Councilman-Elect David Ryu Announces Chief of Staff

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JUNE 19, 2015

Councilman-Elect David Ryu Announces Chief of Staff

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles City Councilman-Elect David Ryu today announced Sarah Dusseault—a 15-year veteran of public service—will join his office as his Chief of Staff and lead his transition effort.

 

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Jay Beeber Officially Endorses David Ryu

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April 16, 2015

Jay Beeber Officially Endorses David Ryu

Beeber cites Sherman Oaks debates and Ryu’s commitment to neighborhood issues

Los Angeles, CA – Today, former candidate for L.A. City Council District 4, Jay Beeber announced that he is officially endorsing David Ryu for CD4. 

"Today I am announcing that I am officially endorsing David Ryu for LA City Council District 4. 

I have thought long and hard about this decision and after detailed discussions with both candidates and observing the two debates this week in Sherman Oaks, I have come to the conclusion that David Ryu is our best hope to bring fundamental change to City Hall. 

I ran for City Council to bring a common sense approach and fresh ideas to city government and I believe that of the two contenders, David is more likely to produce the change we so desperately need. 

I've found him to be intelligent, professional, and genuinely committed to solving the problems that plague our district, such as traffic congestion, over development, and our failing infrastructure. 

Most of all, I've found that David is willing to listen to and respect the concerns of the community. While I like and admire both candidates, I believe that David is the best choice to represent us in Sherman Oaks and throughout CD 4.”

The Ryu campaign welcomed Beeber’s support and will seek his expertise on a variety of issues moving forward.

“I am honored to have Jay Beeber’s endorsement. We are both committed to putting neighborhoods first and making sure the Valley, specially Sherman Oaks, gets its fair share. I am excited to have Jay on my team and we are ready to get to work for CD4,” said David Ryu.

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Ryu Vows to Reform Allocation of Office Discretionary Funds to put Neighborhoods First: No More Secret “Slush Funds”

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April 14, 2015

Ryu Vows to Reform Allocation of Office Discretionary Funds to put Neighborhoods First:  No More Secret “Slush Funds”

Ryu cites need for increased transparency and community input in disbursing taxpayer funds

Los Angeles, CA – Today, David Ryu, candidate for L.A. City Council District 4, announced in a letter and email to CD4 neighborhood council presidents and community leaders that if elected he will reform practices that have effectively converted CD4 discretionary funds into “secret slush funds for the Council Member.”  Instead, Ryu will refocus the funds on their originally intended purpose: projects benefitting the district and its neighborhoods.

As part of his reform, Ryu has committed to seeking community input on how CD4 discretionary funds should be used, and to making full public disclosure of all such expenditures. Ryu will also establish a “CD4 Discretionary Funds Taskforce” consisting of neighborhood council and community leaders.  The Taskforce will work with Ryu and his staff to identify, review and prioritize projects worthy of council office discretionary funding. 

Ryu issued the following statement in support of his decision:

“Changes in our discretionary funds process are long overdue.  These funds disburse tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars a year.  Our district’s share of this money should not be spent secretly, arbitrarily or wastefully.  We need full transparency and accountability, and we need to put neighborhoods first.

For too long discretionary funds have been treated as a Council Member’s personal ‘slush funds,’ with their uses closely guarded and protected by City Hall insiders. Instead of being used to pad staff salaries or bankroll pet personal projects, they should be used for the benefit of the community.

Under the leadership and guidance of my District 4 Discretionary Funds Taskforce, I want to follow the example of the council districts that use their discretionary funds more appropriately and effectively:  to fix streets—not throw parties and finance photo-ops.”

Council offices receive discretionary funding in several ways.  AB 1290 funds, for example, derive from property taxes collected in redevelopment areas within their districts. Other accounts capture portions of revenue from sales of public property in their respective districts, franchising fees from oil pipelines, and transportation ads placed on city bus shelters.

