BONIN FORMS “LOS ANGELES FORWARD” COMMITTEE TO FIGHT FOR HOMELESS HOUSING AND MASS TRANSIT

over_shoulder_narrow.jpgLOS ANGELES – Declaring that Los Angeles voters have a rare opportunity to tackle pressing and urgent problems, Councilmember Mike Bonin has formed a ballot measure committee to fight for mass transit and homeless housing.

Los Angeles Forward – Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Ballot Committee” will raise funds on behalf of city and county ballot measures, such as Proposition H, the City’s homelessness bond measure, and Proposition M, LA Metro’s Traffic Improvement Plan.

“My mission statement as an elected official has been to move Los Angeles forward, do good, and get things done,” Bonin said.  “This fall, voters have a unique and tremendous opportunity to do just that -- by funding genuine and lasting solutions to homelessness and traffic gridlock.” 

If approved by City voters, Proposition H will raise $1.2 billion for housing the homeless over the next decade.  Proposition M asks voters countywide to fund a visionary transportation plan that builds new rail lines, including one that finally connects the Valley to LAX, enhance bus and rail service, fund local street, sidewalk and signal improvements, and better connect bike and pedestrian paths to transit facilities.

Bonin has been a vigorous advocate for both measures.  As a member of the City Council, he helped craft the City’s Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy, and has fought for a variety of funding streams.  As a member of the Board of Directors of LA County Metro, Bonin was an early advocate for the ballot measure, and pushed especially hard for rail connections to and from LAX.

“Since my first day in office, I have focused most heavily on transportation and homelessness.  They are long-standing problems that have demanded comprehensive, coordinated strategies and significant funding,” he said.  “We have the developed the strategies.  Now we need to approve the funding.”

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