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COUNCILMEMBER RYU STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S MORTGAGE RELIEF ANNOUNCEMENT

LOS ANGELES - Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that four of the nation’s largest banks would temporarily stop collecting mortgage payments for homeowners in the State of California, as news emerged that more than one million Californian’s had filed for unemployment. An additional 200 local banks and credit unions also agreed to suspend mortgage collection. Councilmember Ryu, who on Monday called on the Governor to suspend rent and mortgage payments, among other actions, released the following statement:

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STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU CALLS FOR WEEKEND CLOSURE OF RUNYON CANYON & LAKE HOLLYWOOD PARKS

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu, chair of the City Council Committee on Parks, called on the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks to close Runyon Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park on weekends in order to ensure physical distancing and public health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts urge everyone to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another in order to slow the spread of the virus, but recent weekend crowd sizes at the parks have made compliance near impossible.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls on Mayor and Governor to Enact Immediate Rent & Utility Freeze

LOS ANGELES - With news that future City Council meetings are cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember David Ryu asked Mayor Garcetti today to adopt and enact his legislation to freeze all rent and utility bill increases from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Furthermore, Councilmember Ryu asked California Governor Gavin Newsom to immediately suspend all rent and mortgage payments in the State of California, among other measures, while the state grapples with the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu, Council President Martinez, Supervisor Barger Announce New Coronavirus Tests

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu, alongside County Board of Supervisors Board Chair Kathryn Barger and Council President Nury Martinez, announced partnerships today with Seegene Technologies, Inc., a South Korea-based test kit manufacturer, to purchase and process 20,000 new tests for the Coronavirus. The City and County leaders used a combined $1.25 million of County funds and discretionary funds from Council President Martinez and Councilmemebr Ryu to purchase the 20,000 tests immediately, while a larger contract is worked out. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu to Introduce Rent & Utility Freeze

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu announced today that he will be introducing two motions during the next City Council meeting to provide relief to Los Angeles residents by issuing a freeze on rent increases and a freeze on Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) bill increases, as well as a moratorium on missed payments, during the Coronavirus public health emergency. The motions, which will be introduced on Tuesday, March 24, would make the freezes retroactive to Mayor Garcetti’s first Coronavirus (COVID-19) related Order, which went into effect March 12, 2020.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Bridge Housing in Los Feliz Breaks Ground

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember David Ryu broke ground on the latest bridge housing project in Council District Four today, alongside City, County and Los Feliz neighborhood leaders. The temporary structure at 3210 Riverside Drive will house 100 men and women currently experiencing homelessness, and connect them with mental health and counseling services when it opens in June.

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PRESS RELEASE: Tour Bus Route Restriction Law Passes Council

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new law that restricts which streets tour buses can operate on in the City of Los Angeles. The new tour bus unsafe route restriction law provides the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with a set of guidelines for designating streets that are unsafe for tour bus operation, and a series of escalating fines for violating the law. 

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STATEMENT: CITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR EXPANSION OF RENTERS TAX CREDIT

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution today authored by Councilmember David Ryu calling on the state to expand the California Renters Tax Credit to all households who spend more than 30% of their total income on rent for a primary residence. The resolution also calls for an increase in the credit amount.

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STATEMENT: TOUR BUS ROUTE RESTRICTIONS PASS FINAL COMMITTEE HURDLE

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee approved a draft ordinance that would allow the City’s Department of Transportation to restrict which streets tour buses can operate on based on safety. The ordinance now heads to the City Council for final approval.

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PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Exotic Animal Ban

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance led by Councilmember Ryu to ban the exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The ordinance, which began as a motion in 2016, makes it illegal to bring wild animals to parties or use them for entertainment purposes. On the Council floor today, Councilmember Ryu called the law “long overdue.”

 

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