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Ex-councilman Bill Rosendahl in hospice care

bill-rosendahl-mv-block-party.jpgBill Rosendahl at block party in Mar Vista in 2013. LA Observed photo.

Former Los Angeles City Council member Bill Rosendahl is under hospice care at his home in Mar Vista, his successor on the council, Mike Bonin, posted publicly on Facebook on Monday. Rosendahl left the City Council in 2013 to battle cancer.

"In recent days, many of you have been asking about the health of my friend and predecessor, Bill Rosendahl -- especially since a few folks have posted social media messages regarding his condition," Bonin posted. "With a very heavy heart, I must report that Bill is gravely ill. After several hospital visits and a brief stay in a convalescent home, Bill returned to his Mar Vista home last week, where he is receiving round-the-clock hospice care.

"His medical team and his family both feel that he is in his twilight days, and his transition from this world to the next has begun. He is comfortable and happy, surrounded by family and friends, at home in the house he adores, with the sounds of his chickens and the fresh breeze he loves so much."

Rosendahl was in the midst of his reelection campaign when he disclosed in 2012 that he had cancer and would not be running. He endorsed Bonin, at the time his chief of staff. Rosendahl talked openly about the value to him of medical marijuana, and after deciding not to run gave a speech at the City Council horseshoe that blasted politicians like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and Staples Center owner Phil Anschutz.

Before going into elective politics, Rosendahl was the longtime host of a media and politics roundtable on cable TV here.

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