Diane Margolin

Diane MargolinFrom the time she created The City Scene, the first family newspaper in Los Angeles in 1984, Diane Margolin has made it a point to become an active part of the Westside community as the publisher of local newspapers for the past 27 years. She grew up near the Santa Monica airport, attending Hamilton High School, Santa Monica College, and graduating from UCLA with a degree in education.

This Los Angeles native combined her background as an elementary school teacher with her writing skills to do public relations for the Santa Monica Police Department, the West Los Angeles, Century City, and Santa Monica Chambers of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica and Venice Boys & Girls Clubs, the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and the Los Angeles Hillel Council. She also worked with students at Carlthorp School on their school publications.

In the Santa Monica Police Department, she introduced face painting to Kids Day celebrations, created a Teen Corps, where teens went behind-the-scenes of Santa Monica businesses, and wrote and published booklets on safety for children, as well as a station tour guide and community newsletter.

She was a regular guest on a “Weekend L.A.” radio show as well as on a local radio station (formerly KSRF) talking about community events. In the past she has served on Boards for Santa Monica College, the Santa Monica History Museum, the Police Activities League, and the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.

Past publications include The City Scene; On Montana; Santa Monica and Venice Boys & Girls Clubs Bulletins; Santa Monica and Century City Chamber of Commerce newsletters; The Miracle Mile Metropolitan; Watch Out-a monthly crime prevention newsletter for the Santa Monica Police Department; The Brentwood Villager; a family paper, The Conejo Valley Connection; and the Rotary District 5280 Newspaper.

To celebrate the Santa Monica Police Department’s Centennial in 1997, she created, wrote, typeset, did the photography, and promotion for a cookbook with recipes from police staff, plus Santa Monica restaurants, current and former.
Her skills include creating publications, interviewing, writing, graphics, typesetting, layout, photography, and selling ads, as well as coordinating and promoting special events for local organizations.

In 1998, Diane answered an ad in the New York Times that took her on an adventure to  a very large Manhattan apartment complex where she became their Activities Director.
That job entailed doing their monthly newspaper, putting on special holiday events for the residents, overseeing their summer day camp, and planning and coordinating summer concerts. She also joined the Rotary Club of Chinatown. She even did some public relations work with the police station in her neighborhood.  She maintains relationships with family and friends and tries to visit Manhattan whenever possible. She moved back to Santa Monica in 2001.

Shortly after her return, she began publishing The Santa Monica Star, a paper that features local people as celebrities. Diane is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Family YMCA Advisory Board. She also continues to work with the Santa Monica History Museum.