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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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Councilmember Ryu Calls for Affordable Housing Increase in Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC)

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion today instructing the City’s Planning Department to revise the guidelines for Transit Oriented Community, or TOC, development. The TOC reform seeks a higher requirement for affordable housing in high and mid-market areas. The TOC program, created in 2017 after the passage of Measure JJJ, allows developers to build denser, taller housing near transit if a portion of the new units are made affordable.

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COUNCILMEMBER RYU ON HISTORIC “PARASITE” WIN

“Parasite’s sweep at the Academy Awards and historic win of Best Picture is a culture-shifting moment. This historic win tells every young person who doesn’t see themself reflected in media, leadership or on award stages that they too can reach for the highest heights - and that their stories matter. As a Korean immigrant who grew up never seeing people like me in films - let alone Best Picture films - this is a night I will never forget. Parasite will forever be the film that broke the Best Picture barrier - not just for Korean cinema, but for all foreign-language films.”

- Councilmember David Ryu, the first Korean-American elected to the Los Angeles City Council and first Asian-American to serve on the Los Angeles City Council Leadership.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Proposes Safe Parking Lot on Oxnard Street

LOS ANGELES - At today’s City Council meeting in Van Nuys, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion to explore options for a safe parking program at a parking lot on Oxnard Street west of Sepulveda Boulevard. Safe Parking lots allow Angelenos who are experiencing homelessness and living in their cars and RVs a safe place to park overnight with access to bathrooms, services and outreach.

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STATEMENT: EXOTIC ANIMAL BAN PASSES COMMITTEE

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Personnel and Animal Welfare approved an ordinance led by Councilmember Ryu to ban the exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The proposed ordinance, which began as a motion in 2016, needs only approval from the full Council and Mayor before becoming law.

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PRESS RELEASE: Hate Crime Prevention Passes City Council

LOS ANGELES - Following a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) report that showed hate crimes are up in Los Angeles for the fourth year in a row, City Council passed a Public Safety Committee report today instructing the LAPD to develop proactive tools to protect vulnerable institutions and prevent violence motivated by hate. The number of reported hate crimes rose by 10.3% in 2019.

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PRESS RELEASE: Hate Crimes Continue to Rise in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - In a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council Public Safety Committee today, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials announced that 2019 saw a 10.3% increase in hate crimes, which have steadily increased from 229 reported hate crimes in 2016 to 322 reported hate crimes in 2019. Anti-Jewish crimes were the highest last year, with 69 reported over 43 in 2018, a 60.5% increase, followed by 68 hate crimes against African Americans and 53 against gay men. The largest increase in hate crimes were against the Muslim community, a 150% increase over 2018.

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PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of AAPI Leaders Call for Increased Support following recent anti-Semitic Attacks

Los Angeles - Today, Councilmember David Ryu released an open letter signed by 20 AAPI organizations calling for resources and support to protect Jewish Angelenos following a spate of anti-Semitic attacks across the United States. The solidarity letter, signed by Councilmember Ryu and 20 leading Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations in Los Angeles, accompanies a Resolution introduced by Councilmember Ryu today urging the FBI to create a special task force to investigate the rising tide of anti-Semitic hate crimes.

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COUNCILMEMBER RYU INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO FAST TRACK HOMELESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a Resolution in support of a State bill that would exempt affordable and bridge housing for individuals experiencing homelessness from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, in order to speed up the construction of low-income housing amidst a Statewide crisis in homelessness. Assembly Bill 1907, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, has not yet been referred to a Committee for a hearing.

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