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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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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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