LONG BEACH — To avoid an impression that he is using City Council meetings to espouse his personal platform, Dan Rosenberg said this week he no longer plans to run for mayor.
A regular speaker during the weekly council meetings, Rosenberg, 58, recently has received criticism from council members as well as from a neighborhood group he helped create. Last month, the South Long Beach Residents' Assn. told the council that Rosenberg no longer represents them.
Several council members have grown visibly irritated with Rosenberg, who supports less development and often criticizes the city for what he calls inadequate environmental reviews and insufficient public notice about new projects.
Rosenberg said he decided to withdraw his candidacy so he can continue to speak before the council without the appearance that "this is some sort of crusade" for political office. "What is important is issues and not personalities," Rosenberg said earlier this week.