Local Assemblyman Mike Gordon of the 53rd District has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, but doctors said they expect a full recovery and the assemblyman’s staff is continuing to work on a regular office schedule.
Gordon’s Assembly district includes portions of Westchester and Playa del Rey, the Marina Peninsula, Villa Marina, Del Rey, Mar Vista and Venice.
Gordon, 47 — former El Segundo mayor who was elected to the Assembly in November — has been hospitalized since Tuesday, February 22nd, after first visiting his personal physician Friday, February 18th, because he said he felt “ill and exhausted.”
Doctors discovered the brain tumor through initial tests, but more tests must still be done to determine whether the tumor is cancerous or benign.
Support has been piling into Gordon’s new district office at 1700 E. Walnut Ave., El Segundo, and in his Sacramento office, said Janelle Beland, legislative director at the Sacramento office.
“The offices have received non-stop well-wishes, e-mails and phone calls,” she said.
“He’s touched by the outpouring of support,” said Sandra Lloyd-Jones, district director of the El Segundo office.
Staff members at the district and Sacramento offices continue to work despite the news, Beland said.
“Everything is on schedule,” she said. “We talk to him regularly. He wants to make sure everything keeps moving and he’s eager to get back to work.”
Since his election in November, Gordon has introduced several pieces of legislation, including a bill for a pilot program for an off-leash dog park on a section of Dockweiler State Beach in the southern part of Playa del Rey.
Gordon was first elected to the El Segundo City Council in 1996 and was elected mayor in 1998. He served as mayor in 2000 and 2002 before stepping down to seek the Assembly seat in April 2004.