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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Paid Parental Leave Motion

Los Angeles -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Paid Parental Leave motion introduced by Councilmembers David Ryu and Nury Martinez in January. The Council also moved forward on a number of instructions approved in a March 19 joint meeting of the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts and River Committee (HENPAR), Chaired by Councilmember Ryu, the Economic Development Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Comprehensive Job Creation Plan. The motion seeks to augment existing State funding for Paid Parental Leave to establish up to 18 weeks of fully paid leave for new and expecting parents in the City of Los Angeles.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Celebrates the Wonder Women of Council District Four

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu celebrated eight women making a positive difference in Council District Four at his annual “Wonder Women of the Fourth” luncheon. Every year, Councilmember Ryu honors women who live or work in Council District Four during International Women's Month.

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STATEMENT: Paid Parental Leave Passes Joint Committee Meeting

“We know that robust paid parental leave policies work to reduce unemployment, increase female participation in the labor force, and shrinking the wage gap which persists between male and female workers,” Councilmember Ryu said. “But this isn’t just about statistics and theory. This is about standing with the working parents of Los Angeles struggling to make a living and raise a family. This is about removing the barriers that are forcing parents to choose between parenthood and their livelihood. Los Angeles won’t wait around for the federal government - we’re ready to support working families now.”

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Aviva breaks ground on new homeless housing program

Los Angeles —Aviva Family and Children’s Services, along with Councilman David Ryu, broke ground Thursday on construction of a new residential program that will provide bridge housing for young women experiencing homelessness.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Declares Support for Statewide Action on Children's Savings Account and After-School Programs

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved two Resolutions introduced by Councilmember David Ryu in support of State action on Children's Savings Account programs and funding for after-school programs. Councilmember Ryu, who chairs the Council Committee overseeing Education, has been leading the City effort to develop a Children's Savings Account program for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students.

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STATEMENT ON ETHICS COMMISSION ACTION ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

“Today, the Ethics Commission took a crucial step toward restoring trust in the City of Los Angeles. By limiting the outsized influence of developers in our local elections and embracing clean campaign finance laws, the Commission has made clear that the status quo is not working for Los Angeles voters, and is failing Los Angeles Democracy. I am grateful to the Ethics Commissioners and the Commission staff for taking bold action today to reform our campaign finance laws. I look forward to seeing this item through City Council, and urge Council President Herb Wesson to schedule the motion in the Rules Committee as soon as possible.” - Councilmember David E. Ryu

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STATEMENT: Tree Policy Reforms Pass Public Works Committee

“Today, the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee moved forward on two motions that aim to reform our tree replacement policy, bring increased experience and long-range vision to our City’s Urban Forestry Division, and find new ways to protect our urban canopy while at the same time fixing our broken sidewalks,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Trees not only add beauty to our neighborhoods, they provide a home for our local wildlife and are the best tool we have to clean our air and cool our City. I’m proud to have introduced these motions with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, and look forward to developing a more holistic relationship between our City and its trees.”

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Ryu & Martinez Introduce Motion for Paid Parental Leave in Los Angeles

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu (CD4) and Councilwoman Nury Martinez (CD6) introduced a motion to establish a comprehensive parental leave policy in Los Angeles that would allow new parents to take up to 18 weeks of leave without a reduction in pay. The motion calls for a Paid Parental Leave Ordinance in the City of Los Angeles as well as a study of the potential impacts such a policy might have on small businesses and non-profit organizations, among others. A parental leave policy in Los Angeles would augment existing State Disability Insurance and Paid Parental Leave programs to allow working parents to spend time with their child without any reduction in their weekly income.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Advances Hate Crimes Report and Instructions

Los Angeles -- Today, The City Council advanced four instructions based on a report from the Los Angeles Police Department regarding hate incidents and hate crimes, and the tracking, reporting and proactive response to a rising tide of hate crimes in the City of Los Angeles. The report began as a motion co-introduced by Councilmembers Ryu, Blumenfield, Koretz, and former Councilmember Mitch Englander.

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PRESS RELEASE: New ‘Stakeholder’ Requirements in Effect for 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections

Los Angeles – In consultation with key City staff, Councilmember Ryu announced today a major policy modification for the 2019 Neighborhood Council Elections that will provide greater clarity on how someone qualifies as a Community Interest Stakeholder.

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