STATEMENT: Ex-Parte Communications Ban

Councilmember Ryu released the following statement regarding Mayor Garcetti’s ban on ex-parte communications:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 9, 2017

Press Contact:

Estevan Montemayor

estevan.montemayor@lacity.org

213.605.4145

STATEMENT ON EX-PARTE COMMUNICATIONS BAN

Councilmember Ryu released the following statement regarding Mayor Garcetti’s ban on ex-parte communications:

“I want to thank Mayor Garcetti for moving forward on this important planning reform. By banning ex-parte communications between commissioners and developers, we will continue to restore the public’s trust in the City’s planning process. This is a major victory for transparency in local government.

While this ban is a step in the right direction, we cannot stop here. We must ensure that all 35 community plans are updated within the next 6 years and that community input is taken seriously throughout that process.

The City Council must also quickly pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, which will restore Angelenos’ faith in the City’s ability to fairly review and approve major development projects. We need a campaign finance system that limits the influence of big-pocketed developers and instead, empowers thousands of small donors to have their voices heard.

Communities across Los Angeles want to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods and also want to support balanced growth in our City. I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Garcetti and my City Council colleagues over the weeks and months to come to build a more accountable, transparent, and fair City Hall.”

Councilmember David Ryu introduced legislation on September 9, 2016, urging the City Council to ban ex-parte communications (i.e. private meetings) between developers and Planning Commissioners. Read his motion, here.

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Councilmember David 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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