Ted Rhodes lives with his wife, Joni Pascal, in Carpinteria, where they have raised two children, Jesse and Rachel, now grown, and where Ted has been a community activist, primarily focused on local educational, environmental and land uses issues.
Ted has been a strategist, fundraiser, and/or leader taking on a number of local grassroots issues. In 1998, Ted spearheaded the daunting but successful community effort to save the Carpinteria Bluffs from development, raising $4.65 million with the help of some 3000 other individuals, private foundations and public agencies. In 2006, he managed the first successful campaign for City Council of Al Clark, Carpinteria’s current mayor. In 2010, with former Carpinteria Mayor Donna Jordan as co-chair, Ted chaired the “No on Measure J” grassroots campaign that decisively defeated a Venoco-sponsored municipal measure intended to allow Venoco’s oil company to circumvent local environmental laws and regulations. Back in 1969, Ted co-founded the now-defunct underground Fort Wayne Free Press, a bi-weekly newspaper focusing on peace, civil rights, social justice, environmental and cultural news not covered by mainstream press.
Ted is former president of Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, Friends of VADA (the Visual Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School) and the Santa Barbara Middle School board of trustees. Following his 22 years working out of Hollywood as a Key Grip, Ted now works as a still photographer and musician. When times get tough, Ted blows his harp.