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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, former City Councilmember and current progressive activist, looks at the issues and problems facing Los Angeles,  examines ideas, and talks with the people who will lead us to a brighter future. 

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

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    • 3.4 • 48 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, former City Councilmember and current progressive activist, looks at the issues and problems facing Los Angeles,  examines ideas, and talks with the people who will lead us to a brighter future. 

    Blowouts, Nail-biters and Big Surprises: Primary 2024

    Blowouts, Nail-biters and Big Surprises: Primary 2024

    A week after polls closed, the results of a lot of elections are becoming and apparent, and there have been some wild developments! There have been blowouts, nail-biters and big surprises, and Alissa Walker and Godfrey Plata join Mike Bonin to review and discuss it all. The resounding victory of Measure HLA. An edge-of-your-seats finale to the Nithya Raman re-election campaign. A huge surge for progressives in multiple races. A closely watched anti-gay campaign in Glendale. And a ...

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Why the D.A. Race Really Matters (and why you should vote for George Gascon)

    Why the D.A. Race Really Matters (and why you should vote for George Gascon)

    One of the most high-profile races on the ballot is the one for Los Angeles County District Attorney, where incumbent George Gascon – a progressive reformer – is being challenged by a large field of candidates.What does a District Attorney really do? How does the position impact criminal justice? How much does it impact crime, and in what ways? And what is a progressive prosecutor? Why is reform needed and what does it look like? In this episode, we talk about that and more, including why it ...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Stop the Death & Violence: Vote YES on LA

    Stop the Death & Violence: Vote YES on LA

    In Los Angeles, there is a deadly crisis on our streets. People from all walks of life – grandparents, elementary school children, service workers, pastors, artists – are falling victim to a rampant killer. Incredibly, elected officials are doing almost nothing about it, but voters can change that – right now.The killer is traffic violence, and it is on the rise. In 2023, 337 people were killed in automobile crashes in Los Angeles. It’s the worst year on record, with more people dying from ca...

    • 36 min
    Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Groups Target Glendale Schools

    Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Groups Target Glendale Schools

    You've seen the waves of anti-LGBTQ+ hate in Florida and other places, but did you know it is happening right here in Greater Los Angeles? For the past few years, anti-LGBTQ+ hate has been growing, thanks to the influence of Proud Boys, J6 insurrectionists, and right-wing provocateurs with groups like LibsofTikTok and Gays Against Groomers. And now, two of the leaders of the anti-LGBTQ+ movement, which has been terrorizing parents, students, teachers and school officials, are running fo...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Heather Hutt for L.A. City Council: Candidate Spotlight

    Heather Hutt for L.A. City Council: Candidate Spotlight

    The last in my series of 2024 primary election candidate spotlights: Heather HuttSince 2020, L.A.'s 10th council district has had a revolving cast of councilmembers, both elected and appointed. The City Council appointed Heather Hutt to fill the post in September 2022. She is now running to represent the district as its elected councilmember.Before serving on the council. Hutt served in senior roles for several public officials, most notably as state director for then-US Senator Kamala Harris...

    • 55 min
    Reggie Jones-Sawyer for City Council: Candidate Spotlight

    Reggie Jones-Sawyer for City Council: Candidate Spotlight

    Since 2020, L.A.'s 10th council district has had a revolving cast of councilmembers, both elected and appointed. Now, voters finally get to choose a permanent, voting representative on the council.There is a big and impressive field of candidates – and on this episode I talk with Reggie Jones-Sawyer.An Assemblymember representing South Los Angeles since 2012, Jones-Sawyer revived the chamber's Progressive Caucus and has chaired the Public Safety Committee, where he was pushed major leg...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 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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