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Councilmember Mike Bonin: Change the Narrative Around Homelessness

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Venice Councilman Mike Bonin Wants to Change the Narrative Around Homelessness

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Magazine) — Venice Councilman Mike Bonin has taken on the homelessness crisis as a core issue.

In late September, activists showed up to city hall en masse to protest a strict rewrite of a law that regulates where homeless individuals can sit or lie on sidewalks in the city. Chanting “house keys not handcuffs,” demonstrators urged the City Council to reject the law, saying it would only make life harder for the tens of thousands of individuals currently living on the streets of L.A.

During the discussion that followed, several council members also critiqued the proposal for criminalizing—as opposed to assisting—L.A.’s unhoused. Leading the charge was Venice councilman Mike Bonin, who was one of the first city leaders to speak out against the proposal. During the discussion, he called the […]

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