Councilmember Ryu's three main priorities in confronting this public health crisis are:
- Protecting the health of our community, especially older adults and people with underlying health conditions
- Supporting working families and small businesses that have been impacted
- Expediting the availability of COVID-19 testing.
To that end, Councilmember Ryu has introduced legislation in City Council to:
- Implement a freeze on all residential and commercial rent increases in the City of Los Angeles until the end of the emergency declaration, and calls on the State government to lift any and all legal barriers to make this possible.
- Call for a Statewide suspension of all rent and mortgage payments during the Coronavirus pandemic emergency.
- Ask the State government to seek a moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures, a statewide prohibition on utility shut-offs and rate increases, as well as an immediate moratorium on homeless encampment sweeps and displacement.
- Implement a rental assistance and personal loan program for any Angeleno facing a loss of wages, or for tenants struggling to pay rent during the emergency declaration.
- Allocate up to $1 million of Council District 4 Discretionary Fund to the Jewish Free Loan Association, to be dispersed for the purpose of personal loans, grants, residential rental assistance and/or rental assistance for small business owners in District 4.
- Order LADWP to implement a moratorium on the issuance of penalties, late fees or other costs due to non-payment, and provide utility customers up to 12 months, following the end of the emergency declaration, to repay unpaid bills.
- Support federal action to increase production of COVID-19 test kits and expedited review by the FDA of any new test kits being used in other countries.
- Order City departments work with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health to ensure that all supplies and instruments associated with COVID-19 testing be in place once approved by the FDA, and identify any city-owned buildings, properties, and private labs that could be used as a walk-up or drive-up testing site to scale up testing rapidly.
- Increase the ceiling for awarding funds without the use of written contracts from Council discretionary funds from $5,000 to $25,000 during times of declared emergency.
- Order All City departments that provide space or services to seniors to immediately implement routine cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and provide hand sanitizer at every facility exit and entrance.
- Identify City funds to pay for additional cleaning and disinfection of private senior homes and facilities across our City.
- Identify funding for Recreation & Park facility bathrooms be kept open 24/7 for unhoused Angelenos.
- Support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in Congress.
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Councilmember Ryu will continue to fight for any legislation that keeps people safe, helps working families, and makes testing more readily available. We will update you as this legislation advances.
Councilmember Ryu Announces New Coronavirus Tests
Councilmember Ryu, alongside City and County partners, announced partnerships with Seegene Technologies, Inc., a South Korea-based test kit manufacturer, to purchase and process 20,000 new tests for the Coronavirus. The City and County leaders used a combined $1.25 million of County funds and discretionary funds to purchase the 20,000 tests immediately, while a larger contract is worked out.
“We cannot beat the Coronavirus without more testing, isolation and treatment. Until then, we are operating in the dark,” Councilmember Ryu, who Chairs the City Council Committee on Health, said. “Every minute counts in this crisis, and that’s why I have been working to secure contracts with test kit manufacturers worldwide and certified laboratories in California. Los Angeles isn’t waiting around - and I’m not either.”
The first 20,000 tests will be directed toward first-responders and medical professionals on the frontline of addressing the Coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles. As these tests are rolled out, a larger agreement with Seegene Technologies, Inc., will be worked out. Seegene has committed to provide 100,000 tests per week to Los Angeles. All tests will be made free to the public.
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Nonprofits are often the first line of defense that many Angelenos turn to when they’re facing tough times. Councilmember Ryu is proud to support our local network of nonprofits, and that’s why Council District 4 is sending $5,000 to each of these organizations to support critical services during this time of need:
My Friend's Place is a nonprofit Resource Center that assists homeless youths and helps them to build self-sufficient lives. They’re currently providing meals, essential items, and activity packs for kids.
Project Angel Food's mission is to prepare & deliver healthy meals to feed those who are impacted by serious illness.
Hollywood Food Coalition has served over 1.5 million meals and counting, and has been open every night of the week since 1987. I’m happy to support them, and they are here for you if you need them, no questions asked.
Big Sunday has been going above and beyond by sending dinners to ALL night shift staff at local hospitals.
Many of you are probably aware of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’s work in the community, because they do it all: from supporting vulnerable seniors, children, delivering food to homes and so much more, they do incredible work and I’m proud to support them.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank provides thousands of Angelenos with their daily meals, and they are working around the clock to make sure food gets to where it’s needed most.
Since 1988 Covenant House has been housing and serving youths and young families, and they are doing incredible work in helping young Angelenos get back on their feet.
Volunteering with our Community:
In addition to introducing legislation and utilizing discretionary funding to support working families and our most vulnerable Angelenos and increase testing capacity, Team Ryu has been working around the clock to get food and supplies out to vulnerable Angelenos.
Our team has packaged hundreds of meals at the Los Angeles Food Bank and at Project Angel Food. These organizations are so important to thousands of Angelenos, and they need our help now more than ever.