Chamber of Commerce
Prepares to Change the Guard
John Bohn’s term as Chairman of the Board of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is coming to a close. The Chamber’s annual Installation Dinner has been scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, and Tom Larmore of the Harding, Larmore, Mullen, Jakle, Kutcher & Kozal law firm will then be installed to succeed Bohn. The 2007-08 Board of Directors will also assume office at that time.
Bohn, president of Acceptors, Inc. on Santa Monica Boulevard (and president of the Board of Trustees of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica), has presided over a year in which the Chamber has become more involved in the community, partnered in ventures to address subjects from youth violence to homelessness, and voiced concern for providing workforce housing for middle-income people. It was also a year in which the Chamber named James D. Lynch as the new President/CEO to replace Kathryn Dodson, who resigned to direct economic development for the City of El Paso, Texas.
This year’s theme for the Installation Dinner is Dedicated Employees Sustain Our Future, and various employees from sponsoring companies will be honored. Guests at the dinner can share in Mr. and Mrs. Larmore’s love of dancing by enjoying live musical entertainment featuring former members of The Beach Boys. smchamber.com
Santa Monica Seafood
Looks to Move
Santa Monica Seafood Company, a local institution since 1939, first on the Pier and then at Colorado Avenue and 12th Street since 1969, has placed that Colorado property on the market. Manager Griselda Padilla said that it may take some time to find a buyer, but the company will not be leaving the Colorado location until it finds other quarters nearby – perhaps something on Wilshire or Santa Monica boulevards with easier access for customers and more room. The company would like space for kitchen facilities so that it can carry cooked items, and would like to expand produce, wine and other items.
The property, actually three lots on 12th Street and three lots on Euclid Street, is 44,994 square feet of land with 17,000 square feet of buildings and M-1 zoning. Although the company moved its headquarters facilities to Rancho Dominguez in 2003, the Santa Monica retail location has remained an important part of its business. santamonicaseafood.com
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