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COUNCILMEMBER RYU INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO FAST TRACK HOMELESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a Resolution in support of a State bill that would exempt affordable and bridge housing for individuals experiencing homelessness from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, in order to speed up the construction of low-income housing amidst a Statewide crisis in homelessness. Assembly Bill 1907, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, has not yet been referred to a Committee for a hearing.

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STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU NAMED ASSISTANT COUNCIL PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

LOS ANGELES - Today, on the first meeting of the Los Angeles City Council led by Council President Nury Martinez, Councimember David Ryu was named Assistant President Pro Tempore of the City Council, the third-highest rank in City Council. Councilmember Ryu, who led a presentation for Korean American Day today, is the first Korean American and first Asian American to serve on City Council leadership.

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PRESS RELEASE: Bridge Housing on Silver Lake-Los Feliz Border Moves Forward

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Ryu and report from the Homelessness and Poverty Committee instructing City agencies to begin studying the feasibility of bridge housing at 3061 Riverside Drive. Councilmember Ryu first introduced the motion to explore bridge housing at the site less than a month ago.

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Year In Review: Councilmember Ryu Releases 2018-2019 Annual Report

Los Angeles - After a year of new initiatives, legislative achievements, and significant milestones in Council District Four, Councilmember Ryu released his 2018-2019 Annual Report today, featuring achievements on addressing homelessness, improving parks and the environment, and creating a more equitable and just Los Angeles.

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PRESS RELEASE: Feasibility Study for Los Feliz-Silver Lake Bridge Housing Passes Committee

Los Angeles - Councilmember Ryu’s motion to study the feasibility of bridge housing at 3061 Riverside Drive on the border of Los Feliz and Silver Lake was approved by the Homelessness & Poverty Committee today. The proposal, which now heads to City Council, would allow the City to study the feasibility of adapting existing office buildings on the privately owned lot for temporary bridge housing.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Enacts Sweeping Campaign Finance Reform Law

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance banning political contributions from developers with business before the City. The sweeping campaign finance reform comes after four years of advocacy from Councilmember Ryu, who introduced similar legislation three times and urged support for reform from the Ethics Commission both in 2015 and 2019.

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PRESS RELEASE: Griffith Park Launches Its Very Own “Parkline”

Los Angeles -- Councilmember David Ryu, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Transportation today unveiled the Griffith Parkline, a free parkwide shuttle system for Griffith Park. With 12 stops and five buses, the Griffith Parkline is the first transit system specific to Griffith Park, and will provide service every weekend free of charge.

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PRESS RELEASE: Comprehensive Tree Care Legislation Passes Council

Los Angeles - City Council approved legislation introduced by Councilmember Ryu and Councilmember Blumenfield today to secure the long-term health and safety of the City’s urban forest. The motion and Budget & Finance Committee report give nine instructions to the Bureau of Street Services (BSS), including a report on the Bureau’s efforts to restore tree maintenance staff to pre-recession levels, a proposed comprehensive street tree inventory plan, new sidewalk design options that could save street trees from removal, and more.

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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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