Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl will chair the City Council Committee on Education and Neighborhoods and will sit on committees overseeing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), environmental issues, the city budget and juvenile justice.

The assignments continue through June 30th, 2007, and were made by City Council President Alex Padilla.

Chairing the Council Education and Neighborhood Committee will bring Rosendahl into the current debate regarding the mayor’s and city involvement with local public schools.

It will also give Rosendahl an opportunity to promote his plan to save Neighborhood Councils from being overtaken by outside interests, his staff said.

“We need to empower our Neighborhood Councils, but we cannot do that until we make sure that they truly represent our neighborhoods,” Rosendahl said.

“As chair of this committee, I will be able to push that agenda, which will give residents more control over their neighborhoods.”

Rosendahl will also serve as vice chair of the Council Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee, which will allow him to advocate for protection of open space and natural habitat, cleanup of Santa Monica Bay and mandatory recycling at apartment buildings, he said.

Rosendahl will also be a member of the Council Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the City Department of Water and Power, the City Harbor Department and Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates the city’s four airports.

“Winning a seat on this committee was most important for me,” Rosendahl said.

“I will now be able to force the issue of regional aviation and fulfill my campaign pledge by working with the mayor to reverse the recently approved LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) expansion plans.”

The Council Commerce Committee also has oversight of environmental issues, including reducing pollution at the port and promoting clean energy sources at DWP, he said.

Rosendahl was given membership on two other committee assignments, the Council Budget and Finance Committee, which reviews all fiscal matters, and the Council Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development.

Rosendahl said he hoped the youth panel would help him find resources and develop programs for at-risk youth in Venice and Del Rey.