Crime watch: Stabbed in the back

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 9 at approximately 2:30 PM Officers were dispatched to the 1900 Block of Santa Monica Blvd for an assault. Upon arrival officers learned that…

Suspect arrested in SMC sexual assault investigation

LA County Sheriff’s Department and the Santa Monica College Police Department made an arrest on Monday morning following a reported series of sexual assaults of Santa Monica College students that occurred earlier this month. A suspect, 27-year-old SMC student Christopher Griddine, was arrested in his vehicle on the Santa Monica College campus around 9 a.m.…

Crime watch: Trouble at the 7-Eleven

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 9 at approximately 8:20 AM Officers responded to a “battery just occurred” call regarding an incident that occurred at 1602 Santa Monica (7-Eleven). The…

Inside the team pioneering California’s red flag law

by By Alexei Koseff, CalMatters There were four more requests for gun violence restraining orders on Jeff Brooker’s desk when he arrived at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office that July morning. Officers had responded to a minor car crash at a mall where the driver, who carried a replica firearm, was rambling delusionally and…

Malibu leaders denounce proposed $375 million SMC bond

A broad consensus is emerging among Malibu political leaders from all sides of the spectrum that the proposed Santa Monica College bond issue on this fall’s election ballot is a very bad deal for Malibu. Craig Foster, the city’s lone member on the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board is campaigning against the college bond issue. Foster…




California man sentenced to 4 years for COVID-19 loan fraud

A Southern California man was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $5 million in COVID-relief loans for three shell companies, prosecutors said. Raghavender Reddy Budamala, who was arrested in February while trying to…



Business

Deadline nears for temporary parklet program to end

Santa Monica city staff are mounting a full-court press to clarify the details of a fast-approaching shift from current temporary outdoor dining rules to new, permanent guidelines that begin Oct.…

Gelson’s project continues to face resistance

Neighbors may be up in arms over the new Lincoln Center Project that will replace the Gelson’s grocery store in Ocean Park, but complaints over its size and appearance are…

Bird names new CEO after leaving Santa Monica

Bird has flown the coop.  The scooter company that arguably started the micromobility industry is no longer based in the city of its birth and a recent shakeup at the…



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