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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Three Cheers for Bill Rosendahl

One of the newest members of the Los Angeles City Council is showing that he is a responsible elected official and has chosen staff members who seem to put a priority on addressing public concerns.

A few days ago, we received a heads up that the West Los Angeles Democratic Club had intended to hold an event to highlight opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's November special election initiatives. In addition to presenting anti-Arnold speakers, the clubs intent was that this event would be a fundraiser.

All of that in and of itself - nothing wrong with it. However, upon closer examination of the group's eblast and website, we found the event was to be held at the Westchester office of Councilman Bill Rosendahl of the 11th Districtl.

We contacted Mike Bonin, Rosendahl's Chief of Staff for a further explanation. Were the West LA Democrats holding a partisan, political fundraiser on city property?

Bonin was prompt and courteous in his reply to us. He explained to us that the Council Office is part of a larger city facility that includes a park, senior center, library and other city departments. The conference room is available to the community, free of charge, provided a city employee is available to open and lock up. Numerous community groups, city agencies, etc. use the room for a variety of meetings. Even the Association of Square Dancers has set up shop there.
"The City Attorney's office advises that no political or partisan group is allowed to raise money on City property unless they are charged a fee for use of the room. Since we charge no such fee, no fundraising is permitted. That point will be underscored to the groups using the room."
Mike Bonin,
Chief of Staff, Council Member Bill Rosendahl
Bonin did however have a concern about the Democrats raising funds on the city property. He checked with the City Attorney's office and indeed, this is not allowed. The only exception would be if the Democrats were charged a fee for the room, but as its the Council Office's policy not to charge a fee, the Democrats will not be allowed to raise money.

We salute Bonin for getting back to us so quickly, and for addressing what could have been a very sticky problem for the City.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They just got caught and now you're saluting them. Please!!! Rosendahl is an idiot. Don't you remember he's the one who signed off on a special event waiver a couple of months back for a Dr. Price ceremony? The gays stormed city council and demanded they not waive the fees. Bill was dumb enough to stand in council and say he didn't know what he had signed.

September 20, 2005 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice to know that there is at least one responsible member of the City Council. Contrast his actions with the embarassing antics of Janice Hahn, who is obsessed with getting her name in the gator story rather than working on basic quality of life issues.

September 20, 2005 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mike Bonin is a great hire -- Bill R. is lucky to have him running the show.

September 20, 2005 9:10 AM  

Blogger politix said:

Bill, give Mike a raise, he just gave you some great publicity!

September 20, 2005 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They do not deserve cheers at all. They just got caught. (Nice work there Sam)

According to the website posting this will still be a bash Arnold festival with Left Wing Sen Dunn and Union Wife Lyn Hilfenhaus bashing instead of coming up with any real solutions.

If any of these names seem familliar, Sen. Dunn bashes Arnold every chance he gets and Hilfenhaus has been running all over town saying she is running for State Assembly in the Republican held 38th Assembly District... fat chance of that.

I guess she will use her opposition to notifying parents their child is having an abortion as a way to show she can win a Republican seat.

September 20, 2005 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger is going to mop the floor with any attempt from a left winger to get in the 38th race. That isn't even a cobversation worth having.

The question is, is he moderate enough to beat the Republican from Santa Clarita? I like the odds so far, and I generally don't like Democrats.

September 20, 2005 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did that old staffer of the week Phil Tate have anything to do with this? He's hot.

September 20, 2005 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Jim plays his cards right, he could win. There are enough Dems in the Valley and Cameron Smythe is an empty suit. Jim has made quite a name for himself. Too bad he doesn't run against the other Smith.

September 20, 2005 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim is certainly the only Democrat positioned to win, that's for sure.

Lyn whatever her name is doesn't seem to mind breaking the law for a political fundraiser... not a great start.

September 20, 2005 5:26 PM  

Blogger Sam Gompers said:

Don't forget republicans can't vote in a Democratic Primary, Jim, and all the Alger staff of Republicans blogging do not make for a single Democratic endorsement or in an attack on Labor by him and his supporters,gain him a single Labor supporter. Trying to steal the Kerry Grassroots name for himself was a real statement of character also. I guess defending choice in Jim's mind is a bad thing.

September 20, 2005 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He has worked heavily with labor on his anti-walmart activities including the UFCW in DC so I think Jim can hold his own with labor.

He just does what he thinks is right.

September 20, 2005 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Noone "Steals" a Kerry grassroots group... deadbeats stop paying to maintain it and meetup solicits others to take them over.

From what I can tell, that's what he did. Smart if you ask me, now get over it.

September 20, 2005 6:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Rosendahl says one more time he's the new kid on the block I'm going to throw up. Oh and someone please tell him he doesn't have to keep telling people during council meetings that he's gay. No one cares. Yes, he acts like the new kid on the block because he comes off like a moron.

September 20, 2005 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey SAM GOMPERS...

If Alger is intelligent enough to put a few Republicans on his staff the fact that you think that is a bad thing shows what is wrong with the Democratic Party.

You can nominate a left wing nut if you want to, but no way they will beat Smyth in the General. Of course the difference between the party and Alger is that Alger is running to WIN.

Alger is smart enough to surround himself with opposing viewpoints, that is what a true leader does. I didn't know he had Republicans on his staff until you said so, now I respect him even more.

September 20, 2005 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Sam,

Just left the event... Guess what?

THEY COLLECTED DONATIONS!

So much for the 3 cheers!

September 20, 2005 8:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your kidding? These fools actually went ahead and collected money anyway???

These people have no care about the law whatsoever.

Go get 'em Sam!!

September 20, 2005 9:39 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

829 Anon

Got any documentation? If so, send our way.

We're going to follow up on this one for sure. If its true, its hammer time.

September 20, 2005 11:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sam,

Just ask them how successful it was. They were "quietly" accepting checks and cash.

I wasn't a party to the event, just an eyewitness to the lawlessness.

September 21, 2005 1:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has our society gotten so bad that we congratulate people for abiding by the law? Isn't that kind of a prerequesite for being a good citizen? And in the case of an elected official, isn't upholding the law what they swear an oath to do?

September 21, 2005 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

12:30

Oh none of those c***s****** (including most politicians not just Rosendahl) believes in that.

That's called spin. My meathead son-in-law does it all the time.

September 21, 2005 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will we ever have a thread that Jim Alger doesn't invade? He's almost as bad as the 80 neighborhood watch guy.

September 21, 2005 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know that "Jim Alger" invades any posts, he is just heavilly involved and we discuss it.

If you don't like open discussion, go back to North Korea!

September 21, 2005 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Something tells me that with Jims' schedule HE isn't on Mayor Sam but he certainly has his supporters. I must admit I am becoming one of them.

80 Neighborhood watch guy has a point, it was a lie but he is a broken record. Alger is just all over the place and seems to be in-tune with the people better than any politician I have seen recently.

I understand he is holding a Bar B Q this weekend... do you know where Sam?

September 21, 2005 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 3:30;

Your an idiot.

Alger is discussed in the DWP story, given his history with the issue certainly appropriate.

He is listed in this thread under the context that some sort of wanna-be rival attended the event discussed.

He is on the thread about his own trip to help hurricane victims in the south.

Out of over 2 dozen stories on Mayor Sam, he is in 3. So as I said before, your an idiot.

Go away.

September 21, 2005 4:41 PM  

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