News

Downtown Community Plan approaches final stage

By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer City planners are hammering out the final draft of the Downtown Community Plan, or DCP: the comprehensive document that will guide development in downtown Santa Monica for the next 20 years. After two meetings and ten hours of deliberations, the Planning Commission has signed off on an urban... Read more →

Crime

Threats against Blue Plate Taco employees

On November 30, at around 3:25 p.m. Officers were driving in the 1500 block of Ocean Ave. when they were flagged down by an agitated male subject. The subject who refused to identify himself claimed an employee from Blue Plate Taco Restaurant had assaulted him. After the officers completed their investigation, it had appeared the agitated... Read more →

Crime

Possession of burglary tools on the Promenade

On November 29, while working a detail on the 3rd Street Promenade Officers were contacted by employees at the Urban Outfitters at 1440 3rd Street regarding a subject that was in the store earlier possibly attempting to steal merchandise. The subject was confronted by employees and found to be in possession of a device to remove security... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless Veterans gets national attention

  Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer Unfortunately, homelessness in Santa Monica is nothing new to the city. People become homeless for various reasons such as a lack of affordable housing, decreased employment opportunities, lack of healthcare, substance abuse, and many more. In evaluating how to tackle the problem,... Read more →

Crime

$617 worth of alcohol stolen from Vons

On November 30 at about 2:30 p.m. Officers were patrolling the area of 7th Street & Colorado when they saw a young male adult run by them wearing a backpack and holding a bottle of champagne in his hand with the security sensor still attached to the top. Officers followed the man and eventually caught up to him where they asked him to... Read more →

News

Local developer faces city scrutiny amid fraud scandal

Kate Cagle Santa Monica’s largest residential property owner has filed a lawsuit against a Boston-based hedge fund, alleging AEW attempted a “hostile takeover” of seven of their properties in the city and two others in Los Angeles County. The suit is the latest battle in a legal war that has waged between NMS Properties and AEW... Read more →

Crime

Marijuana, pistol, and gang member in Pico neighborhood

On December 1, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Officers patrolling the area near Ocean Avenue and Pico Boulevard noticed a beige Volkswagen Passat in the 00 block of Arcadia Terrace in a no parking zone.   The vehicle was occupied by five males, including one juvenile who was in the driver seat, and smelled of burnt marijuana. During their... Read more →

Crime

Battery on a Peace Officer

On Dec. 3 at approximately 12:10 p.m. Officers responded to the intersection of 12th Street and California in response to a report of a disturbance. The reporting party stated there was a woman yelling and kicking at cars as they drove through the intersection. Officers arrived and detained a woman who was yelling while holding a... Read more →

News

Open Waters offer teens new perspective

By Kate Cagle As dolphins swam toward the small boat, the group of rowdy teenagers let out whoops and howls. The dolphins, drawn to the vibrations of the motor, swam closer and closer. For their peers, this might be deemed a once and a lifetime experience, but these young men will now venture out on the ocean every month. The three... Read more →

City Council

Hospital moves forward with massive development

Providence Saint John’s Health Center is now moving forward with plans for a massive new 799,000 square foot development on both sides of Santa Monica Boulevard between 20th and 23rd streets. On Tuesday, the city extended the expiration dates for eight Development Review Permits to give the hospital up to twenty years to finish the... Read more →

News

The Giving Spirit

  This weekend, from Dec. 8 through Dec.11, The Giving Spirit will host their Winter Outreach program. The Giving Spirit has been an effective space and teaching tool for young volunteers to realize the reality of the unseen homelessness in local communities. TGS founder, Tom Bagamane and his Board have recently put together a new... Read more →

Crime

Indecent exposure at pre-school

On December 1 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Officers were dispatched to local preschool, regarding a trespasser who followed a parent onto the school grounds without permission. Officers located the suspect, who was nude from the waist down and exposing herself to school staff. The officer could see and smell fresh urine on the cloth chair... Read more →

News

City slashes number of taxicabs

By Kate Cagle   Taxicab drivers say they need a lifeline to stay afloat as the city slashes the number of cabs licensed to pick up locals and tourists in Santa Monica. During the Tuesday, Dec. 6 council meeting, the city moved to reduce the number of cabs by 32 percent, from 300 to 199. The drop in cabs is a last-ditch move from... Read more →