September 30, 2021

In the News

We've collected some of the top news stories from CD11 below. 

Ursúa, S. (2021b, October 15). Squalor By the Seaside. City Journal.

“Over the weekend, Venice logged yet another RV fire, this time outside Whole Foods. Dark plumes of smoke were visible from miles around. I was surprised to find on my last shopping trip that, three days after the blaze, the charred RV had not been removed.

Now burned down to its metal frame, the RV remained in the same place where it had been parked for over a year. Soot covers the surrounding sidewalks and retail stores, and particles of ash and debris rustle in the wind.

The windows of a nearby store were blown out and are boarded with plywood, and nearby vegetation is burned to a crisp. Someone scrawled “Boninville” on the RV, a reference to Los Angeles city councilmember Mike Bonin, whose inaction has frustrated residents living in deteriorating conditions alongside the homeless.”

Paige, J. (2021, October 19). Suit filed against Bonin, Garcetti and SNAP for Venice boardwalk fire. Westside Current.

“According to the lawsuit, Schonbrun regularly notified SNAP, Garcetti, Bonin, and the Los Angeles Police Department of the homeless encampment and its potential negative consequences to the building.

But, the lawsuit says that was to no avail. The fire, however, started at the height of a significant encampment outbreak on the Boardwalk.

The Westside Current reported numerous stories of multiple businesses and homeowners who had grown frustrated by what they said was Bonin’s permissive behavior of allowing the encampments to remain on the Boardwalk, including at this particular location.”

Antonicello, N. (2021f, October 19). Opinion: Housing, Homelessness and the Empty Rhetoric of LA Mayoral Hopefuls Looking to Replace Eric Garcetti! Yo! Venice!

“Why would Venice support Congresswoman Bass if she thinks Mike Bonin is not part of the problem, but part of the solution when it comes to rampant homelessness, rising crime and the squandering of precious public dollars when it comes to the construction of permanent housing?

Does Bass support Bonin’s “containment” policies that have turned Venice into this homeless ghetto and slum by the sea?”

Alpern, K. (2021, October 18). Three lies and urban myths promoted from Mike Bonin about these “right-wing recalls.” CityWatch Los Angeles.

“Enter Bonin and L.A. City Government that bilks the taxpayers, creates expensive programs, wildly cost-ineffective home-building programs, and makes perhaps the majority of who voted for more City and County taxes regret that we created a cottage Homeless Industry.”

Paige, J. (2021b, October 7). Open records show Bonin weaponized false narrative surrounding Bridge Home bomb scare. Westside Current.

“The next morning on January 3, Councilmember Bonin told media outlets: “Three devices that were designed to look like explosives were found.” According to Bonin’s statement, “If the discovery of explosives was meant to slow progress on the [Venice Bridge Home] housing project, it failed.”

Later that day, the LAPD Major Crimes Division (MCD) returned to the MTA site and re-canvassed the location. While conducting their follow-up investigation, investigators found evidence of similar devices that appeared to be much older, predating the Bridge Home construction.

An email of the finding was widely distributed, including to Bonin and his staff members, stating: “Today, investigators from our Major Crimes Division followed their standard protocol in these situations and conducted a further investigation in the area.

At this time, they do not believe the devices have any correlation to the current Bridge housing construction or homelessness issues.”

Antonicello, N. (2021d, September 29). Opinion: Mike Bonin’s Big Lie! Yo! Venice!

“How does one apply the very campaign tactics of former President Donald Trump on one hand, and claim to be a “progressive” on the other?

It’s a precarious balancing act that lacks any serious credibility as LA Councilman Mike Bonin is actively fundraising to avert a second recall attempt that is based on his miserable record and not his registration as a Democrat. It’s important to note that Los Angeles council races are non-partisan affairs and in most cases, all the candidates are Democrats.

In fact I can’t remember the last time a Republican has run for council in the 11th CD and when the last time a member of the GOP made a serious race for any office in which Venice is part of the political equation.

Now fundraising under the moniker, “Stop Right-Wing Recalls,” the good councilman can’t name or identify a single member of the GOP that is part of this mounting recall threat that will gather the required numbers of signatures to remove him from office. For it is no longer about his failed tenure, but about the math. And the math indicates the recall campaign will be successful no matter how hard he tries to stop it! For why can’t Bonin name or identify by name these mystery right-wingers?

