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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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STATEMENT: COUNCIL ACTION TO PRIORITIZE AIR CONDITIONING FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

LOS ANGELES - City Council approved a motion today introduced by Councilmember Ryu seeking to reclassify air conditioning as a service requiring urgent repairs, allow tenants to install window air conditioners in their units, and identify funding to incentivize and assist property owners with the costs of installing air conditioning in multi-family buildings for vulnerable residents.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Ryu Motion to Cut Pollution with Telecommuting Incentives

LOS ANGELES - The City Council approved a motion today introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to incentivize telecommuting options among private businesses. The motion seeks to encourage businesses to adopt remote work policies, allowing more workers to work from home, reducing commuter traffic, as well as carbon emissions and smog.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Permanent Outdoor Dining Motion

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to establish a permanent version of “LA Al Fresco,” a program launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic to allow restaurants more outdoor seating, by expanding into parking lots, sidewalks, and other areas. Councilmember Ryu introduced legislation in May seeking outdoor, sidewalk, and parking lot dining before the Mayor announced the LA Al Fresco program.

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STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU ON AIRBNB ACTION TO BAN PARTY HOUSES

LOS ANGELES - Home-sharing platform AirBnb announced that it was banning party houses worldwide from its service today, following reports of massive house parties in rented homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Los Angeles  City Councilmember David Ryu championed the City’s first Party House ordinance in 2018, and has introduced new legislation to crack down on party houses, including water & power shut offs, which was enacted by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and prohibiting homes over 3,000 square feet or six bedrooms from participating in home sharing, which he co-introduced last week with Councilmember Paul Koretz. 

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