Police arrest suspected gunman in Pico Boulevard shooting

  Santa Monica police arrested a local man linked to a carjacking in Culver City and two robberies in Los Angeles while investigating a shooting that happened in broad daylight Sept. 20 in the Pico Neighborhood.  No one was hurt in the shooting. Police responded to 9-1-1 calls that Wednesday around 3:15 p.m. regarding a shooting... Read more →


Board Discussing Minimum Wage Increase for SMC Student Workers

Some student employees at Santa Monica College (SMC) could lose their jobs in the coming years if the school complies with the City’s new minimum wage ordinance. Job losses were one of three options the SMC Board of Trustees discussed at their Oct. 5 meeting. Officials could also choose to retain all student employees with reduced hours... Read more →


Homeless top of mind for City’s new Deputy Manager

  Like many working parents, Anuj Gupta’s mind often wanders to his 2-year-old son during the day. Pictures of Gupta’s young family frame the large curved screen monitor inside his otherwise sparse new office inside City Hall. The photos are a reminder just a few months into his role as Deputy City Manager that he and his family... Read more →


Sacred Spaces open to the public on Saturday.

Santa Monica’s spiritual history will be on display this weekend thanks to the Santa Monica Conservancy’s first Sacred Spaces tour. The self-driving/walking/biking tour provides an opportunity to visit 15 local historic places of worship and is a fundraiser that supports the Conservancy’s ongoing work to preserve local... Read more →


Street Lighting Modernization Program

Week of October 2, 2017 Street Lighting Modernization Program For the week of October 2, construction will continue throughout the project area, which is bound by 16th Street to the east, Ocean Park Boulevard to the south, Lincoln Boulevard to the west, and Pico Boulevard to the north. There may be sidewalk closures and temporary no... Read more →


Big changes coming to LA County Elections

    If Los Angeles County voters spark a revolution when they cast their ballots for President in 2020, it may not stem from the choices they select but rather the way they did it. The digital age is coming to the ballot box here with a new, publically owned system that the County Clerk plans to begin rolling out next... Read more →


Stolen car recovered

Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. On September 21, at about 9:27 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 1500 16th Street regarding a possible stolen vehicle with a subject in the car.... Read more →


Daily Press could become a nonprofit organization

The Santa Monica Daily Press could become a nonprofit organization according to recent statements by its longtime owner. In a statement published on Oct. 2, co-owner and current Publisher Ross Furukawa said he is considering the future of the paper with several options on the table including converting the company to a nonprofit... Read more →



FILM REVIEW Rated PG-13 103 Minutes Released September 29 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, in spite of its awkward title, is one of those movies that really makes full use of the medium of film. Even though this is a political thriller without violence, sex or romance, it is a gripping story that develops... Read more →



Bike boxes were recently installed at the intersections of Broadway/11th and Ocean/California, joining existing installations on Ocean Park at Lincoln and Main. Bike boxes are traffic markings that allow cyclists to position themselves for maximum visibility and safety at intersections during the red light phase. They are intended to prevent... Read more →


Two large developments go before Planning Commission Wednesday

About 200 apartment units working their way through the City planning pipeline will be up for discussion at Wednesday night’s Planning Commission meeting.  NMS Properties, the city’s largest landlord and developer, and its offshoot, WNMS Communities, will present plans for two large mixed-use buildings downtown.  Those developments will... Read more →


Tom Petty, down-to-Earth rock superstar, dies at 66

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,'" "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66. Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his... Read more →