Congresswomen Hahn, Bass Endorse Mike Bonin

Janice Hahn and Karen Bass say Bonin is the best person to succeed Bill Rosendahl on the L.A. City Council.

Less than 24 hours after Mike Bonin announced he would run to replace CD 11 Councilmember Bill Rosendahl on the Los Angeles City Council, two U.S. Congresswomen have thrown their support behind him.

Both Janice Hahn and Karen Bass have chosen to endorse the Mar Vista resident who currently serves as Rosendahl’s chief of staff.

Bonin is also Rosendahl’s personal pick to replace him in order to focus on fighting his battle against cancer.

Bass, a former State assembly speaker who represents parts of West Los Angeles, said Bonin’s track record as a chief council deputy and community organizer has prepared him to be the Westside’s councilmember.

"I enthusiastically endorse Mike Bonin to succeed Bill Rosendahl on the Los Angeles City Council,” Bass said in an official statement. “Mike is thoughtful, creative and he knows how to get things done. That’s the kind of leadership we need in a time of tight budgets and tough choices.  Mike Bonin is a principled and pragmatic progressive who will stand up for what is right and move Los Angeles forward.”

Hahn, who served on the City Council prior to her election to Congress last year, said in a statement Bonin would be a forceful advocate for Westside neighborhoods.

"I have watched Mike Bonin fight for the Westside for nearly two decades, with Jane Harman, with Ruth Galanter, and with my dear friend Bill Rosendahl,” she said.  “I have seen him wage and win fights for good jobs, for the environment and for critical city services. Mike Bonin knows this district, understands its needs and knows how to deliver for it. Like Bill Rosendahl, Mike Bonin has a heart for public service, a passion for his district, and a love for Los Angeles. I think he'll make a great Councilmember."

Bonin issued an official response to the endorsements, stating, “Karen Bass and Janice Hahn are political all-stars. It has been an honor to work with them and watch them translate their values into projects and policies that create jobs, improve communities, and enrich people’s lives.  It would be a privilege to be their partner at the local level.”

Bonin has also received endorsements from L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson; UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents hotel workers, and Campaign Co-Chairs Sheila J. Kuehl and Steve Soboroff.

