Blog | City Council Candidate Mike Bonin Unveils Plan To Bring City Hall Closer To Our Neighborhoods

Mike Bonin outlines a bold and visionary plan to open the lines of communication between the public and the 11th District CIty Council office to which he hopes to be elected.

Underscoring his commitment to “Put Neighborhoods First,” City Council candidate Mike Bonin today unveiled a multi-pronged plan to bring City Hall closer to residents of Council District 11.

Mike’s “Access 11” plan will use direct personal outreach and technology to make sure residents and neighborhoods have access to city government, and have multiple ways to make their voices heard.

“For eight years, I have worked with Bill Rosendahl, who has set new standards for accessibility and transparency,” Mike said.  “I want to achieve the same thing, but in my own way.  City Hall can seem pretty far away, and I want to do everything I can to bring it to our neighborhoods.” 

Mike said his plan would have two components – personal and technological.  “Local government needs to listen better.  We need a Mayberry approach, and an iPhone sensibility.”

Mike’s Access 11 Plan calls for:

Neighborhood Office Hours - Mike will hold regular and open office hours – and not on a weekday in a government office.  He’ll do them on weekends and evenings, at times convenient for members of working families, at Farmer’s Markets, local fire or police stations, senior centers, libraries or neighborhood shops.

Neighborhood Service Fairs - Mike will partner with our local neighborhood councils to hold “Service Fairs” with city departments responsible for maintaining our streets, parks, and public safety. 

Hikes with Mike - Mike will invite neighbors to join him for informal discussions during hikes throughout some of the district’s precious natural resources, such as the Santa Monica Mountains, the Ballona Wetlands, or the coast. 

Neighborhood Coffees - Mike understands that real discussions rarely happen in government offices.  He will hold neighborhood “coffees” in backyards and living rooms to hear from residents and truly appreciate issues and concerns before they become problems and crises. 

Going Door to Door - Mike will continue to go door to door to meet with voters – even after he is elected. He and his staff will invite volunteers and neighborhood leaders to join him and help engage new people into community activism. 

Internet Testimony - Mike will encourage the use of simple, free technology, like Skype or Facetime, to allow residents to testify at city hearings from work or the comfort of home.  He will make it easier to testify so people will not need to take a day off work, fight traffic and spend half a day at City Hall to be heard. 

Virtual Town Halls - Mike will hold Town Halls throughout the district on important topics, but he will also make it easy to participate remotely.  He’ll livestream the Town Halls and use technology like Google Moderator to make sure people can participate.

“Someone told me this plan sounds like I intend to keep on campaigning,” Mike said.  “In a way, I do.  Campaigning refreshes democracy and infuses local government with new ideas and new energies from our neighborhoods.  I want to be a catalyst for engaging people in local government.” 

Mike is running to succeed Bill Rosendahl, who is retiring and has endorsed Mike to succeed him.  The district includes Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, West LA, Mar Vista, Venice, Del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, and Westchester.  The election is March 5.  For more information about Mike, visit www.mikebonin.com.

