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SoCal Pulse

It is our mission to connect you and inspire you with the best things to do in Southern California.

We are the online home of Where Traveler and Performances Magazine in Southern California, published by the California Media Group. It is our mission to connect you and inspire you with the best things to do in Southern California. Check us out, Contact Us with any questions and don’t forget to sign up for our Weekend Roundup.

SoCalPulse.com, Where Traveler and Where GuestBook are trusted sources of information for those local to the areas we publish and travelers staying in premium hotels. Visitors and locals rely on and are loyal to SoCalPulse.com and Where Traveler for essential, timely and accurate information on shopping, dining, entertainment, attractions and the arts. For both visitors and locals, SoCalPulse.com is an online guide showcasing the best LA things to do, as well as Orange County things to do and San Diego things to do.

Performances Magazine is the official program for Southern California’s most prestigious performing arts theaters. This full-size, color, monthly program magazine combines specific theater programming information with lively features on products, places and experiences. Performances Magazine is distributed by ushers to each audience member as they are seated at the top theaters in Los Angeles and San Diego, making it the most widely circulated arts publication in Southern California.

California Media Group

California Media Group proudly publishes Where TravelerWhere GuestBookPerformances Magazine, SoCalPulse.com and various travel and theater publications for Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

Meet The Team

Jeff Levy

Publisher

Jessica Levin

Advertising Director

Whitney Lauren Han

Digital Manager

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Jeff Levy

Publisher

Jeff Levy, a veteran of 36 years in publishing for the travel, arts and fashion industries, is currently in his 28th year as publisher at California Media Group. Beginning with Where Los Angeles in 1992, Jeff has grown his reach to include Where Traveler magazine and GuestBook in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco with custom publications appearing in Hawaii. In addition to these travel publications, Jeff publishes Performances magazine, the premier performing arts program for Southern California theaters.

Like the late Huell Howser, “California’s Gold” runs through Jeff’s veins. To say that Jeff loves California would be an understatement, evidenced by his office décor which is riddled with the nostalgia of California kitsch—a Bob’s Big Boy collection like no other. He has produced numerous tourism publications, maps and travel guides for various Southern California visitor bureaus and business improvement districts, sat on the board of many tourism and trade organizations, and has traversed the slopes of nearly every mountain. Aside from his passion for discovering and sharing the wonders of California, Jeff’s other passion is his family—wife AnnDee of 35 years, his two grown daughters, Stevie and Rachel, and granddaughter Teddy.

Jessica Levin

Advertising Director

Since 2012, Jessica has been connecting local businesses in Los Angeles with hotel visitors and theater patrons with California Media Group. With 20 years of advertising media under her belt, Jessica’s expertise has been trusted to deliver effective hospitality marketing plans—catered to local attractions, dining, shopping and museums—aimed at maximizing exposure to a targeted audience.

Having lived in Southern California for most of her life (with a brief interlude in Chicago), this native Angeleno lives like a local but loves SoCal like a visitor. Her perfect day in L.A. starts with a morning walk in Santa Monica with coffee in hand followed by an afternoon exploring the museums off the 405 freeway, and back down to the beach cities to discover the new multi-ethnic and seasonal flavors that Southern California has to offer.

Whitney Lauren Han

Digital Manager

Whitney Lauren is a creative and driven young professional with a passion for developing engaging content. She grew this passion and expertise while attending Oregon State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Digital Communication Arts with a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship. During her time as a Beaver, Whitney Lauren was an active member of various student media programs and was a founding member of the first student lifestyle magazine, Beaver’s Digest. After graduating, she returned to her hometown in Orange County to continue her work in media and publishing at California Media Group.

Having two first names gives her two identities … her superpower. Known by day (at work) as Whitney and by night (at home with friends and family) as Lauren, she blends professional and personal as the Digital Manager, where she gets to work and live in SoCal, sharing her passion with the masses. This Orange County native spends her time dabbling in photography, discovering new restaurants, buying too many clothes in shades of dark orange, and when she isn’t curating content for SoCalPulse’s digital and social initiatives, you can find her watching Korean dramas.

Benjamin Epstein

Editor

Editor in Chief at the California Media Group for more than 20 years, Benjamin previously wrote on the arts, society, wine, food and travel for the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. He began as classical music editor, then was society editor and style columnist, then arts and travel feature writer. Profiles and travel features ran in other publications including Psychology Today and the Washington Post. Travels have taken him to Lapland, where he took a reindeer to lunch, and Borneo, where he rescued an infant orangutan.

He is an avid climber and hiker whose summits include the Matterhorn in Switzerland. He writes often about food and is obsessed with iPhone food photography; his raised-bed color garden features rare edibles such as pink celery, baby-blue squash and rainbow corn. Benjamin graduated from the University of Southern California with a summa cum laude master’s degree in piano performance. He lives in Costa Mesa with his wife and four college-age children, together again for the summer; an Italian greyhound, two Persian cats, a bantam exotic chicken and a mini-macaw round out a very lively abode.

Sarah Daoust

Editor

Both a self-confessed fitness junkie and French fry connoisseur, Sarah Daoust has called “America’s
Finest City” home for nearly 20 years. The northwest Ohio native has served as the editor of the San Diego editions of Where Traveler magazine, Where Guestbook and Performances magazine since 2012. Prior, Sarah was the senior managing editor of 944 Magazine for six years, and a senior account executive at Kutch & Company—a local public relations agency centered on the architecture/design industries—for four years.

Sarah’s love for all things San Diego is more than just a career; it’s a lifestyle—from her passion for
local performing arts (The Old Globe theater is her happy place); to her never-ending hunt for the
county’s best taco; to her regular “staycations” in Coronado. When she’s not resisting the urge to
copy edit restaurant menus, she’s jogging off calories along the downtown waterfront, or helping her beloved pit bull Gigi scout for squirrels at Balboa Park.