Santa Monica police called to Nordstrom theft

On July 2 at about 4:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Nordstrom at 220 Broadway regarding theft suspects in custody. According to loss-prevention agents, the suspects were observed selecting merchandise from the sales floor and concealing the items in their bags. Both suspects exited the store without paying for the... Read more →


New rates for Breeze bikeshare system

Breeze bikeshare users will be able to ride longer, for less money, provided they sign up for one of the newly simplified membership plans available on August 1. Council approved a new rate structure for the system in June and officials said the revised plans are designed to increase ridership while making the system more compatible with the... Read more →


‘Green’ burials coming to Woodlawn Cemetery

Santa Monica’s city-owned cemetery is adding a section of plots specifically designed for environmentally friendly burials. The development of a green burial area at Woodlawn Cemetery extends the City of Santa Monica’s efforts to promote sustainability while giving alternatives to families who are concerned about the impacts of... Read more →


Franklin librarian retires from SMMUSD

Reached by phone last week, Ellen Mark was walking along the beach in Santa Monica with the black labrador she adopted a few months ago. Such is the life of a retired librarian — for now, at least. Mark plans to pursue other interests, but she recently left her position as elementary library coordinator at Franklin Elementary School.... Read more →


Law-breaking cyclist had no-bail arrest warrant

On July 1 at about 10:45 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer patrolling the area of 14th Street and Michigan Avenue saw a bicyclist in violation of a vehicle code. The officer stopped the bicyclist for the vehicle code violation. The subject was found to be on probation for assault and had an active no-bail arrest warrant for an assault... Read more →

City Council

Olympic bid meeting tonight

Organizers of the 2024 bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games are hosting a public meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. LA 2024 is inviting locals to a briefing on the beach volleyball event proposed for Santa Monica, followed by a Q&A. The meeting will be held on Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Santa Monica... Read more →

City Council

Study of LUVE initiative returns to City Council

It's an election-heavy agenda for the July 12 City Council meeting. Council will hear a report on the Land Use Voter Empowerment Initiative (LUVE), finalize language for a ballot measure revising anti-corruption laws and approve another ballot measure for a new tax to fund affordable housing. LUVE will require voter approval for development... Read more →


SMMUSD public relations evaluated

Gail Pinsker is used to waking up at 6 a.m. to review a software company’s scans of topics related to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district: school sites, board members, current issues and other keywords. It’s one of the ways she monitors how the district is being covered in various media — and how its messages are being... Read more →


Los Angeles man arrested at Santa Monica DUI checkpoint

The Santa Monica Police Department's traffic unit conducted a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in the 2200 block of Pico Boulevard on July 1. At about 10:45 p.m., a vehicle was directed to the screening area by officers. The driver was investigated for suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The driver was... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of July 11, 2016

Here’s a list of Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of July 11: California incline bridge replacement project The California Incline will be closed until Summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica anti-corruption laws amended

City Council approved several reforms to the anti-corruption laws at its June 28 meeting with the intent to seek voter approval in November. The precise language will return to council one more time but as currently proposed, the package of reforms presented to voters will include expanding the definition of “public official,” specifying... Read more →


Santa Monica workshop tackles racial profiling, police force

The July 10 Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) workshop will have a report from the Santa Monica based Coalition for Police Reform (CPR has members from CRJ, NAACP, and the Unitarian church in Santa Monica). The presentation will include a 16-minute video that has excerpts from interviews done by the coalition with local residents who are... Read more →


Santa Monica vandalism believed to be gang-related

On June 30 at about 1:02 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of 2000 block of Virginia Avenue on a radio call for service of a vandalism occurring. The suspect was last seen riding a bicycle on Virginia. A possible suspect was located by officers in the 2200 block of Virginia. The suspect was positively identified by... Read more →


Lawsuit challenges California’s new vaccine requirements

A lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California's strict new law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children. The suit filed by a group of parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All was filed in San Diego federal court on July 1, the same day the new law took effect. It says that the law violates children's right to an... Read more →


Attack by homeless man sends victim to hospital

On June 28 at about 11:39 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway regarding an injured person requiring medical attention and was possibly victim to an assault and battery. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim was waiting for a bus in the 1500 block of 2nd Street. The victim saw a man yelling for... Read more →