Rumor: Did the Recall hit a bump in the road because the Affidavit was not signed?
No, this is false. As we stated in November the ad in the Argonaut was improperly submitted. The now infamous Affidavit page was left out by mistake. The Affidavit was signed by all proponents when the initial recall was filed. This page has been up on our website since day one and has been shared multiple times. http://bit.ly/2l6BMVi
The rumor that the Affidavit was not signed can be attributed to #Fakenews outlets like StreetsBlogLA and political bullies like the people that run Bonin’s reject the recall pages. Ultimately this would have only been a minor hiccup as we could have refiled without any difficulty. The reason we held off on the signature gather phase is explained in the statement above.
Rumor: The Recall Election will cost taxpayers millions of unnecessary dollars.
Partially False. It will have a cost, everything does. However, you cannot put a price on democracy. We also can’t afford to continue to have Bonin as our councilman. The city has already paid out $9.5M in a settlement due to Bonin’s incompetence and arrogance. He failed to have Vista del Mar secured after LADOT had made that specific request and then in a show of the utmost arrogance he failed to show when he was subpoenaed by the court to testify. Another four lawsuits are currently being deliberated regarding three additional different incidents, all of which will be costlier than a recall election.
Rumor: 70% of the people voted for Bonin.
Partially False. Only 18% of the registered voters (not even the eligible voters) showed up to vote in March. Of the 18% it’s true that 70% voted for Bonin but if you do the math that’s only 12% of the registered voters. On top of that, Bonin spent a whopping $35 per vote received that’s 150% more than the second-place candidate and 400% more per vote than the third-place candidate.
Rumor: The Recall is funded by the alt right, right wing money or Steve Bannon.
False on all accounts. We have always maintained that we are nonpartisan, as such we have supporters and donors who run the entire political gamete. Because these are private individuals we don’t question their political leanings, but I can personally attest to having donors who have supported Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The article that was published in Yo Venice! alluding to having ‘prominent donors’ who donated over $500,000 to GOP causes and Donald Trump is misleading. It’s true that out of our almost 500 donors one or two have donated significant amounts of money to a wide range of political campaigns over the past ten years but this group (if you can call two people that) have accounted for less than 3% of the Recall’s donations. In fact, donations have come evenly from Democrats and Republicans with the Democrats having a slight advantage in the number of donations, the amount per donation and the total amount donated vs Republicans. More impressive in my opinion is the vast majority of donations that have come from independent voters.
Rumor: Alexis Edelstein is alt right, white supremist, anti-immigrant, anti-Latino and using campaign as a personal cash windfall.
I’ve debated whether or not to address these questions. Mainly because the campaign is about recalling Bonin and political questions should be focused on actions and inactions attributed to Bonin. Also, because these accusations are so ridicules and childish that anyone with access to Google and a smidgen of common sense would be able to figure out they are lies.
Bonin’s office and his goons purposefully put out misinformation in an attempt to distract from Bonin’s inadequacies and lack of a successful track record. Their hope is to have me over react and make categorical statements that would seem to pull the campaign way to the left thus politicizing the campaign.
Allow me to step into the spot light for a brief minute and categorically deny all the false accusations. I’m not alt right, I was and am a Bernie Sanders supporter, I was a proud delegate for Bernie at last years DNC and have been transparent about this from day one. However, this has nothing to do with the Recall Campaign and I’m happy to say that we have a wide array of political backgrounds working on the campaign.
I’m not anti-Latino or anti-immigrant. I’m both an immigrant and Latino, I was born in Argentina and am a naturalized USA Citizen.
Over the past couple of days Steve Barkan, Bonin's campaign consultant has accused the campaign of being a "moneymaking scam" used to make a personal profit. Nothing could be further from the truth! First let me point out that Steve Barkan works for SG&A, a political consulting firm that took over $83,000 http://bit.ly/2EQahZm from Bonin's office in 2017 alone for his March reelection. That's $83,000 for three months! We have always been transparent and from day one on the campaigns donation page the budget is spelled out A line item of $6,650 is slated for fixed expenses including web/admin/outreach/marketing/phone/print. https://www.recallbonin.com/donate I’ve also lent the campaign $20,000 of my own money meaning that as of today I have a negative cash flow of $14,000.
Finally, I have an MBA and over 20 years of corporate experience. If I chose to, I could get a job in the private sector making well over the amount of money I’ve collected from the over 60 hours a week I’ve put into the campaign. To me the Recall is a passion project!