Click here to read Bonin’s complete biography



Spirit Of Venice October 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Are we just handing the position over to Bill Rosendahl's groomed clone? I have great sympathy for Bill's tragic medical condition...a lot more sympathy than Bill and his constituents had for the dozens of poor people his indifference allowed to have their shelters/vehicles and their meager possessions criminally seized from under their feet by the police and kicked to the sidewalk to be at the mercy of the elements and the predators. Does anybody remember them? Is anybody crying big crocodile tears for the homeless man who died of a heart attack inside of his dark stifling van after the police forced him to shut the door and wall himself away from passing friends, oxygen and the life out on the sidewalk? Bill presided over the heartless and cruel persecution and degradation of the weak, helpless and unfortunate among us. While making political capitol out of a hundred who did make it to housing while thousands of others still have not, he consented to the bullying, abuse, mistreatment and harassment of easy victims that would have made Judas proud. He did exactly ONE worthwhile thing during his tenor - he advocated the removal of commercial merchants from the west side of the Boardwalk - thereby returning this treasure to its rightful owners...the people. Other than that, I didn't like him as councilman and I certainly don't want his clone taking over. AND CERTAINLY NOT MARK RYAVEC ! Odysseus Bostick sounds good to me - new energy, fresh ideas, good heart.
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Well said, Spirit! It would be nice to see some fresh ideas and perspectives advanced in the CD11 race. Bill says that Bonin knows how City Hall works better than anyone he knows... Is that really a recommendation for the job? Knowing where all of the bodies are buried - assuming that you weren't covering things, for the press - probably means that you've dug a few graves, yourself. In a city as corrupt and screwed-up as L.A. - wouldn't an EVEN MORE progressive outsider, do better for the district, than someone already tied into the machine?
Richard October 11, 2012 at 09:33 AM
Mark Ryavec is the best man for this job. He has long experience in coastal protection issues of special concern to CD11 and is a problem solver. Mike Bonin is a political operative with a legacy of failed policies that serve the city political machine that has put our city on shaking financial footing and ignored important quality of life issues that directly effect its residents. Bonin's apparent use of city resources to promote his campaign is one more example of how little consideration city insiders have for taxpayers and ethical behavior.
Rick Feibusch October 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I'm not sure if it was an oversight or lack of judgement on the Bonin campaign's part, but was not good form to start off with something that is not quite Kosher - I assume that Mr Bonin will be setting up his own office and taking time off of his CD11 duties to campaign, unless he is fully confident that his standing with the local Democratic Party and his legacy position will allow him to breeze into office.... I don't think that it will be that easy because Mike has been sort of a "bachground guy" during the Rosendahl years (possibly because Bill has such a larger-than-life presents) and will fall victim to the role he played during the Galanter CD6 era (for the few oldtimers left who can remember) and Bill's policies that were too strong for the uber-left and to little and to late for the "Clean & Safe" residents who disliked the unlimited transient campground that was Venice for a while before changes were put in place. We also have to remember that this is a district-wide race and we do not have any idea how any of the candidates will play there....
Venice Vortex October 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I received one of those unwanted Bonin emails. I am happy to have Bill's hands out of Venice politics. I respect that Bill is a homeless advocate, but Bill had no right to continue to increase the size of the homeless service industry in Venice at the objection of the 38,000 Venice residents. The increase in homeless services attracts more homeless and the criminal element within that group. Mark Ryvac is the man for the job. He will fight tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the westside residents.
Spirit Of Venice October 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
wow...count on anyone who supports Ryavec to lie at the drop of a keyboard stroke..."the objection of 38,000 Venice residents"???? Give me a break. Most people in venice have a heart for the homeless - knowing that they are one mortgage payment away from the sidewalk themselves. It is only monsters like Ryavec and his zombie contingent who take every opportunity to persecute and lie about them. And if Bill Rosendahl is a "homeless advocate", I'll eat my recreational vehicle..."Venice Vortex" huh? Well, at least your NAME is true.
Rick Feibusch October 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Isn't it sad that the person posting as "Spirit Of Venice" has such an obviously mean spirit as displayed in most of their postings - It is unfortunate that most of those happy hippies of "Old Venice" became so jaded and mean when life did not turn out to be the counterculture utopia that was imagined in the past. Post on, dear Spirit but be advised, If your 'tude is rude and bums the mood..... that really does not reflect the spirit of Venice.....
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thank-you Spiro Agnew. He's a real "Nabob of Negativity" - isn't he Mr. WatchDAWG? I suppose that anyone who denies your LIES - about how the people of Venice feel - is an equally deluded aging "Hippy", standing in the way of your Reich's "progress" - like Rachel Corrie in front of an IDF bulldozer. I suppose that you and "Venice"-Sphincter (above) will be voting for Ryavec and the Venice Panzer Division then? Certainly, if TRT Holdings was willing to give Karl Rove a Million $ - Ryavec will be right in-line to receive a right-wing warchest of funds. Between you, Gary and "Dick" above - he'll have at least 3 solid votes. Does 'Realtor'/Stock-Holder Barbara Gibson actually live in the District? There's another vote for FASCISM in Venice. But since he LOST to that EVIL enabler of poor folks (Linda Lucks) - do we think that Ryavec can even carry Venice? Certainly his mean-spirited elitism will possibly have greater traction in the Palisades and Brentwood. But then again, they aren't as exorcised about the horrible wave of poor-folks decending upon Venice, because of the occasional free-sandwich, or accessability of services, either. Good luck with the Putsch!
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The LAST thing that I would call Bill, is a "Homeless Advocate". Isn't the real problem here, just that he wasn't willing to advance your unpopular projects, to quite the extent that you'd demanded?
Rick Feibusch October 11, 2012 at 09:49 PM
