Bill Rosendahl represents the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council, bringing a powerful voice for community empowerment and positive change to City government.
Bill has earned a reputation for hands-on constituent service, consensus building and creative problem solving, and a fierce insistency on government transparency.
First elected in 2005, Bill represents the coastal and Westside communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, West LA and Westchester. His priorities include: promoting public safety; expanding public transportation; creating programs to address homelessness; and protecting the environment.
During his seven years in office, Bill’s chief accomplishments include:
Jumpstarting the long-delayed modernization of Los Angeles International Airport while scuttling unpopular plans to expand LAX and harm adjacent neighborhoods.
Creating a groundbreaking program to find permanent housing for the homeless.
Pushing for accelerated construction of mass transit projects and congestion relief efforts.
Winning approval of an ambitious Bicycle Master Plan that will provide the public with new transportation choices.
Advocating for and securing a better deal for the proposed stadium and event center in downtown Los Angeles.
Securing millions of dollars in park funds to improve public pools, create new playgrounds, and construct new skate parks, including a world-famous skatepark at Venice Beach.
In his district, Bill has brought a fresh approach to development issues, insisting upon community involvement in the planning process, and commonly telling developers to vet projects with neighbors and local neighborhood councils before seeking City Council approval.
Often referred to as the “conscience of the City Council,” Bill is also a frequent and impassioned voice for peace, social justice, civil rights, and progressive causes. Bill is the only LGBT elected official in City government and is an outspoken voice for equality and LGBT issues.
Positive, warm, and relentlessly optimistic, Bill is known for: his signature expression (“Great! Great! Great! Great! Great!); greeting colleagues and constituents with hugs; and rewarding accomplishment with fresh eggs from the chickens he raises in the backyard of his Mar Vista home.
Bill’s current committee assignments include: Transportation (chair); Trade, Commerce &Tourism (vice chair); Audits & Governmental Efficiency (vice chair); Budget & Finance; Board of Referred Powers; Ad Hoc Committee on Proposed Downtown Stadium; Ad Hoc Committee on Social Equity (chair).
Prior to his election, Bill was a television executive and award-winning cable-caster, serving as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Century Communications. For 17 years, he produced and moderated more than 3000 critically acclaimed public affairs television shows, such as "Local Talk", "Week in Review" and "Beyond the Beltway.” Bill's public service won him the Cable Ace Award, The Diamond Award, the Freedom of Information Award, the Los Angeles League of Women Voters Public Service Award and the Beacon Award for Cable's Free Air Time Project.
Before taking office, Bill also served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, chaired the California Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy, and served as president of the Los Angeles Press Club.
Prior to his television career, Bill was a White House appointee to the State Department, served as an associate in philanthropic work for John D. Rockefeller, III and worked on Kennedy's 1968 presidential bid. A Vietnam-era veteran, Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71, spending a year as a psychiatric social worker, counseling troops returning from combat. As special assistant to the commanding general at Ft. Carson, Colorado, he won national recognition for reorganizing the base and boosting morale of the service people.
Bill holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Economics from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. He is also as a world traveler who has visited 52 countries. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Bill is one of eight children of German immigrants.