News of former Los Angeles City Councilman and public affairs broadcaster Bill Rosendahl’s death on March 30 has prompted an outpouring of remembrances on our website and in social media. Here’s what people are saying:
I am incredibly saddened by the loss of my longtime friend Bill Rosendahl. His compassion, willingness to listen and devotion to helping the most vulnerable were all the qualities you want in a representative.
When I was mayor of Cerritos, Bill conducted my first public TV interview following the Cerritos Air Crash. His compassion and understanding for what the community and residents were going through helped the healing process begin, and fostered a great friendship that spanned 30 years.
While Bill was on the city council, we worked together to solve a number of issues including Marina del Rey and LAX. He was the definition of a true public servant — doing everything he could to make the neighborhoods he represented a better place for everyone to live, work and play.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe
Long before it was fashionable, Bill used the platform of his cable television news show to educate and inform the public about important, often unheralded causes that were near to his heart: the fight against HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, the homeless and other disenfranchised communities. He will be profoundly missed.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein
Heaven is alive with more life and energy than ever today, freshly blessed with the exuberant, positive, loving spirit of Bill Rosendahl. … There was no heart bigger and no smile more impressive. He has left an indelible impression on all those he knew.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin
You’ve earned those wings, Bill Rosendahl. May love guide you home.
What a one-of-a-kind man he was.
Michelle Melody Fair
Bill seemed to be everywhere — visible at all times and always available to listen to his constituents.
Wise, willing and kindhearted. We were lucky to know him.
He always made this formerly young staff kid feel like he belonged.
A true gentleman.