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 of several successful campaigns for City Council of Al Clark, a Carpinteria progressive still on the Council. 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. Following that, Ted joined the board of the Fund for Santa Barbara for six years until he termed off of it in 2018. Ted ‘s community activism began back in the late sixties and early seventies with his involvement in peace and civil rights issues and the so-called “Movement.”. 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.
A former president of Friends of VADA (the Visual Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School) and the Santa Barbara Middle School board of trustees, Ted is currently president, once again, of Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs.. Following his almost thirty years working out of Hollywood as a Key Grip on such films as Beetlejuice and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ted now pursues his passions for photography and music and is the leader of a local band, the Americana Cats. When times get tough, Ted blows his harp.