Santa Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battle

The call came in late Friday night: The Santa Monica Fire Department’s help was needed as a blaze began scorching brush in the Angeles National Forest. Local firefighters headed out early Saturday morning to a mountainous area north of Los Angeles to assist in the fight against the Sand Fire, which officials said had spread to more than... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of July 25, 2016

Here are Santa Monica road closures and construction updates for the week of July 25: 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 →

City Council

Ballot measures headed for City Council approval

A relatively short council meeting on July 26 will hopefully wrap up two pending ballot measures and schedule a future discussion to formalize council's intent to close Santa Monica Airport. Old business covers changes to telecommunications regulations, finalizing a ballot measure to update anti-corruption laws and correcting language from... Read more →


Interim SMMUSD co-superintendents introduced

At its first meeting in three weeks, the local Board of Education last week conducted business with two new faces on the dais. The school board on July 20 officially welcomed interim co-superintendents Chris King and Sylvia Rousseau to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, which is currently searching for Sandra Lyon’s long-term... Read more →


Bail set at $10,000 for Rite Aid theft suspect

On July 12 at about 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of a petty theft incident with a subject in custody at Rite Aid, located at 1331 Wilshire Blvd. Officers met with a loss-prevention agent who told them he was monitoring the store via security cameras from the security office around 8:15 p.m. The... Read more →

City Council

City Council acts on tax increase, Oaks Initiative

By Jeong Park Daily Press Intern The Santa Monica City Council at its July 12 meeting voted to place a tax increase initiative on the November ballot. The council also approved a concept design for modernization of City Yards and finalized a revision of the ethics initiative that will be placed on the ballot. Tax increase The City... Read more →


Woman assaulted in McDonald’s bathroom

On July 13 at about 6:22 a.m., a Santa Monica motorcycle officer patrolling the Lincoln Boulevard corridor observed two women and a man involved in some sort of altercation near the intersection of Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards. Other officers responded to assist and detained the parties, quickly determining that a battery had just... Read more →


Will demand increase for new AP economics class at Samohi?

It’s an effort to supply students with more demanding coursework. The local Board of Education on Wednesday approved the creation of an Advanced Placement macroeconomics class at Santa Monica High School, which could have the course up and running as soon as this fall. The move comes as the Santa Monica-Malibu school district attempts... Read more →


Victim punched, kicked by boyfriend in Santa Monica dispute

On July 10 at about 1:54 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a radio call of a domestic violence occurring on the 2400 block of the beach. While en route, the officers were told that the reporting party/victim's boyfriend hit him in the chest and face about 30 minutes prior to the call. Both parties were now at Main and... Read more →


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 →