PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Councilmember Ryu’s Recusal Legislation

LOS ANGELES - Today the Los Angeles City Council approved legislation co-introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Councilmembers. The motion instructs the Ethics Commission to consider the standards that other agencies apply to determine when Councilmembers must recuse themselves from official acts, and highlights the recusal model used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Adopting a recusal model similar to the one used at Metro would allow the city to quickly and effectively expand the universe of conflicts that require recusals by City officials.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

October 14, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Estevan Montemayor

estevan.montemayor@lacity.org

213.605.4145

City Council Approves Councilmember Ryu’s Recusal Legislation

LOS ANGELES - Today the Los Angeles City Council approved legislation co-introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Councilmembers. The motion instructs the Ethics Commission to consider the standards that other agencies apply to determine when Councilmembers must recuse themselves from official acts, and highlights the recusal model used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Adopting a recusal model similar to the one used at Metro would allow the city to quickly and effectively expand the universe of conflicts that require recusals by City officials.

“Public trust in local government is crucial, and once it’s lost, it is not easily regained. This legislation works to push our city towards the level of transparency and accountability that Angelenos expect and deserve,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “Today’s vote is another step towards rebuilding trust with the public, but it cannot be the last. We need a robust and fully publicly financed election system to root out corruption once and for all.”

Since entering office, Councilmember Ryu has made it a top priority to fight corruption in City Hall. He successfully fought for a comprehensive ban on developer donations, which was passed into law last year. Earlier this year, Councilmember Ryu introduced a package of anti-corruption legislation, including a motion seeking to establish an Inspector General’s Office, which was approved by the City Council in August. The legislation passed today was co-introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Mike Bonin, and Council President Nury Martinez.

Read the motion here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 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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