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Rosendahl, battling cancer, returns to L.A. City Hall

September 11, 2012 | 12:30 pm

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl on Tuesday attended his first council meeting since he began treatments for cancer last month, telling an audience that he still intends to win a third term in the March election and serve another four years.

Looking considerably more gaunt than he did when he last appeared at City Hall in July, Rosendahl received a standing ovation before divulging that he has had “13 hits of radiation” and two chemotherapy treatments. He went on to thank his constituents, various politicians and left-leaning public figures, including actor/director Warren Beatty and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, for calling him and visiting his Mar Vista home.

“People have brought food to the house. People have prayed with me. People have sung with me. They have put all kinds of positive energy toward me,” said the 67-year-old Rosendahl, who represents neighborhoods stretching from Westchester north to Pacific Palisades.

Rosendahl has until November to decide whether to gather the petitions he needs to run another campaign. He already has a trio of campaign fund-raisers scheduled this month.

First elected in 2005, Rosendahl said he was diagnosed on July 20 with a cancer that originated in the ureter, the tube connecting the bladder and the kidney. In an interview later, Rosendahl said he was unable to walk for a lengthy period but had succeeded in doing so over the last few days.

"I have changed the whole dynamic, and it's thanks to the people and the energy that has come my way," said Rosendahl, who had a walker on hand to provide support.

Rosendahl said he has lost 45 pounds since his treatment began but has been "eating robustly" in recent days. He also has been relying on medical marijuana to manage the pain. As he continues to receive treatment, he promised to attend council meetings on days when there are matters that need 12 votes to pass but not necessarily every meeting.


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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall