Evan Meyer welcomes Debbie Lee on this edition of Meyerside Chats. Interested in any of the civic topics below? Please tune in to Meyerside Chats on the Santa Monica Daily Press

Debbie has been the Chief Communications Officer for the City of Santa Monica for the past 8 years. Previously working for SM Travel & Tourism, and Downtown SM,  Debbie has dedicated her professional career to our city for more than 23 years. She has helped shape the Santa Monica we live in today.

Meyerside Chats seeks to eliminate the “us and them” narrative and toxic polarization by praising those who lead by example, virtuous community leadership, and authentic conversation.  The intent is to showcase the humanity in those that take on the often thankless jobs of public service through civil discourse, and honoring differing points of view.

Recorded by santamonicamusic.com


– “Without building relationships, you can’t build trust”

– “How to reach as many people as possible | 3:30

– Access to information IS equity | 6:30

– What are the factors that determine what “misinformation” is?

– How the city differentiates fact vs opinion | 10:00

– Debbie’s background in Santa Monica | 15:00

– How the city can improve | 17:50

– How access to information can change how we experience and build trust for government | 21:00

– Anger as a legitimate emotion around policy impacts, and how to it convert into constructive kindness to help drive your point clearer and faster | 24:30

– What advice would you give to other cities? | 33:10

– Bureaucracy, and balancing cost, efficiency and equity  | 36:00

– Santa’s Monica’s strategy and metrics around multi-channel, targeted communications | 44:00/

– Public/private partnership in Santa Monica – past successes & future opportunities  | 46:00 

– Opportunities for Santa Monica/Los Angeles partnerships | 50:00

– Empathizing with those in Public Service | 58:00

– Debbie’s next journey | 1:00:40

– Debbie’s farewell message | 1:02:00