You people are weird....... That used to be somewhat charming - now it is just weird...
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
What seems weird to me is why you chose to come to Venice - and not Sanford Florida. And where was the WatchDAWG when the police were beating a handcuffed skateboarder of color - with some specious and dishonest justifications - over an infraction? Cheerleading, or doing color-commentary/play-by-play?
Rick Feibusch October 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Dear Burned, Working - Were you there to defend the skateboard fellow???? Stop being a jackass..... It appears that your function here on patch is to slap down anyone who you deem not worthy of living in your precious imaginary Venice - grow up - you appear to only champion free speech when it comes from your mouth....
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I guess that a SNITCH's work is never done No, I was probably down at the beach - where the "Violent Crime Unit" probably should have been, too - instead of going through the 'hood looking for youth of Color to harrass, abuse and/or tackle. But that wouldn't be in line with the campaign of gentrification, for which you and Ryavec are always out in the lead, demanding more cops (and less poor/peopleof color) in Venice. But I was there at the Westminster Church press conference, denouncing that obvious instance of police abuse/brutality, a few days later. I even spoke out against the continued pattern of abuse and harrassment (they charged him with a FELONY Resisting Arrest -in the hopes of intimidating him into copping a plea to Misd. Resisting - which would undermine his Civil Case), at another press conference held at the Pacific Division. I pointed out the differential treatment of the incident in Venice, involving a young 'Black' man, and the one in Pacoima, involving a 'White' woman. In one the cops were immediately removed from the field and the Captain demoted/re-assigned. In this case I suppose that Beck didn't want to take the hit for HIS assignment of a violent cadre of jack-asses from outside of the area. Which is why, I'm guessing, I didn't see you at either event. Since this is your kind of thing And by all means, Mr. "Clean and Safe" Venice - keep talking. You're a lot like Romney - either lying, or helping out the other side, with every word.
Rick Feibusch October 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Oooooooooooo, Jailhouse jargon - classy - How can there be any advancement in a conversation when people always champion "sides" and give others an agenda that has little to do with the questions at hand - and how you managed to take a strain that was about high ranking local Democrats supporting Mike Bonin and once again subverted it to calling posters and some candidates Nazis and bringing up racial issues that did not exist before you mentioned them is truly amazing - as the doctor said to the lawyer, "you try my patients...."
burned@thestake October 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
SO you've nothing substantive to reply with - just noting that I can see your fat-ass for what it is? And the fact that you think that there are no "racial issues", in spite of the obvious import of your own handi-work - is a great example of the blindness of alleged and self-described "liberals" and other "Democrats" - to their own racism. Good luck in your campaign for "Greater Venice".
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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Rick Feibusch October 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
BurnedOut said: Good luck in your campaign for "Greater Venice". Why thank you! - Is THAT civil enough for you Sanderson
Another concerned citizen October 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
You can't be serious. Bonin is just another political hack with insider ties. He's clearly part of the 'good ol boy' network, thus the immediate endorsement by city hall cronies. With him at the helm, we will have 4 more years of business as usual, total disregard for the Venice majority.
Another concerned citizen October 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
More pathetic than 'spirit of venice' is 'burned at the stake'. It would be interesting to know just how long either of you have lived in Venice. After 40 years of listening to individuals like you, i.e. those looking for a free meal, and free lodging, no responsibilities, and no accountability, I am so over your rhetoric. Get a job!
burned@thestake October 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM
One wonders what drew you away from ______. If you HATE Venice so much, why do you live here? Surely there are places where you would fit-in better. It is kind of a trademarked saying, for Topanga - but allow me the license - 'Don't change VENICE, let Venice change YOU...'
burned@thestake October 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM
And FTR, @AnotherHastilyConstructedHumunculus it sounds like I've been here longer than you. And since you sound like an angry old-man, telling the neighborhood kids to 'get off [his] lawn', I'm assuming that you flew here - while WE grew here. If you don't like Venice, go back to [insert right-wing-incubator city/State, here].
Graham Davis October 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
See? Told you Barack would fix the civility problems...and lower the level of the ocean, but only in Venice.
Rick Feibusch October 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
burnedout@thestake said: "I guess that a SNITCH's work is never done - No, I was probably down at the beach - where the "Violent Crime Unit" probably should have been, too - instead of going through the 'hood looking for youth of Color to harrass, abuse and/or tackle. But that wouldn't be in line with the campaign of gentrification, for which you and Ryavec are always out in the lead, demanding more cops (and less poor/peopleof color) in Venice. But I was there at the Westminster Church press conference, denouncing that obvious instance of police abuse/brutality, a few days later. I even spoke out against the continued pattern of abuse and harrassment (they charged him with a FELONY Resisting Arrest -in the hopes of intimidating him into copping a plea to Misd. Resisting - which would undermine his Civil Case), at another press conference held at the Pacific Division. etc, etc, etc......" And went on to say in a following post: "SO you've nothing substantive to reply with - just noting that I can see your fat-ass for what it is?" ************************************************* Well..... How does one reply to your posting of what you did and what you said followed by a comment that said that I'm somehow just like Mr. Romney??? AND what did any of that have to do with leading local Democrats supporting Mike Bonin?? You are a troll and a bully and should learn some manners and and keep to the subject.......
burned@thestake October 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
