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Henry Waxman Endorses Mike Bonin

Lawmaker says Bonin will be an advocate for Council District 11 neighborhoods.

Heading into the final stretch of his campaign for the Los Angeles City Council, Mike Bonin announced U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman's endorsement on Friday, Feb. 22.

Waxman, one of the Westside's most prominent political figures, rarely endorses in local races, according to Bonin campaign. Waxman said Bonin will be a powerful advocate for neighborhoods who can broker solutions to long-standing problems and move Los Angeles forward.

"I am pleased to endorse Mike Bonin for the Los Angeles City Council," Waxman said. "Mike knows his district, champions its neighborhoods and shares its values. Mike has the energy, experience and skills to get things done.  I am looking forward to working with him, and partnering on a range of issues, including environmental stewardship, job creation, Santa Monica Airport and providing more services for our veterans at the West L.A. VA."

Waxman represents California's 33rd Congressional District, which large parts of the 11th District, including the Brentwood, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Venice and West LA. He joins an endorsement list that also includes U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the Sierra Club and Los Angeles firefighters and police officers.

"I am genuinely humbled by Congressman Waxman’s endorsement,” Bonin said. "He is a homegrown leader with national stature. His legislative achievements have touched people’s lives, improved the quality of their health care and improved our environment. I am eager to be his local partner in improving the quality of life for all our constituents."

Waxman has fought for universal health insurance, comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid coverage, tobacco regulation, AIDS research and treatment, air and water quality standards, pesticide regulations, nursing home quality standards, women's health research and reproductive rights, affordable prescription drugs and community rights to know about pollution levels. 

Bonin currently serves as Chief Deputy to retiring Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who has strongly endorsed Bonin to succeed him.

concernedneighbor February 26, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Tina Hess and Odysseus Bostick also 'share Venice values - individuality, diversity, creativity, love, tolerance'
Raul Marquez February 26, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Considering that most Americans prefer Cockroaches to Congress, is it really in our interests to vote for a guy, based on the recommendation of a lifelong Congressman?
David Ewing February 26, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I appreciate Bostick's and Hess' commitment to these values that make Venice an exceptional and beloved place. But I have to ask, if all the candidates share the same values, why not vote for the one with the most experience, who has lived his commitment in government service and is the most likely to be able to champion those values effectively at City Hall? That's why I'm voting for Bonin. I hope Bostick and Hess stay involved in local politics, at a level commensurate with their experience, so they may demonstrate their talents and commitment.
David Ewing February 26, 2013 at 08:20 PM
The more telling question is not how Americans think about Congress, but how Waxman's constituents feel about him. A good Congressman is hard to find, so I appreciate him all the more. Yes, I think his endorsement is meaningful.
concernedneighbor February 26, 2013 at 09:32 PM
People that think that Rosendahl has done a good job here in Venice and wants more of the same should vote for Bonin. Anyone that thinks Venice needs a real leader that will speak for ALL of Venice might want to learn more about other candidates.

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