CHALLENGE: City of Los Angeles

TOPIC: Government Transparency & Disclosure

Deadline: Dec. 11, 2017

When I came to office, I heard Council District Four residents loud and clear: City Hall needs a fighter for everyday Angelenos, someone to empower the average voter and clean up how City government operates. Since entering office, I have worked to build a more open and transparent City Hall, usher in a new era of dialogue between City government and residents, and establishing record-level transparency in my City Council Office. One of my first actions was establishing a Discretionary Funds Task Force and, more recently, becoming the first City Council member to disclose discretionary spending online. True to this mission, I am so excited to join LawMaker to empower your voice and connect over your ideas.

Any Constraints (budgetary, legal, etc.):

Policies should be cost neutral (i.e. if the proposal has significant costs, it should include a funding mechanism to cover those costs, whether that is through cost recovery fees or other revenue generation methods). Policies should not violate any state or federal laws, be constitutionally dubious, or fall on shaky legal ground.

City Council Member David Ryu

Los Angeles City Council, 4th District

Who Counts as “In Jurisdiction”:

All City of Los Angeles Residents


The policy idea with the most support will be used by Council Member Ryu as inspiration for legislation or a new city program.

Time to Action After Conclusion:

Council Member Ryu commits to announce his plan of action within 45 days of the completion of this challenge.

Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District of Los Angeles.Ryu studied economics at UCLA; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at USC’s School of Social Work. As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services. He helped oversee the County budget and worked for a time as a Special Investigator for the Auditor-Controller, rooting out waste and fraudulent expenditures. Ryu returned to the non-profit world and served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at one of Los Angeles’s largest non-profit health care providers: Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center. On July 1st, 2015 Ryu became the first Korean American to serve on the LA City Council and only the second Asian American.

Main Office Address: Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 425
Los Angeles, CA 90012

District Office Address(es): Hollywood District Office
6501 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 957-6415

Cahuenga District Office
: 3330 Cahuenga Blvd W., Suite 505
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: (323) 851-2121

Sherman Oaks District Office: 
13907 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 104
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 728-9924

Office Phone: 2134737004

Office Email: [email protected]






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