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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Bonin, Ryu Introduce Rent & Mortgage Relief Package

LOS ANGELES - In an expansive series of legislative efforts seeking relief for renters, homeowners, and commercial property owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and David Ryu today co-introduced five pieces of legislation calling for an eviction moratorium, rent freeze in Los Angeles, as well as for state and federal action on rent and mortgage forgiveness.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu To Introduce Motion for Artist Relief Fund

LOS ANGELES - Following unprecedented job loss due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember David Ryu announced today new legislation to repurpose Arts Development Fee (ADF) funds earmarked for Council District Four into an Artist Relief and Grant Fund, which would provide small grants to artists and arts nonprofits located or working in the district. Councilmember Ryu, who chairs the City Council Committee on Arts, is also seeking to amend City law to make it easier to repurpose ADF funds into additional emergency relief funds for artists and arts nonprofits.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for Federal Rent and Mortgage Forgiveness

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu today urged Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, to introduce legislation ensuring rent and mortgage forgiveness for the millions of renters, homeowners and commercial property owners impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Councilmember Ryu encouraged this policy to be included in the next federal stimulus package.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for Extending Property Tax Deadline

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu today urged State leaders to extend the property tax deadline in the State of California, currently scheduled for April 10. Earlier this month, the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it was extending the deadline for tax filing to July 15th. In a letter sent today, Councilmember Ryu told State leaders that unprecedented economic hardship demanded more time and more protections for California taxpayers.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Applauds Garcetti’s Halt on Rent Increase for RSO Units

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu today applauded Mayor Garcetti’s executive action to halt the 4% rent increase for Los Angeles apartments subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Councilmember Ryu had called on the Mayor to enact a freeze in all rent increases across the City of Los Angeles, and on Governor Newsom to suspend all rent payments in California during the Coronavirus pandemic. Councilmember Ryu introduced his rent freeze motion during a special meeting of the City Council on March 27, but it was blocked by the City Attorney.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Attorney Blocks Citywide Rent Freeze, Councilmember Ryu to Reintroduce

LOS ANGELES - After yesterday’s 11-hour Council meeting on the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in no freeze on  rent increases, Councilmember Ryu announced he would be reintroducing the motion, and called today for the item to be voted on at the next Council meeting. Councilmember Ryu’s motion to freeze rent increases across the City of Los Angeles, seconded by Councilmember Mike Bonin, was blocked by the City Attorney’s office, which claimed the item was not urgent enough to be voted on during the meeting.

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COUNCILMEMBER RYU STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S MORTGAGE RELIEF ANNOUNCEMENT

LOS ANGELES - Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that four of the nation’s largest banks would temporarily stop collecting mortgage payments for homeowners in the State of California, as news emerged that more than one million Californian’s had filed for unemployment. An additional 200 local banks and credit unions also agreed to suspend mortgage collection. Councilmember Ryu, who on Monday called on the Governor to suspend rent and mortgage payments, among other actions, released the following statement:

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STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU CALLS FOR WEEKEND CLOSURE OF RUNYON CANYON & LAKE HOLLYWOOD PARKS

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu, chair of the City Council Committee on Parks, called on the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks to close Runyon Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park on weekends in order to ensure physical distancing and public health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts urge everyone to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another in order to slow the spread of the virus, but recent weekend crowd sizes at the parks have made compliance near impossible.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls on Mayor and Governor to Enact Immediate Rent & Utility Freeze

LOS ANGELES - With news that future City Council meetings are cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember David Ryu asked Mayor Garcetti today to adopt and enact his legislation to freeze all rent and utility bill increases from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Furthermore, Councilmember Ryu asked California Governor Gavin Newsom to immediately suspend all rent and mortgage payments in the State of California, among other measures, while the state grapples with the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu, Council President Martinez, Supervisor Barger Announce New Coronavirus Tests

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu, alongside County Board of Supervisors Board Chair Kathryn Barger and Council President Nury Martinez, announced partnerships today 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 from Council President Martinez and Councilmemebr Ryu to purchase the 20,000 tests immediately, while a larger contract is worked out. 

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