Remembering former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 01, 2016 at 2:51 PM
This Wednesday, we received the sad news that former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl has passed away after a four year battle with cancer. Bill was larger-than-life and well-loved by the entire City family.
Bill was a person that treated everyone with love and respect. He devoted himself to making the world a better place for all people - sometimes embracing solutions that weren't the most popular - but were often the most compassionate. Even when you would differ from him on issues, he respected your right to an alternate position. He generously gave of his finances and opened his home to those in need. He raised chickens in his backyard and would gift their eggs to his colleagues and friends...if you got eggs from Bill... you knew you were special.
He was a person who "walked his talk" 100% of the time. He never stopped advocating for the homeless or the downtrodden, even after his own diagnosis. He fought cancer when he was advised to make himself comfortable - stretching the initial four - six week life expectancy for his disease into four more years of life - because he knew he could fight it. When he gave up his council seat, he continued to serve the people of Los Angeles, most recently as the Eleventh Council District's appointee to the City Health Commission. He will be remembered for his passionate advocacy and his devotion to making the world a kinder, more equitable place.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District