Angels Employee Supplied Skaggs, Other Players with Opiates
October 14, 2019 -- A Los Angeles Angels employee said Sunday he supplied former Samohi graduate Tyler Skaggs with oxycodone for years but doesn't believe it was his pills that killed the pitcher.
City to Temporarily Relocate Parks Maintenance Staff to Airport
October 14, 2019 -- The City plans to temporarily move its parks maintenance staff from Memorial Park to Santa Monica Airport in January to pave the way for the park's expansion, City officials said.
Consultant to Present Recommendations in Wake of Child Molestation Charges
October 10, 2019 -- A consultant will present the City Council next Tuesday with recommendations on how officials might have detected and prevented an alleged series of sex crimes by a City employee who volunteered at a youth program.
Measles Patient Visited Two Santa Monica Locations Monday, Health Officials Say
SMC Receives Nearly $2.5 Million Grant to Help "Underrepresented" STEM Students
October 10, 2019 -- A person with measles visited two Santa Monica locations Monday, potentially exposing others to the contagious disease, Los Angeles County Health officials said Monday.
||October 10, 2019 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) has received a nearly $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help Hispanic and low-income students succeed in STEM fields and careers, college officials announced this week.
Rent Board to Consider Expiration Dates for Removal Permits
October 9, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Rent Board on Thursday will consider a regulation that sets expiration dates for permits that allow an owner to remove units or entire properties from the rental market.
Bloom's "Granny Flat" Measure Signed Into Law
De la Torre to Step Down as Head of Pico Youth Center
October 9, 2019 -- A measure by Santa Monica Assemblymenber Richard Bloom that reduces barriers to building accessory dwelling units (ADU), or "granny flats," was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday.
||October 9, 2019 -- Oscar de la Torre -- whose Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) has served at-risk youth for nearly two decades -- announced he will resign as the center's executive director at the end of the year.
Crime Dropped in Santa Monica During First Nine Months of Year, Police Data Show
October 8, 2019 -- There were 599 fewer reported crimes in Santa Monica during the first nine months of this year, a nearly 15 percent drop over the same period last year, according to data released by the Santa Monica Police Department Tuesday.
Governor Signs Santa Monica Lawmaker's Bill That Closes Ellis "Loopholes"
October 8, 2019 -- A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom that closes loopholes in the State Ellis Act was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday.
Downtown Santa Monica Among Nation's Most Expensive Zip Codes for Renters
October 7, 2019 -- Downtown Santa Monica ranked among the nation's 50 most expensive zip codes to rent an apartment, but was topped by four other areas around Los Angeles, according to an annual ranking by an online rental website.
Trial of "Hollywood Ripper" Arrested in Santa Monica Enters Penalty Phase
October 7, 2019 -- On Monday, jurors in the trial of a convicted serial killer arrested by Santa Monica police were back in court to recommend whether Michael Gargiulo should be put to death.
Santa Monica College Holds Homecoming Celebration This Month
October 7, 2019 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) will hold a homecoming celebration before the Corsairs take on the LA Harbor College Seahawks October 19.
Santa Monica Tops List of Westside Cities with Most Registered Sex Offenders
Boston Mobster's Santa Monica Years to Be Featured in Upcoming TV Series
October 4, 2019 -- There are 55 registered sex offenders currently living Santa Monica, twice as many as in any other community on the Westside, according to an analysis by the Lookout.
||October 4, 2019 -- Santa Monica will be a major setting for an upcoming television series about the pursuit of notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, who called the beach city home for more than 15 years. The show will reveal how the aging gangster and his girlfriend avoided capture.
Local Boys and Girls Clubs Celebrate "75 Years of Great Futures"
October 4, 2019 -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica will celebrate 75 years serving the city's youth with a Diamond Gala next month. The event will take place Friday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Santa Monica's Home Sharing Law
October 3, 2019 -- A Federal Appeals Court on Thursday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit against the City that claimed its home sharing law, which bans leasing residential property short term unless the owner is present, is unconstitutional.
Suspect Escapes After Attempting to Rob Couple on Montana Avenue at Gunpoint
October 3, 2019 -- An armed suspect remains at large after attempting to rob a couple sitting in their car on Montana Avenue Wednesday night, police said.
Santa Monica College Debate Team Kicks Off Season with Big Wins
October 3, 2019 -- The Santa Monica College Speech and Debate team took over where the national champions left off last year, winning several top awards in the 2019-2020 season's first tournament.
Santa Monica Activists Relaunch Campaign to Save "Muir Woods" Mural
October 2, 2019 -- Five years after Santa Monica activists launched a campaign to save the "Muir Woods" mural at the former site of Olympic High School, the School Board could try once again this month to erase it.
Council Chamber to Temporarily Close for High-Tech Upgrade
October 2, 2019 -- The Santa Monica City Council will hold its next six meetings at the Civic Auditorium while the council chamber gets a new nearly half-million-dollar audiovisual system.
St. John's Receives Anonymous $25 Million Donation
October 1, 2019 -- St. John's Health Center has received an anonymous $25 million donation that will "kick-start" a $150 million fundraising effort, the center's Foundation announced Tuesday.
Santa Monica Police Prevent Fifth Parking Structure Suicide
September 30, 2019 -- Santa Monica Police on Sunday thwarted what would have been the fifth suicide from a Downtown parking structure in little more than a year, according to police.
Appeals Court Orders City to Cut Length of Brief in Voting Rights Case
September 30, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica's draft of its brief in the voting rights lawsuit is far too long and must be substantially cut, although it can exceed the customary length, the California Court of Appeals ruled last week.
||Santa Monica Pier Showcased in Screen Disaster Again
September 24, 2019 -- Ever since Charlie Chaplin filmed “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” in 1914 at the Santa Monica Pier, the iconic structure has been showcased on the small and large screen nearly a hundred times.
Council Expands City Attorney's Investigative Powers, Outlaws Lying
September 27, 2019 -- The Santa Monica City Council this week expanded the City Attorney's investigative powers and expressly prohibited making false statements to the City.
Santa Monica Hikes Fines for Housing Violations
September 27, 2019 -- Property owners who violate Santa Monica's housing laws will face much stiffer fines under a fee schedule adopted by the City Council on Tuesday.
Santa Monica Sex Offender Arrested in Thousand Oaks for Check Forging Scam
Youth Center to Honor Voting Rights Plaintiff, Underground Scholars
September 26, 2019 -- A registered sex offender living in Santa Monica was arrested last week for running a check forging scam in Thousand Oaks that claimed eight young victims, police said.
||September 26, 2019 -- The Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) on Saturday will recognize the lead plaintiff in a voting rights lawsuit against the City and Underground Scholars, a university group that helps formerly incarcerated students succeed.
Samohi Student Files Claim Against District for "Severe Lung Injury"
September 25, 2019 -- A Santa Monica High School student filed a claim against the School District this month alleging he suffered "severe lung injury" due to a chlorine gas leak at the school's pool.
Construction Begins to Improve North Beach Paths in Santa Monica
September 25, 2019 -- The City is embarking on $12.3 million worth of improvements to two major beach paths north of the Santa Monica Pier that will make them safer and easier to navigate, City officials announced Wednesday.
The Moon Back in Focus at Santa Monica College Planetarium
September 25, 2019 -- The Moon will once again be the focus of feature shows at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium next month.