Former L.A. City Councilwoman Roz Wyman Dies At 96


Former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Rosalind “Roz” Wyman died at her L.A. home Wednesday at the age of 96.

In 1953, at the age of 22, Wyman was the second woman to ever be elected to the Los Angeles City Council and the youngest ever, a feat that still stands to this day.

“Roz Wyman was a force,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday. “As the youngest woman to serve on the L.A. City Council, she inspired generations and left an indelible impact.”

Wyman had long been credited with the push to move the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles back in 1955, just a couple years into her 22-year run on the council.

“Her spirit and passion will live on every time our Dodgers take the field,” Garcetti added.

The former councilmember had just turned 92 on October 4, and to commemorate Wyman, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to name the fountain at Grand Park “Roz Wyman Court.”

The fountain dedication was championed by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, highlighting that Wyman was the councilmember responsible for connecting Grand Park and City Hall.

“During the 12 years that Roz Wyman served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, she successfully brought the Dodgers here, proposed and passed a $39.5 million bond to create parks, served on the Coliseum Commission, and was a strong advocate for building The Music Center,” Solis said Thursday. “I was honored to lead a motion earlier this month, on Roz’s 92nd birthday, with Sheila Kuehl to dedicate the Fountain Overlook at
Grand Park in her name ─ commemorating Roz’s service to Angelenos.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom also commented on Wyman and her push to get more women in leadership positions within the state.

“Wyman continued her tireless political work and activism after leaving office, going on to chair the 1984 Democratic convention and helping to elect dozens of women to powerful positions – including as Senator Feinstein’s Senate campaign Co-Chair and close advisor for decades,” Newsom said. “Roz Wyman’s passion, perseverance and leadership live on as an inspiring example to people everywhere, and the countless ways she enriched California will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with her family and many friends as they mourn this great loss.”

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