These endorsements and testimonials are from mentors, associates and friends who have known and worked with me for many years. If you support my experience, unparalleled integrity and passion for community, please free to add your name to the list!
In my twenty years with the California Coastal Commission, of all the people I've met, Robin Rudisill was one of the most compassionate, hard-working, intelligent and committed citizens working to change society for the better. She traveled to Commission meetings up and down the coast, making the case on behalf of coastal communities like Venice, and for those most in need.
She knew more about the Coastal Commission’s process, and local permitting, than most in the room. She was smart and articulate, and passionate.
I never doubted her resolve to accomplish what she thought was right, and I have no doubt now that my friend Robin would serve the community with integrity, and be a strong champion for the people. - Charles Lester, Former Executive Director, California Coastal Commission
In Los Angeles City Council District 11, the coastal district that runs from Mulholland Drive on the north to Imperial Highway on the south and inland to the 405 Freeway, many residents are frustrated and angry over homelessness, rising crime, and gridlocked traffic that will be worsened by newly approved development.
Councilman Mike Bonin was elected in 2013 after the popular Bill Rosendahl stepped down due to illness. Bonin had served as Rosendahl’s chief of staff for eight years, but even with that experience, Bonin has not lived up to his predecessor’s commitment to his communities.
We endorse Robin Rudisill as the challenger with the most potential to bring needed change to city government for the residents of District 11.
Rudisill is an accountant and auditor, and a former chief financial officer for Bank of America in San Francisco. Her experience with financial and regulatory matters will bring refreshingly independent judgment to a council that has long deferred to the wishes of special interests when negotiating contracts and approving budgets.
Rudisill chaired the Land Use and Planning committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council, experience that will be helpful as the city works to update its General Plan, and she has been an advocate for the protection of the coast.
We think Rudisill should learn more about the tax and regulatory issues that are driving businesses out of Los Angeles and into neighboring cities. But even on issues where she lacks detailed knowledge, Rudisill is intelligent and cogent, and she speaks for city residents who feel that government doesn’t work for the people anymore, that a pay-to-play culture has infected City Hall, and that no one is listening.
Venice community activist Mark Ryavec has raised important concerns about the impact of homelessness on neighborhoods. He says the city could do more with less money by using Proposition HHH funds to convert existing buildings to dormitory-style transitional housing. His ideas deserve consideration.
Bonin, who skipped a Feb. 16 debate with his opponents, told us the biggest challenge in the job is to “be accessible” and “get out of the bubble.”
A run-off election in May should help with that.
We recommend a vote for Robin Rudisill in District 11. - Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board
As a former Chair of the California Coastal Commission, I’m pleased to endorse Robin Rudisill. Robin has been actively supporting the Coastal Act provisions that protect the character of the coastal zone, which includes Venice, Pacific Palisades and Playa del Rey, for several years. She has led numerous appeals and consistently attended Coastal Commission meetings in an effort to protect residents and communities against permit exemptions and the local coastal development permit process that were being abused by the City of L.A.
Robin has not only served as an extremely effective "watch dog" on behalf of the communities she represents, but she has been very successful on their behalf. As someone who understands the Coastal Act and the complexities of the City's permitting system, she has consistently 'been there' for the communities she serves. Robin has worked productively with Coastal staff and community members on a full time, volunteer basis, and she has also taken the time to encourage and empower others to be effective coastal stewards.
Robin will make an excellent L.A. Councilmember - one who will represent the interests of the residents and not those of the special interests. - Sara Wan, former Chair of the California Coastal Commission
Incumbent Mike Bonin has not lived up to predecessor Bill Rosendahl’s commitment to communities in this coastal district. Rudisill has the most potential to bring needed change. - Daily Breeze
I met Robin when I ran into problems with developers and received no help from any of our elected officials. Robin encouraged me to get involved and stay involved, and helped me navigate the system. Her counsel and knowledge were incredibly useful. I know that Robin has integrity and her combination of private sector and public sector experience is just what we need. - Alix Gucovsky
As a forty-five year resident of the Marina Peninsula, I am writing in support of Robin Rudisill’s candidacy for City Council representing District 11. I met Robin in Hawaii DIV1987 when I was serving on the Board of Directors of Honfed Savings and Loan. Robin held numerous positions of leadership in the bank, as CFO, Treasurer, and Controller. Her contributions were valuable and impressive. In later years when our paths crossed in Venice, I was again impressed that Robin chose to be an advocate for appropriate land use in the coastal zone. While residents in District 11 often complained about city ordinances, Robin actually volunteered her time to do something about the issues, and she worked passionately for change. Her contributions have long been recognized by the community; she has been a leader and a tireless worker to protect this district. Now as Robin embarks on a campaign to join the City Council. I find her uniquely qualified to fill the position - both because of her vast financial background and because of her in-depth knowledge of this community and her years of work to protect it. - Roy Doumani, Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA
