In the 48 hours since Mike Bonin launched his campaign to succeed Bill Rosendahl as the new 11th district representative on the Los Angeles City Council, he has received over 200 endorsements from local community members.
Rosendahl, who will not seek reelection in order to focus on fighting his battle with cancer, personally endorsed Bonin – he is current chief of staff – as his replacement.
Bonin, who has already received support from two Congresswomen - Janice Hahn and Karen Bass - has also garnered support from among the following local community members:
Mike Newhouse, Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Chair
"Our community deserves another Councilmember who knows how to get results. That's why I strongly believe Mike is the right person to represent us on the City Council,” said Newhouse, who is also former president of the Venice Neighborhood Council. “Having worked with him for six years, I know he's got experience and know-how when it comes to the issues we care about most. As the district's Chief Deputy, Mike has always worked tirelessly to help our neighborhoods fight for our fair share of city services, and I know he will continue to do so as our Councilman."
Nancy Freedman, Brentwood Community Council Chair
"I am proud to endorse Mike Bonin to be our next City Councilmember,” she said. “Mike brings a balanced, inclusive approach that builds consensus. He has been a presence for many years and has prior experience that allows him to start on day one with an understanding of what our community needs. I respect his abilities and I have confidence that he will promote neighborhood engagement.”
Sharon Commins, Mar Vista Community Council Chair
“Mike's experience and knowledge has clearly enabled him to rise to the challenges presented in CD 11,” Commins said. He has been a strong and effective chief deputy. His dedication to our Mar Vista community is exemplary, and I am pleased to support him for City Council. I know he will continue to listen, to engage our concerns, and promote solutions that work for us."
Other local community members who have endorsed Bonin include:
- Jay Handal, president of the West LA Neighborhood Council
- Terri Tippit, head of the Westside Neighborhood Council
- Nora McLennan and Geoff Maleman of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa
- Haldis Toppel and Norman Kulla, former leaders of the Pacific Palisades Community Council
- Suzanne Thompson, former president of the Venice Neighborhood Council
- Marlene Savage, a former member of the board of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and a prominent player in the L.A. Congress of Neighborhoods.
“Having so much early grassroots support swells my heart,” Bonin said in an official statement, following the endorsements. “I am a community organizer by training and by inclination. I understand first-hand how difficult it is to build community, and the neighborhood leaders who do it each and every day are heroic. They literally weave and knit the fabric of our neighborhoods.”
Bonin said that if elected, he would continue Rosendahl’s practice of strong partnerships with neighborhood leaders.
Community Members Endorsing Mike Bonin for L.A. City Council:
John Laurence Buckley
Mary Ellen Cassman
Daniel De Souza
Vicki Strauss Kennedy
Theo von Hoffman
Todd von Hoffman