The Santa Monica City Council voted 4-3 Dec. 11 to appoint Pam O’Connor as mayor.
O’Connor, who was first elected to the council in 1994, will serve the mostly ceremonial position for a fourth two-year term.
In addition, the council voted 5-2 to appoint Terry O’Day to a two-year term as mayor pro tem. O’Day was elected to a full four-year term on the City Council Nov. 6.
O’Connor replaces former Mayor Richard Bloom, who recently won a seat in the state Assembly 50th District, while O’Day replaces Councilwoman Gleam Davis.
The chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), O’Connor will hold the mayor’s seat as the city prepares for the Phase II connection of the Expo Line light rail from Culver City. The line is slated to arrive in Santa Monica in 2016 with three stations.
O’Connor has served on the Metro board since 2001 and has represented the city on the Exposition Light Rail Construction Authority Board.
She also serves as a member of the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the area’s metropolitan planning organization, and is a member of the Local Government Commission Board of Directors.
O’Day is the executive director of Environment Now, a foundation dedicated to preserving and restoring California’s environment.
He is also past president of EV Rental Cars, a company he co-founded in 1998 that is said to be the only rental company in the U.S. that offers only environmentally-friendly vehicles, such as hybrid, natural gas, and electric cars to the general public.
O’Day previously served as chair of the city’s Planning Commission, member of the Sustainable City Task Force and advisory board member of Solar Santa Monica prior to being appointed to the City Council.