Bill Rosendahl defeated Flora Gil Krisiloff in the Tuesday, May 17th, runoff election to win the Los Angeles City Council District 11 seat.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa is the city’s new mayor after defeating Mayor Jim Hahn in the runoff.
In the 11th District, 169 precincts have counted all ballots and Rosendahl carried 136 of those precincts, said Mike Bonin, Rosendahl’s campaign manager.
The 11th District has a total of 170 precincts.
One precinct in Palms has not reported election results because election officials are still counting provisional ballots.
“I feel I now have a mandate,” Rosendahl said.
“The issues I stand for have been overwhelmingly affirmed by the voters,” he said.
The 11th District includes the Westside Los Angeles communities of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista, West Los Angeles, Westchester, Venice, Del Rey and Playa del Rey.
Rosendahl is a stakeholder in the Mar Vista Community Council and a former producer and moderator of public affairs television shows.
Krisiloff is the co-founder and president of the Brentwood Community Council and a former member of the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission.
In terms of ballots cast, Rosendahl received 26,613 votes or 56.56 percent.
Krisiloff received 20,439 votes or 43.44 percent.
Krisiloff could not be reached for comment at Argonaut press time.
Rosendahl said he would work with Krisiloff and her supporters on issues affecting the 11th District.
“I am reaching out to the opposition,” Rosendahl said. “We need to work together to move forward.
“We need to bury the animosity and move into a positive working relationship.”
One of the first issues Rosendahl hopes to work on as a councilmember is Los Angeles International Airport.
He said he does not prefer to use the term “airport expansion” and would focus on regional solutions to meet the public’s air travel demands.
Another issue Rosendahl hopes to tackle soon is Playa Vista. He said the previous Los Angeles City Council should not have approved Playa Vista Phase II until Phase I was completed.
“I would put Phase II on hold until Phase I is complete,” Rosendahl said.
“The community and the environment come first,” he said. “Playa Vista does not need to develop both phases at the same time.”
Rosendahl will take office Friday, July 1st, and serve a four-year term.
He replaces current Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski, who has been termed out of office.
Villaraigosa is the first Hispanic mayor of Los Angeles since 1872.
He received 260,721 votes or 58.66 percent of ballots cast.
Hahn, who was running for a second term, received 183,749 votes or 41.34 percent of ballots cast.
BALLOT MEASURES — Two City of Los Angeles ballot measures were also considered by voters this week. Charter Amendment A, which would have allowed merger of the Los Angeles Airport Police Division and the Los Angeles Police Department, failed.
Voters rejected the measure by a landslide: 64.59 percent of voters said no to the merger, while 35.41 percent said yes.
Charter Amendment B was approved by 51.89 percent of voters while 48.11 percent were against the measure.
The measure allows for a recall of elected city officials before their term is completed.
The state election code allows recalls of elected state officials.
If a recall were to take place in the city, voters would see two questions on the ballot: one to recall the official and one to pick a replacement candidate.