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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Bonin Rocks

Google’s patio on Main was filled with friends, family, colleagues, political figures– local, state, and federal, campaign helpers, and well-wishers to celebrate Councilman Mike Bonin being sworn in by former Councilman Bill Rosendahl.  They started lining up to enter prior to 6 pm.

A Bonin Moment, internet

Councilman Mike Bonin brought the crowd to its feet with laughter when he was repeating the oath of office given by former Councilman Bill Rosendahl and said he would uphold the California Constitution–with the exception of Proposition 8. Both he and former Councilman Rosendahl are openly gay.

In his acceptance speech, Councilman Bonin said he wanted to play a leading role for the City in the field of transportation and would be a councilman for the people, for the neighborhoods. He won office with more than 61 percent of the vote and it was mentioned that this was the largest majority for any new council person. To hear his acceptance speech go to Councilman Mike Bonin’s Speech at Ceremony.

Many in audience said it was definitely a Mike Bonin bash. There was continuous music and entertainment as well as food from all the local restaurants. Entertainment was provided by Govindas & Radha, New Directions Veterans Acappella choir, Mark Twain Middle School Bell Ringers, and Mike Randle to name a few.

A Hoodie for Councilman

Councilman Bonin was given a blue hoodie that said “Leaning into the Future” with patches from each of the communities he will be governing

VNC to Welcome Councilman Mike Bonin

Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) will welcome Councilman Mike Bonin at its meeting Tuesday (16 July), 6:30 pm at the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.   Start time is new.

The VNC will also hear application requests for the following businesses:  Bay Market at 22 East Washington Blvd, House of Pies at 1020 Venice Blvd at Lincoln Blvd, Brickhouse Kitchen located at 826 Hampton Drive, and a new, single family dwelling at 745 Amoroso Place.

Today Bill; Tomorrow Mike

Councilman Bill Rosendahl will officially finish two terms, 8 years, Sunday, 30 June.  His successor and Chief of Staff Mike Bonin will officially become Councilman Mike Bonin, 1 July.

Cheri Noda of Triangle said it best when she wrote:  “Thank you, Bill.”

Councilman Rosendahl Last Day Sunday

Councilman Bill Rosendahl leaves office officially Sunday, 30 June.  He will always be remembered for his smile, his outreached arms, and his accessibility.  LA Times had a recent article regarding Councilman Bill Rosendahl.  Go to


July 1, Mike Bonin, former Chief of Staff to Councilman Bill Rosendahl, will officially take the office of councilman.


Mike Bonin Wins! Will Be Councilman Mike Bonin 1 July


It is always inspiring to have candidates come forward to present new views and demonstrate the Democratic process. Tina Hess, Odysseus Bostick, and Frederick Sutton presented their cases but Mike Bonin prevailed by a large majority. The following is what he said to all after hearing the results.

Thank you for your support, your encouragement, your trust, and your vote.
The final results are in. I am grateful, relieved and thrilled to report that I won an outright victory Tuesday, winning 61% of the vote. I am truly humbled to have earned 17,566 votes — more votes than any other city council candidate in the City of LA!

Public service is an immense privilege, and representing our neighborhoods on the Los Angeles City Council is a tremendous honor. The grassroots power of our neighborhoods fueled this campaign, and it will keep me focused on improving quality of life, enhancing public safety, combating traffic, protecting the environment, creating jobs, and housing the homeless.

I am incredibly proud of our campaign. We set a tone that was positive, optimistic, and substantive. We created a movement that was inclusive, empowering, and remarkably diverse. We ran a field operation that was stunningly powerful. Kudos and much, much love to Lisa Conn, my campaign manager, and Chad Molnar, my senior advisor and most trusted friend. They wove together a movement that included community leaders, neighborhood activists, friends, and a new generation of organizers trained on the Obama campaign.

Special thanks to my friends, family, and wonderful partner, Sean Arian. Much gratitude to my campaign co-chairs, Steve Soboroff and Sheila Kuehl, and to my friend, mentor and inspiration – Bill Rosendahl. Bill has a bigger heart and a more expansive vision than anyone I have ever met, and working at his side has been an immense privilege.

Mostly importantly, I want to thank YOU. If you donated, if you called or walked, if you posted a lawn sign, if you offered an idea or a constructive criticism, if you cheered at a candidate’s forum or house party, or if you voted, this victory belongs to you. Please stick with me in the weeks to come, and after I take office July 1. Working together, I know that we will move Los Angeles forward, do good, and get things done.