10/09/2012 01:00 pm ET Updated Dec 09, 2012

L.A. Councilman Rosendahl Battles Cancer, Won't Seek Reelection -

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said Monday that he has decided not to seek reelection in order to focus on his fight with cancer.

In a statement he planned to send to constituents early Tuesday, Rosendahl said he was "passing the baton" to let a new elected official represent his Westside district, which stretches along the coast from Westchester to Pacific Palisades. He named his longtime chief of staff, Mike Bonin, as his preferred successor, saying, "With Mike ready to fill my shoes, I can step aside with confidence."