Rosalind “Roz” Wiener Wyman, metropolis’s youngest councilmember who helped deliver Dodgers to Los Angeles, dies at 92


LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Rosalind “Roz” Wiener Wyman, who was the youngest individual ever elected to the Los Angeles Metropolis Council and is credited with enjoying a key position in bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, has died. She was 92.

“I am heartbroken on the passing of Roz Wyman, one in every of my mates and somebody who made an actual distinction for Los Angeles and for Democratic politics,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, stated in a press release. “Roz was an actual pressure of nature at any time when she set her thoughts to one thing. Whether or not it was politics or dragging a baseball workforce 3,000 miles throughout the nation, Roz had a ardour that was infectious and he or she actually obtained issues executed.”

Wyman died Wednesday at her Los Angeles house, her household introduced in a press release to the Los Angeles Instances.

Earlier this month, on Wyman’s 92nd birthday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to call the fountain overlook in Grand Park the “Roz Wyman Court docket.” It additionally agreed to put in a plaque on the Music Middle to honor her.

In 1953, at 22 years previous, Wyman received a seat on the Los Angeles Metropolis Council, changing into the youngest individual ever elected to serve on the council, and solely the second lady.

On the council, Wyman labored to lure the Dodgers to maneuver to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, and the Lakers to maneuver from Minneapolis.

“In case you bleed Dodger blue, you may credit score that like to Roz as she helped deliver the Dodgers to Los Angeles,” Supervisor Hilda Solis stated in a press release after the board’s Oct. 4 vote. “She was additionally behind the thought of connecting Los Angeles Metropolis Corridor as much as Grand Avenue by way of a park the place all Angelenos may collect. That concept took 60 years to grow to be a actuality, however that’s the reason Roz is a visionary whose goals modified each this metropolis and county.

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Former Dodgers supervisor Tommy Lasorda, left, Roz Wyman, the youngest individual to serve on the Los Angeles Metropolis Council, and former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser.

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“I am grateful for Roz’s friendship, impressed by the legacy she’s paved, and honored to maneuver this motion ahead — particularly on her 92nd birthday. Immediately we have a good time Roz and her love for Los Angeles.”

Wyman was additionally a powerful advocate for the humanities, advocating for the development of the Music Middle within the Nineteen Sixties. She was a member of the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts, and served two phrases as president of the Los Angeles County Arts Fee and the Los Angeles Metropolis Cultural Affairs Fee.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, issued a press release Thursday calling Wyman “a visionary chief of Los Angeles and godmother to the Democratic Occasion.”

“Roz, then-mayor Dianne Feinstein and I had the privilege of main the 1984 Democratic Nationwide Conference in my hometown of San Francisco as our social gathering nominated the primary lady ever for Vice President of the USA.

“Generations of activists and elected officers revered Roz as a godmother of the the Democratic Occasion as a result of she nurtured younger individuals, mentored candidates and helped elect dozens of girls to workplace,” Pelosi stated. “She took particular pleasure in electing her expensive good friend, Dianne Feinstein, to the Senate. Roz had phrases of recommendation and sensible counsel for everybody, from presidents to precinct employees. She cared deeply about our Democracy, about ladies’s equality, and about opening parks, arts and public service to everybody.”

Wyman was honored final month at Dodger Stadium, receiving the inaugural Tommy Lasorda I Bleed Dodger Blue Award, recognizing a member of the Los Angeles neighborhood that embodies the fervour, enthusiasm and love for the Dodgers Lasorda possessed.

The award will yearly be introduced on or across the anniversary of Lasorda’s start.

“The title Tommy Lasorda is synonymous with the Dodgers, so it is solely becoming that we introduce a brand new award which encompasses his unbelievable ardour for the group,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten stated on the time. “For the inaugural award, we’ve chosen Roz Wyman as a result of with out her, there would possibly by no means have been a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball workforce.

“Her persistent pursuit and dedication to making sure the workforce got here to Los Angeles embodies the idea of the Tommy Lasorda I Bleed Dodger Blue Award to a tee.”

Wyman known as being a part of Lasorda’s legacy “an ideal honor.”

“He was a really expensive good friend of mine and I am going to all the time bear in mind him for telling me If it wasn’t for Roz Wyman, I might be a shoe salesman,”‘ stated Wyman, who was a season ticket holder at Dodger Stadium because it opened in 1962.

Wyman additionally has a plaque honoring her on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s Court docket of Honor. The Dodgers performed on the Coliseum from 1958-61. Wyman additionally persuaded John F. Kennedy to provide his acceptance speech for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination on the Coliseum. Within the speech, Kennedy used the time period “The New Frontier” for the primary time. It could grow to be a label for his administration’s home and overseas packages.

She remained on the council till 1965, when she was defeated in a re- election bid by Ed Edelman. She ran for the council once more a decade later, however was defeated by Zev Yaroslavsky.

However Wyman remained a robust determine in native politics.

Los Angeles Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer stated Thursday that Wyman “continued to have an incredible impression on the political scene right here and throughout the nation.”

“Roz’s home was the go-to place for leaders from all through the USA once they have been making an attempt to generate assist for his or her political campaigns,” Feuer stated. “… I used to be very privileged to be Roz’s good friend, to get her counsel to have her assist.”

Wyman had three kids and three grandchildren.

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