Bonin Opening Transportation Committee to Public Testimony Via Video

If a Bonin initiative goes through, you'll be able to testify at City Hall without having to deal with the annoying bike parking issues.

The Los Angeles City Council is finally moving into the 21st Century. At today’s City Council Transportation Committee, Mike Bonin will accept testimony from speakers through video chat.

“People shouldn’t need to take time off work and fight traffic in order to make their voices heard at City Hall,” said Bonin.  “Simple video chat technology will allow people to be more engaged in local government and we are going to take the first step toward improving access at the Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday.”

It’s not just good policy to get people more involved in their government. It’s also good transportation policy. If just 20 people a day take advantage of video testifying, if and when it’s adopted by the full Council, it would still be a reduction of hundreds of thousands of vehicle miles traveled.

But today is just a test run, and only big important celebrities such as Bob Blumenfield, the newly minted Chair of the Council’s Information, Technology and General Services Committee and myself will have the opportunity to be among the first to testify remotely in a Council Committee. For the record, I’ll be providing information on the Englander/Cedillo motion and the LADOT’s response discussed in this article.

Soon, LADOT will be able to testify from the comfort of their offices without their flag communication system.

Bonin and Blumenfield are currently working with the City’s Information Technology Agency to upgrade the technology available in the Council’s Committee room in order to allow for online video testimony to be more readily available.

Assuming everything goes well, we will post full details of how to testify remotely before the next hearing.

Providing online video testimony is part of Bonin’s Access 11 program, which seeks to improve transparency and access to City Hall.

  • Keep it Classy

    I hope there is some type of delay for this thing so they can censor unsavory content. We would hate to record Damien in front of his web cam shirtless drinking a beer giving testimony on the expo line.

  • And I was wondering if I should comb my hair special for this. Thanks for setting the bar low.

  • ubrayj02

    This is great – why make a meeting in person when someone with an array of buttons can silence you? Why turn up when you can instead be an isolated citizen sitting in front of your webcam. Why try and make it into an increasingly fortified and corporate controlled city hall when you can let those corporations mediate your fundamental right to address you leaders with grievances? A push-button republic is a god damned joke.

    The last thing we need to do is stop getting people to attend city council en masse. If it does nothing else, it creates group solidarity and strengthens any ties you may have with those you share interests with.

    F$% a webcam.

  • The last thing we need to do is stop getting people to attend city council en masse. If it does nothing else, it creates group solidarity and strengthens any ties you may have with those you share interests with.


    Oh, hell yes. You don’t want to stifle that. But I think that it will increase the quality of testimony on other issues. For example, I wouldn’t go to City Hall to testify on Bonin’s parking meter ordinance, but I’ll say a couple words later today.

  • keep it classy

    Maybe the city council can work with Metro to do a special promotion. If you show your TAP card you can speak for an extra minute or get front of line privileges right before Zuma Dog to comment.

  • ubrayj02

    “And now let’s hear from the public …”

    [Dude spanking it in front of camera]

  • Sadly, it didn’t work today. The only person that could hear Bob Blumenfield was me.

  • Anonymous

    “The Chair now recognizes the gentleman from ChatRoulette…”


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