Sups. Adjourn in Memory of Edelman

By City News Service

Flags at county buildings were lowered to half-staff Tuesday afternoon in honor of former Los Angeles County Supervisor Edmund D. Edelman, and will remain that way until his memorial service on Thursday.

County Supervisors adjourned their meeting in Edelman’s honor, offering condolences to his family and remembering his time as a public servant.

“It was a great loss for all of us,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, who called Edelman “one of the board’s leading environmentalists and also well respected by labor.”

Among many other accomplishments, Edelman helped establish the Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Consumer Affairs, assuring that “his work and legacy will continue to live through (his) many accomplishments,” Solis added.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl called Edelman, who died Monday at age 85 after a lengthy illness, “an unbashed liberal.”

“He never wavered from his support and his notion that what the county was primarily there to do was to protect those vulnerable people in our population, especially the kids,” Kuehl said. “He took some very principled and often unpopular stances.”

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who served with Edelman, had more personal memories.

“Ed was especially devoted to his cello (and) would practice that cello in his office every day,” sometimes heading over to Walt Disney Concert Hall with the instrument in tow, Antonovich said.

He smiled when remembering Edelman’s problem-solving tactics.

“He didn’t like to come to a quick decision,” Antonovich said, recalling postponements on many issues.

Supervisor Don Knabe agreed, saying, “He liked to work to find the proper solution.”

Knabe called him “a great man, a great leader, a compassionate guy and a good friend. And he will be missed.”

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas remembered Edelman as a mediator.

“He tried to expand the civility index,” Ridley-Thomas said. “He could see both sides of the issue. May he rest in peace.”

 

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