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STATEMENT: Strength and Solidarity with Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Following the death of George Floyd, Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Moratorium on Storage Unit Evictions

LOS ANGELES - A measure to protect items kept in rented storage units became law today, after the City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on storage unit evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The ordinance reflects existing eviction protections for apartments, protecting items kept in storage from being destroyed or sold at auction if the tenant can’t pay rent. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motions to expand Homeless Housing

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced two motions to expand homeless housing in the City of Los Angeles today, seeking both a scattered site housing program and an extensive list of publicly-owned property in the City that could be suitable for affordable, bridge and permanent supportive housing.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Anti-Corruption Legislation

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced two motions today to establish an office to investigate and enforce anti-corruption laws in Los Angeles and reform how building projects are approved in City Hall. Following the approval of his developer dollar ban in December of 2019, new allegations of corruption and pay-to-play politics have come to light, making clear the need for increased oversight and structural reform in Los Angeles.

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STATEMENT ON ALLEGED CORRUPTION

LOS ANGELES - Following reports of alleged corrupt and criminal behavior among Los Angeles City officials, as well as a guilty plea from a political fundraiser and an FBI indictment of former LA City Councilmember Mitch Englander, Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:

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PRESS RELEASE: Motion to Halt Storage Unit Evictions Passes Council

LOS ANGELES - The City Council passed a motion today to allow rent deferral on storage units rented in the City of Los Angeles during the Coronavirus pandemic. Renters of storage units would have three months following the local emergency to repay any missed rent, and during that time, storage unit companies would be prohibited from destroying or auctioning off personal property kept in storage. The motion, introduced by Councilmember Ryu, now heads to the City Attorney to draft a final ordinance to be voted into law.

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PRESS RELEASE: Firehouse Dinners Expands to 13 Fire Stations

LOS ANGELES - To honor Los Angeles Fire Service Day, Councilmember Ryu and the First-In Fire Foundation will deliver Original Farmers Market meals to 13 Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) fire stations on Saturday, May 9. The Firehouse Dinners program, which was first announced in early April, was created by the First-In Fire Foundation and is supported by Councilmember Ryu and The Original Farmers Market.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Extends RSO Rent Freeze

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance extending the freeze on rent increases ordered by Mayor Eric Garcetti on March 30. That order halted rent increases on all apartments subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) during the local emergency period and for 60 days following. The ordinance passed today includes an amendment introduced by Councilmember Ryu extending that freeze on RSO rent increases to one year following the emergency.  

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STATEMENT: PATH TO OPERATE LOS FELIZ BRIDGE HOUSING

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council took its final vote on the Los Feliz Bridge Home project, instructing the City to enter into an agreement with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) to operate the site, currently under construction.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Passes Artist Relief Fund Motion

LOS ANGELES - City Council approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion today to create an Artist Relief and Grant Fund. The fund would repurpose Arts Development Fee (ADF) funds into a grant program that would support artists and small arts nonprofits. The motion instructs the Department of Cultural Affairs to build a pilot of the program in Council District Four, as well as a framework for potentially scaling up Citywide. 

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