Hunger gap impacts Santa Monica youth

By Avery Yang Daily Press Intern During the school year, more than 21 million kids nationwide receive free and reduced-price meals but only 3.8 million children are provided the same services during their summer vacations. Especially in Los Angeles, where one in four children struggles with hunger, and in Los Angeles County — which tops... Read more →


Man acting suspiciously arrested in Santa Monica

On June 8 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers observed a suspect acting suspiciously in the area of 11th Street and Olympic Boulevard. They spoke with the suspect and noticed he was attempting to conceal an unknown object in his wristband. Officers also noticed a screwdriver in the suspect's wristband, and determined... Read more →


Jose Escarce won’t seek SMMUSD board re-election

The race for seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s Board of Education just got a little more interesting. Longtime board member Jose Escarce will not seek re-election to the district’s governing body, telling the Daily Press via email that he will not run to keep his seat in November. News of the future vacancy comes at... Read more →


Santa Monica man uses potted plant as assault weapon

On June 8 at approximately 10:16 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of assault with a deadly weapon on the 1400 block of 7th Street. A suspect threw a potted plant towards the victim after the victim asked the suspect to quiet down. The plant did not strike the victim. Carlos Carrasco, 52, of Santa Monica, was... Read more →


Los Angeles man refuses to pay for Santa Monica car wash

On June 8 at approximately 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a suspect creating a disruption at the Bonus Car Wash at 2800 Lincoln Blvd. The suspect refused to pay for the service rendered and provided. Fardan Salaam, 36, of Los Angeles was arrested and cited for intentionally interfering with a business and for... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica renews funding for PYFC after hiatus

The City of Santa Monica has restored civic funding to the Pico Youth and Family Center after receiving an emergency request from the organization at City Council's June 14 meeting. PYFC received $50,000 from the council's discretionary fund for use as a matching grant with the hope that PYFC can double the donation. The money follows a... Read more →

City Council

City Council asks for study of LUVE initiative

Council wants an in-depth study of the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative before scheduling the proposal for a November vote. The measure has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot and City Council had the option this week of scheduling it for a vote, passing it into law or asking for a study. They opted... Read more →


SMMUSD close to naming interim superintendent

As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district prepares to name an interim superintendent, officials are also starting their search for a full-time replacement and trying to keep alive momentum on an equity initiative that began under Sandra Lyon. The local Board of Education will meet in closed session Thursday afternoon to consider four... Read more →


Santa Monica student named California Arts Scholar

It took Bruce DeBiasse away from his schoolwork, but that was a price he paid happily. While preparing for an exam, the Santa Monica High School sophomore-to-be learned that he had been named a California Arts Scholar. “I was very excited,” he said. “It impeded me from studying a little bit, but I was very happy.” The... Read more →


Santa Monica police make arrest in murder case

Santa Monica police have arrested a San Diego man for murder following a weekend altercation. Theo Andrew Krah was arrested in San Diego County on Tuesday in connection with a deadly assault that occurred on June 11. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, Krah and an unnamed victim had an altercation on the Santa Monica Pier... Read more →


Santa Monica shoplifting suspect denied bail

On June 2 at approximately 12:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Sears at 302 Colorado Ave., regarding a shoplifting suspect who had left the premises carrying a set of stolen speakers. Loss prevention agents for the store provided a suspect description and direction of travel. Shortly thereafter, officers located and... Read more →


Santa Monica construction accident causes natural gas leak

A construction accident resulted in a severed natural gas main in the 2400 block of Olympic Boulevard over the weekend, according to the Santa Monica Fire Department. The first arriving units found a high-pressure, 1-inch gas main severed with no fire. Three engines, a ladder truck, a hazardous materials unit, and chief officer supervisor,... Read more →