PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu’s Permanent Al Fresco Legislation Moves Forward

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee today approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion seeking to implement a permanent version of the city’s Al Fresco program, sending it to full Council for a vote. The Al Fresco Program, which has received positive feedback from restaurants, diners and restaurant adjacent neighborhoods, supports the heavily impacted restaurant industry by allowing restaurants to operate outdoors. The motion approved today in Committee seeks a report back on the feasibility of making this program permanent.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

October 19, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Estevan Montemayor

estevan.montemayor@lacity.org

213.605.4145

Councilmember Ryu’s Permanent Al Fresco Legislation Moves Forward

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee today approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion seeking to implement a permanent version of the city’s Al Fresco program, sending it to full Council for a vote. The Al Fresco Program, which has received positive feedback from restaurants, diners and restaurant adjacent neighborhoods, supports the heavily impacted restaurant industry by allowing restaurants to operate outdoors. The motion approved today in Committee seeks a report back on the feasibility of making this program permanent.

“With around two thousand restaurants currently participating in Al Fresco, its popularity is undeniable,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “Los Angeles has an opportunity to reimagine the ways that we use our city streets and support our local businesses. Now is the time to think about how we want our city to emerge from this pandemic, and this is one way we can emerge better than before.”

Councilmember Ryu’s motion instructs city departments to report back on a potential program structure, and any safety and infrastructure requirements necessary for implementation. LA Al Fresco was launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 29th, and streamlines requirements and approvals across multiple City departments for outdoor dining on sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. In its most recent phase, LA Al Fresco dedicates 55% of program resources to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) businesses or located in areas that have experienced disproportionate job loss due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants can receive immediate approval for sidewalks and private property.

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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