighbors who have already been paying for private security for decades want to step up patrols even more. May was a disturbing month –... Read more →

Crime

Suspect arrested for burglary and probation violation

On May 25, at about 5:25 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 1500 block of 10th Court / Alley regarding a suspicious person loitering about a subterranean parking garage. As the reporting party was exiting the garage, he saw the subject run into the garage to “beat” the gate. Officers arrived and spoke with the... Read more →

Crime

Two young women arrested for burglary

On May 25, at about 10:42 p.m. Officers responded to radio call for service of a residential burglary in progress at a vacant property in the 1200 block of Palisades Beach Road. A reporting party reported seeing lights and loud noises coming from the residence. Officers arrived to the residence and secured the perimeter. Officers observed... Read more →

Crime

Suspects linked to two home invasion assaults

    When Brian Morgan peered through the thick window from the inmate room known as “the bubble” and into the Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, he flashed a big smile and waved eagerly with both hands. His mother, along with a half dozen family members, had patiently been waiting all day for the quick glimpse of her... Read more →

Education

District debates separation costs

  Malibu parents want their own school district but based on the most recent Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board meeting, the cost is still unknown. On May 30, the SMMUSD Board of Education met at Malibu City Hall for a special meeting to discuss updated financial projects for potentially splitting the district... Read more →

Crime

Bail set at $50,000 for homeless man

On May 22, at around 10:30 a.m. Officers were dispatched to 501 Broadway concerning a person with a knife. The man with the knife yelled racial slurs and threatened to stab the property manager because he woke him up and asked him to leave. The responding officers arrived and found the suspect along with the knife. He was arrested without... Read more →

Briefs

Nina Waisman Performance in Santa Monica

Virginia Ave. Nina Waisman Performance in Santa Monica The Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences will be offering a free public performance in Santa Monica's 90404 neighborhood the first weekend in June as part of a public performance series. Please meet by the pedestrian tunnel at 3000 Virginia Ave, right at the corner of Dorchester... Read more →

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SMC Law Pathway Program celebrates first graduates

SMC SMC Law Pathway Program celebrates first graduates Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced that the SMC Law Pathway Program—which prepares traditionally underrepresented students to become competitive applicants to law school — celebrated its first cohort in an informal ceremony held Tuesday, May 23 on the SMC Main Campus. Mia... Read more →

Crime

SMPD begins research phase of body worn camera project

The Santa Monica Police Department has concluded the pilot program for body worn cameras and is now entering a research phase to determine if cameras should become standard equipment for all officers. SMPD began wearing cameras in September of 2016 and the six-month pilot program ended on March 11. “During the six months, select... Read more →