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 By Jack Simon    Crime    September 21, 2022

Beverly Hills Man Gets 5-Year Prison Sentence for Hiring Hit Man to Kill Woman He Dated

In June, Scott Berkett, 25, pleaded guilty to a single count of using interstate facilities to commit murder-for-hire, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. However, prosecutors agreed...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    September 15, 2022

16 Arrested on Suspicion of EBT fraud in LA County

An investigation targeting Electronic Benefit Transfer card fraud in Los Angeles County has led to the arrests of 16 suspects and the seizure of hundreds of illegally cloned EBT cards and more than...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    September 15, 2022

SM Landlords Placed on Criminal Diversion in Connection with Tenant Harassment Case

A Superior Court judge has placed four local landlords and property management companies on a 12-month diversion program in connection with misdemeanor criminal charges of tenant harassment, public...

 

12 Candidate Vying for 3 Seats on Santa Monica City Council

Councilmember Lana Negrete along with three Santa Monica commissioners and 8 other candidates have qualified for the City Council election ballot this November. All 12 candidates submitted their...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    September 7, 2022

SMMUSD Names New Principals at Webster and Franklin Schools in Santa Monica

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has picked two long-time educators to serve as principals at Webster and Franklin elementary schools. Tedd Wakeman, the co-founder and co-director of The...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    August 17, 2022

SMMUSD Wants Students to Take Antigen Tests Before Returning to School

Officials from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School are urging students this week to take antigen tests prior to the start of the new school year to “ensure everyone is Covid-19 free upon their...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    August 12, 2022

Santa Monica City Council Okays Ballot Measure Capping Rent Control Increases

The Santa Monica City Council this week voted to place on the November ballot a measure capping at 3% the rent increase for rent controlled units City officials said this measure will support rent con...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    August 8, 2022

Latin Street Vendor Sues Santa Monica for 'Illegally Towing' His Car

 A street vendor has sued Santa Monica in federal court, alleging that the city is targeting Black and Latino people by illegally towing the vehicles of unlicensed drivers. Reyes Murcia alleges in...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    August 3, 2022

SMMUSD Board Ratifies New Agreement With Teachers' Union

Teachers, nurses and management personnel in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have received a pay raise. Classified employees are also in line for a hike in salary. The local School...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    August 1, 2022

SM Council Greenlights Competing Property Transfer Tax Ballot Measures

The Santa Monica City Council this week voted to place multiple measures on the November 8 election ballot, including two competing transfer tax propositions and one dealing with cannabis business tax...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 25, 2022

Santa Monica Wins $65,000 Judgment Against Local Landlord in Tenant Harassment Case

Santa Monica has won a $65,000 stipulated judgment against a local landlord who 'allegedly attempted a wrongful eviction" against a family in a rent-controlled apartment. Last April, the city's...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    July 6, 2022

Santa Monica Council Greenlights Permanent Outdoor Dining Program

Buoyed by the success of a pandemic-era pilot program, the Santa Monica City Council this week approved a permanent program to allow local businesses to convert curbside parking spaces into sidewalk...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    July 1, 2022

City Council Okays Plan to Construct 9,000 More Units Under Santa Monica Housing Element

6.23.22: The Santa Monica City Council this week approved revisions to the city's 6th Cycle Housing Element Update which will be resubmitted to the California Department of Housing and Community...

 
 By Jack Simon    Lifestyle    June 29, 2022

City of Santa Monica Blames Bird Poop for Pollution Problem at Santa Monica Pier

6.23.22: The City of Santa Monica released statement after Heal The Bay named Santa Monica Pier #3 polluted beach in California. They blamed bird poop for the problem. The Statement reads: "The City...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 20, 2022

City Council Approves New Restrictions on Outdoor Watering in Santa Monica

Santa Monica residents will be limited to two-day per week outdoor watering schedules starting next month as part of the city's effort to conserve water amid a historic drought in California. At its...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 17, 2022

Father Sues Brentwood School, Alleges Curriculum Became Divisive After George Floyd Murder

6.10.22: The father of a Brentwood School student has sued the institution, alleging that the curriculum became "racially divisive" after the 2020 death of George Floyd and the climate turned hostile...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 6, 2022

LA City Council Wants to Ban Homeless Encampments 500 Feet from Schools

The Los Angeles City Council this week supported a proposal by five council members to amend the city's law against homeless encampments in certain areas of the city to extend to within 500 feet of...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 3, 2022

Two Men Charged With Stealing 10,000 Postal Money Orders Worth $5.1 Million

U.S. Postal Service employee Dewayne Morris Sr. and his son and namesake were charged in federal court with multiple felony counts of bank fraud and conspiracy in connection with the theft of $5...

 
 By Jack Simon    Health    April 29, 2022

'Fraudulent' Covid-Testing Company Agrees to Refund Clients in Los Angeles County

Sameday Health, a Venice-based COVID-19 testing company, allegedly falsified and forged test results, according to a complaint released by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which reached a...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    April 13, 2022

Homeless Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Sexually Assaulting Santa Monica Woman in 2018

A homeless man who was convicted of raping a Santa Monica woman in her Ocean Park apartment in 2018 was sentenced on Friday to 100 years to life in state prison. Dylan James Jensen, now 44, was found...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    April 5, 2022

SMMUSD Wants to "Preserve Tradition" of Electing At-Large School Board Members

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and City of Santa Monica have filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization County Committee, challenging...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    March 29, 2022

Santa Monica Agrees to Pay $1.75 Million to Settle Officer-Involved Shooting Lawsuit

The city of Santa Monica has finalized a settlement with a 31-year-old man who was struck in the head by a gunshot fired by a former Santa Monica Police Department officer, officials announced this...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    March 27, 2022

Susan Cola Appointed New Interim Santa Monica City Attorney

Santa Monica has hired a new Interim City Attorney while the long search for a permanent chief counsel continues. At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council appointed Deputy City Attorney Susan...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    March 6, 2022

Arson Investigators Seeking Firebug Who Set String of Trash Fires in Venice

Authorities are seeking the public's help in finding a man who allegedly set a series of trash fires in the Venice area last Saturday. The suspect is described as a Black man between ages 25 and 35,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    February 28, 2022

100 Families Apply for SM Program Prioritizing Housing for Historically Displaced Households

More than 100 families have applied to a pilot program that gives priority on Santa Monica's affordable housing waitlist to the households who were displaced by the Civic Auditorium or I-10 Freeway...

 

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