Press Release: Ryu Releases Discretionary Spending Data Online

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu released ‘CD4 Checkbook’ - a data analysis of discretionary spending by his office, available at davidryu.lacity.org. Councilmember Ryu is the first amongst City Hall officials to make discretionary spending public. Councilmember Ryu issued the following statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 26, 2017

Press Contact:

Estevan Montemayor

estevan.montemayor@lacity.org

213.605.4145

Ryu Releases Discretionary Spending Data Online

First Councilmember To Make Spending Analysis Available

 

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu released ‘CD4 Checkbook’ - a data analysis of discretionary spending by his office, available at davidryu.lacity.org. Councilmember Ryu is the first amongst City Hall officials to make discretionary spending public. Councilmember Ryu issued the following statement:

“I am excited today to announce the release of our CD4 Checkbook. This interactive data shows how my office has disbursed it’s discretionary funding since 2015 - delivering on a pledge to open up our books and bring a new standard of transparency to City Hall.

Since entering office in 2015, Councilmember Ryu’s office has disbursed over $2.5 million, with most funding going toward infrastructure, traffic & transit and beautification projects.

“Combined with the Discretionary Funds Task Force, a citizen panel created by my office to review discretionary spending, I am committed to fighting for transparency in how taxpayer dollars are spent, prioritizing community input and putting neighborhoods first.” Councilmember Ryu said.

In 2016, Infrastructure projects received the most funding, or $583,207, followed by $265,730 spent on Beautification. This is in contrast to 2015, when traffic & transit projects received the most funding, or $500,000.

“I want to thank City Controller Ron Galperin and his office for turning our data into clear and understandable graphs, creating a new way for Angelenos to understand how their government works. Let this be a model for our city and our elected officials to make spending more transparent and empower citizens to have a voice in how taxpayer dollars are spent.”

Councilmember Ryu worked with Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s office and his pioneering ControlPanel.LA to organize and display the data. Controller Galperin made the following statement:

“As we put tools in the hands of Angelenos to help them understand and engage with City Hall, we’re also putting tools in the hands of other City leaders to help them share information with their constituents,” Controller Galperin said.  “Through our new partnership with Councilmember Ryu, we’re taking transparency to the next level by making it simple for anyone to view -- and understand -- how his office spends its discretionary funds.”

You can view the CD4 checkbook here: http://davidryu.lacity.org/cd4_checkbook

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

 


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