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LA City Councilmember Endorses Bring Our War Dollars Home

March 10, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

I went to a neighborhood association meeting with Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to ask him to sponsor a Bring Our War $$ Home resolution in the LA city council. Since my passion lies in challenging national and international policy, this is the first time I’ve attended a meeting with a city councilmember.

It was enlightening to see that citizens really do ask their councilmember about filling potholes, creating speed bumps (which need council approval but must be paid for by private citizens), and placing street lights. I was also happy to hear that Rosendahl is working to provide housing for the homeless and is concerned that there are a good number of veterans on the street from all recent wars, from Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan.

Before asking my question, I introduced myself as a constituent who works in his district at the CODEPINK LA office and also lives in the district. I then asked him to sponsor a Bring Our War $$ Home resolution in the City Council. Before I could even finish the sentence of my question, he cut me off and expressed his deep appreciation for Jodie Evans’ work, explaining that there was no question of his support. After the official Q&A portion of the meeting, I handed a copy of our draft resolution to Cecillia Castillo, the councilmember’s field deputy for Venice and Del Ray. The next day, I emailed a copy of the resolution to Ms. Castillo, who responded that she forwarded it to the legislative department. We’ll be following up with Councilmember Rosendahl and his Legislative Deputy, John Gregory, to ensure the resolution is submitted and passed quickly by the Los Angeles City Council.

Random related tip – if you’re looking at your councilmember’s website and it looks like it hasn’t been updated in over a year, try to find her on Facebook. Her communications team may have migrated to social media and forgotten to keep the site relevant.