Good, now that we’re done with the distractions let’s get back to work!
Donations to date: 476
Amount raised: $94,121*
*Includes a $20,000 loan from Alexis Edelstein to the Recall Campaign
2017 Projected vs Actual
Cash on Hand
Donations by Political Party
Learnings from Past Year
Inclusivity: We need to do a better job of reaching out to the multitude of grassroots groups across the district. Selling them on how removing Bonin is a win-win and a much more effective solution compared to the multiple lawsuits that are currently being pursued.
Beginning in January we will be publishing a calendar of town hall events that the Recall will be holding across the district in all the major neighborhoods and inviting local grassroots groups to join in sharing their vision with the community.
Volunteers: There are multiple people that have come to the campaign and asked to volunteer, our challenge is identifying our needs and matching them with our volunteer pool. To succeed here we will need someone from the community to step up and help take on this challenge. Every single volunteer matters but it all starts here. If you’re serious in seeing the Recall succeed, then we need you to step up!
Replacement Candidates: Probably the number one question we get! “If Bonin goes who will replace him and what if they’re worse?” First let me assure you that by definition no one could be worse. This is because Bonin is part of the political machine that runs LA City Hall. He is a puppet (I’m being kind) and beholden to the institutional developers and establishment political hacks that prioritize their political careers over the needs of the people (can you say Garcetti?).
This establishment will not run a candidate in the Recall, Bonin can’t run either: The recall election ballot will have a Yes/No question for the recall and if you vote Yes you are then asked to select the replacement candidate. The establishment would only help in seeing the recall succeed if they ran someone and they don’t want that.
Why the replacement will have to do a better job: The replacement, whoever they are, will be exposed to the same recall process as Bonin but one that would be funded by the establishment meaning that in order to avoid being recalled themselves they will have to be doing the work of the people and make sure that their actions are well received and in the interest of the constituents, something Bonin knows nothing about.
All that being said, we, the constituents of District 11, need people to step up and put their name in the hat. The more candidates we have the better our chances of success are at a recall. That’s because each candidate and their campaign will be rallying up voters to vote Yes to the recall and vote for them.
If you’ve ever considered running now is the time!
To all our supporters and especially our donors, we’d like to wish you a Happy New Year’s!
We’ve used these past couple of weeks to reflect over the last six months and carefully plan for the year ahead. It’s evident that there’s a significant appetite, in the community, to remove Bonin from office. He has four long years left in his term and if we’re to succeed we need to make sure the necessary resources are had to prevail. Nothing would be worse than initiating the signature gathering process, spending thousands of dollars and coming up short. Below we spell out our updated estimates and what we believe is needed to succeed.
From Grassroots to a Movement
This campaign started unexpectedly as a reaction to the Councilman Mike Bonin’s illogical and unilateral actions on traffic throughout the district – lane diets, mass developments, zoning changes – and quickly evolved into a movement as Bonin has continued to show his incompetence and negligence on issues regarding our overall safety.
His negligence has cost the lives of at least five innocent pedestrians and his incompetence in curtailing the inhumane living conditions experienced by Los Angeles’ less fortunate has led to the largest fire disaster in our city’s history.
From an economic standpoint we could not have envisioned a more disastrous combination. Bonin has also led the literal strangulation of small businesses in Playa del Rey and Mar Vista (and will continue to do so with additional traffic reconfigurations across District 11) and, in a move that mafia would be envious of, Bonin has championed the monopolization of waste removal for commercial properties and multi-unit dwellings throughout the district. This last unilateral move has already increased costs on small businesses up to 500% and will also trickle down to those who own or rent in multi-unit buildings as well.
Our Goal Remains Unchanged
Let there be no mistake. The Recall campaign is moving forward. It will not cease until Mike Bonin is replaced. We have a councilman representing us that at best is incapable of leading and at worst belongs jail.
Bonin is divisive, it’s the only way he can garner any ‘support’. He’s incompetent, how else can you explain his inability to get simple safety solutions installed after they have been requested and budgeted by LADTO and USDOT over four years ago. He’s elusive, he refuses to meet with constituents, do interviews or have inquisitive town halls. His only concern is the corporate class, he goes out of his way to cater to large corporate interests like Snapchat and institutional developers. He does not represent the people of District 11 and as such does not have our best interest in mind.