As his mindless followers are “doxing” the likes of Democrats Katrina Schmitt and Nico Ruderman, the official co-coordinators of the Recall Bonin 2021, both Venice residents and former supporters of the embattled councilman, just where are these so-called conservatives?”

Abcarian, R. (2021a, March 17). A Venice neighborhood and the homeless man who terrorized it. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

“At first, it was the fights Landman says she witnessed between Kroll and others who frequented the alley. “I would go out there and see this guy, yelling about wanting to punch a woman in the face, beat her,” she said.

“A woman would come by and they would get in massive fights. ... He would have these spirals, throwing things, breaking things, yelling. I was like, ‘Is this normal? Why is no one doing anything?’”

Abcarian, R. (2021b, July 6). Staffer complaint about homeless contradicts Mike Bonin’s stance. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Antonicello, N. (2021a, May 11). Opinion: Mike Bonin is Highest Paid Council Member in the US. Westside Current.

Antonicello, N. (2021b, September 17). Opinion: Recall Or Reelection: That’s The Choice For D-town Voters When It Comes To Incumbent Mike Bonin - WestsideToday. WestsideToday.

Antonicello, N. (2021c, September 21). Opinion: How Low Can You Go?Yo! Venice!

Antonicello, N. (2021e, October 8). Opinion: Mike Bonin is the status quo! Yo! Venice!

“If one is seeking comedic satire, try digesting Councilman Mike Bonin’s TWITTER feed.”

Bonin, M. (2021, May 19). Mike Bonin Tries To Explain On Fox 11 | KFI AM 640. KFI AM 640; KFI AM 640.

“Bonehead LA Councilman Mike Bonin went on offense and spoke to Fox 11 on the various issues of homelessness including WTH is going on at Venice Beach. Bonin sounded and looked like a big buffoon the whole time. No real answers, just excuses.”

Brunell, N. (2021, September 14). Venice resident laments rise in crime, housing issues in neighborhood.; Spectrum News 1.

Cagle, K. (2021, May 19). Safe parking proposal sparks controversy on LA’s Westside.; Spectrum News 1.

California, I. (2021, April 11). 15,000 People Sign Petition To Prevent Homeless Beach Relocation Plan In California. KABC-AM.

Casiano, L. (2021a, May 8). Residents in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood frustrated over large homeless encampment, shootings, stabbings. Fox News; Fox News.

Casiano, L. (2021b, May 14). Los Angeles residents oppose plan to move homeless to beaches, parks. Fox News; Fox News.

Casiano, L. (2021c, July 3). Venice Beach violence reaches boiling point in L.A. as new viral video emerges. Fox News; Fox News.

Catanzaro, S. (2021a, March 30). Man Arrested After Reported Child Molestation at Venice BoardwalkYo! Venice!

Catanzaro, S. (2021b, April 5). Homeless Man Arrested for Murder at Brentwood Encampment - Brentwood News. Brentwood News.

Catanzaro, S. (2021c, May 14). Bonin Proposal to Make More Westside Homeless Shelters Passes CommitteeYo! Venice!

Catanzaro, S. (2021d, July 19). Unidentified Skeletal Remains Found in Ballona Wetlands Amid Search for Missing Person - WestsideToday. WestsideToday.

Catanzaro, S. (2021e, September 22). Recall Bonin Leader’s Home Vandalized After Address Posted on Twitter - WestsideToday. WestsideToday.

Cavallier, A. (2021, July 24). Skeletal remains found last week positively identified as Kolby Story, the California woman who vanished from Mar Vista in December. NBC News; NBC News.

CBS LA - KCAL. (2021, May 13). Beach Homelessness.; Yahoo News.

CBSLA Staff. (2021a, May). Neighbors Worried About String Of Fires Around Venice Homeless Encampments.; CBS Los Angeles.

CBSLA Staff. (2021b, May 6). Concerns Growing As Encampment Expands On Venice Boardwalk.; CBS Los Angeles.

