Santa Monica Mayor Ken Genser dies at 59

Ken Genser, the mayor of Santa Monica and a longtime member of the City Council, died Saturday, city officials said. Genser, 59, had been ill since October.

He had served on the City Council since 1988, previously had served on the city Planning Commission and was involved in housing issues and restoration of the Santa Monica Pier.

“It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our Mayor Ken Genser, an indefatigable champion for quality of life in Santa Monica,” Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor said in a statement. “Ken distinguished himself with a fierce intellect, passion for progressive social policy and compassion for people. He served the Santa Monica community throughout his lifetime and will be greatly missed.”

A full obituary will appear in Monday’s edition of The Times. Further details are available at

-- Times staff reports