Robin is the agent of change we so desperately need in our City Council district. Nobody else is as conversant with the land use and quality of life issues we are facing today, and only Robin has the viable solutions and the commitment to make change happen. Her past experience and many successes in fighting for our community at the local, city and state level, puts her in perfect stead as Councilwoman for the people. Robin is a great protector of neighborhoods. She has helped my Venice community group with several ongoing project appeals for 3 years to date - and continues to do so tirelessly! She personifies integrity, energy and commitment, and has the smarts required to do the best job for us all. Look no further - Robin Rudisill is the real deal. - Ilana Marosi, Community Officer, Venice Neighborhood Council Board of Officers (For identification purposes only)
No one works as hard as Robin, and no one is more committed to doing the right thing. I’ve never seen anyone with such a strong B.S. detector or such an ability to bring intractable City officials into line. Watching her get results is an eye-opening experience. - David Ewing, Venice activist and former Co-Chair, CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee
Today it is important for women to step up and become more involved in running for political office. I endorse Robin Rudisill as a woman who is dedicated to her community, grassroots activism, and doing what is right! I've had the pleasure to work with Robin since 2010. - Tess Cacciatore, CEO / Co-Founder, Global Women's Empowerment Network
Robin is an exceptional executive, who has the highest level of professionalism with a magnificent combination of detail orientation and analytical skills. She not only understands the fine points of the complex accounting requirements of a diverse financial institution; but she has the unique ability to understand the business model dynamics and the analyze the significant drivers of success. Robin has personal discipline…and has a capacity for focus and hard work. At the same time, she has extraordinary leadership qualities. She consistently shows a keen sense of understanding what is important to the human condition and how the needs of the citizens and the community must be served. Robin believes in doing the right things, and with the highest degree of intensity and excellence. Robin has continued her capacity for passionate commitment, only now for the well being of her community, the environment and its citizens. In short, the community would be fortunate to have Robin's active engagement in the role of serving on the City Council. - Gerald M. Czarnecki -- Chair, Aftersoft, Inc.; Former CEO, Honfed Bank of Hawaii; Chair, Hawaii State Chamber of Commerce; Senior V.P., IBM Corp.; Co-Founder, National Leadership Institute
Robin is the real land use candidate - committed to protecting the vibrant diversity and character of the CD11 district's neighborhoods. She's brilliant, professional and tenacious, always working to ensure transparency and equality in the democratic process. She has proven time and time again, as former chair of the Land Use and Planning Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council, that she is not beholden to any special interest, but rather is committed to the law and furthering a fair and level playing field. You can TRUST Robin to do the right thing. She will protect your neighborhood from real estate speculators and developers who wish to profit off the backs of tenants, small businesses and homeowners. - Sabrina Venskus, Venskus & Associates is a public interest law firm
Robin wrote our Coastal Commission appeal against Lighthouse Brooks LLC, the developer that created 742-748 Brooks in Venice. This construction project was so egregious it closed Brooks Avenue for about two weeks, broke a water line - leaving the block flooded and without running water, and encroached upon the neighborhood so much that one of its contractors was murdered. Because of Robin's extensive land use and planning knowledge, she got the Coastal Commission Staff to stand behind our appeal. She identified how this developer got away without having to adhere to the Mello Act. She educated us on the City of LA and Coastal Law. She had the developers running so scared that they had to hire a fancy law firm and the notorious lobbyist Susan McCabe to combat her. I've worked with her personally and can tell you she works endless hours to protect the community. Her passion for community truly drives her to do amazing things. - Jenni Hawk, Marketing Consultant, Accidental Activist
We love Robin and are very privileged to know her! We can never thank her enough for saving our lives from a heinous apartment sized house that was almost built across the street from us. She is the most ethical, hardworking, and selfless person we have ever met. - Judy Esposito & Frank Defurio
Robin is a person of action. She is not one of those people who sits around and talks about lofty ideas but doesn’t do anything. She is well proven. - Kevin Keresey
I find it a wonderful opportunity to be able to beg, borrow or steal to put our very apt neighbor in the position of Council rep for 11. I have dealt with Robin Rudisill in many different capacities, including business dealings. She gives 200% of herself 24/7 to her passions. She is an excellent weapon for our fight for happiness in this beautiful city. Please join me and make her/your/our dreams come true! Thank you. - Nanci B and Joe Ward
This municipal election, I ask that you consider voting for my mother-in-law, Robin Rudisill. She already works tirelessly and without compensation to protect her community. I think it’s time she did it from the seat of City Councilmember. Unlike the other two, Robin will actually put the needs of those without money and power (“the 99%”) first. I will vote for her, and I hope you will find out more about her and consider doing the same. - James Michael Adams, high school professor and professional musician