Crime Watch

On April 23, at about 2:47 p.m. While patrolling the 1500 block of 7th Street, officers observed a subject riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in violation of a Santa Monica Municipal Code. Officers stopped the subject for the violation. A computer check of the subject revealed he had a $30,000 warrant for his arrest related to a resisting... Read more →


Los Angeles council moves toward short-term rental rules

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a policy for short-term home rental services such as Airbnb that would cap the number of days a home or room could be rented out each year and bar rentals of homes that aren't primary residences. The council moved potential regulations forward on Wednesday but added amendments that would... Read more →


Burglar hits LA-area homes while residents attend funerals

Los Angeles police are urging a man to surrender on suspicion of being a burglar who targets homes while residents are attending funerals. Police said Thursday that help from the public led them to name 44-year-old Brett Patrick Rogers in a felony arrest warrant on a charge of residential burglary. Police say that on March 11 the... Read more →


Southern California to swing from wintry chill to heat

Forecasters say Southern California will rapidly switch to summerlike conditions on the heels of a chilly system that dusted mountains with snow. The San Diego National Weather Service office says the temperature swing from Wednesday to Saturday will be up to 30 degrees as high pressure builds. Valley temperatures are expected to reach the... Read more →


DUI-Driver’s License Checkpoint

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. SMPD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label,... Read more →


Crossroads School Launches Equity & Justice Institute

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences has announced the launch of the Equity & Justice Institute, a program that will empower students and community members to take meaningful action on local, national and global issues through a variety of transformative educational activities, partnerships and initiatives. The new Institute —... Read more →


Woman charged with arson and murder in deadly fire

A 26-year-old Santa Monica woman is facing murder and arson charges in connection with the death of her 93-year-old great-grandmother.  Police say Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies detained Victoria Darlington near Joshua Tree National Park until Santa Monica officers could arrive to make the arrest Tuesday. Darlington is currently... Read more →


Viral video shows hate crime outside The Broad Stage

An elderly man heard calling a black woman the n-word seven times in a viral video taken in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center parking lot is facing misdemeanor battery charges, according to SMCPD Chief Johnnie Adams. Fredric Allan Shinerock was cited and released in the field immediately after the arrest Tuesday, Adams... Read more →


BBB gets grant to go green

The Big Blue Bus will move forward with an electric bus pilot program with a $3 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency. The funds will go toward the purchase of 10 zero-emissions battery electric buses, according to a press release from the BBB Tuesday. The $10 million pilot program will add a new express service and... Read more →


Deadly fire under investigation in Sunset Park

Police are investigating a house fire that killed a woman in the Sunset Park Neighborhood Monday night. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were still at the home late Tuesday afternoon, as yellow crime scene tape encircled the driveway. A half dozen fire investigators and police officers collected evidence from... Read more →