April 17, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

LA Councilman Mike Bonin Talks Transportation, SMO At SM Democratic Club:

Santa Monica is surround by three sides by the City of Los Angeles. With the nation’s second largest municipality enveloping the City by the Sea, both Santa Monica and Los Angeles are bound to share some common ground on key issues, such as jobs, transportation, and the Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

Los Angeles councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Santa Monica’s neighbors such as Brentwood, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Palms, and Venice, paid a visit to the City by the Sea, speaking Jan. 22 to the Santa Monica Democratic Club at the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Ocean Park.

The 45-minute forum featured Bonin spending a few minutes discussing his work at Los Angeles City Hall and fielding a variety of questions from an audience of about 30 people.

In light of the recent legal motions filed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica about the future of SMO, Bonin said he was sympathetic to the Airport2Park.com movement.

Bonin’s predecessor, Bill Rosendahl, was a staunch advocate of having SMO shut down.

“I’m not a big fan of the FAA,” Bonin said. “There are legitimate health issues. There are legitimate noise issues over Venice. Here in Santa Monica, where I feel there is a legitimate safety issue, the FAA said, no, there is no safety issue.”

“An enormous portion of my time and energy is dedicated to dealing with transportation issues,” Bonin, whose fifth council district include some of the most congested areas in Southern California, told the Santa Monica Democratic Club audience. “I think we are on the verge of creating a new transit system in the City of Los Angeles.”

Bonin pointed to the recent groundbreaking of the planned Crenshaw Line and the ridership of the Expo Line between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City is already exceeding expectations.

The Los Angeles Council member added thanks to Santa Monica’s leadership, the nation’s second largest city is working on establishing a bike share program. In time, the program could be integrated into Santa Monica’s bike share program, meaning a bicycler in Santa Monica could continue riding north or south of the City and into areas such as Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, or Venice.

Another initiative Bonin hopes comes to life as it has in Santa Monica is the complete street movement.

“Streets are not just about vehicles,” Bonin said. “They are about neighborhoods.”

With his colleague LA councilman Paul Koretz, Bonin said he introduced a motion to put a moratorium on fracking. Though introduced as a motion in front of the Los Angeles City Council, Bonin said fracking is one of those issues that impact more than just his municipality but surrounding communities as well.

Bonin added he is also working on a motion to establish a living wage for certain classes of workers within Los Angeles.

“Personally, I’d like to go for the whole enchilada and a City-wide minimum wage (increase),” Bonin said. “Frankly, it would be more sensible to have a County-wide minimum wage.”

Other issues Bonin touched upon included adding more bus lines to and from future Expo Line (and other rail) stations to compensate for potential parking deficiencies, congestion on Lincoln Boulevard, rubber sidewalks, and production companies leaving Hollywood and the Westside to shoot films in other states.

in News
Related Posts

Girls Learn Self Defense at Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, girls are invited to explore practical self defense training at SHIELD Women’s Self Defense’s 2024 Empowerment Summer Camp...

Marina del Rey Apartment Shooter Faces 20 Felony Charges, Could Spend Life in Prison

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The Self-Employed Chef Is Being Held in Lieu of Over $5M Bail By Zach Armstrong A man accused of firing over...

Brentwood Art Center: Kids Explore Fundamentals of Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The beloved Brentwood Art Center is hosting summer camps at its new location at Olympic and 17th in Santa Monica. ...

Camp Integem: Explore, Design and Innovate with Future Tech

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, kids are inviting to make magic as they journey into the fun-filled, hands-on world of artificial intelligence (AI),...

(Video) Westwood Premiere of Zendaya’s New Film Challengers, Directed By Luca Guadagnino

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Luca Guadagnino, stars Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, Mike Faist, composers Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and producers Rachel O’Connor and Amy Pascal...

(Video) Mayor & Vice Mayor of Santa Monica Speak Out Against Needle Exchange Program

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

The Demonstration was Organized by the Santa Monica Coalition @smmirrornews A Santa Monica rally has held against the needle exchange...

Los Angeles County District Attorney Announces Charges In Brutal Venice Sexual Assaults

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

Charges Filed Against Suspect in Venice Canals Case by LADA George Gascon Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has...

GoFundMe Raises Over $84K for Venice Canal Attack Victim

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

The Victim Received at Least Eight Fractures to Her Jaw, a Large Laceration to the Back of Her Head and...

420 is coming and our friends at Venice Kush are going to be going all out !

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

420 is coming and our friends at @Venice Kush are going to be going all out ! Check out this...

Kids Learn Local Waters in Aquarium Science Camp

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

This summer, kids have the opportunity to engage in science and learn about the fascinating water systems in Santa Monica...

Saint Monica Prep: Mariner Sports Camps Focus on Fundamentals

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Teams at Saint Monica Preparatory took big wins this winter season.  The coaches leading an undefeated girls’ soccer team, winning...

Sophie Dance West Dance Camp Enrolling Now

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Calling all Swifties! Sophie Dance West, an all-inclusive kids dance studio that welcomes any skill level from beginner to highly...

Theatre Review: Katerina McCrimmon Can Never Rain on Streisand’s Iconic Parade

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Before I launch into a review of director Michael Mayer’s touring production of Funny Girl,  currently on stage at the...

Measles Infected Traveler Visited Santa Monica Pier, Public Health Officials Warn

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Authorities Urge Individuals Who Were at The Specified Venues to Monitor Their Health The California Department of Public Health notified...

Man Arrested in Marina del Rey After Shots Fired from Rooftop

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Witnesses Captured Footage of Multiple Rapid Shots Being Fired Onto the Street and Sidewalk According to multiple reports including from...