A public memorial service for Santa Monica Mayor Ken Genser is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 24th at Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd. A reception will follow the service at the East Wing of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.
Genser, the longest serving member of the City Council in history, died of multiple complications January 9th at the age of 59, city officials said. He was first elected to the City Council in 1988 and was elected by council members to three non-consecutive terms as mayor.
Throughout his 30-year public service career, he led on issues ranging from affordable housing and renters’ rights, land use and environmental quality, workers’ rights, parks, public safety and funding for the schools.
He was a founding member of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, serving from 1982 to 1988, and was appointed as a planning commissioner from 1983 to 1985. Genser additionally served as a board member of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation from 1985 to 1988.
He is survived by his mother Marcia Genser, sister Harriet Beck, and his niece Mara Beck. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Ocean Park Community Center, 1453 16th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404-2715.
Free parking is available for the memorial service and reception at the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Drive and at the Santa Monica Civic parking lot.—The entrance for both parking locations is at Civic Center Drive and Fourth Street.
Parking for people attending the memorial service who have a disabled person parking placard or license plate can access parking on the Santa Monica High School campus by entering Olympic Boulevard from Fourth Street and turning right into the parking lot. Accessible parking is also available in the Civic Center parking structure and the Civic Auditorium lot.