Flora Gil Krisiloff, Angela Reddock, and Bill Rosendahl — the three candidates for the Los Angeles City Council District 11 seat — promised to fight for the district’s top concerns if elected Tuesday, March 8th.
During a candidate forum at Loyola Marymount University Monday, January 31st, the three candidates said they have the same priorities that Westside residents have:
n stopping expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX);
n reigning in large-scale development projects;
n relieving traffic congestion on major Westside streets such as Sepulveda and Lincoln Boulevards; and
n bringing back more Los Angeles Police Department officers, who were reassigned because the Westside does not have high violent crime rates.
“I live in Westchester and work in Century City,” Reddock said. “I have a sincere love for this area and believe in the servant leader concept of representing the people.”
“The current LAX Master Plan is a flawed proposal that fails to protect the community against expansion, noise, pollution, traffic, and the threat of terrorist attack,” Rosendahl said.
“All of the communities in the 11th District have residential and business interests,” Krisiloff said.
“We can move forward and change without destroying what we enjoy by bringing together all of the community stakeholders,” she said.
The candidate forum was sponsored by the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey, the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, the Westchester Vitalization Corporation, and Loyola Marymount University (LMU).
Fernando Guerra, LMU associate professor of Chicano studies and political science, moderated the forum, which was held in the university’s Hilton Business Center Auditorium.
The 11th District includes Westchester, Playa del Rey, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Venice, West Los Angeles, Brentwood, and the Pacific Palisades.
The present councilmember representing the district, Cindy Miscikowski, is forbidden by city term limits to seek re-election and will leave office Friday, July 1st.
FLORA GIL KRISILOFF — “I have a 20-year track record of community service and have been involved in every aspect of community leadership,” Krisiloff said.
Krisiloff has a bachelor’s degree in public health nursing and two master’s degrees — in ambulatory health care and business administration — all from UCLA.
In 1998, she co-founded the Brentwood Community Council and has been elected its chairwoman since then.
The community council was established before the Los Angeles movement to create Neighborhood Councils took place.
She said the Brentwood Community Council “has since become the model for independent local governing and preserving community interests.”
From 2000 to last year, she was a member, vice president, and president of the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, a City of Los Angeles agency.
In 2001, Krisiloff formed a coalition of Westside residents, military veterans, and government officials to successfully defeat a “severely flawed plan” to develop 400 acres of Veterans Administration grounds in Westwood.
“It is my passion to preserve communities,” Krisiloff said. “The future is about doing proactive work.”
Her plans for LAX include “red-lighting” the so-called yellow-light [controversial] projects in Master Plan Alternative D and capping passenger growth.
She said that existing zoning ordinances and site plans need to be carefully reviewed before the Los Angeles City Council approves any development project.
A four-point traffic plan she proposes includes connecting the Exposition light rail line to the rest of the regional system and adding more Metro Rapid Bus lines.
“Unlimited growth and overdevelopment have to be reigned in,” Krisiloff said. “I have the experience and know how to stop this.”
ANGELA REDDOCK — “The level of involvement and activism in this district is amazing,” Reddock said.
“There is also cohesiveness among residents, where everybody knows their neighbors and community retailers whose stores they go to for all their services,” she said.
Reddock has a law degree from UCLA and she attended Oxford University in England and the Coro Foundation’s public policy and public affairs program.
She is a practicing attorney and partner in the law firm of Collins, Mesereau, Reddock and Yu in Century City.
Reddock specializes in labor and employment law, business litigation, and government relations.
Currently, she 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 City Council needs,” Reddock said.
“We have all seen how the City Council has made recent decisions,” she said. “Councilmembers often are not completely familiar with projects outside of their own districts.”
On LAX expansion, Reddock supports the several lawsuits that have been filed against the City of Los Angeles and stopping projects that residents do not want.
“Like everybody else who lives in Westchester, I am directly affected by airport expansion,” she said.
She also wants government officials who promised public benefits to communities near the airport to be held accountable for the promises they made.
She prefers a moratorium on development until the city can ensure that the environment is protected and traffic problems are solved.
“It is my intention to advocate for county, state and federal funds to ensure completion of transportation projects in the 11th District and throughout the City of Los Angeles,” Reddock said.
As a recent appointee to the City of L.A. Citizen’s Oversight Committee on police accountability, Reddock also said she would make sure the district “receives its fair share of police and public safety resources.”
BILL ROSENDAHL — “I am a social change person who believes we can always do better,” Rosendahl said.
“If we think outside the box, we can empower ourselves to make a difference,” he said.
Rosendahl has bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
During the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the Army and served from 1969 to 1971.
In 1979, the White House appointed him as chief of operations for a State Department trade development program.
He was the producer and moderator of public affairs television shows such as “Local Talk,” “Week in Review,” and “Beyond the Beltway.”
Other positions he has held include being an Adelphia cable company executive, president of the Los Angeles Press Club, and visiting professor at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Currently, he is a stakeholder with the Mar Vista Community Council — a certified Neighborhood Council.
“I have a lot of relationships with local, state, and federal government officials,” Rosendahl said. “I could use them to help us get things done.”
He has a “firm opposition” to the LAX Master Plan and its consensus version. He said other airports such as Ontario and Palmdale should be expanded.
If current plans for the airport were to move forward, Rosendahl supports projects that make LAX safer for travelers and nearby neighborhoods.
To reduce traffic congestion, he wants a public transportation system that links together all of the popular Westside destinations.
He also wants the City of Santa Monica to work more closely with the City of Los Angeles because Santa Monica development decisions affect traffic in Los Angeles.
“We should not build anything on the Westside until we have the transportation infrastructure needed to move all those vehicles in and out of the area.”
As the founder of a Neighborhood Watch program in Mar Vista and a member of the Venice Gang Coalition and Pacific Area Boosters Club, he wants more police officers and public safety resources.
“We have lost 85 police officers in this district because violent crimes have gone elsewhere,” Rosendahl said. “This is not fair.
“The residents here also need to feel that they are safe. I would like to get those officers back.”