Mike Bonin certainly can’t be surprised by the fact that his constituents filed this lawsuit; his own arrogance2 with respect to shady dealings with developers and other sketchy special interests has made it impossible for his constituents to deal with him except through the courts. His aides routinely ignore constituents’ concerns, dismissing them as out of the mainstream, all the while pandering to the whims of large-scale donors like Carl Lambert and Mark Sokol, who can seemingly get a meeting with Bonin any day they want one.
It’s possible that the people behind this suit are a bunch of Ryaveckian3 NIMBYs who actually oppose even the presence of homeless people in Venice, and if you follow this blog you’ll know that around here we’re all strongly opposed to that kind of pernicious nonsense. But even the whiniest NIMBYs have the right to expect that the City will follow the law. Even Mark Ryavec has the right to expect that. That’s more important than any specific outcomes. We can certainly all agree on that principle. The City has to learn somehow that it must not only follow the law, but must always appear to respect the law. Ideally litigation like this will make the City think carefully before acting and will check the habitual arrogance of the Council. So regardless of who’s right in this particular case, we support the suit itself. We also support the existence of a homeless property storage facility in Venice, but the City can find a legal place to put it if the park turns out not to be one. That shouldn’t be too hard.
- And the rest of his colleagues on the City Council.
- And the arrogance of his colleagues. This story could have happened (and does happen) anywhere in Los Angeles. Bonin’s just the one under the gun this particular time.
- Ryavec’s name doesn’t appear anywhere in the pleadings, but it’s got his fingerprints on it. The plaintiffs’ lawyers are from the same firm responsible for this foolishness.