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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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PRESS RELEASE: City Leaders Call for Costa Hawkins to be Suspended

LOS ANGELES - Six Los Angeles City Councilmembers called for a state law on rental prices to be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic today, citing unprecedented unemployment and increasing debt as the May 1st rent due date approaches. Costa Hawkins, passed in 1995, limits California cities from being able to control rent increases. The law has kept California cities from passing broad measures to freeze rents in place, even during an emergency.

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PRESS RELEASE: Safe Parking on Oxnard Street Moves Forward

LOS ANGELES - A safe parking lot first proposed by Councilmember David Ryu moved forward today, as a motion introduced by County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to identify funding for converting the lot into safe parking was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for the State to Suspend Costa Hawkins

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu called for the suspension of Costa Hawkins, a State law which limits rent control measures in California, in a letter sent to Governor Gavin Newsom and leaders in the State legislature today. Citing unprecedented economic hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Ryu said Costa Hawkins should be suspended for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure rent increases can be halted on all rental units. 

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Passes Rent & Mortgage Forgiveness Resolution

LOS ANGELES - In a series of votes to protect renters in Los Angeles from homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles City Council approved two pieces of legislation co-authored by Councilmembers Mike Bonin and David Ryu today - formally endorsing the “Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act” by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D- Mn.), and voting to instruct the city attorney to draft an ordinance extending a freeze on rent increases in rent-stabilized units for a full year after the current state of emergency ends.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Launches Senior Outreach Program

LOS ANGELES - Following the launch of his Tenants Outreach Program on April 8th, Councilmember Ryu announced a Senior Outreach Program today, involving direct outreach and a volunteer program to help older residents of Council District Four. The volunteer program, which connects volunteers with seniors in their area, is managed by Mon Ami, a digital volunteer-to-senior match platform that recently partnered with the City of San Francisco. The direct outreach program is run in partnership with LA Works.

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COUNCILMEMBER RYU STATEMENT ON CITY BUDGET

“We need more federal stimulus dollars for Los Angeles and all cities across this country. I agree with the Mayor that support should not just go to the City government - but to Angelenos who need rent and mortgage relief and direct aid to their small businesses. We have some tough budget decisions ahead, but we can’t balance our budget on the backs of working people. Without federal help, the City's need for furloughs will cause an unintended ripple effect across our economy, as well as reduce City services when our seniors and vulnerable residents need them most. The City’s workforce has been on the frontlines of this crisis, and Washington must make it a priority to support these workers. All of us - at every level of government - must work to keep the temporary impacts of this pandemic from making our existing crises of inequality and homelessness even worse.”

- Councilmember David Ryu.

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