News

Fall preview

CULTURE WATCH — A quick trip to Portland last week prevented me from seeing anything local this week, but my inbox is overflowing with news about the arts around Santa Monica and the Westside, so let me share a few must-see events. The Broad Stage opens its new season with “The Magic Flute.” And while you might think this is just... Read more →

Crime

Assault, robbery, auto theft hit 50 year low in 2013

CITYWIDE — The number of violent crimes in the city last year was the lowest since 1963, according to data provided by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD). Property crimes were up thanks to a spike in the number of larcenies, according to the data. Until 2011, SMPD released annual reports including all crime data. To align with City... Read more →

Government

City Goals: Public Works

Editor’s Note: Every year, city departments set goals and objectives. In August, City Hall released information about how each of the 15 departments progressed toward these goals during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Over a several week period, the Daily Press will take a look at the goals that are being achieved (according to City Hall) and the... Read more →

News

Officers receive award for bravery

LOS ANGELES The three police officers responsible for stopping John Zawahri during his 2013 shooting rampage at Santa Monica College have been recognized for their heroism by the Attorney General's office. Attorney General Kamala Harris honored Santa Monica Police Officers Robert Sparks and Jason Salas and SMC officer Ray Bottenfield at a... Read more →

Politics

Hospitality union endorses Gruber, McKeown

CITY HALL — A large hospitality union is getting behind incumbent Kevin McKeown and former Planning Commission member Frank Gruber in the race for City Council. Unite Here Local 11 announced its endorsement of the two candidates on Friday afternoon. The union has successfully negotiated labor agreements with developers in the early... Read more →

City Council

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Pony rides go to council

CITY HALL — And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: A discussion by the city’s top elected officials about pony rides at the Farmers’ Market. Two City Council members have requested that, upon the expiration of City Hall’s contract with a pony ride and petting zoo vendor at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, preference be... Read more →

Airport

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Airport Commission to hear from tenants

CITY HALL — Airport Commission members have expressed a desire for stricter airport leasing policies have been recommended by City Hall. Last month, City Council decided not to vote on leases at the airport and instead sent the recommendations back to the Airport Commission, which voted 4 to 1 to start its review process with input from... Read more →

Government

City Goals: Library and Office of Sustainability

Editor’s Note: Every year, city departments set goals and objectives. In August, City Hall released information about how each of the 15 departments progressed toward these goals during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Over a several week period, the Daily Press will take a look at the goals that are being achieved (according to City Hall) and the... Read more →

Crime

20-somethings batter, burgle and burn

CRIME WATCH — On August 31 at 4:15 a.m. A male was seen exiting on foot from behind a building in 1000 block of Broadway. An SMPD Officer believed his actions were suspicious and made consensual contact with him. The Officer conducted a check of the male and found he had a warrant for his arrest. The Officer placed him under arrest and... Read more →

News

Democrats endorse

MAIN LIBRARY — The Santa Monica Democrats Club held an endorsement meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Club voted to endorse: City Council: Sue Himmelrich and Kevin McKeown. School Board: Laurie Lieberman, Ralph Mechur, Oscar de la Torre, and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein. College Board of Trustees: Barry Snell, Louise Jaffe, and Nancy... Read more →