Jury Recommends Serial Killer Caught in Santa Monica Be Put to Death
October 21, 2019 -- It took jurors less than five hours on Friday to decide that Michael Gargiulo, known as the "Hollywood Ripper," should be put to death. Gargiulo was convicted in August for killing and mutilating two Los Angeles area women and attacking a third while she slept in her Santa Monica apartment.
Santa Monica Wins State's First Court Order Enforcing Low-Income Housing Restriction
October 21, 2019 -- Santa Monica is likely the first California city to win a judgment against a property owner for renting a low-income unit to a tenant who doesn't meet the income qualifications.
Man Fatally Shoots Himself During Officer Involved Shooting, Police Say
October 21, 2019 -- A suspect fleeing police fatally shot himself during an officer involved shooting in Ocean Park late Sunday night, according to Santa Monica police. The fatal confrontation took place on the beach shortly before midnight.
City Files Opening Brief in Voting Rights Appeal
October 18, 2019 -- An opening appellate brief filed Friday by the City argues that upholding the trial court's decision in the voting rights case would dilute, instead of enhance, Latino voting strength.
Pier Shooting Was Gang Related, Police Say
October 17, 2019 -- Wednesday's night's shooting in a Santa Monica Pier parking lot that injured one man was triggered by an encounter between two gangs, police said.
Shooting at Pier Wednesday Night Puts Santa Monica Back in the Crime News
October 17, 2019 -- A man was shot in the leg Wednesday night in the parking lot north of the Pier, causing panicked visitors to flee from the scene and putting Santa Monica back in the crime news.
Consultant Presents Recommendations to Better Detect and Prevent Abuse at City Youth Programs
October 16, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica plans to establish a Youth Protection Committee to oversee efforts to detect and prevent the sexual abuse of children at City-run youth programs.
City Hires Two Labs to Conduct Water Quality Tests
Homeless Man Sentenced in Cold Case Killings of Two Women in Santa Monica
October 16, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday approved contracts totaling more than $3 million with two laboratories that will analyze Santa Monica's water quality over the next five years.
||October 16, 2019 -- A homeless man who won a reprieve last year on charges he murdered two homeless women in Santa Monica nearly two decades ago will serve 22 years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter.
Prominent Santa Monica Sex Offenders Excluded from Megan's List
October 15, 2019 -- Two convicted sex offenders who made headlines when they were arrested in Santa Monica and charged with possession of child pornography are not required to appear on Megan's list, according to law enforcement officials.
OPINION -- How the City of Santa Monica Failed Our Children
October 15, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica's failure to put the safety and wellbeing of children first in City-run programs created an organizational culture that put our children at risk, writes School Board member Oscar de la Torre.
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.