Mike Bonin Next to Face Tsunami of Recall Elections
Over the past year, frustrations related to the pandemic, the economy, and other social issues have led to the development of various recall efforts - many of which will impact several offices in Los Angeles. Should these efforts succeed, they will likely contribute to the turbulent state of our local politics.
Councilmember Nithya Raman and District Attorney Gascón are some of the most recent officials facing the possibility of removal, with both only having served about a year in public office. With how early both officials are in their respective tenures, Angelenos should be wary of this emerging recall fever.
Joining them is Councilmember Mike Bonin, who faces a real recall threat in the near future.
Whether or not these efforts are justified, the unprecedented number of recall campaigns is certainly a concern and will direct the future of partisanship and policymaking in our LA.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin
Councilmember Mike Bonin is the latest of public officials to have been served a recall notice, due to growing demands from Council District 11 residents on the issues of homelessness in the district.
"Under Mike Bonin's watch, the humanitarian crisis of the homeless population is growing exponentially. Tax-payer money is squandered. Fires. Struggling local businesses. Crime is rampant and rising. Neighborhoods and schools are unsafe. We feel afraid to visit public beaches and community parks", said the Recall Bonin 2021 group.
Last week, the recall group claimed that they received more than enough signatures to trigger a recall election. Although the minimum required number is 27,000 unique signatures, the group claims that they collected over 39,000.
In response to these developments, Councilmember Bonin went on social media to state, "This recall, and my reelection ... isn’t really about me. It’s about how we, as a city, should respond to homelessness."
He continued to argue that the "recall is really a choice about how we respond to homelessness: It’s a choice between housing and services, which work, or criminalization, which fails."
The group also argues that the rise in homelessness in Venice has led to increased encampments and crime rates. Others criticize Councilmember Bonin for planning to use some recreational sites for housing and shelter.
Moving forward, the City Clerk will review the total number of signatures within the next two weeks. Then, verification of all 39,000 signatures will take place, which could take up to 30 additional days.
Upon verification, a special election could take place as early as May 2022.
At BOMA/GLA, we have longstanding history of working with all local officials - including those we have disagreements with. Instead of focusing solely on differences, we engage in dialogue and cooperation to ensure the best outcome for property owners and managers.
Recall elections should be a legitimate tools in the democratic process. However, overusing this method risks undermining its importance, and will only fuel partisanship in our local system.