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PRESS RELEASE: City Council funds Safe Parking in Sherman Oaks

LOS ANGELES - City Council today approved funding for a safe parking lot on Oxnard Street in Sherman Oaks, which Councilmember David Ryu first proposed in February of this year, as part of the latest Homelessness Roadmap update report The $109,506 will be used for services at and the safe parking site, expected to come online in early 2021. The site will be operated by North Valley Family Caring Services. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Legislation Urging Los Angeles to Join the 30 by 30 Conservation Campaign

LOS ANGELES - Today Councilmember Ryu co-introduced two pieces of legislation seeking to commit the City of Los Angeles to independently joining the international “30 by 30” conservation campaign. Joining the campaign would commit the city to conserving 30 percent of the city’s land for open space and conservation by 2030 in an effort to combat climate change. Both pieces of legislation were co-introduced by Councilmembers Ryu and Koretz.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu’s Permanent Al Fresco Legislation Moves Forward

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee today approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion seeking to implement a permanent version of the city’s Al Fresco program, sending it to full Council for a vote. The Al Fresco Program, which has received positive feedback from restaurants, diners and restaurant adjacent neighborhoods, supports the heavily impacted restaurant industry by allowing restaurants to operate outdoors. The motion approved today in Committee seeks a report back on the feasibility of making this program permanent.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Councilmember Ryu’s Recusal Legislation

LOS ANGELES - Today the Los Angeles City Council approved legislation co-introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Councilmembers. The motion instructs the Ethics Commission to consider the standards that other agencies apply to determine when Councilmembers must recuse themselves from official acts, and highlights the recusal model used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Adopting a recusal model similar to the one used at Metro would allow the city to quickly and effectively expand the universe of conflicts that require recusals by City officials.

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STATEMENT: Recusal Legislation Approved by Rules Committee

LOS ANGELES - The City Council’s Rules Committee advanced a motion today co-introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Councilmembers, just one of many anti-corruption motions put forth by Councilmember Ryu. The motion, which highlights the recusal standard used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), would expand the type of conflicts requiring City officials to recuse themselves from taking action or casting votes. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Rodriguez and Ryu Seek to Build Ruth Bader Ginsburg Statue in LA

LOS ANGELES - Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmember David Ryu and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez introduced legislation today to build a statue honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away at 87 years old on September 18, 2020. The City Council also adjourned today’s Council meeting in memory of the late Supreme Court justice.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Legislation to Pause Construction in Fire-Prone Hillsides

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced legislation to temporarily halt construction in sensitive hillside areas within the Los Angeles Fire Department’s “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone” which are at greatest risk for wildfire. The motion, seconded by Councilmember Paul Koretz, calls for a halt in construction on narrow hillside roads in fire-sensitive areas until November 30th, 2020.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Launches Second Round of Artist Relief Funds

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) launched its latest round of artist relief funding today, this time for arts nonprofits, businesses and individuals in Council District Four. The Council District Specific COVID-19 Emergency Response Program is the second round of artist relief money launched by Councilmember Ryu and the DCA since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Passes Motion to Pay COVID-19 Infected to Stay Home

LOS ANGELES - Today, the City Council voted to approve legislation that would provide workers with up to two weeks pay if they are infected with COVID-19 and cannot work. The proposed program, similar to one in place in San Francisco, would ensure that all workers, regardless of their employment or immigration status, are able to self-quarantine if they get sick.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion To Expand Ballot Drop-Off Access

LOS ANGELES - In an effort to safeguard voting access for all Angelenos, Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today instructing the City Clerk to report with options to expand ballot drop-off centers for the November 2020 election. The United States Postal Service (USPS), ahead of an election season in which a record number of mail-in ballots are expected to be cast, has made a number of operational changes that could impact its ability to process mail quickly. Ryu’s motion seeks to put ballot drop-off locations throughout the City where voters can safely deposit a mail-in ballot without relying on the USPS.

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