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Meet & Greet: Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica – SOLD OUT

November 4, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watt Companies
2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 2025
Los Angeles, CA 90405 United States
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Join ULI Los Angeles for a Meet and Greet event with Rick Cole, the new City Manager of Santa Monica.

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 14.19.15Rick Cole is certainly a well known figure, both in Southern California government in general and to ULI members in particular. He has been a smart growth leader, both appointed and elected, across the metropolitan area for many years now. He comes to the City of Santa Monica most directly from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office, where he served as Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation. Prior to that, he served as the City Manager in both Ventura and Azusa. Not surprisingly, Rick has been an active member in various state and national municipal management organizations. Rick also served for twelve years as an elected member of the Pasadena City Council, including serving as Mayor of that City from 1992 to 1994.

Now Rick Cole has come to the City of Santa Monica, with its budget of half a billion dollars, its 2,000 employees, its 7 million tourists, and its more than 90,000 citizens, each of whom has an opinion to share. It’s a big job.

Rick Cole is well known in Southern California for his commitment to innovation and excellence in planning, urban development and city management. Mr. Cole comes to Santa Monica with that reputation for excellence – and thus high expectations. When he left Ventura, the Ventura County Star editorialized: “The Star hopes at least one thing won’t change after Mr. Cole’s last day on the job: The high level of professionalism and integrity we’ve seen in the city under his management and leadership.”  The Los Angeles Times called him, “one of Southern California’s most visionary planning thinkers.”

We hope you can join us for this Meet and Greet on Wednesday, November 4, to hear from Rick Cole, both about his immediate past in Los Angeles and his new role in Santa Monica. Rick will make remarks, and then we will open the floor for your questions.

Our host for this Meet and Greet event is Watt Companies, based in Santa Monica. We appreciate Watt Companies’ hosting of this Westside Meet and Greet event in their home community.


  • Private: $45 (Non-Member $60)
  • Public/Nonprofit: $35 (Non-Member $50)
  • Young Leaders: $35 (Non-Member $50)
  • Student: $25 (Non-Member $35)

Please note that registration increases $10 after November 2. To register, click “Register Now” below or a download a registration form. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided, courtesy of Watt Companies.

How to get to the Meet & Greet:

The Expo line trains are being tested, but they haven’t quite made it to the Beach — early next year. For bus options check your options at: http://bigbluebus.com/.

The Watt Companies offices are located at the southwest corner of Ocean Park Boulevard and 28th Street in Santa Monica. The surface parking lot is accessed off 28th Street. To get there, for Freeway access take the Centinela exit off westbound Interstate 10. Turn right, or south, onto Centinela, at the base of the exit ramp. Cross Pico. The next major light will be Ocean Park Boulevard. Turn right, or west, onto Ocean Park Boulevard. Take Ocean Park Boulevard west to 28th Street. At the light at 28th Street, turn left into the Watt Companies office complex.

For our event, the Watt Companies office building has ample, free surface parking on the rear, or south, side of the building.


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