Via L.A. Observed.
I especially love the part about him being a working alto saxophonist in the big bands during the 1930s. He played with the Dorseys, Benny Goodman and Kay Kyser.
As a Los Angeles City Councilman representing Van Nuys, he served eight terms, retiring in 1993. I moved (back) to Van Nuys in 1995, so I missed out on getting an Ernani Bernardi potholder.