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Pete Best February 20, 2013 at 02:55 AM
We have all heard this before Bonin. The people of CD11 aren't going to buy it anymore.
Rick Feibusch February 20, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Hey Pete, Didn't you used to play with the Beatles????? And SoV, so I now assume that you will attack anyone on Patch who you do not agree with and attach them to your personal Moriarty, Mark Ryavec.... this is getting VERY OLD.... As for Mike's commendable community concepts, I applaud them and wish him the best.... My only question is..... Isn't that what the original concept of the LA Neighborhood Council program was? Apparently, few are being used as such..... Anything that involves resident input is a good thing...
Rick Feibusch February 20, 2013 at 07:26 PM
SoV, Ever read Sherlock Holmes??? Also look up the Norwegian fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff, published in the mid-1800s - De tre bukkene Bruse - - http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0122e.html
Rick Feibusch February 20, 2013 at 07:30 PM
PS: SoV - With friends like you, Mr. Bonin needs no detractors....
concernedneighbor February 20, 2013 at 09:20 PM
concernedneighbor February 20, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Whoever is running this site - I'm not sure why you allow SOV to post obviously slanted form of journalism - but he certainly should not be allowed to post 'articles' and then verbally assault every single person that doesn't agree with him...
Spirit Of Venice February 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Thanks Pete. I hadn't realized that "the people of CD11" had unanimously made you their spokesman - especially in view of the fact that you only came into existence as an alias on PATCH four short messages ago and then only for the purposes of attempting to further Blue-Meanie-Ryavec's self-serving and malicious agenda by promoting his pet persecuting attorney for the City Council seat that Mike Bonin is going to win. - I'm not Mike Bonin...just click my name and look at the long and illustrious list of my previous posts to PATCH and you'll know that's true. - Mike is going to make a super City Councilman. I can't wait.
David Lewis February 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Mike Bonin is so desperate that he hides behind the alias of Spirit Of Venice. How pathetic.
Fred Warner February 22, 2013 at 01:01 PM
SOV is really the desperate Mike Bonin how pathetic.
Spirit Of Venice February 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
MIKE BONIN FOR CITY COUNCIL - He'll get the job done! - Let's see...I'm Mike Bonin...I'm also Linda Lucks...I'm also Steve Clare...the only thing "desperate" and "pathetic" is the extremes the opposition needs to go to to try to find something critical to say about me, and the deluded state of mind that thinks that accusing me of bing Mike Bonin will somehow hurt Mike's chances of winning or - for that matter - have ANY influence or effect on anybody reading it. Now THAT's "pathetic".
Fred Warner February 22, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I think your doing a great job SOV of hindering Mike Bonins chances of wining. Keep up the good work.
Spirit Of Venice February 22, 2013 at 07:18 PM
MAKE SURE TO VOTE ON MARCH 5TH FOR MIKE BONIN! - Fored Warner - another Mark Ryavec goon-squad clone. He established this alias on PATCH today in order to make it look like there are actually more than a half dozen hard-corps hater/gentrifiers in Venice, but the truth is they are few and far between. In moron-world this last post of his is supposed to make me think I should stop advocating for Mike Bonin. Uh...no...I think I'll keep it up. - Mike is going to win. Let's see if we can make it happen on March 5th and avoid the expense and effort of having a follow-up run-off election.
Timothy Ferris February 22, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Make sure you all cast your vote for Tina Hess. It just makes good sense if you don't want the same old tired leadership that Mike Bonin brings to the table.
neal bern February 25, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Bonin is starting to look like Rosendahl, all he can do is say good things about the old man. Look - rosendahl turned venice into a homeless paradise and there has not been any new parking, new traffic safety, new police, nada. oh, there are a bunch more billboards, and many of them advertising nude whore strip joints, but that is ok. and bonin has the billboard industry first and foremost on his mind, and of course sierra club endorsed him. tina hess is a well known city attorney who got 14 law firms to get Deutsche Bank to fix foreclosed homes in the hood. Now that is an accomplishment. carrying rosendahl's water is not.
Who is Vince Dale February 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Neal this is all true, but Bonin has the endorsement of SOV
Spirit Of Venice February 28, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Yes, "Who", I ENDORSE MIKE BONIN FOR CITY COUNCIL. Thanks for pointing that out. :-)
rickyricardo February 28, 2013 at 04:20 AM
bonin doesn't look like rosendahl--he is rosdendahl. who do you think has been running the show?
Lucy February 28, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I agree with Ricky Ricardo 100%
Sean February 28, 2013 at 08:23 PM
did you all read his plan? sounds like a lot of picnics, coffee talks and rainbows to me. when is he actually going to do the work, he will be stuck in traffic all the time
ty allison March 01, 2013 at 04:14 AM
What is Mike Bonin's position on homelessness in Venice and how it is impacting residents? The problem has grown dramatically worse under Rosendahl. I heard Bonin speak in favor of RV's at Penmar golf course to the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council without showing any concern for the voices of the neighbors or the golf course for that matter, even though there was overwhelming opposition. Thus, I would expect more of the same, so unless I hear differently from the horse's mouth, I can't vote for him.


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