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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Rental Debt Forgiveness Plan

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today seeking to relieve the growing rental and utility debt in the City of Los Angeles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu’s proposed rent and utility forgiveness plan would allow households that were unable to pay rent or utility bills to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) during the COVID-19 pandemic to have their debt forgiven. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles Launches Artists Relief Fund

LOS ANGELES - The City of Los Angeles launched its artists relief fund today, providing one-time funding of $500 to $1,500 to artists in the City of Los Angeles until September 1, 2020 or after the first 600 applicants. The Citywide COVID-19 Emergency Response Program for Individual Artists, administered by the Department of Cultural Affairs, is the first COVID-19 relief fund specifically geared toward individual artists.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Introduce Conflict-of-Interest Recusal Motion

LOS ANGELES - Councilmembers Nury Martinez, David Ryu, Paul Krekorian, and Mike Bonin introduced the latest effort to root out corruption from City Hall today, in a motion to expand the type of conflicts requiring City officials to recuse themselves from taking action or casting votes. The motion, which highlights the recusal standard used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), seeks a higher standard of recusals and conflict-of-interest rules.

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PRESS RELEASE: Motion to Establish Inspector General’s Office Passes City Council

LOS ANGELES - City Council approved a motion introduced by Councilmember David Ryu today seeking to establish an Inspector General for Land Use and Development. The proposed office, dubbed the “Office of Anti-Corruption and Transparency,” or LA ACT, would oversee, investigate and subpoena City officials, with a focus on preventing corruption and increasing transparency on land use and planning decisions.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Wage Replacement Program for Small Businesses

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to establish a wage replacement program in the City of Los Angeles. The motion, which seeks to use up to $100 million in CARES Act money, would help struggling small businesses hire back employees that lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion to Crack Down on COVID Party Houses

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to increase penalties and deterrence options against property owners who put community health and safety at risk by skirting building and safety rules or city law, such as the party house ordinance passed in 2018. Penalties could include water and power shutoff, permit prohibitions, or having a certificate of occupancy held or revoked.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion to Pay COVID-19 Infected to Stay Home

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to provide two weeks pay to Angelenos who test positive for COVID-19 and commit to quarantine. The $25 million wage replacement program would be available to Angelenos regardless of immigration status, housing status or criminal record, and seeks to encourage people to get tested and provide public health information to Los Angeles County contact tracers. 

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STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU ON FINES AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES

LOS ANGELES - A recent investigation by NBC4 revealed that local restaurants and small businesses were being fined hundreds of dollars by the City’s Department of Building and Safety for minor violations, such as putting up a banner without a permit. At a time of significant economic strain on small businesses, Councilmember David Ryu released the following statement:

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PRESS RELEASE: 100-Bed Bridge Home Opens in Los Feliz

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu and Mayor Eric Garcetti officially opened the Los Feliz Bridge Home on Riverside Drive today, the third bridge housing center to open in Council District Four in the past year. The bridge home will house men and women experiencing homelessness in the Los Feliz area, and include space for pets.

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PRESS RELEASE: Laugh Factory Unveils 148-Foot-Long Mural Honoring Black Lives

Hollywood, CA – Today, the Laugh Factory, local artists, and City Councilmember David Ryu unveiled a mural to honor the lives lost to racial injustice and the movement for social and racial equality.

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