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Santa Monica Mourns Loss of Mayor Ken Genser

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Genser (Press file photo/City of Santa Monica)
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Santa Monica's mayor Ken Genser died yesterday as a result of "multiple complications" stemming from his October 30th 2009 admittance into the hospital, explains the city's official website, noting that Genser, 59, "passed away peacefully [...] with family and close friends by his side."Genser was a lifelong Santa Monica resident, who described himself on his 2008 campaign website as "an advocate, working to improve Santa Monica" for all residents, who was passionate about "fighting traffic-generating development and preserving the comfortable character" of his beloved "seaside town." He had served on City Council since 1988, and was elected Mayor three times (1992, 2000, 2008).

Said Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Pam O’Connor and City Council of Genser's passing:

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. 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.