Where We Stand
Over the past five months we’ve received almost 500 individual donations totaling just under $100,000! That’s amazing especially considering we’re a grassroots organization that does not have the support of any political party, special interest organization or rich patrons. And although we were able to gain major victories in Playa del Rey and effectively put Bonin on notice, (he’s taken on added head count, started a PAC, and rallied his goons to fight the Recall) our fundraising targets that would have ensured our success in the signature gathering phase were not met.
From a budgetary standpoint although we were only able to reach two thirds of our donations target for the year we managed to spend less than half, 47% of our estimated budget. Leaving our cash on hand at $20,633 and a positive start to 2018.
-Based on our initial calculations we estimated a need of at least $200,000 to initiate the 120-day signature gathering phase. This was based off multiple conversations with a wide array of political consultants. Also playing against our favor was a record year in state wide initiatives that resulted in an increased demand of signature gathers and effectively increased our cost of success. -
Over the past few weeks we’ve revaluated the political calendar and landscape and have identified two potential scenarios with which to proceed.
- A June scenario and a November scenario. -
To initiate a June scenario, we would need to raise an additional $400,000 by June. This would only be feasible if we’re able to get a political party, major organization or rich patron to back the campaign. A more likely November scenario would require us to raise an additional $300,000 by November.
Why is June more than November? Because the midterm elections, a June primary and a November general, will increase demand on signature gathers as they work to register voters and get out the vote.
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2017
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TAKE FIRST STEP
TOWARDS RECALLING MIKE BONIN
Group to file Notice of Intention to Recall
PLAYA DEL REY, CA - A committee of registered voters will take their first official step towards ousting westside councilmember Mike Bonin on Monday when they file a Notice of Intent to recall. The committee, which also includes Recall Bonin co-chairs Alexis Edelstein and Alix Gucovsky, say they will file the Notice of Intent with the City Clerk’s office at City Hall at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 30. In addition to filing the Notice of Intent, a letter (see attachment) will be read from the family of Damon Eric Shear, who was killed Wednesday when a car hit him while crossing Pacific and Sunset avenues. Shear died crossing a crosswalk in Venice that had long been scheduled for safety improvements, but have been delayed by “red tape.”
Bonin has earned the ire of his 11th District constituents after his implementation of 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.
Residents say that removing a lane has created bottleneck traffic during rush hour, making commutes longer and forcing drivers to make unsafe moves, like cutting across bike lanes to make right turns. Residents and business owners agree 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.
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.
The campaign to recall Mike Bonin has raised close to $100,000 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.
WHO:Alexis Edelstein, Recall Bonin Co-Chair
Alix Gucovsky, Recall Bonin Co-Chair
Demetrios Mavromichalis, owner Venice Grind
Mark Ryavec, Pres. of the Venice Stakeholders Association and former
Chief Deputy Assessor for the County of Los Angeles
Robin Rudisill, former Chair of the Venice Land Use & Planning
Committee and Venice Neighborhood Council Board Member
Ana Cruz, displaced from her home after Bonin failed to make good on a
promise to help keep her in her home
WHEN:Monday, October 30, 2017
City Hall - South Lawn Steps
200 N. Spring Street, DTLA
For more information on the campaign to Recall Mike Bonin, please visit www.RecallBonin.com.
For Immediate Release
October 18, 2017
310 773 9809
CAMPAIGN TO RECALL MIKE BONIN TO CELEBRATE VICTORY IN
PLAYA DEL REY LANE RESTORATION
PLAYA DEL REY, CA - The campaign to recall Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin will celebrate Bonin’s announcement of lane restoration on Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive in Playa Del Rey at 7 p.m. at the Venice Grind in Mar Vista.
Bonin’s latest reversal follows his decision to bring back traffic lanes on Jefferson and Culver Boulevards in Mar Vista after mounting public pressure from commuters, residents and business owners.
In recent weeks, Bonin along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, have had to backpedal on their ill-conceived Safe Streets for Playa del Rey program that began in June and affected Vista del Mar, Pershing Drive, Culver and Jefferson Boulevards.
Alexis Edelstein, co-chair of the Recall Bonin campaign said, "It’s because of the Recall Bonin campaign efforts, along with local grassroots organizations and local businesses, that we were able to get L.A. City Hall to back down. We're happy that Bonin--amid the pressure of a recall--was brought to heel.
However we're not done. There are still 19 streets in Bonin’s district that are slated for reconfigurations including: Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista where Injury Collision Rates are up 7% since the lanes were removed. Residents and businesses alike should be troubled by the upcoming plans. We won't stop our efforts until all of the roads are safe!"
