STATEMENT: Recusal Legislation Approved by Rules Committee

LOS ANGELES - The City Council’s Rules Committee advanced a motion today co-introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Councilmembers, just one of many anti-corruption motions put forth by Councilmember Ryu. The motion, which highlights the recusal standard used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), would expand the type of conflicts requiring City officials to recuse themselves from taking action or casting votes. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

September 23, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213-407-7616

Recusal Legislation Approved by Rules Committee

LOS ANGELES - The City Council’s Rules Committee advanced a motion today co-introduced by Councilmember David Ryu to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Councilmembers, just one of many anti-corruption motions put forth by Councilmember Ryu. The motion, which highlights the recusal standard used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), would expand the type of conflicts requiring City officials to recuse themselves from taking action or casting votes. 

“It is incumbent on this City Council to go above and beyond in its measures of transparency and accountability,” Councilmember Ryu said. “This legislation would give Los Angeles the highest recusal standard of any city in the nation, and the people of Los Angeles deserve nothing less. I look forward to seeing this legislation, as well as the many other anti-corruption measures I have been fighting for, become law.”

The Rules Committee also approved a motion to require that meetings between developers and Councilmembers be disclosed to the public, something Councilmember Ryu has done since entering office in 2015.

Councilmember David Ryu is the only Los Angeles City Councilmember to refuse donations from real estate developers since entering office, a standard he successfully made law last year. An anti-corruption advocate since the beginning, Councilmember Ryu has recently put forth further anti-corruption legislation, including a motion seeking to establish an Inspector General’s Office, which was recently approved in City Council.

The motion now heads to City Council for a full vote. 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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