Good Morning, Santa Monica

A welcome note from your new editor, Jenna Chandler.

Dear readers,

Newly nestled into a studio near downtown, I awake Monday morning as your new editor.

I began delving into Santa Monica stories last week, covering Sen. Ted Lieu's and the . I've met with numerous officials in the community, watched the , sipped beer at the Library Ale House and typed emails next to the fire pit at the on Wilshire Boulevard.

My name is Jenna Chandler. I start here after launching San Juan Capistrano Patch in December 2010 (read my bio ). Some of my most memorable stories there include a report on a swim coach, who after being arrested for maintaining a yearlong sexual relationship with a teenage student, ; three pieces about a City Councilman/attorney/college instructor who ; two separate obituaries of young men who died in car crashes ( and ); and helping with in October.

I am eager now to dive into covering Santa Monica City Hall, to tell you about the tasty food I've sampled at neighborhood eateries (and hoping you'll tell me about your favorite dishes, too!), to share when new businesses open, to be at the scene of crimes and to report on all the local happenings in a way that's meaningful and relevant to your lives.

If you see me (in big brown glasses and always toting my Mac computer adorned with a big green Patch sticker), introduce yourself. Don't be shy about sharing what you disliked about a story, or what you're not—but want to be—reading here on the site. I'll want to know if your neighbor is fundraising for a good cause, if you're amped to rock out to a great show at or if you disagree with a recent action of the City Council. Of course, you can just say "hi" if you catch me running at the beach, riding my red beach cruiser downtown or working from the library.

See you around town,


E-mail: jenna.chandler@patch.com

Cell: (949) 226-2927

Facebook: SantaMonicaPatch 

Twitter: StaMonicaPatch

Paige Austin December 05, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Jenna lives and breathes the beat. We already miss her in Orange County. Lucky Santa Monica!
Eddie Greenberg December 06, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Hello Jenna, You sound like a seeker of truth. We need that here more than anything. There are lots of important sounding titles around this city. Character is wanting though. May I suggest that you read Bill Bauer's column in the Daily Press dated on Oct. 31st. of 2011. It was on Halloween to be exact. That column will set you off to a good start. Welcome and good luck!
Jared Morgan December 06, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Congrats, Jenna! Welcome to the westside.
Lexie Cole December 06, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Welcome to Santa Monica! I'm the Patch Recruiter for the west coast and have an office in Santa Monica. Feel free to stop by here to grab wifi - we have plenty of open space. We're at 2nd St and Santa Monica Blvd. Congrats on the move!
Jacqueline Austin December 09, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Welcome, Jenna! It's almost the weekend! Go to the ocean! The beach is the single most grounding spot in Santa Monica... inspirational and fun, and the source of a great many Santa Monica stories.


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