CBSLA Staff. (2021c, May 12). Councilman Mike Bonin Defends Effort To Explore Temporary Housing In Westside Parking Lots And Beaches.; CBS Los Angeles.

CBSLA Staff. (2021d, May 12). Councilman Mike Bonin Defends Effort To Explore Temporary Housing In Westside Parking Lots And Beaches.; CBS Los Angeles.

CBSLA Staff. (2021e, May 17). Venice Residents On Edge After Another Fire Breaks Out At Boardwalk Encampment.; CBS Los Angeles.

Charky, N. (2021a, March 26). Transient Man Pleads Not Guilty In Venice Local’s Beating Death. Venice-Mar Vista, ca Patch; Patch.

Clark, S. (2021, April 28). Venice Beach doctor’s puppy dies in house fire as neighbors suspect arson amid homeless crisis. Mail Online; Daily Mail.

Charky, N. (2021b, April 21). Dog Killed In Bungalow Fire In Venice; Arson Suspected. Venice-Mar Vista, ca Patch; Patch.

CNN Newsource. (2021a, April 22). Woman loses home, dog in fire as neighbors blame growing homeless encampment - ABC17NEWS. ABC17NEWS.

Charky, N. (2021c, April 22). Homeless Encampment Demolished In Marina Del Rey. Marina Del Rey, ca Patch; Patch.

Charky, N. (2021f, July 26). Police shooting reported in Mar Vista, authorities say.;

Cieply, M. (2021, April 23). At Will Rogers Beach, Will A Film Location Be Home To The Homeless?Deadline; Deadline.

City News Service. (2021a, April 20). LA City Council OKs effort to create more voluntary approach to encampment cleanups. Daily News; Daily News.

City News Service. (2021b, May 26). Housing for homeless at Westside parks, beaches? LA will study it.Daily News; Daily News.

City News Service. (2021c, July). LA allocates $5 million to provide 200 Venice Beach homeless with interim housing. Daily News; Daily News.

Guest Author. (2021, May 4). Togo’s Short Life, Tragic Death Remembered in Sunset Vigil - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

CNN Newsource. (2021b, May 7). Boardwalk now a huge homeless encampment | NewsChannel 3-12. NewsChannel 3-12.

Contributing Editor. (2021a, May 13). Venice Stakeholders Send Letter Asking City To Address Encampment Fire Risk -

Contributing Editor. (2021b, September 16). Suspected Arrested in Fatal Stabbing at Brentwood Homeless Encampment -

Culver City Crossroads. (2021, September 9). TPR Interviews LA City Councilmember Bonin. Culver City, ca Patch; Patch.


Dixson, B. (2021, April 7). Bonin proposes encampments on local beaches - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Elias, T. D. (2021, May 18). Recall fever: more than just a bear and a TV star. Orange County Register; Orange County Register.

Flanagin, J. (2021, September 20). Bonin anti-recall campaigners say video doxxing opponents was “inadvertent.”

FOX 11. (2021a, April 5). Bonin proposes homeless shelters at Will Rogers State Beach, Dockweiler Beach, Fisherman’s Village. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

FOX 11. (2021b, May 19). Homeless in Venice don’t plan to leave their outdoor beach lifestyle living anytime soon. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

FOX 11. (2021c, September 15). Veteran who tried to break up dispute fatally stabbed at homeless encampment in Brentwood. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

FOX 11 Los Angeles. (2021a, May 16). Mike Bonin weighs in on the growing homeless problem in Venice. FOX 11 Los Angeles.

FOX 11 Los Angeles. (2021b, May 17). Crowd boos, calls for recall of councilmember Mike Bonin amid fire press conference. FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Fruen, L. (2021, May 13). LA residents revolt over shanty town plans: Petition to STOP plan to house homeless in tents. Mail Online; Daily Mail.

Gonzalez, C. (2021, May 13). LAFD: Over half of fires are related to homeless encampments. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Gould, M., & Clark, S. (2021, May 19). How California’s scenic Venice Beach has become a homeless hotspot. Mail Online; Daily Mail.

