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Mike Bonin For LA City Council - The Best Candidate To Get Us Through The Zombie Apocalypse!

I'm voting for Mike Bonin because won't give up and won't give in no matter the odds.

A couple of weeks ago, at a house party for LA City Council candidate Mike Bonin, a friend asked me why I was supporting Mike over other candidates running to replace Bill Rosendahl in the March 5 election.

"That's easy," I told him. "He's the best candidate to get us through the Zombie Apocalypse."

Before you think I've lost my mind, let me explain :)

I've known Mike since I first became active in local politics in 2003. Back then our relationship was cordial, if distant - sometimes we weren't always on the same side of issues.

All that changed in 2008 when we became co-regional field organizers for the Obama campaign. Together we managed hundreds of volunteers who made hundreds of thousands of phone calls to voters all over the country. It was a massive operation unlike anything either of us had experienced - it took everything we had and then some to get through it.

Then election night happened. As the rest of us celebrated Barack Obama's victory, I'll never forget the look on Mike's face when he realized Proposition 8 had passed, and with it his rights to marry.

It would have been easy for Mike to give in to despair and cynicism, but that's not what happened. What happened was this - Mike organized.

First, Mike helped create and run Camp Courage - workshops teaching activists how to talk about and organize for marriage equality. Then he took the show on the road - to Fresno and Sacramento, San Diego and Oakland, East LA and Washington DC. Activists trained in these workshops organized their own networks, taking the fight for marriage equality to states all over the country.

Then another election night happened. This time, in 2012, four states made history when voters in those states affirmed the rights of same-sex couples to marry. In California, the state court had overturned Proposition 8 and victory looks possible in the Supreme Court. And finally, after much pressure from activists - many of them trained by Mike at Camp Courage - President Barack Obama "evolved" on marriage equality.

So yes, I'm voting for Mike Bonin because he's the most experienced and has the best positions on public transportation, the environment, development, and job creation - but mostly I'm voting for him because he's the best person to get us through the Zombie Apocalypse.

Because if you're talking about someone who won't give up and won't give in no matter the odds, who'll fight for what he knows is right, and who'll empower others to create real and lasting change, Mike Bonin is that person.

