Party with Streetsblog and Mike Bonin while honoring the work of Paul Backstrom

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Join Streetsblog Los Angeles and  Councilmember Mike Bonin (confirmed)
at the Brentwood home of Joel Epstein and Karen Sarachik
at a celebration to honor the public service of
PAUL BACKSTROM
Transportation Deputy to Mike Bonin,
and Formerly Bill Rosendahl and Jack Weiss
March 15, 2014
6 pm to 9 pm
Suggested donation $100, proceeds will benefit Streetsblog Los Angeles.
As always, nobody is turned away if that donation level doesn’t work in their budget.
Evening will include casual dinner of Indian food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
Address provided with RSVP
RSVP at Event Brite
  • Juan Matute

    I’ll be there.

  • stvr

    Isn’t this a bit incestuous? What other independent news outlets have politicians that shill for them? What happens when Councilmember Bonin sells the Streetsblog community out on a road diet project or a development with too much parking? Will Streetsblog be there to criticize the elected official? This all seems a bit too cozy. Does Streetsblog have guidelines/protocols developed about this? Do you have an ombudsman? There are real COI issues here.

    I guess in an era of declining willingness to pay for news content independent journalism isn’t really sustainable anymore. I get it. But I do miss knowing that the reporting I’m reading wasn’t “bought.”

  • Bill Rosendahl was on the host committee for two events before he fought hard to remove the Wilshire BRT from the Westside. You can ask Paul Backstrom if we went light on them as a result. (Spoiler: We didn’t.)

  • Paul Backstrom

    Nope, and we never complained.

  • Lots of non-profits give awards to officials, etc. That in this case the non-profit is a blog for news and opinion is part of the new media landscape. I have confidence the Streetsblog team will continue to call things as they see them. To quote Darth Vader, I find your lack of faith disturbing…

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