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 →

Crime

Lewd act results in $10,000 bail

On November 30, at approximately 8:45 a.m. A female motorist parked her car in Lot 7 North (930 PCH). A short time later, the suspect approached the woman and asked her if she knew of any open bars in the area. The suspect also asked the woman if he could spend the day with her. When the woman told the suspect to go away, the suspect... Read more →

Crime

Venice assault results in Santa Monica death

BY KATE CAGLE A week after a man was found dead near his apartment at Step Up on 5th in Santa Monica, police have few clues as to who killed him. Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, police found the body of Kenneth Jackson on the 1500 block of 5th Street. It appeared he was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. There are no suspects... Read more →

News

Amazon Legal team gives the best gift this season

  By Marina Andalon Once a year the courtroom at Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court is decorated with signs, balloons and teddy bears for the kids who are awaiting the final process of legally being adopted into a new family. Last month, on Friday Nov. 18 an estimated 230 foster children were adopted on National Adoption Day... Read more →

Crime

Apple Store LP will catch you

On Nov. 25, at about 9:08 p.m. Officers responded to the Apple Store – 1415 3rd Street Promenade regarding a theft suspect in custody. An investigation revealed a Loss Prevention Agent observed the suspect select a pair of headphones and exit the store without paying for the merchandise. The suspect was detained by the Loss Prevention... Read more →

Crime

Samohi grad killed in Oakland fire

BY KATE CAGLE In just one day, more than $10,000 in donations poured in for the funeral costs of David Cline, a Santa Monica High School graduate killed in the Oakland warehouse fire. “Everyone who ever met David knows that his smile and his presence changed every person that was lucky enough to feel his warmth and light,” David’s... Read more →

Crime

Resistance results in citation

On November 23, at about 7:11 p.m. Officers were patrolling the area of 3rd Street and Santa Monica Blvd observed a pedestrian walking in the street against the controlled intersection signal. Officers detain the subject. The subject was not completely forthcoming with his personal identification to issue him a citation. The subject was... Read more →

News

NMS to lose control of local properties

BY KATE CAGLE A Southern California developer recently found to have committed of fraud and forgery will potentially face the scrutiny of City Hall concerning current and future projects in Santa Monica. On Friday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled local developer Neil Shekhter, founder and CEO of NMS Properties, committed a... Read more →

News

Local entrepreneur supporting immigrant workers

BY KATE CAGLE   When more than a hundred Santa Monica restaurant employees opened their last paychecks they saw something extra from their boss: reassurance he will fight for them during the Trump administration. A letter written in both English and Spanish and signed by local restaurant entrepreneur Mark Verge went out to... Read more →