If a Los Angeles councilmember promises publicly to take one action and then, after election, takes an opposing position, should the councilmember resign?
That’s what the three candidates for the Los Angeles City Council District 11 seat — Flora Gil Krisiloff, Bill Rosendahl and Angela Reddock — were asked during a candidate forum in the Venice High School Auditorium Tuesday, February 15th.
That question, asked toward the end of the forum, drew the evening’s largest laughter and applause from the audience.
The candidates were also asked by the forum audience why voters should choose one of the candidates rather than one of the other two when the candidates all seem to be on the same side of important community issues.
The Venice High School forum drew about 350 people, the largest of the three local candidate forums to date.
In responding to the “Why elect you?” question, Rosendahl said, “I’m fed up with politicians, and a lot of today’s leaders are responsible for the traffic gridlock.
“I would bring everyone into the room to discuss issues, and then make an open, honest and transparent decision.”
“I never have lied and never will,” said Rosendahl.
Reddock suggested, “That question goes right to the core of whom you elect.”
“The only promise I’ll make is that my leadership will involve all of you, and I’ll have an open office for people,” Reddock said.
Krisiloff had advice for all the candidates: “Don’t say anything you’re not going to do.”
Krisiloff said that as a mother of three boys, she has learned that you never make big promises — say you’ll do something and then not do it.
“My life is a public record, and I haven’t made big promises and talked about big plans,” said Krisiloff.
“I’ve always been public-service oriented, and have never accepted money for that work,” Krisiloff added.
The candidate forum was sponsored by the Mar Vista Community Council, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Others involved in coordinating the forum included a number of Neighborhood Councils and homeowners associations.
The present councilmember representing the district, Cindy Miscikowski, is forbidden by city term limits to seek re-election, and will leave office Thursday, June 30th.
The three council candidates said they have the same priorities as many Westside residents:
n stopping expansion of LAX (Los Angeles International Airport);
n downsizing large-scale development projects;
n easing traffic congestion on major Westside streets such as Sepulveda and Lincoln Boulevards;
n returning Los Angeles Police Department officers to the LAPD Pacific Area who were reassigned because the Pacific Area has one of the lowest crime rates in the city and officers were reassigned to higher crime rate areas in the city;
n meeting with Santa Monica City officials to curb air pollution and other problems caused by Santa Monica Airport;
n meeting with Los Angeles and Santa Monica city officials regarding the proposed development of the Santa Monica College Bundy Campus.
ANGELA REDDOCK — Reddock said her actual business and civic experience distinguishes her from her fellow candidates.
Reddock said she would encourage management of the city as a business and that her civic experience has given her the sensitivity to deal with people and issues important to them.
She said she really cares about the community, and there would be “no outside resource influence” in her decision-making.
Reddock has a law degree from UCLA and attended Oxford University in England, and the Coro Foundation public policy and public affairs program.
She is a practicing attorney and partner in the Century City law firm of Collins, Mesereau, Reddock and Yu.
Reddock currently serves on the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission, the Los Angeles County Small Business Development Commission and the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
“I have the education, civic background, professional skills and mediation skills that are needed by the City Council,” said Reddock.
BILL ROSENDAHL —Rosendahl said he favors a “clean money” campaign and pledged to be “open, honest and transparent” as a member of the City Council.
He said he favors a “Bill of Rights” for his constituents that includes prompt, professional and efficient service so that constituents will:
n be treated with dignity and respect;
n gain access for asking questions and receiving accurate answers from the council office;
n receive prompt return and follow-up calls concerning complaints or requests;
n be able to meet with their councilmember during weekly open office hours;
n get advance notice and reports of projects and deliberations;
n have the right to be educated about city services; and
n have the right to an exclusive and transparent process for community development, parks and transportation decisions.
Rosendahl has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
He was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War and served from 1969 to 1971.
In 1979, he was appointed as chief of operations for a U.S. State Department trade development by the White House.
Rosendahl was the producer and moderator of public affairs television shows that included “Local Talk,” “Week in Review,” and “Beyond the Beltway.”
He has also been an Adelphia cable company executive, president of the Los Angeles Press Club and visiting professor at California State University Dominguez Hills.
FLORA GIL KRISILOFF — Krisiloff said that what sets her apart is that she’s “the only candidate” who is a community activist and advocate.
She said that she has a 20-year record of community service and has been involved in every aspect of community leadership.
Krisiloff said her record indicates that she can get the job done, and that she has been instrumental in changing policy at the local, state and federal levels.
Krisiloff has a bachelor’s degree in public health nursing and two master’s degrees — in ambulatory health care and business administration — from UCLA.
In 1998, she co-founded the Brentwood Community Council and has been elected its chairwoman since.
From 2000 to last year, Krisiloff was a member, vice president and president of the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, a City of Los Angeles agency.