Granda, C. (2021a, May 4). Westchester residents upset over plan to use local park to house homeless. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Granda, C. (2021b, May 7). Venice boardwalk now a huge homeless encampment. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Harter, C. (2021a, February 27). Residents beg L.A. city services to remove burnt out RV “drug den” on Rose Ave - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Harter, C. (2021b, March 6). Councilman Bonin explains his approach to homelessness - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Harter, C. (2021c, March 23). Another Boardwalk encampment fire stokes concerns about Venice’s trash crisis - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Harter, C. (2021d, June 10). Feud deepens between Villanueva and Los Angeles officials over handling of Venice homeless - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Harter, C. (2021e, August 26). Marina businesses object to advancement of waterfront homeless camping proposal - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Haskell, J. (2021a, May 19). Palisades Fire renews criticism by some residents over LA Councilman Mike Bonin’s homeless plan. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Haskell, J. (2021b, May 19). Palisades Fire renews criticism by some residents over LA Councilman Mike Bonin’s homeless plan. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV. (2020, November 25). Where Unhoused People Saw Freedom, Their Venice Neighbors Saw A “War Zone.” LAist.

Impelli, M. (2021, May 11). Video Shows Violence Break Out at Homeless Encampment at Venice Beach, California Boardwalk. Newsweek; Newsweek.

J. Peterson. (2021, May 19). Paul Hogan sends a stern message to homeless outside his mansion. Mail Online; Daily Mail.

Joel Grover,Josh Davis. (2021, April 8). Residents of World-Famous Venice Beach Demand LA Move Homeless Off the Streets as Tents and Crimes Multiply. NBC Los Angeles; NBC Southern California.

John Cádiz Klemack. (2021a, July 20). Some Residents Push Back Against New Plan to Offer Safe Camping for Homeless in LA City Parks. NBC Los Angeles; NBC Southern California.

Jory Rand. (2021a, April 22). Venice woman loses home, dog in fire as neighbors question if growing homeless encampments to blame. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Jory Rand. (2021b, May 6). Venice homeless crisis: Outcry grows over string of dangerous incidents at encampments. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Kenan Draughorne. (2021a, April 21). Will Rogers Beach Homeless Campsite Idea To Be Discussed By PPCC. Pacific Palisades, ca Patch; Patch.

Kenan Draughorne. (2021b, April 30). Will Rogers Homeless Campsite Receives More Pushback From PPCC. Pacific Palisades, ca Patch; Patch.

Kilbride, S. (2021). Bonin Protest. In Santa Monica Daily Press.

Klemack, J. C. (2021b, September 2). Venice beach boardwalk is clear, businesses Say Tourists Are Coming Back. NBC Los Angeles; NBC Southern California.

Koco McAboy. (2021, January 30). Business owner on Venice boardwalk shutting down shop after rise in crime and drugs in area. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Kotkin, J. (2021, May 16). How Los Angeles Descended Into Neo-Feudalism—and How to Fix It | Opinion. Newsweek; Newsweek.

Lank, B. (2021, May 5). Crime drops around Echo Park Lake. The Eastsider LA.

LeGras, C. (2021, July 13). Is Mike Bonin really housing the homeless of the Venice Boardwalk – or just hustling them out of sight? The All Aspect Report; the all aspect report.

Lemar, J. (2021, February 9). Rising Crime to Blame for Potential Closure of Ben & Jerry’s in Venice?Yo! Venice!

Lepore, S. M. (2021, October 19). Photos reveal former Survivor contestant’s injuries after she was attacked by a homeless woman. Daily Mail Online; Daily Mail.

Los Angeles Times. (2021a, June 9). Problem isn’t Venice homeless. It’s leaders like Mike Bonin. Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times. (2021b, September 20). LAPD responds to vandalism report at home of activist leading effort to recall L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin. KTLA; KTLA.

Matthew, Z. (2019, November 4). Venice Councilman Mike Bonin Wants to Change the Narrative Around Homelessness. Los Angeles Magazine.

Mazzoni, A., & Brantley, K. (2021, May 19). California’s Venice Beach where Paul Hogan lives becomes a homeless hotspot with tents. Mail Online; Daily Mail.

McGregor, A. (2020, August 24). Double-Digit Increases in Venice Property CrimeYo! Venice!

