Coming Up: Help SMC Find Its New President, Celebrate Breeze Bike Share, BUSted! Is Back, and More


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This week, meet the final four candidates for the top position at Santa Monica College, get a free ride at Breeze Bike Share’s public launch, and join BUSted! for an evening of quality storytelling by people who get around L.A. without a car.

Later this month, SMC’s Public Policy Institute will kick off its fall forum on how public policy sustains the arts and you join Climate Action Santa Monica for a hands-on look at the city’s multi-modal future.

Meet the Finalists for SMC’s New President

SMC has been searching for retired SMC President Chui L. Tsang’s successor and the search team has narrowed the field to four choices.

Now it’s your turn to meet the four finalists, one of whom will be the next person to take the helm of Santa Monica College at a public forum at the Theatre Arts Main Stage at the SMC Main Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

SMC has invited “SMC employees, students and interested community members are invited to interact with the finalists, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13,” according to college officials.

“The four finalists for the position of SMC’s Chief Executive Officer are: Larry G. Buckley, PhD, current President of Cañada College in Redwood City, CA; Kathryn E. Jeffery, PhD, current President of Sacramento City College in Sacramento, CA; Tim McGrath, JD, current Vice President of Instruction at San Diego Mesa College, in San Diego, CA; and Rachel Rosenthal, EdD, current President of Folsom Lake College in Folsom, CA,” according to officials.

For more information on the forum, contact Lisa Rose at (310) 434-4402. Bios of the four finalists are also available at Following the forum, it’s expected that the Board of Trustees will have a final round of interviews on November 14 with a final decision anticipated by December 1.

When: Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 6 p.m.
Where: Theatre Arts Main Stage at the SMC Main Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Celebrate L.A. County’s First Bike-Share System

Santa Monica Breeze Bike Share launches Thursday. The official launch will include a bike parade featuring 200 bikes, refreshments, and a press conference, starting at 8:15 a.m. in front of City Hall.

“As part of the day-long celebration, anyone who wants to can try out a Breeze bike for free from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. To ride free for the day, the community is invited to register online at or on the Social Bicycles apps for android and IOS,” according to city officials.

When: Thursday, November 12 at 8:15 a.m.
Where: City Hall, 1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

BUSted! is Back

Join host Scott Schultz and a lineup of comedians and storytellers for a fun — and free — evening of tales about getting around L.A. without a car, put on with the support of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus.

“Santa Monica shows are legendary for their unpredictability, and we also broaden the topic to include all cities, since we are at an international travelling hostel. These shows are always fun, and we have heard some amazing stories at the beach events! We partner up with our friends at Santa Monica Big Blue Bus for the beach shows,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

“You’ll hear tales of freaks, creeps, rock and roll stars and ordinary people riding the busses and trains, bicycling, walking and skating their way across the vast metropolis. These true stories told by comedians, musicians, writers and regular green commuters, will make you laugh, cry and/or freak you out,” the event description reads.

BUSted! is a recipient of the “EMERGING IDEAS AWARD” at the New Urbanism Film Festival. LA Weekly says, “The humorous and occasionally moving tales become as much a celebration of ditching a car as commiseration over its frustrations.”

When: Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Rapp Saloon at Hostelling International, 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica

SMC’s Public Policy Institute Looks at the Arts

Santa Monica’s Public Policy Institute kicks off its fall forum on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m with keynote speaker Austin Beutner, “the former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, a member of the Board of The Broad Stage and CalArts, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,” according to college officials.

Beutner “will share his insight into the significant role public policy plays in the creation of a vibrant civic society that values art and culture,” officials said.

Later in the week, there will be a panel discussion featuring Santa Monica Director of Cultural Affairs Jessica Cusick.

For a full schedule of events during the fall forum, visit, email, or call  310-434-3541.

When: Multiple days, starting Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
Where: Multiple venues, first event at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA


Join Santa Monica Spoke, the Big Blue Bus, Metro representatives, and Climate Action Santa Monica for a chance to learn about and practice using the many tools of Santa Monica’s multi-modal future on November 22 at the Church in Ocean Park.

“The program includes an interactive Transportation Festival between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm featuring a parked Big Blue Bus, the new Breeze Bike Share bikes, live music, and special prizes,” according to a press release issued by Climate Action Santa Monica.

RSVP for the free event here.

When: Sunday, November 22 at 12 p.m.
Where: The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Jason Islas
Jason Islas
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.


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