Bomb threat near Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Police Department is asking everyone to stay away from the Santa Monica Pier while they investigate a bomb threat. According to Lt. Saul Rodriguez, multiple anonymous phone calls were placed to outside law enforcement agencies regarding a bomb on the Pier. Those agencies forwarded the threats to SMPD and officers began an... Read more →


Record-breaking weekend for ‘It’ grows to $123.1 million

The big screen adaptation of Stephen King's "It" has closed out its opening weekend at the box office with a higher than expected $123.1 million in earnings, according to Warner Bros. on Monday. The studio on Sunday projected a more conservative but still record-breaking $117.2 million tally, unsure of how Hurricane Irma and the start of... Read more →


Nordstrom is opening concept store that has no inventory

Nordstrom is opening up a store that doesn't have any inventory. The luxury department store chain says its Nordstrom Local concept store will open in Los Angeles next month. The Seattle-based company says the store will be staffed with personal stylists who can order merchandise for customers. Nordstrom says customers can also buy online... Read more →


Assault at Universal Music Group

On August 31, 2017 at about 10:16 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Universal Music Group – 2220 Colorado Blvd regarding a disturbance at the business. A subject was reportedly throwing rocks at employees and at several windows. Officers were able to locate the suspect in the area of 17th Street and Broadway.... Read more →


KBUG: Week of Sept. 11

Week of September 11, 2017   Street Lighting Modernization Program For the week of September 11, construction will continue throughout the project area, which is bound by 16th Street to the east, Ocean Park Boulevard to the south, Lincoln Boulevard to the west, and Pico Boulevard to the north. There may be sidewalk closures and... Read more →

City Council

Council returns to work after summer break

  After a brief summer respite, City Council returns to regular business on September 12 with a relatively easy agenda. The Consent Calendar, typically reserved for routine or repeat items, contains approval for a pair of events on the beach and a call for new bidders to build pedestrian improvements on 4th Street. The 1550 PCH... Read more →


Captain Kenneth Semko Selected as Interim Chief of Police

Citywide City Manager Rick Cole has selected Kenneth Semko, current Captain of the Santa Monica Police Department’s (SMPD) Operations Division as interim Chief of Police effective September 29, 2017. Captain Semko will serve in the role while an internal and external recruitment effort is conducted to replace Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks... Read more →


Daily Press launching new series on homelessness

  The Daily Press will publish a series of stories, editorials and columns in the coming weeks focused on homelessness. These stories will include news, features, editorials and columns about the subject and while the focus will be on Santa Monica’s response to the problem, the content will acknowledge this is more than just a local... Read more →


Tandem bikeshares now available at the coast

  Santa Monica’s Breeze Bikeshare system has been wildly successful since opening in 2015 surpassing more than a million rides last month. However, the bright green bikes will soon have some company on local roads from the newly expanded, and as yet incompatible, Metro bikeshare system. The new system, supplied by Bicycle Transit... Read more →


Vehicle code violation leads to arrest

On August 21, 2017 at about 4:42 p.m. Motorcycle officers were monitoring the 1700 block of Lincoln Blvd for any vehicle code violations. Officers noticed a motorcycle headed north on Lincoln Blvd with no mirrors – a vehicle code violation.  Officers conducted a traffic stop of the motorcycle and learned the motorcycle was recently... Read more →