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 →


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 →