Crime

Santa Monica sees 12 percent spike in crime

Santa Monica saw a 12 percent increase in serious crime in 2017, with 5,076 “Part 1” incidents, which include murder, arson, burglary, assault and grand theft auto. The spike follows a 5.5 percent increase in the same crimes in 2016. “We hope that it’s leveled out,” said Lt. Saul Rodriguez with the Santa Monica Police Department,... Read more →

News

Union picketing JW Marriott hotel on Ocean Avenue

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against J.W. Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot Hotel on Ocean Avenue alleging management threatened employees, reduced their hours and reprimanded them for attempting to organize. According to the complaint obtained by the Daily Press, the hotel promised employees increased benefits... Read more →

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Plane makes emergency landing on Southern California freeway

The pilot of a small plane that made a nighttime emergency landing on a Southern California freeway said as soon as the engine died he knew he'd never make it to a nearby airport. "I saw an opening on the highway and I went for it right away," Israel Slod said after safely guiding the single-engine Beech G33 onto State Route 55 in Costa... Read more →

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New editor expected in latest shake-up at Los Angeles Times

In another newsroom shake-up at the Los Angeles Times, veteran journalist Jim Kirk is expected to be named editor in chief to replace Lewis D'Vorkin, whose short tenure was marked by clashes with staff, the paper reported Monday. Kirk, 52, would become the third top editor at the Times in less than six months. He was named interim editor... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On January 18, at about 8:53 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Youth Hostel at 1436 2nd Street regarding a radio call of subject trespassing on the property. Officers located the subject sitting on a bench in front of the entrance of the location. The subject consented to a search of his person and belongings. Officers located an... Read more →

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Lawsuit seeks to stop big California homeless camp shutdown

A religious organization that serves the poor in Southern California filed a lawsuit Monday to try to stop local governments from forcing homeless people out of a big encampment along a riverbed trail. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the Orange County Catholic Worker group and seven homeless people claims a broad range of... Read more →

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Santa Monica gardener reveals secret behind his green thumb

Tucked away around the north side of his Ocean Park home, Conrad Clark has a very productive garden. Cilantro, parsley, kale, arugula, lettuce and spinach plants produce enough vegetables for fresh soups and salads every week from the four-by-ten-foot raised bed. A nearby Tsasuma tree is heavy with fruit. It’s an impressive set-up for... Read more →

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Santa Monica earns an “A” for smoke-free rules

Santa Monica continues to score well for its anti-smoking efforts according to the American Lung Association. The ALA releases an annual report grading states, counties and individual cities. Santa Monica received an “A” for its Overall Tobacco Control. The overall grade is based on a points average across three categories. The City... Read more →

K-Bug

KBug: Week of January 29, 2018

Street Lighting Modernization Program No work is planned for the week of January 29, 2018. Please contact Robert Zak, Civil Engineering Division, at (310) 458-2283 with any questions/concerns regarding this project.   Montana Avenue Traffic Signal Replacement For the week of January 29, restoration of curb ramps will continue... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On January 16, at about 2 p.m. An officer responded to a radio call for service in the area of 600 Marine Street regarding a suspicious subject prowling around a property. The reporting party stated at about 1:00 p.m. she was in her residence with a friend when her front door was open by an unknown male suspect. The suspect took a step... Read more →

Life

Fresh finds: Broccoli Rabe

Editor’s Note: Starting this Saturday, the Daily Press will feature a local vegetable, fruit, flower or food you can find at Santa Monica Farmers Markets. “Call it rapini,” Alex Weiser said as he handed me the loose bundle of dainty yellow flowers and leaves. “I like saying rapini.” Weiser is telling me the Italian word for... Read more →

Education

Annual women’s conference grows in year of Me Too

 Student-driven event sold out in advance of weekend speakers In recent months, awareness of gender equity issues has skyrocketed thanks to the Me Too movement but as students at The Brentwood School prepare for their annual “It’s Our Turn: Young Women’s Conference,” it seems like culture has finally caught up to their... Read more →

Briefs

Briefs

LOS ANGELES Potentially dangerous fire in Hollywood Hills contained More than 90 Los Angeles firefighters on the ground and in the air prevented a dangerous fire from burning more than one structure and a half-acre of vegetation in the Hollywood Hills. The fire erupted before dawn Friday, burning a vacant building perched on a... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On January 16, at about 3:53 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at 139 Ocean Park Blvd regarding prowler there now. As officers arrived on scene, they saw a subject loitering about the property. Following a brief struggle, the suspect was detained for an investigation. Officers spoke with the reporting party and learned... Read more →