August 05, 2014
Contact: Michael Feinstein

Press Release: Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin endorses Michael Feinstein for Santa Monica City Council


Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin announced his endorsement today of former Michael Feinstein for Santa Monica City Council.

"I am enthusiastically endorsing Michael Feinstein because he is a smart, passionate progressive and a champion of our neighborhoods," said Bonin, who represents the Westside of Los Angeles on the LA City Council. "When Mike served as mayor and on the City Council, he earned a reputation as a leader with uncommon vision and as an advocate of forward-looking, common-sense solutions.

"I have known and worked with Mike for nearly 20 years, and I am enthusiastic about having him back in elected office in my neighboring city of Santa Monica," Bonin continued. "Working together on regional solutions, we'll be able to do great things for the environment, for transportation and for the quality of life for residents of both of our cities."

"I am flattered and thankful for Mike Bonin's endorsement," said Feinstein, who served on a variety of regional, state and national intergovernmental committees when he was previously on the Santa Monica City Council. "I would greatly welcome the opportunity to work with Mike on common issues that affect our two cities - of which there are many, from regional transportation to the beach to closing Santa Monica Airport and turning it into a great park."

Councilman Bonin's Council District 11 surrounds Santa Monica on the north, east and south, and includes all or part of Brentwood, Mar Vista, Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westchester and the Los Angeles International Airport.

Bonin's endorsement of Michael Feinstein follows one from Bill Rosendahl, who was the Councilmember in the same district before Bonin, from 2005-2013.

Feinstein served on the following other governmental task forces and committees during his first two terms in office from 1996-2004:

• Southern California Regional Comprehensive Plan Task Force, Southern California Association of Governments, 2004-2006
• Growth Visioning Subcommittee/Southern California Compass, Southern California Association of Governments, 2001-2004
• Energy & Environment Committee, Southern California Association of Governments, 1997-2004
• Westside Council of Governments, Santa Monica representative as Mayor, 2000-2002

• Housing Committee, California League of Cities, 2001-2002

• U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2002
• Central Cities Committee, National League of Cities, 2002-2004

Feinstein is campaigning on promoting a healthy environment and more parks and open space, affordable housing and tenants rights, the arts and social services - all while addressing traffic,  preventing over-development and achieving a responsive local government.

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