(Editor’s note: Today, in a Re-Elect Mike Bonin message, Councilman Mike Bonin’s husband Sean wrote:
“I wanted to be sure you saw the Los Angeles Times editorial about my husband, Mike Bonin.
This past Sunday, the paper wrote about his efforts to confront the homelessness crisis, calling him “brave” and “enterprising” in confronting “the moral crisis of our time in this city.” That’s definitely the Mike I know.
I can tell you from personal experience, from the moment he wakes up until he falls asleep at night, Mike is fighting with passion and determination to get people out of encampments and into housing. His proposals to provide housing, shelter and services have been met with lawsuits, appeals, and personal, false and vitriolic attacks. We’ve had people chanting “evict the homeless from Los Angeles” and “White lives matter” outside our home in Mar Vista. . . ..
I was proud to see the LA Times tell the truth about Mike, and I hope you can, too. You can share the editorial with your friends, and you can help Mike fight the negative attacks and the lies by donating to his re-election campaign.
People who oppose solutions are lining up to come after Mike. I know that won’t slow him down, but he needs your help. Can you show him that we are in this together?”)
One CTN reader in Pacific Palisades submitted this response:
Thank you for your thoughts regarding your husband.
Unfortunately, the homeless problem is very difficult.
The City Council’s vote [to pursue a feasibility plan] to place homeless shelters on Will Rogers Beach is not a proper solution for getting homeless off the streets.
I suggest that the Mayor, the City Council, and the Board of Supervisors investigate this solution: Have all government agencies find all the vacant industrial properties in Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, and make plans to rent or acquire these sites for potential homeless shelters. I am sure they exist in all Council Districts and throughout Los Angeles County. This would provide hundreds of locations to house the homeless.
If our City and County governments would consider this suggestion, we could avoid placing homeless on Will Rogers Beach which is owned by the State of California.
Please discuss this suggestion with your husband, because we, the taxpayers’ voices, are never heard.
I empathize with your husband with all the negative feedback he receives on the homeless problem, but we need realistic solutions that do not include Will Rogers State Beach.