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Marta Evry February 23, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Here's another reason I'm voting for Mike Bonin: he's promised to listen to those in our community who are willing to talk "to" one another rather than "at" one another. Unfortunately, I'm seeing a lot of talking "at" in the comments here. I'm assuming the commenters here care about their community, which is why you bother to post here at all. It's so easy with the anonymity of the interweb to forget that we're neighbors.
maury February 24, 2013 at 03:58 AM
mike has not only never listened to the venice community, he's never even given them a chance to talk. i am shocked that any venetian would vote for him and think that the majority of people who are, simply are selling out based on the fact his victory is likely a foregone conclusion. just my two cents. and yes marta you are still my neighbor!
ricky February 24, 2013 at 03:59 AM
mike has not only never listened to the venice community, he's never even given them a chance to talk. i am shocked that any venetian would vote for him and think that the majority of people who are, simply are selling out based on the fact his victory is likely a foregone conclusion. just my two cents. and yes marta you are still my neighbor!
Spirit Of Venice February 24, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Marta - thanks for the kind-spirited attempt at reasonable conversation - clearly you are speaking from your heart and your conviction in advocating Mike Bonin and you are hoping that there can be a good-natured exchange of views and opinions on him, the other candidates and the issues surrounding this election. - Unfortunately, there are a handful of hard-corp, agenda-driven, mean-spirited and unscrupulous would-be-"one-percenters" who regularly hijack the conversations with provocative, inflammatory, deceitful and self-seeking missives designed to confuse, misinform, mischaracterize, slander, character-assasinate and otherwise manipulate the perceptions and actions of readers at this forum. Sadly, they have no interest in the sense or correctness of anything you have to say, nor are they at all inclined to be influenced or edified by it. Their goal is to misrepresent your words to the advantage of their agenda and to provoke you into a state of negative emotion by which they hope to neutralize your capacity for constructive commentary. - Most of the regular readers and posters to this forum are well aware of who these people are and the nature of their underhanded, illegitimate and counter-productive tactics and continue to conduct intelligent, uplifting and meaningful conversations despite the interference - kind of like talking over radio static. - In short, "don't let the bastards get you down". Continue to post - many others are listening to you with open minds.
Spirit Of Venice February 24, 2013 at 05:15 AM
P,S, - oh, yes, these people often register under an alias for a short time, then move on to another one - to give the impression that their numbers are greater than they are. If you click on the name and go to its profile, you will see that often it only has a history of one or two posts and that these relate to a given single issue or interest.
Vince Dale February 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM
SOV your running on fear. Bonin my have some endorsements, what he doesn't have is the endorsement of the residents that he has screwed over the years. We will see what happens on March 5th.
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Spirit of Venice will bully anyone who does not agree with him. He is so desperate and pathetic he keeps flaming on.
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:34 AM
SOV is a jerk
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:35 AM
SOV is a pervert
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:35 AM
SOV is a mental case
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:36 AM
SOV is a dildo
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:37 AM
SOV is a pig
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:37 AM
SOV I can do the same as you all day long
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 03:38 AM
SOV flame on buddy
calliope7 February 25, 2013 at 04:24 AM
very proud to have just voted for tina hess!
calliope7 February 25, 2013 at 04:26 AM
not everyone has the ability to sit in front of the computer on venice patch all day, some of us have actual jobs.
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:12 AM
SOV you nothing more than a Nazi
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:13 AM
SOV you and Bonin don't have a snowballs chance in hell and that were your going.
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:29 AM
SOV you suck
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:30 AM
SOV you blow
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:30 AM
SOV keep it up
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:31 AM
SOV your nothing more than dirt under my shoe.
Vince Dale February 25, 2013 at 06:34 AM
SOV your going to win an academy award for the biggest fool on patch
concernedneighbor February 25, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Vince Dale - if you are real, please stop being an idiot!!! SOV - if you invented Vince Dale to make yourself look more important and to make Bonin detractors look silly - than I really think it's time for you to seek professional help for your multiple personality disorder before you hurt yourself (or someone you love)...
Who is Vince Dale February 27, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Spirit Of Venice is Vince Dale. Makes sense, he needs to keep his madness rants going. One can only pitch for Mike Bonin so many times. This guy is scary way over the top with these rants. Lucky for Mike Bonin he really doesn't help or hinder his campaign. The unlucky one's are reading his posts. Painful. What a nut job.
Spirit Of Venice February 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM
LIST OF 251 MIKE BONIN FOR CITY COUNCILENDORSEMENTS by prominent political, environmental, business and civic groups, prominent individuals and local C.D. 11 residents. - Click on link, then scroll down to the 7-page posting of nothing but names - and be sure to add Congressman Waxman to the list!
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http://venice.patch.com/articles/who-will-you-vote-for-in-the-march-5-2013-los-angeles-city-elections 
- So, now i'm "Vince Dale" as well as Mike Bonin, Linda Lucks and Steve Clare. Frankly, anyone moronic enough to fall for all the nonsense the Ryavec-hate-team is printing about me deserves to be deceived by them. - 
Interesting - endorsements for Tina Hess, Bostwick et. al. are fine , but Mike Bonin's 251-plus endorsements are "dirty politics" and "backroom deals". 
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There aren't nearly enough people reading this thread to make a dent in the outcome of the election. For me, the reason I argue so vehemently for Mike Bonin is primarily because I believe that he truly is the best choice and secondarily because I enjoy exposing the deceptiveness, duplicity, hatefulness and arrogance of self-aggrandizing little-tin-despots who have the gall to think they are actually fooling people with their feeble attempts to mislead and misdirect them. - I respect people's right to disagree with my views, but these pipsqueak cyber-tyrant-wannabes deserve to be exposed for who and what they really are.
concernedneighbor February 27, 2013 at 07:09 PM
SOV - repeating your self over and over and over again is a sign of madness. Copying and pasting the same response dozens of times doesn't make your point any stronger - it just shows that you have nothing to really add to the conversation.
Lucy March 01, 2013 at 01:52 PM
SOV is a fake phony and has been jerkin off all over this site. SOV get your rocks off somewhere else please do Venice a favor a leave, move, get the f out of town.
Lucy March 01, 2013 at 01:53 PM
One more thing SOV your a troll..........
Chewy March 02, 2013 at 05:52 AM
It must be troll season, Spirit Of Venice is rearing his ugly head.

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