That's funny WatchDawg - YOU calling someone ELSE, a bully - and demanding that they learn some MANNERS. Some of us have memories - and have seen you in action, harrassing everyone from the UnHoused, to the ELECTED members of the GRVNC - who beat your ass in election after election. Your historically unpopular and anti-democratic (though ironically, pro-Democratic) campaigns, to destabilize the will of the Venetian people are the 'stuff of legend', by now; and would probably make 'the blonde ghost', Ted Shackley - himself - blush. Do you get the irony of what you say - before it flys out your mouth - or am I the only one? And again - I see no attempts to address the substance of what I brought-up. Just the "How dare you!!!" gambit, yet again - and that never gets old. As WatchDawgs tend to do - you've grown old and toothless - but that doesn't keep you from yelping.
burned@thestake October 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM
And that -dawg claims to be an Obama Democrat, too. Go figure. Hope and Change?
Rick Feibusch October 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Still not on the strain's subject..... troll away, troll away, and while you are at it, look around Venice - we already won! - and if I am getting old and toothless, since you apparently have been around as long as I have, you must be as old as well - the new residents of Venice have no idea about the political battles of yesteryear - all they know is that they do not live in a place over run with dirt, grime, crime, broken streets, hundreds of junk RVs, gang warfare, and the social services dominating local political decisions. Commercial enterprise and real estate values have maintained or increased in Venice, while languishing or failing in most other places. The new residents are coming here in droves for this "new" Venice, rather than coming here to live cheap and off the grid while looking for the ghosts of Bohemia past and Jim Morrison. Calling people racists for wanting clean streets and reduced crime is a joke because doing so implies that people of color require and desire mean streets, crime and grime..... now who is racist here??? Yes, I will admit to being old (64) and am willing to pass the baton to the new youngsters. You are just old and in the way.... These postings are just about as relevant in the New Venice as the saber rattling between Nikita Kruschev and the John Birch Society (Who?). The old days will never return - now who is the toothless barker here????
Rick Feibusch October 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
As for this strain, Mr Bonin represents the government that has brought us to this point, despite the self proclaimed "progressive" element yelping to retain Venice's nefarious criminal and unkempt past. Good for Bill, good for Mike and good for the local Democratic party. There are a few groups that want to see a different approach that will be running against a status quo that is not as bad as it once was. It will be an interesting election because we will be able to see how the residents feel or even if they are interested in local politics - and a lot will depend on voters outside of Venice - Who will you support? Or will you continue to use Patch as a tool to talk smack about the people who actually won - sour grapes - sore loser.... FIND ANOTHER TOWN!
Karl Demon October 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Thank you, anonymous "Concerned Citizen" for re-posting Mr. Ryavec's independent letter against his political opponent. His keen awareness that the government holds the vast number of private email addresses, to which no private citizen could possibly obtain, reflects that Mr. Ryavec has his hand on the public's pulse for issues that matter most to voters. If our war in Iraq has taught us anything, its that allegations (like weapons of mass destruction) can help keep us focused on the things that matter, like conspiracies. While we can surely uncover facts at a later time, the headlines of these allegations should not take a back seat to issues such as jobs, transportation infrastructure, public safety, or the city's budget woes. Thank you, Mr. Ryavec, for your integrity and your vision!
burned@thestake October 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
So if things are going so swimmingly as you would have us believe in your post above - why would you want to change "the government that has brought us to this point"? What you think of as a "criminal" past I prefer to think of as a "real" past. You and the Democratic Party seem to want Venice to be Disneyland. If you want Disneyland - you just need to go gentrify down in Anaheim and Santa Ana (where I'm sure you'd fit-in nicely with the racist/authoritarian community). "There are a few groups that want to see a different approach" - yes and the term for these people is gentrifiers. And amongst them we see the small minority who actually call themselves Republicans - and a few who represent the Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman faction of the Dems. These folks are authoritarian left-brain types who do NOT represent the Venice of any era. As for "winning" - Charlie Sheen has a better claim to it than you do. The only way you folks won anything was the old fashioned way - by "cheating". When Bonin supporter, Marta Evry, tried unsuccessfully to use her dog to vote in the GRVNC election - and then sent a letter to DONE and the City Atty confessing her crime of 'voter fraud', we could see that the FIX was in down at city hall. No prosecution - how 'odd'? MLK said it best - 'the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice'. I suppose you're a BIG Lance Armstrong fan too. We'll be back to a progressive Venice soon enough. It's my town. I'm staying.
burned@thestake October 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I forgot - the subject of this thread is the weirdness of the Spirit of Venice, myself, and anyone else, who isn't a full-time police operative. Dirt and Grime - are you confusing the Venice of old, with Tijuana? I frankly don't know what you're thinking of. I GREW-UP here. I'm not sure if you grew-up anywhere - based on your childish response and non-sequitors; but if you did, we KNOW it wasn't in Venice. Which again raises the question of why you moved to a place that you so obviously HATED from the start? Were you just 'slumming', with dreams of gentrification? Or was it that you wanted to live in Beverly Hills, but when you couldn't afford it - decided to move the 'hills to the sea? I'm as happy to see that things are going well - in MY town - as you are, probably more so. I just wish that it didn't come at the expense of pushing out almost all of the original families of Venice (many of whom were people of color, living in the Oakwood section - back in Abbot Kinney's day, the "servant's quarters"). And speaking of old chestnuts like Kruschev, and the JBS (all of whom are before my time - being 20+ years, your junior - in physical age) - "Have you no decency, sir!?! At long last, have you NO decency!?!" To assume that I'm arguing something which I never have, is odd - unless you're just a disinformation 'pro' - trying to deflect from what I DID say. "Clean and Safe" as you put it seems to have an "ethnic cleansing" subtext - which your (in)actions confirm.


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