All were welcome at Bill Rosendahl's Mar Vista home, from elected leaders he befriended while serving on the Los Angeles City Council to sidewalk performers he met on Venice Beach.
It was there, at his Spanish-style bungalow that friends called a commune because of its many visitors, that Rosendahl retired to hospice in January after a four-year battle with cancer. And it was there that he died Wednesday at age 70, surrounded by friends and family.
The onetime television talk show host who became the first openly gay man to serve on the Los Angeles City Council is survived by his partner of many years, book publisher Hedi el Kholti.
A gregarious force at City Hall who...