Category: Interviews

Tackling Tough Times

Lane Dilg takes over as Interim City Manager to guide Santa Monica through COVID crisis By Danny Karel Last month, with Santa Monica facing a devastating economic crisis, Lane Dilg — a Yale Law School graduate and the city’s previous City Attorney — was unanimously voted Interim City Manager by Santa Monica’s City Council, on the same day the council accepted the resignation of longtime City Manager Rick Cole. She is now tasked with navigating the city through perhaps the most challenging era in its history. Her colleagues believe she is up to it. “Santa Monica is fortunate indeed...

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Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole Steps Down

His exit interview looks ahead to the state of cities during and after COVID-19 By Planning Report Staff A version of this story originally appeared on The Planning Report. Visit to learn more. On April 17, Rick Cole announced his resignation as Santa Monica’s City Manager. City Attorney Lane Dilg has been appointed as his interim replacement through a unanimous vote by the city council. Citing the city’s immediate need to deal with a projected $300 million shortfall over the next 26 months, Cole’s resignation letter asserts he stepped down “to facilitate the restructuring that must take place” for staff...

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‘Feel it in Your Heart’

Pony Wave’s viral Venice Art Walls mural speaks a language of love in the time of corona By Christina Campodonico Pony Wave feels “alive” when she does street art. The Russian-born, vegan tattoo artist, street artist, and model, probably best known for her turn on the reality tattooing competition show “Ink Master,” moved to LA seven years ago to pursue her artistic dreams. She recently made a splash on the Venice Art Walls earlier this March with her evocative image of two lovers passionately kissing — their lips covered by flowered face masks. This enigmatic and unusual image of...

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Fire Drill Fridays Come to L.A.

Greenpeace USA and Jane Fonda pressure Gov. Gavin Newsom to block fossil fuel extraction permits and remove oil and gas production from residential areas By Joe Piasecki Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard will risk arrest during this week’s climate change demonstrationPhoto by Erin Lubin / Greenpeace Fifty years after bombshell actress Jane Fonda’s anti-Vietnam War activism made her an icon of resistance movements, Fonda is once again making headlines — now in her eighties — as a leading celebrity voice in the movement to combat climate change. Last year Fonda spent six months in Washington D.C. leading Fire...

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Women’s March L.A. Keeps Things Moving

Co-founder Emiliana Guereca says Saturday’s event is about flexing voter muscle in 2020 By Joe Piasecki The massive turnout for the inaugural Women’s March Los Angeles and sister marches around the world the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump was a unique moment in history — one that Women’s March L.A. co-founder Emiliana Guereca, a Westside events planner, does not expect to repeat. As the national Women’s March suffocates under the weight of political infighting and dissonant messaging, Guereca hopes Saturday’s fourth annual Women’s March L.A. will energize participants around a more straightforward agenda of increasing the...

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