HERE’S TO YOU, BILL – Members of the City Council applaud
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who announced Oct. 9 that he will
retire from elected office.

In an emotional and, to some of his supporters, a surprising twist, Councilman Bill Rosendahl announced that he will be leaving the Los Angeles City Council, effective June 30.
Rosendahl, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer since late summer, made his announcement at the Oct. 9 council meeting.
“When I first ran for office my goal was to rebuild our local democracy by putting the people back at the forefront of local government, and raising the voices of community residents above the big bucks of lobbyists and special interests,” the councilman said in a statement.  “I sought to empower neighborhoods by returning control over local decisions. For seven and a half years, that philosophy has been the cornerstone of how I approach my responsibility as your councilman.”
Rosendahl endorsed his chief of staff Mike Bonin, who on the same day officially announced his intention to run for his boss’ seat.
“With Mike ready to fill my shoes, I can step aside with confidence, knowing the issues we have worked on and the vision that we share in rebuilding our local democracy will move forward without interruption, without hesitation, and with a genuine appreciation for the needs of this district and its amazing constituency,” said Rosendahl.
Bonin said the councilman’s decision not to seek another term as well as his to seek public office for the first time brought forth a plethora of emotions.
“The circumstances started out as bittersweet; the timing was somewhat unexpected but the trajectory feels natural,” Bonin told The Argonaut later that day. “Public service is my passion. This is humbling and inspiring at the same time.”
City Council President Herb Wesson praised Bonin and offered what some might consider an endorsement of his own.  “For years, Mike has been Bill’s smart and trusted chief deputy, working diligently and effectively for the people of the 11th District,” said Wesson. “Mike knows how to work with people and get things done. Just like Bill Rosendahl, Mike Bonin will be a powerful voice on the council and a fierce advocate for his district.”
Rosendahl said that after he leaves office he has no intention of slowing down. A former television personality and later a cable news executive, the councilman plans to return to broadcasting via the radio or television.
“I’m going to be the Robert F. Kennedy type of Democrat that we need,” said Rosendahl, who worked for the slain New York senator’s 1968 presidential campaign and was at the old Ambassador Hotel when Kennedy was assassinated.
Bonin said although he and Rosendahl have different styles and personalities, he plans to continue much of the work in Council District 11 that his boss has initiated.
“I have tremendous gratitude for Bill for the partnership that we’ve shared and for the enduring lesson of never giving up,” he said.
“It has been my honor to work with Bill Rosendahl as he fought for our Westside neighborhoods and for positive change for Los Angeles and I am determined to continue Bill’s tradition of community empowerment and creative problem-solving.”
Rosendahl said his chief of staff has been with him on all of the important issues of the Westside.
“On every issue that is important to this district, Mike has been a leader,” the councilman stated. “On police hiring, modernizing LAX, and building mass transit, Mike was there. When it came to improving our parks, balancing the budget, and housing the homeless, Mike was there.
“Mike Bonin has the heart, the smarts, and the guts to be the voice of this district on the City Council.”
Oddysseus Bostick, a teacher, tossed his hat into the ring for the 11th District Council seat last month.
Shortly after the councilman’s announcement, Venice resident Mark Ryavec declared his intentions to seek Rosendahl’s seat.