Category: Interviews

Meet the Chef

10 questions with Hotel June’s Chef de Cuisine Angie Lee By Kamala Kirk A nod to the free-thinking spirit and soul of California, Hotel June is located just minutes away from the beach, Playa Vista and LAX. The hotel’s breezy Baja-inspired Caravan Swim Club offers guests a poolside gathering place and an elevated terrace where they can enjoy an assortment of vibrant dishes including local caught grilled fish, organic steaks and seasonal salads. As Chef de Cuisine for Property Hospitality’s Hotel June and its outdoor restaurant, Caravan Swim Club, Angie Lee works alongside the property’s F&B partner Steve Livigni to craft an experience that showcases ingredients and influences inspired by a road trip from Baja to Santa Barbara. Growing up, Lee enjoying cooking for her family at a young age. After studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, she traveled to Lasarte, Spain for a highly coveted externship at three-star Michelin Restaurant Martin Berasategui. Lee previously held positions at the five-star Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, where she expedited dinner service for THEBlvd Restaurant and Lounge. Lee further honed her culinary and large-scale event management skills as Sous Chef at The London West Hollywood, in addition to planning innovative, health-conscious and seasonal menus as Chef de Cuisine at Santa Monica Proper Hotel. We chatted with Lee, who shared what sparked her initial interest...

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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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