Attempts to Recall Councilor Mike Bonin Heats Up as Organizers Submit Signed Petition Wednesday – CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A group of Westside residents seeking to recall Los Angeles City Councilor Mike Bonin turned their petition on Wednesday to the city clerk, who they said had enough signatures to qualify for a vote.

The organizer of the recall effort, Nico Ruderman, said the petition had collected 39,188 signatures, with only 27,317 signatures needed by November 10.

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A signature verification will be done by the city clerk.

Bonin was re-elected in 2017 to represent Council District 11 with 71% of the vote and is seeking re-election in 2022. Its area includes Venice, Pacific Palisades, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Sawtelle and more Westside neighborhoods. The draft re-district map, approved by the City Council on Tuesday, left his township intact.

“This is what happens when blockers, who have fought with Mike Bonin for years to stop the shelter and services of the West Coast homeless, receive funding from undercover donors and guidance from professional right-wing agents,” said Jesse Zwick, spokesperson for the campaign against the recall. said in response to the filing of the petition.

“Mike’s opponents arms the recall process and seeks to eliminate a brave, compassionate public official fighting for smart, proven solutions to the homelessness crisis. The city clerk will spend several weeks reviewing and verifying each signature submitted. In the meantime, we will launch an aggressive campaign against this recall. Los Angeles and the Westside need Mike Bonin’s vision and leadership.”

The petition to recall the councilor was approved on July 13, making him the second of three councilors to be recalled this year, after Councilor Nithya Raman and ahead of Parliamentarian Kevin de León.

Organizers of all three recall efforts say they oppose councilors’ handling of the city’s homelessness crisis.

Bonin, who spearheaded the recall effort, has faced growing backlash from voters since the city launched a movement to allow the homeless to explore safe campsites in makeshift cabins and beach parking lots, including one at Will Rogers State Beach.

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Bonin sent an email to voters in May only to dispel rumors that his motion asking for a report on feasibility would actually create camps.

“Some argue that I propose that the city allow homeless camps in our parks and beaches. That rumor is not true. On the contrary, what I propose is designed to reduce camps so that our public spaces can return to full public use,” he said.

On August 10, the chief administrative officer ordered the city not to monitor privately owned cottages or secure campsites at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades, at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, or at 5000 Beethoven Avenue in Del. He recommended. Rey.

Bonin said he won’t force the city to follow any of the sites deemed “inappropriate” and will instead focus on the four locations where the CAO’s report recommends further evaluation. , plots in LAX and an RV park in Dockweiler.

Katrina Schmitt, a recall advocate and Venice resident, told the Los Angeles Times that the number of signatures on the petition shows the Bonin district is frustrated by what it sees as homelessness, crime and the lack of response from Bonin’s office.

“We want it gone, we want it gone. This is the official process to fire someone,” Schmitt told The Times.

Bonin has been lauded by progressives for executing a successful pathway to housing operation over the summer on the Venice Boardwalk, which brought 213 residents of the beach and boardwalk indoors with the promise of a path to permanent housing. By the end of October, 49 of these people have moved to permanent residence and 122 are waiting for permanent resettlement in temporary residences. The remaining 42 include people who are reunited with their families or who are seeking permanent housing but have left temporary housing settlements.

Bonin’s office is in the middle of a similar “Home-to-Camp Relocation” operation in Westchester Park.

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