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Mike Bonin

Councilmember, 11th District, City of Los Angeles. Member, Board of Directors, LA County Metro.

Mike Bonin represents the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council, bringing a powerful voice for neighborhood empowerment and common sense solutions to city government.<br /> <br /> As Councilmember for the city’s Westside, Mike’s priority is to put neighborhoods first. He is working to promote mass transit and traffic relief, protect the environment, and use technology to make government more effective, efficient and transparent.<br /> <br /> Mike is known for his hands-on approach and his insistence on better city services. He can be seen frequently filling potholes, picking up trash, or trimming trees with city workers, or patrolling the streets with police officers or firefighters. As part of his ambitious “Access 11” plan to bring City Hall closer to our neighborhoods, Mike holds open community office hours in the evenings and on weekends at local farmers markets, coffee shops, and senior centers to provide working people access to their council representative when it is more convenient for them. Mike and his staff regularly go door-to-door, seeking ideas to improve city services, and coordinate service projects to improve our neighborhoods.<br /> <br /> A regular user of mass transit who commutes to work by bus or train at least once a week, Mike is a key player in regional transportation matters. He is chair of the council's Transportation Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and vice chair of the Metro Expo Line Construction Authority. Mike is a strong advocate for increasing our transportation choices, and believes we can relieve traffic and create livable streets and neighborhoods through greater use of rail, bus, bikes and walking.<br /> <br /> In addition to his transportation portfolio, Mike is also vice-chair of the council's committee on Innovation, Technology & General Services, and serves as a member of the committees on Budget & Finance, Public Safety, and Trade, Commerce & Tourism, which oversees LAX International Airport.<br /> <br /> Mike took office July 1, 2013 after winning a landslide victory in the March 2013 municipal primary. He garnered 62 percent of the vote in a four-person race, winning more votes than any other candidate for city council, and the highest proportion of the vote that any first-time candidate has obtained in a council primary in ten years. He quickly made a mark on the City Council - immediately winning approval for the repeal of an unpopular policy that ticketed motorists for parking at broken meters; and earning praise for his proposal to equip firefighters with modern technology, such as iPads or tablets.<br /> <br /> Mike has worked on behalf of Westside neighborhoods since 1996, working in senior positions for Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Congresswoman Jane Harman, and Councilwoman Ruth Galanter. Mike also served as a regional field organizer in California for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and was the co-founder and program director of Camp Courage, an acclaimed training program for community organizers fighting for the freedom to marry for the LGBT community.<br /> <br /> Mike, who has a habit of wearing one of his seemingly endless supply of blue shirts for nearly every occasion, often balks at the typical conventions of politics. He loathes wearing a necktie, shows up for many neighborhood functions in shorts, and gives postcards of Ganesha, the Hindu deity known as the Remover of Obstacles, to city bureaucrats. Mike also occasionally gives lucky constituents and community groups one of the homemade “raw organic apple pies” he makes (and brags about incessantly).<br /> <br /> Mike lives in Mar Vista with his husband, Sean Arian, a policy expert in economic development and green jobs creation. Mike is a member of St. Monica’s Church in Santa Monica. A former newspaper reporter, Mike graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with a B.A. in United States History.

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