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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Belated Congratulations to Bill Rosendahl

In the flurry of activity that occurred with the election of Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor -- we forgot to congratulate Bill Rosendahl.

Congratulations Councilmember-elect Rosendahl -- our polling intelligence was correct in your victory.

Chief Parker apologizes for the oversight of not congratulating you -- you were my choice for Councilmember- please let me explain.

This old republican, well i don't live your lifestyle -- i do respect the fact that for year after year you had conservative republicans on your show whom you did not agree with -- but you sat there and let them have an honest open debate about our city, state and country.

You are the definition of a patriot - you truly love this country -- and because of that passion for civic life - i knew you would be an open honest agent of change.

Congratulations again -- the westside, LAX and the coastal areas thank you. They expect strong leadership, and we know you won't deny them.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

It would have been nice if all those Westsiders had listened to the old chief - that Rosendahl was going to win big and had spent some of their time with Antonio.

May 29, 2005 7:24 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

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May 29, 2005 8:36 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

What do you think Westsiders were doing? We were walking precincts, making phone calls and raising money for both Bill Rosendahl and Antonio Villaraigosa. In the LAX area, voters were fairly consistent in supporting Bill for City Council and Antonio for Mayor. The two candidates' positions on fighting LAX expansion and supporting a regional airport plan resonated with area voters.

A second key issue in the 11th Council District race was Playa Vista. Bill Rosendahl signed a pledge that Phase 2 of Playa Vista should not be built until Phase 1 and the traffic mitigations had been completed. Rosendahl's opponent, former West L.A. Planning Commission President Flora Gil Krisiloff, made no definitive statements on her position on Playa Vista. Several Playa Vista supporters backed Krisiloff's candidacy. In the final days of the election, several Playa Vista executives made independent expenditures in $10,000 increments. Playa Vista President Steve Soboroff himself spent $46,000 on a four-page newspaper supporting Krisiloff that was dropped off election day morning on voter’s doorsteps. It was too little, too late as the Rosendahl campaign had alerted the press the day before that "Playa Vista was trying to buy the election." An article discussing the last minute expenditures appeared in the L.A. Times on election day. For the past 20 years, the Westside of L.A. has been decidedly “slow growth.” Candidates such as Krisiloff who are too tied in with the developers (she even took $1000 from a developer whose beachfront condominium project she publicly opposed) and do not have defined positions on key development issues have not and will not be elected to the City Council. Antonio’s “no” vote on Playa Vista Phase 2 also registered well with voters.

In the next few months, expect to see close cooperation between Councilman Rosendahl and Mayor Villaraigosa on downsizing Mayor Hahn’s LAX expansion plan.

May 29, 2005 8:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Cheif:
You are wrong about Rosendahl tolerating conservatives. His programs were nothing but self serving, pandering to the elected elite of the City. He relished on the City Government Channel #35 as Council members stood up one by one and acknowledged his lobbyist contributions to their campaigns and for providing them so many opportunities for free air time on his show. This took place on the occasion of the 15 year anniversary of his public affairs program on Adelphia, where he served as Vice President. Cable consumers were not that thrilled to learn he was lining the campaign coffers of the regulators.
Chief, you must not know too many conservatives if you think they were treated well. But you are right about one thing, he took care of the power elite.

May 29, 2005 9:02 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

On of Bill Simon's first big breaks while running for Governor was on Bill Rosendahl's public affairs cable TV show. Now do you understand why Simon was an early endorser of Rosendahl?

May 30, 2005 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The real story of Rosendahl's big win was a kick-ass field operation that dramatically increased the number of voters coming out of his base neighborhoods, particularly Mar Vista. While Brentwood (the only neighborhood Krisiloff won) increased its vote by only about 400 from the primary to the general, Mar Vista nearly doubled its vote (from 4,800 to over 8,000).

CM Mike Bonin deserves immense credit for running one of the most successful turn-out operations in local history.

May 30, 2005 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bonin was all right, but when I stopped in to volunteer the weekend before election day and the operation left a lot to be desired. Bonin's just doing this so he can run in 8 years.

May 30, 2005 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know Bonin's motive - I've never met the guy. But what's wrong with him wanting to run for Council in 8 years.

May 30, 2005 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl is far from a replacement for Cindy. He doesn't have a clue and the fact that he aligned himself with Antonio with that stupid PTA boat with the photo of Kennedy mailer was laughable, The council voted 12-3 to approve Hahn's LAX plan. The unions want it. Its going to be interesting to see how all this plays out.

May 30, 2005 12:05 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

With the sudden death of Miguel Contreras and the failure of the unions to turn out the vote for Hahn, the LAX Master Plan is open for changes. Hahn made changes to Riordan's plans and certainly as Mayor, Villaraigosa can make changes to Hahn's plans. Rosendahl was endorsed by nine of out the 15 Council Members and they will look to him for direction on the LAX Master Plan. If Cindy Miscikowski had not sold out her constituents on the LAX Master Plan with her misnamed, "Consensus Plan" (the same Alternative D with a different name), then the other Council members would not have voted for the Hahn plan.

Changes will be coming.

May 30, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mike Bonin, Aaron Gross and other Galanter staffers deserve pats on the back and will serve Bill well. A lot of us hope that he doesn't bring on any Miscikowski flunkies, especially that yenta with the bulging eyes.

May 30, 2005 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HA! I know who you're talking about. She was an idiot when I knew in CD3 days.

May 30, 2005 3:53 PM  

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