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L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl announces that he has cancer in his pelvic area and promises to beat the disease and win a third term.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl on Wednesday announced that he has cancer in his pelvic area and is beginning medical treatment.

Rosendahl, who represents the 11th Council District, stated in a letter that he has been suffering from back pain since early July, after he tried to lift something heavy at home. Earlier this week, after a series of tests, his doctors told him he has cancer.

“I am going to beat this cancer and return to work soon. I am going to seek, win and complete a third term,” he said in the letter.

The 11th Council District covers Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Playa Vista, Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista, Palms and Westchester.

Rosendahl, who turned 67 in May, has missed work for the past week, but doctors have told him that his pain will be manageable and he will be able to work while undergoing treatment.

“While I am undergoing treatment, I will be in touch regularly with colleagues and with Team Rosendahl – my amazing all-star staff,” he said in the letter. “They will ensure potholes get filled, graffiti gets painted out, and motions get introduced on my behalf to make sure our key projects keep moving. You’ll get to see what I have always known: my staff is the best in city government.”

Rosendahl’s doctors told him that the cancer is slow-moving, has not spread to any vital organs and is not affecting his digestive system.

The councilman stressed that he will continue to promote affordable housing and services for the homeless, mass transit and modernizing Los Angeles International Airport without expansion into surrounding communities.

Rosendahl in January 2011 underwent a cutting-edge medical procedure at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica to treat an abnormal hearth rhythm. He disclosed that he has had atrial fibrillation – an abnormal heart rhythm that can cause blood clots and lead to a stroke – for several years.

Rosendahl recently told the Los Angeles Times that he used medical marijuana to treat painful neuropathy in his feet.

Gary August 02, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Best wishes, Bill!
Another WorldView August 03, 2012 at 09:40 AM
I'm fairly sure that he's aware of the persecution, Spirit - he's been quietly leading the orchestra of gentrification. Neither he, nor Zev, want to use any surplus-land for a drop-in center (which would give the UnHoused a place to put their stuff during the day, and/or take a shower) which has been very successful in places like Costa Mesa. Sherri Akers (who admits to being a friend of his) talks about his wonderful staff... From what I've seen, they're almost all cops, of some sort or another. Bill was behind the targeting of people who were living in their "vehicles" - and I'm guessing that he had something to do with the installation of the un-needed HID lights on 3rd st. (try sleeping under a flood light some time, isn't that part of the "harsh interrogation" regime at Gitmo?), in addition to the extra-bright LED lights, to which, they've been mounted-upon. As much as people like Herr Ryavec and "Sean" (the "local" above) like to give him a ration of shit (in public) - they seem to have good enough of a working relationship, behind closed doors. If not for that pesky Constitution-thing getting in the way, he'd be giving them EVERYTHING that they want - and they too, would be singing his praises 24/7.
monica August 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Get well soon Bill! I think you think things through, patiently and thoroughly and you are a strong compassionate leader. Thank you for taking a stand on so many controversial issues. I do wish we didn't argue so much around here, so thank you for being in the foray. You will get better soon!
Spirit Of Venice August 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thanks for the information, world view. Yeah, he's clearly pretty much of a chamelion but his true colors seem to be black & white, and gold. It just so happens that getting rid of the Boardwalk's west-side violent spirited and aggressive commercial vendors was the best thing that government has done for Venice and its people in a long long time, and whether we like it or not - and whatever his political motives were - Rosendahl was instrumental (and "credit where credit is due"). - Further, while we may despise the evil works towards the homeless and RVers which he has overseen, I wouldn't wish cancer on my worst enemy (with one or two exceptions-LOL). I sympathize with anyone who has it, and that information about Gerson Therapy might end up saving others as well. I don't want to see Rosendahl in a terminal carcinoma ward...I just want to see him using his position to do real good and not harm in this community, or someone else replace him who will. So...I hope he recovers, and my research convinces me that Gerson Therapy has completely cured cancer for most of the people who have used it.
Another WorldView August 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
No argument here. Aside from politics, I've never had a problem with him. In fact he's been very personable, every time I've met him. As for the boardwalk, that's fairly easy to understand. The gentrification interests rent spaces on the Eastside, so that's always been an area of community consensus, more or less; and politically speaking, a slam-dunk. However, I think that the lottery came up under Bill's tenure, too - and that sucked for everyone by most accounts. It also led to the costly lawsuits (for the city) which Food Not Bombs won against them. Then there's the story of Solomon the 'snake-charmer' guy (detailed in the Beachhead last month, and referred to again this month), which seems like a clear-cut case of police harrassment and persecution (as well) - all of which seems to have come from the failed lottery. If you think cancer is bad - try county jail, and fighting the court system, for a crime that you couldn't possibly have committed...

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