Assembly GOP leader steps down over pressure on climate vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly's top Republican said Thursday he will resign his leadership post after weeks of pressure from his party over his support for major climate change legislation. Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley will be replaced as leader by Assemblyman Brian Dahle of Bieber, a tiny town in far northern... Read more →


Teen tells judge he bought tiger cub on streets of Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California teenager charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger into the United States told a judge Thursday that he bought the animal on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, where several of the endangered animals have been spotted this year. Luis Eudoro Valencia was charged after border officials said they found the fury cub... Read more →


Attempted robbery at McDonalds

On August 8, 2017 at about 12:06 a.m. Officers were flagged down by a security guard indicating he had just pepper sprayed a subject at the McDonalds – 1540 2nd Street. Officers detained the possible suspect outside of the restaurant. Officers determined the subject walked behind the cash registers in an area restricted for employees.... Read more →


Calling all students and community to PYFC

Pico Blvd. Raza Studies now, Xochitl LA, & The Pico Youth and Family Center present a panel discussion. Raza Studies Now discusses nurturing indigenous roots on Friday, August 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Pico Youth and Family Center (715 Pico). Panelist include Lucha Arevalo - Ethnic Studies Now, Compton, Alex Sanchez - Homies... Read more →


Death on the PCH snarls traffic

  The Santa Monica Police Department released the following statement about the accident: Earlier this morning at approximately 5:10 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a radio call for service regarding a traffic collision involving a pedestrian at the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Upon arrival,... Read more →


Father shot, son safe after mom’s slaying spurs Amber Alert

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles police shot and killed a man suspected in the murder of his estranged wife and the abduction of his 9-year-old son, who was found with his father but was unharmed, authorities said. Konstantin Morozov, 48, and his son Daniel Morozov had been the subjects of a manhunt Tuesday after they disappeared... Read more →


Protest threats won’t disrupt local workshops

  Santa Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) is forging ahead with its plans for upcoming meetings despite threats of continued protests. The organization’s past two meetings, both held before the large protests in Charlottesville, were disrupted by individuals and organizations associated with the Alt-Right political... Read more →


SMPD catches homeless man with methamphetamine

On August 8, 2017 at about 7:23 p.m. While patrolling the area of 600 block of Alta Avenue, officers recognized a known narcotics user from previous encounters. Officers spoke with the subject. The subject consented a search of his backpack. Officers located several hypodermic needles and a debit card belonging to another person. Officers... Read more →


Charity seeking public’s help in locating homeless man

  A local student and his homeless charity are seeking the public’s help to locate a man who has been seen sleeping near Santa Monica City Hall. 14 years old Elliot Katz runs Reaching Out California from his home and the nonprofit undertakes projects to aid the Los Angeles homeless community. The organization is branching out to... Read more →


Woman punches child near Starbucks

On August 8, 2017 at about 3:10 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service regarding a battery at the Starbucks – 1900 Lincoln Blvd. Officers arrived and detained the possible suspect outside of the Starbucks. Officers spoke to several witnesses and the victim. Officers determined, the victim (a minor) was walking east along the... Read more →


City Supports EUC Initiative Do Your Thing

    On April 26, the city of Santa Monica chose to formally support a new Energy Upgrade California (EUC) campaign via a letter signed by Mayor Ted Winterer. A reboot of the previous EUC initiative, the Do Your Thing Campaign focuses more on encouraging California residents and small businesses to change their energy... Read more →


Know Before You Go

Week of August 21   Transit And Parking Services Tenant Improvement (Taps Ti) Project For the week of August 21, construction will take place in Parking Structure #5 at 1440 4th street and anticipates affecting the sidewalk in front of the building with the sidewalk pedestrian tunnel, lasting until 10/15/17. During this time,... Read more →


Superintendent address faculty members

  On Thursday, Aug. 17 teachers, administrators, and faculty members throughout the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) gathered at Santa Monica High School for the annual convocation with new Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati. Drati was hired earlier this year and has spent his first few months forming... Read more →


Venice resident arrested for petty theft

On August 8, 2017 at about 5:37 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service regarding a suspicious person in the 2900 block of 11th Street. As officers were driving southbound on 11th Street, they saw the subject walking along the sidewalk. Officers stopped to talk to the subject. The reporting party confirmed the subject was the... Read more →