Know Before You Go — Week of July 18, 2016

Here are Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of July 18: 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 Incline... Read more →


Shot fired during burglary arrest

Santa Monica Police Officers have arrested a suspect in connection with a string of residential burglaries. Kenneth Whitfield, 35 of Palmdale, was arrested at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning and while an officer fired one shot during the arrest, no-one was injured during the incident. According to Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez, officers were... Read more →


Santa Monica enters official campaign season

It might seem like the 2016 election is already in full swing, but the local campaign season actually begins on Monday, July 18. As of Monday, potential candidates for local office will be able to request the official nomination packets from the City Clerk's office. Those packets must be returned by Aug. 12 but the nomination period could be... Read more →


Fundraising shortfall fuels friction on SMMUSD board

The local Board of Education was forced to make another tough budgetary decision after the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation fell short of its annual fundraising goal. The foundation raised $2.03 million for school programs in a cycle that ended June 30, well short of the $2.5 million it was asked to collect over the last 12... Read more →


Volunteer advocates foster hope for children in need

By Jeong Park Daily Press Intern Lindsay Gilchrist saw a family separated and reunited in six months. As a court-appointed special advocate, or CASA, she took on a case in which two children were removed from their home because of suspected abuse. For the following six months, Gilchrist spent hours interviewing and working with the... Read more →


Merchandise stolen from Sephora worth nearly $1,500

On July 8 at about 10:08 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to Sephora at 1244 Third Street Promenade regarding a woman who was in custody for theft. They made contact with the store loss-prevention agent who had been monitoring closed-circuit television cameras. The agent saw a woman place several items into her purse and... Read more →


City Council acts to control cell tower expansion

With residents in the throes of Pokemon Go fever, it seems an opportune time for the Santa Monica City Council to address telecom infrastructure and City Hall spent time this week making sure it's easier to see a Pikachu than the wires carrying the digital information he's based on. The council approved new rules for installation and... Read more →


Santa Monica-Malibu schools facing $10-million deficit

Jan Maez didn’t have to explain the situation to members of the local Board of Education. Her presentation slides were clear. “You all know what red numbers on this page mean,” the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s chief financial officer said. “We have fairly significant deficits that need to be addressed.” Maez was... Read more →


Irate man tries to provoke Santa Monica police sergeant

On July 9 at about 3:37 p.m., a Santa Monica police sergeant was talking with a community member in the lobby of the city public safety facility when the sergeant heard a suspect yelling at the front-desk officer through the window. The suspect was using profanity and began punching the window. When the sergeant walked over to ask the... Read more →

City Council

LUVE initiative advances towards November ballot

The wheels of government continued their slow grind Tuesday night as the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative took yet another step toward the now-inevitable November vote. City Council formally accepted a study on the issue and placed LUVE to the municipal ballot during its July 12 meeting. LUVE will require voter approval for... Read more →


Santa Monica students win Milken scholarships

One uses poetry to effect social change. The other has worked in the offices of a Los Angeles city councilman, a state senator and a U.S. congressman. Both local students are heading to Ivy League universities with $10,000 scholarships. New Roads School graduate Amanda Gorman and Crossroads School alumnus Spencer Greene were honored for... Read more →


SMMUSD seeks input on superintendent search

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is seeking input from stakeholders as it launches a search for a new superintendent. Consultants hired by the district will host meetings Thursday afternoon in Santa Monica and Malibu to collect feedback from parents, teachers students and community members on the qualities and background they’d... Read more →


Glendale man breaks into Santa Monica home

On July 8 at approximately 12:20 a.m., a woman was awake in bed in the upstairs bedroom of her residence at the 600 block of Palisades Beach Road and heard what sounded like someone trying to open the bedroom door. The woman assumed her daughter was at the door, but when she opened it she saw the suspect standing in the landing at the top... Read more →


2024 Olympics could use Santa Monica as beach venue

If the Olympics come to Los Angeles in 2024, Santa Monica could host the beach volleyball event in a temporary 12,000-person venue adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. Officials from the LA 2024 campaign to bring the Games to Los Angeles are visiting several city commissions in the coming weeks to provide more information on the... Read more →


Acting SMMUSD co-chief making more than $1,000 daily

He’s king for a day ... well, more like six months. Chris King will earn $1,071 a day while serving as the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s interim co-superintendent for the rest of the calendar year, according to the contract he signed last week. King’s daily pay is based on an annual salary of $240,000, slightly above the... Read more →