Letter: Residents Urged to Oppose $5 Million Proposal by Councilman Mike Bonin

This encampment is a block from bridge housing in Venice (white building in the background).

(Editor’s note: Circling the News received the following letter regarding a motion that will come before the homeless and poverty committee on Monday. Residents in different neighborhoods in Mike Bonin’s Council District 11 have started to share information that may affect communities.)


Dear Coalition Leaders,

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Say NO! To the $5M Bonin Boondoggle” email campaign last Thursday.  It was a tremendous success, with over 550 emails sent to every Councilmember of the City of Los Angeles.

The Homelessness and Poverty Committee deferred motion 21-0600-S99 (Bonin’s Boondoggle) to the Budget Committee on June 14, 2021, at 2 p.m.  SO, WE ARE SENDING ANOTHER LETTER.

Let’s triple our impact with more outreach, we want to know why Bonin is all of a sudden asking for $5 million for a Home Program at Venice Boardwalk when he has refused to clean up the Boardwalk by not allowing LAPD to enforce 63.44 (not loitering in parks) and has not set consequences for the homeless who refuse services or accept services and use the Bridge Home as their storage room while they’re living on the Boardwalk.

We need to continue to ask for transparency, hold our councilmember accountable for failed policies, thousands of people dying on the streets and refusal to keep the public safe.

Click on the link provided, add your email address and name and, on your behalf, the software will be sending out individual emails to each councilmember of LA City, Mayor Garcetti, City Controller Galperin and City Attorney Mark Feuer.

We need the entire LA City Council to know that we say “NO” to Mike Bonin’s $5 MILLION political boondoggle.  For years the homeless have been descending onto Ocean Front Walk in Venice, and now, today, when someone is actually doing something to address this problem Bonin calls an emergency meeting to allocate $5 million to address the problem? Why now? Why today? Send a letter to the entire LA City Council to let them know you say “NO!” to Mike Bonin’s Political Boondoggle! Click here.

Members of the public who would like to offer public comment on the items listed on the agenda should call (669) 254-5252 and use Meeting ID No. 160 655 3266 and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak on item # 24.

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4 Responses to Letter: Residents Urged to Oppose $5 Million Proposal by Councilman Mike Bonin

  1. MICHAEL MINKY says:

    “thousands of people dying in the streets…”
    Where? In Bonin’s district? Got some stats to back that up?

  2. Jennifer Shtrum says:

    My 14yo daughter planned a birthday party at the beach we have been going to since she was born. Before her friends arrived, a homeless man came out of nowhere and started yelling at her then lunged at me. It was scary and there was no help. I found a maintenance man who helped me. The man that was living on the ramp to the bathrooms in a tent continuously came out to peer at the girls. For the first time, the beach was unsafe and the girls could not go to the restrooms on their own. This is our community. We need protection from these mentally ill homeless people who go after us. It is not safe!

  3. Sue says:

    According to a 2019 U.S. News and World Report “A record number of homeless people — 918 last year alone — are dying across Los Angeles County, on bus benches, hillsides, railroad tracks and sidewalks.

    Deaths have jumped 76% in the past five years, outpacing the growth of the homeless population, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the coroner’s data.”

    Check with the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and they can probably supply you with data.

  4. Cindy Simon says:

    Something doesn’t sound right. A need for $5 million dollars which will provide what? It does not cost a penny to have Bonin allow the police to enforce the no camping laws, which would provide immediate relief for residents & business owners in Venice & beyond. Until this happens, nothing will change. More money will not force those who refuse shelter when offered to move. Is Bonin going to offer those who refuse to vacate their illegal tent community bribe money to leave? Is the money going towards hiring security to patrol the beaches so when a transient high on drugs starts screaming or exhibiting threatening behavior, the beach goer can be protected and have someone take the dangerous person away? Bonin is like many politicians “Give me more money” but then offers no leadership or a plan.

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