20 episodes

Los Angeles is at a turning point. We are living in a defining moment. What happens next is up to us. Over the past few years, problems and challenges have shaken this city -- and tremendous opportunities for change have presented themselves. How do we rise to this moment and emerge a better place to live? What will it take to create a more just and a more equitable community? Working together, how are we going to create a stronger, forward-thinking Los Angeles? Mike Bonin, the outspoken progressive City Councilmember, looks at the issues and problems facing Los Angeles, and examines the ideas and the people that will lead us to a brighter future.

What's Next, Los Angeles? with Mike Bonin Mike Bonin

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    • 3.3 • 37 Ratings

Los Angeles is at a turning point. We are living in a defining moment. What happens next is up to us. Over the past few years, problems and challenges have shaken this city -- and tremendous opportunities for change have presented themselves. How do we rise to this moment and emerge a better place to live? What will it take to create a more just and a more equitable community? Working together, how are we going to create a stronger, forward-thinking Los Angeles? Mike Bonin, the outspoken progressive City Councilmember, looks at the issues and problems facing Los Angeles, and examines the ideas and the people that will lead us to a brighter future.

    Up, Down and All Around: Election Results

    Up, Down and All Around: Election Results

    The election is finally over, and the vote count continues for a couple very key races. But we know a lot about most races. What are the most important things we see in the election results? Alissa Walker and Scott Frasier of LA Podcast join Mike to hash it all out. They talk about the mayor's and supervisor's race, the significance of Villanueva's defeat, City Council results, and the growing electoral power of progressives.

    Alissa is co-host of LA Podcast, and a writer for Curbed/New Yorker. Her twitter handle is @awalkerinLA. Her recent article of LA Metro's transit ambassadors is here. Her article on the fight over affordable housing in Venice is here.

    Scott is another LA Podcast host.  You can find his long form writing at his new blog, Benny Wally, and his breakdown of election results here. His twitter handle is @safrazie.

    LA Podcast's recent emergency episode over the LA Fed tapes is here. It is really worth a listen.

    And if you're looking for them, the latest election results are here: https://results.lavote.gov

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Mike's Ballot Recommendations - November 2022

    Mike's Ballot Recommendations - November 2022

    You haven’t voted yet???
    Time is running out. If you need help figuring out how to vote on this very crowded ballot, we've got you covered on this weeks's edition of What's Next, Los Angeles.

    Xanthe Scheps joins Mike to talk about his endorsements of progressive candidates and ballot measures in the City and County of Los Angeles, as well as some recommendations for key state races.

    Still need some background to decide how to vote? Check out these voter guides and other handy links:

    Mike's Voting Guide

    Erin Darling & Traci Park: A World of Difference

    Blue Voter Guide (enter your voting address and find out all the progressive endorsements in your local races.)

    LA Times endorsements

    Knock LA Progressive Voter Guide

    Hertzberg's Pro-Oil Rant

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Lindsey Horvath: Why County Government Matters

    Lindsey Horvath: Why County Government Matters

    Who should you vote for for Los Angeles County Supervisor? That's an easy one. If you care about ending homelessness or combating climate change, if you care about transportation and public safety, and protecting a woman's right to choose, the right choice is Lindsey Horvath.

    A member of the West Hollywood City Council endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles Times, Lindsey joins me on this week's edition of What's Next, Los Angeles to discuss her campaign and talk about why LA County government is so important.

    • 36 min
    Kenneth Mejia: 7 Things About LA City Government That Will Make You Shake Your Head

    Kenneth Mejia: 7 Things About LA City Government That Will Make You Shake Your Head

    Do you know where your city tax dollars go? You might be surprised to find out. City Controller candidate Kenneth Mejia has been pulling back the curtain of city government and he’s here to join me to talk about his candidacy and about “7 Things About LA City Government That Will Make You Shake Your Head” – on this week’s edition of What’s Next Los Angeles.

    Kenneth Mejia website: https://mejiaforcontroller.com/

    • 40 min
    5 Ways Measure ULA Will End Homelessness in Los Angeles

    5 Ways Measure ULA Will End Homelessness in Los Angeles

    Who has the power to end homelessness in Los Angeles? You do – by voting for Measure ULA on the November ballot. We discuss 5 Ways ULA Will Help End Homelessness” on this week’s edition of What’s Next, Los Angeles?

    My guests are Laura Raymond, co-chair of the ULA campaign and is executive director of ACT-LA, and Maria Patiño Gutierrez, director of Policy and Research/Equitable Development for SAJE-Strategic Actions for a Just Economy.

    United to House LA website: https://unitedtohousela.com//

    LA Times endorsement of ULA: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-10-04/endorsement-yes-on-proposition-ula

    • 24 min
    10 Reasons Alex Villanueva is Dangerous

    10 Reasons Alex Villanueva is Dangerous

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is LA’s top cop. He runs the largest county sheriff’s office in the United States and manages one of the world’s largest jail systems. With an annual budget of $3.6 billion dollars, the Sheriff oversees thousands of deputies who patrol California’s largest county, with a population of more than 10 million people.

    And he is downright dangerous. He is threat to democracy and to public safety.  Journalist Cerise Castle joins me this week to discuss "10 Reasons Alex Villanueva is Dangerous."

    Cerise Castle
    https://cerisecastle.me/
    @cerisecastle
    @lasdgangs
    Editorial: Alex Villanueva, L.A.’s loosest cannon and pettiest cop https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-09-16/villanueva-kuehl-search-warrant
    A Tradition of Violence: The History of Deputy Gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: https://knock-la.com/tradition-of-violence-lasd-gang-history/
    Dozens of Sheriff Villanueva’s donors received permits to carry guns in public https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-15/sheriff-villanueva-donors-concealed-weapons-gun-permits
    ‘We’re terrorized’: LA sheriffs frequently harass families of people they kill, says report https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/04/los-angeles-sheriffs-harass-families-of-victims-report
    Sheriff Villanueva Continues To Defy Subpoena And Refuses To Testify At Hearing On Alleged Deputy Gangs https://laist.com/news/criminal-justice/sheriff-villanueva-subpoena-continues-to-defy
    California attorney general launches civil rights probe of L.A. County Sheriff’s Department https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-22/attorney-general-civil-rights-investigation-los-angeles-sheriffs-department
     Claim alleges Sheriff Villanueva directed cover-up of deputy kneeling on inmate https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-25/deputy-force-kneeling-cover-up-claim
     Vanessa Bryant: ‘I’m willing to go through hell and back to get justice for my husband and daughter’ https://www.courthousenews.com/vanessa-bryant-im-willing-to-go-through-hell-and-back-to-get-justice-for-my-husband-and-daughter/
     

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

AmpersandPitchfork ,

Dissonance

I’m torn on this podcast. I really welcome any show that will discuss these local issues. It’s just that I am not sure it’s appropriate for a city councilor to do so.

Mike is my council member, and he’s been on the council 7 years. In Los Angeles, city councilors like Mike wield immense power.

Should someone with so much power over these issues moderate the discussions? Who holds them to account in this format? The show has a dissonance that makes me uncomfortable.

brain fever ,

big Mike Bonin fan!

Mike Bonin is an amazing counsel member and an all around amazing human being. He is among the few in LA actually trying to solve the homelessness crisis instead of just sweeping it under the rug. I am proud that my city has someone like him trying to make change for the better. It’s always been obvious that his only goal is to help his constituents, he is so down to Earth!!

clairemidds ,

Awesome!

Interesting and thought-provoking podcast!

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