PRESS RELEASE: CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE 2019-2020 LOS ANGELES CITY BUDGET

Los Angeles - Today, the City of Los Angeles approved the final Budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, beginning July 1. The $10.6 billion budget is the largest in City history, with strong investments in the City’s reserve fund, as well as public safety, infrastructure, and addressing homelessness.

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May 28, 2019

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE 2019-2020 LOS ANGELES CITY BUDGET

Los Angeles - Today, the City of Los Angeles approved the final Budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, beginning July 1. The $10.6 billion budget is the largest in City history, with strong investments in the City’s reserve fund, as well as public safety, infrastructure, and addressing homelessness.

“This budget is one of our City’s strongest, and includes crucial funding for infrastructure, public safety and quality of life issues that I have long fought for,” Councilmember Ryu said. “The street you commute on, the trees on your block, the safety of your neighborhood - these are bread and butter issues. I’m glad to see these priorities get the funding they deserve.”

Included in the annual budget is $7 million for concrete street repair, which will fund concrete street repair programs currently being drawn up by the Bureau of Street Services. After decades of neglect left many concrete streets in a state of disrepair, Councilmember Ryu worked with City agencies and fellow City leaders to develop new solutions and establish this new source of funding for comprehensive and long-term concrete street repair. The budget also includes $25 million for failed street reconstruction, and funding for the repair of alleyways and previously withdrawn streets.

Councilmember Ryu’s priority for more proactive tree care also received $25 million in funding, for the Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Street Services for tree planting, maintenance and care, including a Chief Forest Officer to develop long-term and proactive care strategies for the City’s urban forest. Two million dollars was also approved for a Citywide street tree inventory and the development of an urban forestry management plan, which were priorities included in a package of motions introduced by Councilmember Ryu last year.

$47 million has been allocated for sworn overtime for Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers, a funding increase which will support dedicated police details to enforce the Party House Ordinance, championed by Councilmember Ryu and passed last year, as well as continued traffic and safety enforcement around the Hollywood Sign during peak tourism and visitation times.

More than $50 million has been dedicated to Vision Zero projects and safety improvements, such as crosswalks, traffic signals, street lighting, and bike lanes. The funding is a $20 million increase over last year.

Traffic mitigation efforts around the Hollywood Bowl received $650,000 for increased safety projects, traffic signals, and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) support during temporary road closures to mitigate cut-thru traffic.

Comprehensive solutions on homelessness remain a top priority in the City Budget, with a $43 million increase to hire more outreach workers, fund emergency housing, and pay for clean-ups.

“The new funding in this budget includes many of the priorities I campaigned on and I have fought for over the past three years,” Councilmember Ryu added. “After all that effort, it’s great to see a City budget that reflects these quality of life needs.”

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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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