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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for FEMA-like Response to Expedite Homeless Housing

Los Angeles -- Today, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion to amend the City’s governing documents to centralize the identification, approval and development of homeless housing and resources within the Office of the Mayor. The motion, which requests a report back on ordinances and potential ballot measure language needed to effectuate the changes, also calls for the creation of a Homelessness Response Division to expedite all new homeless projects.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember David Ryu Expresses Disappointment in Watered-Down Campaign Finance Reform Measure

Los Angeles - Today, the Rules Committee of the Los Angeles City Council advanced part, but not all, of a campaign finance reform package led by Councilmember David Ryu. The developer dollar ban, championed by Councilmember Ryu since he was a candidate for City Council in 2015, was unanimously approved by the Committee. It would, for the very first time, ban developers with business before the City from making donations to an elected official or candidate for office in the City of Los Angeles.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Nation’s Largest Children’s Savings Account Program

Los Angeles - City Council unanimously approved giving every incoming first grader in LAUSD a savings account dedicated for higher education today. The Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program, dubbed “Opportunity LA,” has been pioneered by Councilmember David Ryu, in partnership with County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda L. Solis, and LAUSD Boardmembers Nick Melvoin and Monica Garcia. Modeled after existing CSA programs in San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, and other cities and states, Opportunity LA will be the nation’s largest, establishing dedicated savings accounts with $50 seed deposits for every student enrolled in an LAUSD public or affiliated charter school.

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PRESS RELEASE: Ellis Reform Moves Forward

Los Angeles - The Housing Committee approved a motion today introduced by Councilmembers Ryu and Bonin that seeks to reform how the Ellis Act is enforced in Los Angeles. The Ellis Act, a state law passed in 1985, allows landlords to evict tenants in order to go out of the rental business, and has been used to “flip” affordable apartments into condominiums and other projects. Though the City of Los Angeles is unable to stop Ellis Act evictions without State action, it can change some of the requirements landlords must meet in order to “Ellis out” a tenant. 

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PRESS RELEASE: LA’S CHILDREN’S SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROGRAM PASSES COMMITTEE

Los Angeles - Today, the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts and River (HENPAR) Committee, approved a Children’s Savings Account program for every child enrolled in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) public and affiliated charter schools. This program, which Councilmember Ryu has championed over the past four years, along with leaders from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the L.A. Unified Board, would establish a dedicated savings account with $50 in seed money for every first grader in LAUSD. If approved by City Council, it would establish the largest CSA program in the United States.

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STATEMENT: TWO CD4 HOMELESS HOUSING PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD

Los Angeles - Today, City Council approved $6.6 million in HHH funding for a 63-unit of permanent supportive housing project in Council District Four, located at 537-541 Western Avenue. Councilmember Ryu also introduced a funding motion today to allocate funding for another homeless housing project in Council District Four, A 100-bed Bridge Home facility in Los Feliz.

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PRESS RELEASE: Bridge Housing For Young Women & Their Children Opens in Hollywood

Los Angeles -- Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember David Ryu, and leaders from Aviva Family and Children’s Services opened a new bridge housing center for transitional-aged women and their children today on the corner of Camino Palermo Street & Hollywood Boulevard. Wallis House, operated by Aviva, will provide private units of housing to women experiencing homelessness between the ages of 18 and 24 and their children, as well as wraparound services of mental healthcare, job training, and life skills.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Councilmember Ryu’s Moderate-Income Housing Motion

Los Angeles -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Councilmember Ryu’s motion to establish incentives for the development of more moderate-income housing in the City of Los Angeles. The approved motion instructs the City’s Housing and Community Investment Department and Department of City Planning to identify the City’s middle class population that is above the income level to qualify for affordable housing but remains rent burdened, as well as to identify financial, zoning, and permitting tools that can be used to increase the stock of moderate-income housing to ensure that middle class Angelenos get their fair share of new housing.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Urges President Trump to Allow Homeless Housing on Federal Land

Los Angeles -- City Councilmember David Ryu urged President Donald Trump to allow the City to study an underused lot for temporary bridge housing in a letter sent today to The White House. The lot, located at 5161 Sepulveda Boulevard in Council District Four, is owned by the Army Reserve, and has the potential to house those currently experiencing homelessness. Despite repeated letters and phone calls from Councilmember Ryu and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Army Reserve has refused to allow any City officials to visit or study the underused lot for temporary housing.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu’s Moderate Income Housing Motion Passes Housing Committee

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles City Council’s Housing Committee approved a motion that aims to study and spur the development of more moderate-income housing in the City of Los Angeles. The motion, introduced earlier this year by Councilmember David Ryu, noted that only one half of one percent of new housing built over the last 5 years was for Angelenos earning a median income.

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