Told by his doctor that he is “on your way to recovery,” cancer-stricken openly gay LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, nonetheless unleashed a 20-minute torrent of catch-up complaints before he surrendered the microphone. He called former President Bill Clinton “an idiot” for instituting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Henry Waxman for not doing enough for homeless vets and excoriated Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, who is selling Anschutz Entertainment Group despite talks for AEG to build an NFL stadium in downtown. “Who does he think he is?” Rosendahl asked. Last week, after Rosendahl delivered an impassioned plea, the city council lifted its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Rosendahl also officially announced his endorsement of his chief of staff, Mike Bonin, who sent out an official announcement of his candidacy for the Westside council seat in 2013 (see below).
Here’s Mike Bonin’s first official email solicitation as a candidate:
This morning, I took the first steps of a great new adventure, and I’d like you to join me: I am running to succeed my friend Bill Rosendahl as the representative of the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council.
This district is an area of unparalleled talent, vision, and resources. Working together, we can harness that energy and spirit to grow our economy, green our environment, keep our streets safe and clean, and make Los Angeles a city of vital neighborhoods.
Will you please join me?
Yes, times are tough and budgets are tight, but I have an abundant optimism about Los Angeles, and I know we can make our city government as smart, creative, and forward-thinking as its people.
My optimism is so strong because I have spent the past 8 years at the side of Bill Rosendahl, the most joyously, relentlessly, and abundantly positive person I have ever met. He has taught me that with vision and hard work, all things are possible.
Bill is my friend and mentor. Today, he announced he will not seek re-election in order to focus on his battle against cancer – a battle I know he will win. I have promised him that I will carry on his tradition of community empowerment and continue his fight for our neighborhoods and for positive change for Los Angeles.
I have been advocating for the Westside for nearly two decades. Before partnering with Bill, I fought for this district with Congresswoman Jane Harman and City Councilmember Ruth Galanter. I know these neighborhoods, and I have the experience and knowledge to deliver for them.
The primary election is March 5. I intend to build a powerful grassroots campaign – and I’d be honored if you joined me.
In the coming weeks, I will begin to outline a vision and a program for this district and for Los Angeles. You can find out more, sign up for campaign updates, endorse, and donate at my website, mikebonin.com.
Thank you for your support.
Bonin starts his campaign with the endorsements of Rosendahl; L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson; UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents hotel workers; and Campaign Co-Chairs Sheila J. Kuehl and Steve Soboroff. Wednesday morning he announced the endorsements of Congressmembers Karen Bass and Janice Hahn.