By MATT SANDERSON
SILVER LAKE — After representing Council District 4 since 2001, Tom LaBonge is termed out of office and is preparing to step down next year. So what is LaBonge, a Silver Lake native, going to do once he leaves public office? Apparently he plans to stick around.
During Wednesday’s meeting of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, LaBonge emphasized that he wants to remain active in civic affairs after leaving office. The 61-year-old LaBonge, who has been a fixture in city government since the 1970s, said his plans include volunteering with the Special Olympics and touting Los Angeles’ attempt to host the 2024 Olympics.
LaBonge touched on numerous subjects during his remarks, ranging from his preferred vision for the Silver Lake Reservoir to become a “natural lake” once it’s disconnected from the city water supply to increased traffic congestion on narrow, hillside streets and the importance of neighborhood councils.
“I want a strong focus between the Los Angeles City Council and the neighborhood councils,” he told the audience at Micheltorena Elementary School. “Information is … power to make determinations, and how many steps you take.”
More than a dozen candidates, including LaBonge’s chief of staff, have announced plans to run in next year’s election to represent the Fourth Council District, which stretches from Los Feliz and Silver Lake to Sherman Oaks.
Matt Sanderson has been a journalist, photographer and digital media producer for nearly eight years. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 through a job transfer with Patch.com/AOL.