The 19 streets scheduled for reconfiguration include: Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Pico Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard, Centinela Avenue, Venice and Culver Boulevards.
Since the ‘road diets’ were enacted last June, there have been 50 accidents along Culver Boulevard. Prior to the lane diets, the yearly average was 11. Various local businesses in the area have reported a 50 percent decrease in sales.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18 7PM
WHERE: Venice Grind
12224 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista
For more information on the campaign to Recall Mike Bonin, please visit www.RecallBonin.com.
Bonin lied about Venice Blvd street safety!
LIE: Bonin claims INJURY COLLISIONS decreased 10%
TRUTH: INJURY COLLISION Rate INCREASED 7%
It's now more dangerous to drive down Venice than before.
Using LADOT numbers from www.veniceblvdmarvista.org/evaluation
Pre Lane Diets: 3 Injury Accidents per/mo / 37,000 (ADT) Ave Daily Traffic * 100,000 = 8.1
Post Lane Diets: 2.7 Injury Accidents per/mo / 31,000 (ADT) Ave Daily Traffic * 100,000 = 8.7 AN INCREASE OF 7%
'Recall Bonin Mobile’ Helps Spread Word of Recall Campaign Throughout District
PLAYA DEL REY, CA - On the heels of westside councilmember Mike Bonin’s announcement that he’s flip flopping on his support of “road diets” and restoring traffic lanes on Jefferson and Culver Boulevards in Playa del Rey, the campaign to recall Bonin has announced that supporters have made over $72,000 in donations to remove him from office and are moving ahead with the recall.
"The donations keep coming in,” said Alix Gucovsky, co-chair of the Recall Bonin campaign. “We're at $72,000 already. The Recall Bonin campaign is truly a grassroots effort and one that speaks for the vast majority of the district. This is evidenced by our internal poll that has 69% of registered voters weighing in against the lane diets and road reconfigurations."
During the last week in July, Recall Bonin conducted a poll via text to 2,000 registered Democratic voters in the 11th District. Of those aware of the “road diets,” 69% were against them, while only 31% percent were in favor of the road reconfigurations.
With over 300 volunteers and mounting public pressure, Recall Bonin officially launched their campaign last month in response to Bonin’s implementation of 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.
“We’ve already started placing our ‘Recall Bonin Mobile’--a refurbished ice cream truck--in strategic high traffic areas to increase awareness of the recall,” continued Alix Gucovsky. “We've been amazed by the positive reactions we've received from drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists when driving around the district. People--even some law enforcement officials--have been taking selfies with the ‘Recall Bonin Mobile!’ The word is spreading and the support is growing every day with our campaign.”
Removing a lane has created bottleneck traffic during rush hour, making commutes longer and forcing drivers to make unsafe moves, like cutting across bike lanes to make right turns. Residents and business owners say 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 supporters 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.
“These transportation related schemes that Bonin is creating and supporting are having a severe negative impact on the everyday quality of life for the constituents of council district 11 and beyond,” said Robin Rudisill, former Chair of the Venice Land Use & Planning Committee and Venice Neighborhood Council Board Member. “Bonin thinks he knows what's best for us, but he barely speaks to the citizens before he does these things. His outreach is pitiful. Why? Because he knows the majority would of course be against ideas such as reducing lanes of traffic on major thoroughfares. It appears he doesn't want to really know how we feel.”
“I've endorsed the recall of Mike Bonin for the same reason that I ran against him in the last election--Bonin does not listen to residents,” added Mark Ryavec, President of the Venice Stakeholders Association and former Chief Deputy Assessor for the County of Los Angeles. “He puts his own personal agenda above that of the people who elected him as evidenced by his support for several traffic stopping mega developments in council district 11 including the the Martin Cadillac project and expansion of the Archer School. Bonin has sold his vote to developers, special interests and lobbyists.”
One thing we can thank Bonin for is having been the catalyst that has brought this entire district together,” said Alexis Edelstein, co-chair of the Recall Bonin campaign. “We have received support from left, right and center; rich and poor; Republican, Democrat and Independent. Two things have been consistent: the hatred of traffic caused by Bonin's bad ideas and a disdain for Bonin as a Councilman. It seems that his M.O. is to ignore the community, speak out of both sides of his mouth, and try and smear those opposed to him. He is out of touch with the entire district and consistently fails to appear, answer questions or routinely says that he wasn't aware."
The 11th District includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice and West Los Angeles.
The campaign to recall Mike Bonin has raised over $72,000 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.