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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu joins First-In Fire and Original Farmers Market to Feed First Responders

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu, The First-In Fire Foundation and the Original Farmers Market have cooked up a plan to support Los Angeles firefighters and local restaurants. Firehouse Dinners, a pilot program funded by Councilmember Ryu and The First-In Fire Foundation, a local nonprofit supporting the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), brings fresh cooked meals from restaurants in the Original Farmer’s Market to local first responders.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Ryu & Blumenfield Urge City Support for COVID-19 Study

LOS ANGELES - Councilmembers David Ryu and Bob Blumenfield urged support for the UCLA COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, led by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Professor of Epidemiology Dr. Anne Rimoin, after introducing a motion in support to the City Council on April 7th. The study, which will center on healthcare workers, will provide crucial information, including how many infections occur without symptoms and the different types of immune responses.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Urges Insurance Commissioner to Help Small Businesses

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu sent letters today to California Insurance Commissioner Richard Lara, State Senator Susan Rubio and State Assemblymember Tom Daly, asking for their support in expanding policy coverage for small businesses to include losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Launches Tenants Rights Outreach Program

LOS ANGELES - Following a number of tenants reporting being misled and intimidated by landlords during the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Ryu today announced he was launching a new tenants rights initiative for renters today. The outreach program will directly contact tens of thousands of tenants across Council District Four to inform them of their rights, contact landlords in violation of the law, and refer landlords to enforcement agencies if necessary.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Bonin, Ryu Introduce Rent & Mortgage Relief Package

LOS ANGELES - In an expansive series of legislative efforts seeking relief for renters, homeowners, and commercial property owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and David Ryu today co-introduced five pieces of legislation calling for an eviction moratorium, rent freeze in Los Angeles, as well as for state and federal action on rent and mortgage forgiveness.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu To Introduce Motion for Artist Relief Fund

LOS ANGELES - Following unprecedented job loss due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember David Ryu announced today new legislation to repurpose Arts Development Fee (ADF) funds earmarked for Council District Four into an Artist Relief and Grant Fund, which would provide small grants to artists and arts nonprofits located or working in the district. Councilmember Ryu, who chairs the City Council Committee on Arts, is also seeking to amend City law to make it easier to repurpose ADF funds into additional emergency relief funds for artists and arts nonprofits.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for Federal Rent and Mortgage Forgiveness

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu today urged Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, to introduce legislation ensuring rent and mortgage forgiveness for the millions of renters, homeowners and commercial property owners impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Councilmember Ryu encouraged this policy to be included in the next federal stimulus package.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for Extending Property Tax Deadline

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu today urged State leaders to extend the property tax deadline in the State of California, currently scheduled for April 10. Earlier this month, the Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it was extending the deadline for tax filing to July 15th. In a letter sent today, Councilmember Ryu told State leaders that unprecedented economic hardship demanded more time and more protections for California taxpayers.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Applauds Garcetti’s Halt on Rent Increase for RSO Units

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu today applauded Mayor Garcetti’s executive action to halt the 4% rent increase for Los Angeles apartments subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Councilmember Ryu had called on the Mayor to enact a freeze in all rent increases across the City of Los Angeles, and on Governor Newsom to suspend all rent payments in California during the Coronavirus pandemic. Councilmember Ryu introduced his rent freeze motion during a special meeting of the City Council on March 27, but it was blocked by the City Attorney.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Attorney Blocks Citywide Rent Freeze, Councilmember Ryu to Reintroduce

LOS ANGELES - After yesterday’s 11-hour Council meeting on the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in no freeze on  rent increases, Councilmember Ryu announced he would be reintroducing the motion, and called today for the item to be voted on at the next Council meeting. Councilmember Ryu’s motion to freeze rent increases across the City of Los Angeles, seconded by Councilmember Mike Bonin, was blocked by the City Attorney’s office, which claimed the item was not urgent enough to be voted on during the meeting.

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