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Rosendahl Vows to Keep Fighting Santa Monica Airport

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will step down next summer to focus on his cancer treatment and recovery—but promises to keep working on anti-airport measures in the meantime.

Though he won't seek reelection so he can focus on battling cancer, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl assured his constituents Tuesday that he remains in favor of closing the Santa Monica Airport.

It was among the long list of issues he vowed to continue working on until his term ends at the end of June.

Rosendahl, 67, represents the community of Mar Vista, sections of which abut the general aviation airport. Though he does not represent Santa Monica, which is an incorporated city with its own City Council, Rosendahl has rallied behind anti-airport activists here and in Mar Vista with promises to do everything in his power to change the departure path at the airport and to push for the closure of the its six flight schools.

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He has called on city leaders in Santa Monica and L.A. to join forces. "My lawyers will work with your lawyers—we can do joint actions, joint lawsuits," he said last October.

Rosendahl has been battling stage four cancer—diagnosed in July—that started in the ureter, the tube connecting the bladder and the kidney.

After 13 doses of radiation and several chemotherapy treatments, Rosendahl said he received a good diagnosis on Monday night from his oncologist, who told him that he was on his way to recovery.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Jerry Rubin October 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, since he first took office, has always come from a place of integrity in his efforts to help with stopping the devastating pollution, intense noise, and ongoing aircraft safety threats emanating from the Santa Monica Airport. It should be closed ASAP. Everyone sends their heartfelt get well best wishes to Bill in hopes for a full recovery.
Odysseus Bostick October 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I'm heartened to hear that the councilman will continue fighting to close SMO. LA has grown too dense to have this kind of airport operating and the land could be repurposed to better serve the communities around it. For a great example, see the Brooklyn Highline (http://www.thehighline.org/). In addition to this very important movement to close SMO, I've heard that the councilman plans to continue working to alleviate homelessness in Venice. I'm particularly interested in hearing more about his plans to use the massive war chest he has built for the campaign towards these efforts. As I understand it, you can actually reallocate political contributions to one of the charities that the ethics commission has approved. Is that his plan? Despite the slow progress on the homeless issue under his tenure, I know his heart has always been devoted to ameliorating this devastating social ill. Perhaps this could be a way for him to continue contributing to that fight while ensuring his legacy. Regardless, I'm happy to hear that he's been given better news from the doctors this week. My family will continue praying for him.
Linda Garber October 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
And the developers are already cleaning up the soil at the airport......so we can have another huge shopping mall....then lets talk about pollution,noise and traffic then!
Mike Hunt October 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM
The airport is going nowhere. Rosendahl is a crack pot.
Deborah Poppink October 11, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I feel so much about Bill Rosendahl and his illness, I put a bunch of annotations on our Mar Vista video and dedicated it to him. My video is in a network now, and for now, i am unable to take the ad at the beginning off. Luckily it's for yes on 37 which Bill likes I am sure. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_annotate?v=ArtsfEPiwvM We love you BIll
Mike October 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Thank you Councilman Rosendahl, for all your years of service and for continuing to support the people of Los Angeles in the fight against this airport.
Melody Girard October 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Be careful of what you wish for. If you think that you have traffic and noise nuisances now, just wait until that area is commercially developed. You will surely have much greater traffic and noise volume during and after development. Has anyone investigated what development would replace the Santa Monica Airport? Patch reporters and readers: I challenge you to follow the money trail and find out the names of the developers and other parties who have a great deal to gain financially from the closure and subsequent commercial development of the SM Airport. The plans are most likely already on someone's drawing board. As it stands, traffic at the intersection of Airport and Centinela in the area is relatively light compared to what it will be after development. Presently, there stands only the Airport, a small park, the Museum of Flying (not exactly a crowd draw), a few SMC art studio classrooms (such as ceramics), a few restaurants and a small office complex. If you drive through the SM Airport, you will note the relative absence of traffic, even near the park and the SMC buildings. Usually there are many empty parking spaces. There is seldom the kind of traffic congestion that one typically sees at other major intersections in the area.
Ron October 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The airport is great! I love taking the kids to watch the planes come and go, and everyone at the airport is friendly. I think the rest of SM could learn a lot from the folks in that part of town. West side, indeed!
nerio festa December 13, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Many people do not know about an organization called Angel Flights... Pilot all over the country fly cancer patients or their families, who cannot afford a trip or FOR FREE. I have a friend who flew countless times into Santa Monica with cancer patients... Who is against the Airport should be on a No-Fly list...
nerio festa December 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Bravo! Thank you! I have flown over 170 children for free within the Young Eagles Program, and a few have now become pilots, we need pilots! Please take your children to a Young Eagle meeting! (EAA.org for info)
michael mccoy January 07, 2013 at 08:26 AM
I am for development, but at a small scale. Over developing the airport, will cause congestion,and gridlock. I why redevelop venice blvd. It needs it badly. Beautify venice blvd.

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