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David Ryu Refuses All Political Contributions From Developers

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April 8, 2015

David Ryu Refuses All Political Contributions From Developers

Ryu cites public concern over integrity process in making “Transparency First” pledge 

Los Angeles, CA – Today, David Ryu, candidate for L.A. City Council District 4, announced that he will refuse all political contributions from developers with current or upcoming projects in the City of Los Angeles. This will apply both during the current campaign and throughout his potential term of service on the City Council. 

As part of that commitment, Ryu reviewed all prior donations to his campaign and has decided to return nine donations totaling $4,300.  He issued the following statement in support of his “Transparency First” fundraising pledge:

“The scale and impact of development is the single most controversial issue in our District. And it is clear to me, after months of knocking on doors, that residents have little faith in the City’s process for reviewing and approving major development projects.   

It is easy for politicians to say their judgment is not influenced by campaign contributions. And those who are comfortable with business-as-usual at City Hall may not see a problem.  Yet people looking at the system from outside are deeply skeptical. And they have a right to be.

The best way to restore public confidence is to avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest. People want to know that projects will be judged solely on their merits and their impact on the community – not by which developer has the deepest pockets. 

I want every resident, and every neighborhood, to trust that the review process at City Hall will treat all parties equally and fairly – but that kind of trust must be earned through deeds rather than words.  That is why I’ve decided to put ‘transparency first’ by voluntarily refusing all contributions from developers with current or upcoming projects in the City.”   

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week the campaign returned checks received by developers in both the primary and general election. Any questions about a specific donation or returned contribution should be sent to info@davidryu.com. For all media inquiries regarding returned contributions please contact Rachel at Rachel.Estrada@davidryu.com.

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DAVID RYU STATEMENT ON FINAL VOTE COUNT

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March 20, 2015

DAVID RYU STATEMENT ON FINAL VOTE COUNT

Ryu picks up additional votes and heads towards the May 19th General Election 

Los Angeles, CA – Following today's release of the final vote count from the City of Los Angeles, Office of the City Clerk- Election Division, David Ryu, candidate for L.A. City Council, District 4 issued the following statement:

"Now that all the votes have been counted, I am excited to officially continue our fight to put CD4 neighborhoods first at City Hall. I am grateful for the broad-based support I have received from voters in every corner of the District and we will continue to run our campaign in the general just as we have in the primary-- knocking on doors, listening to residents, and working on solutions to improve our community. I am especially thankful for the tireless work of our volunteers and supporters, as we couldn't have made it this far without their energy and commitment." 

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LACDP Votes to Endorse Ryu for May 19th General Election

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March 16, 2015 

LACDP Votes to Endorse Ryu for May 19th General Election

Largest local Democratic party entity in the country stands with Ryu

Los Angeles, CA – The delegates of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) recently voted to endorse David Ryu for L.A. City Council, District 4. LACDP is the largest local Democratic Party entity in the United States, representing over 2.4 million registered Democrats and a population larger than 42 other states in the 88 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

“I am excited that our campaign is attracting new supporters in our fight to put neighborhood voices first at City Hall. With this endorsement, I know my fellow Democrats are just as committed as I am to standing up for our neighborhoods, ” said David Ryu, candidate for L.A. City Council, District 4.  

Eric C. Bauman, Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party and Vice Chair, California Democratic Party released the following statement after the endorsement vote: 

“David Ryu is a lifelong Democrat who shares our values and knows how to get things done. He is just the type of independent leader we need on the City Council. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party is proud to endorse David Ryu for Los Angeles City Council. I urge all local Democrats to get involved and join David's campaign for Council District 4.”

LACDP is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in the County of Los Angeles and works in cooperation with the State and National Democratic Committees. The LACDP issues endorsements in local and municipal candidate races and takes positions on statewide and local ballot measures. The endorsements issued in local and municipal races also become the official endorsements of the California Democratic Party. 

David Ryu is currently serving as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at the Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles. In addition, he serves in leadership capacities for the WCKNC Neighborhood Council, the Anti-Defamation League, LA County Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission, Asian Business Association, LA County Library Foundation, and the UCLA Alumni Association.

To learn more about David Ryu, please visit www.davidryu.com   

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