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 →


Olympic High graduates score scholarships

There were speeches by students and educators, caps flung into the air and flowers cradled against gowns. There was a feeling of joy and a sense of curiosity about what’s ahead. There was even some cash awarded. Olympic High School held its graduation ceremony outdoors on its campus earlier this month, when principal Anthony Fuller and... Read more →


Police prevent possible attack on Gay Pride Parade

Santa Monica police arrested a man Sunday morning for explosives and weapons possession, preventing a potential attack on the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade. SMPD officers arrested James Wesley Howell and recovered three assault rifles, high capacity magazines, ammunition and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals capable of forming an... Read more →