Mike Bonin shouldn’t dismiss outrage over leaked staff email. (2021, July 11). Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Numbers. (2021a, May 5). Crime At Tent Encampments Rises During The Pandemic Year. Los Angeles, ca Patch; Patch.

Numbers. (2021b, May 13). The Detective: Another Bad Week For Car Crimes. Los Angeles, ca Patch; Patch.

Paige, J. (2021a, September). Del Rey Residents Ask For Relief From Growing Homeless Crisis At Town Hall - Santa Monica Daily Press. Santa Monica Daily Press.

Pascoe, S. (2021a, April 11). VIEWPOINT: Homeless at Will Rogers, the PPCC meeting and the Elephant in the Room.

Pascoe, S. (2021b, May 24). OPINION: Times Editorial Calls Bonin Enterprising, Shames Pacific Palisades Residents.

Pascoe, S. (2021c, July 8). Beach Parking Lots Have Already Been Analyzed for Housing the Homeless.

Pascoe, S. (2021d, August 10). Will Rogers Beach a Valuable Resource for All Angelinos.

Pascoe, S. (2021e, August 11). A local victory: City beaches and parks are not feasible to house homeless.

Peltz, J. (2021, June 15). Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Plans for the Venice Boardwalk - Knock LA. Knock LA.

Regardie, J. (2021, August 11). With 48 murders, Los Angeles sees deadliest month in more than a decade. Crosstown.

Report: LA Burglaries Drop In Pandemic, But Not In Venice. (2021, May 19).; Report: LA Burglaries Drop In Pandemic, But Not In Venice.

Seidman, L. (2021, March 4). SUV slams into Brentwood homeless encampment, injuring 3. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Silva, G. (2021, June 30). Councilman Mike Bonin’s staff privately requests displacing homeless person living in front of office. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Smith, D. (2021, September 20). L.A. mayoral candidates visit homeless encampments. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Smith, D., Queally, J., & Molina, G. (2021, May 12). Another consequence of L.A. homelessness: 24 fires a day. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Stallworth, L. (2021, July 5). Man killed, woman hospitalized in Venice car-to-car shooting, crash, LAPD says. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Tapp, T. (2021, May 13). Uproar Over Camping/Parking Sites For Homeless At L.A. Beaches, Parks. Deadline; Deadline.

The Argonaut. (2020a). Power to Speak: The Real Results of Mike Bonin’s “Reimagined Public Safety” Survey | The Argonaut Newsweekly.

The Argonaut. (2020b). Road Diet Disaster.

Ursúa, S. (2021a, July 15). L.A. let homelessness overwhelm Venice. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Venice. (2020, December 16). Venice residents frustrated by multiple break-ins caught on camera. ABC7 Los Angeles; KABC-TV.

Venkat, N. (2020, June 23). LA’s homeless crime epidemic. Crosstown.

Villegas, C. (2021, May 16). Fires at LA homeless encampments increase, business owners fear damages.; Spectrum News 1.

Ward, E. (2021a, February 10). They were homeless, now they’re dead. Crosstown.

Ward, E. (2021b, May 4). Crime at tent encampments rises during the pandemic year. Crosstown.

Ward, E. (2021c, June 15). The problematic ties between homelessness, mental health and crime. Crosstown.

Winslow, H. (2021, April 5). Homeless man booked on murder charge for fatal hit-and-run in Brentwood. FOX 11 Los Angeles; FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Yaron Steinbuch. (2021, May 10). Venice Beach boardwalk in California is now “dangerous” homeless encampment. New York Post; New York Post.

Yo Venice Staff. (2021, September 16). Opinion: Ten Reasons Why the Venice Boardwalk Got Cleaned UpYo! Venice!

Yo! Venice Contributor. (2021, July 29). Opinion: Why the Recall of Mike Bonin MattersYo! Venice!

YoVenice. (2020, August 6). OpEd: The Real Results of Mike Bonin’s “Reimagining Public Safety” SurveyYo! Venice!

Zahniser, D. (2021a, May 14). Outcry on L.A.’s Westside over Bonin’s homelessness plan. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.

Zahniser, D. (2021b, June 15). L.A.'s Councilman Mike Bonin is targeted with a recall. Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles Times.