STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU ON FINES AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES

LOS ANGELES - A recent investigation by NBC4 revealed that local restaurants and small businesses were being fined hundreds of dollars by the City’s Department of Building and Safety for minor violations, such as putting up a banner without a permit. At a time of significant economic strain on small businesses, Councilmember David Ryu released the following statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

July 24, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

COUNCILMEMBER RYU ON FINES AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES

LOS ANGELES - A recent investigation by NBC4 revealed that local restaurants and small businesses were being fined hundreds of dollars by the City’s Department of Building and Safety for minor violations, such as putting up a banner without a permit. At a time of significant economic strain on small businesses, Councilmember David Ryu released the following statement:

"Small businesses like Crave Cafe are under immense stress because of this pandemic, and a $356 fine is the last thing they need," Councilmember Ryu said. "We should be encouraging restaurants to operate safely and advertise their business - not slapping them with fines. These fees should be waived, and enforcement of these bureaucratic rules should be suspended entirely. I am calling on the city departments to stop issuing these fines and make it easier to do business in Los Angeles."

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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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