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“Recall Bonin” Campaign Launches Today




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Los Angeles, CA – The Committee to Support the Recall of Mike Bonin will officially launch their campaign today (Thursday, September 14)  at 5 pm in front of the Venice Grind Coffee Company in Mar Vista (12224 Venice Blvd.) Proponents will unveil a new campaign website (recallbonin.com) and the Recall Bonin Mobile—a refurbished ice cream truck that will be used to spread the word about the recall.

Bonin, whose district includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Play del Rel, Playa Vista, Venice, West Los Angeles and Westchester, created furor after he implemented Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative which removed one lane of traffic on Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard in favor of bike lanes and parking. Other streets affected by “road diets” were Vista del Mar, Culver Blvd., Jefferson Blvd. and Pershing Blvd.

Supporters of the recall say that removing a lane has created bottle-neck traffic during rush hour, making commutes longer and forcing drivers to make unsafe moves, like cutting across bike lanes to make right turns. They said that the changes to Venice Boulevard created extra gridlock making it impossible for ambulances to pass through during emergencies and that they felt tricked and unsafe on the city’s evacuation route for a natural disaster like an earthquake.

Recall Bonin proponents say that the changes to the streets occurred without prior knowledge and consent of residents, business owners, neighborhood councils or surrounding city governments and were billed under the auspices of Vision Zero and Mobility Plan 2035, L.A.’s effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and shift drivers to other transportation options by adding hundreds of miles of bicycle and bus-only lanes.

“Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the country and the world,” said Recall Bonin campaign organizer Alex Edelstein.  “Traffic costs the average L.A. driver $2,408 a year in productivity and fuel.  There is no real evidence that implementing a decades old traffic plan from Europe by reducing traffic lanes in favor of parking and bike lanes is going to reduce traffic fatalities in American—more specifically Los Angeles.  A city with the worst traffic in the country.”

Streets slated for changes or “road diets” in the 11th District include: Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica Blvd., Pico Blvd., Olympic Blvd., Bundy Dr., Centinela Ave., Sepulveda Blvd., Venice Blvd, Abbott Kinney Ave., San Vicente Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway.

Edelstein continued, “We believe that the people deserve a voice and to be heard.  These changes are impacting all people at multiple different levels.  Bonin campaigned on reducing traffic.  Unfortunately it seems he lied to us.”

The campaign to recall Mike Bonin has raised over $40,000 of its $200,000 goal and will commence signature gathering in November.  The campaign needs approximately 27,000 valid signatures of registered voters in L.A.’s 11th District to trigger an election, but plans on collecting 50,000.

More info at www.RecallBonin.com and www.Facebook.com/RecallBonin.



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