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.

david peevers August 01, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Keep kicking ass Bill! When unscrupulous 'speculators' began invading our Mar Vista street to make ever more halfway houses for addicts, we organized and got the whole-hearted support from you and your gifted staff to shut them down. And out! Tough guys like you and me - when faced with crap like cancer - will always remember what our coaches told us when we got hurt. 'Hey! It ain't bad. Just walk it off!' My family now lives in Europe where we have far better health care and quality of life. But we still and always will vote in America. And believe me pal, you will always have ours. You're a damn good man. All the best wishes to you and yours, David Peevers
catman August 01, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Get well soon Bill.
CAROL SACRAMONE August 01, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I wish you good luck with this illness
Cliff August 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Don't mean to pick on a nice man when he's down, but.... I'm glad to hear he helped you out. Can't say the same about my neighborhood where a women bought an R1 home and turned it into a boarding house. She doesn't even live there. Not one bit of help has been received from his staff.
Another WorldView August 02, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I suppose that Bill must have his own source of MMJ supplies - otherwise it would be poetic justice - after the failure to stand-up against the unlawful ban on MMJ dispensaries. I guess that his use is legitimate, unlike that of all those that the City Council and LAPD would seek to second-guess... More people are killed every year by aspirin and Tylenol - than have ever even been harmed by "marijuana" - medical or otherwise.
Sherri Akers August 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I am blessed to have Bill as a friend and we are very fortunate to have him representing us as our Councilmember. I have never seen Bill back down from a fight and this won't be any different. Bill surrounds himself with strong, smart, talented people and he has an amazing staff - CD11 will be well served while he is allowed to focus on his health. I look forward to campaigning with Bill for his third term after he wins this battle.
Spirit Of Venice August 02, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The fact is that more people are beating cancer than ever before. Conventional treatment modalities (chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery) are often successful, but it is important to note that they are all highly toxic and/or invasive - they cause a great deal of secondary insult to the health of the body and, since they treat the symptom (tumors) rather than the cause (toxicity), cancer often recurs later. - Gerson Therapy has been CURING cancer for decades, and they have the case-histories and documentation to prove it. Unfortunately, it is opposed by the U.S. medical establishment, and this is not the place to get into the lengthy pros and cons of that debate. Gerson Therapy is not permitted in the U.S.A. but they do have a hospital in Mexico (and in other countries such as Japan) and they do permanently cure cancer for many people with a form of dietary therapy which absolutely does work. - Bill, I suggest that you investigate this. Venice owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude for creating the legislation which removed predatory and aggressive merchandise vendors from the west side of the Boardwalk and returned the ocean-front to the people. Beat this thing and continue your work. Who knows? One day you may even wake up to the plight and persecution of the homeless in our town.
Sean August 02, 2012 at 04:24 PM
what..? you dont live here and yet continue to vote, do us all a favor, and let us locals decide whom should represent us in our town
Laura Tompkins August 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Thank you. My sentiments exactly. Perhaps his all-star staff could work on maintaining the MMJ dispensaries since he certainly knows the benefits of its pain treatment. Also, he sounds like a pretty balanced guy...yet another benefit of MMJ. Get well soon Bill and let us all know how you're getting your cannabis since the dispensaries are being criminalized...again.
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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