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CHALLENGE: City of Los Angeles

TOPIC: Government Transparency & Disclosure

Challenge Completed on Dec. 11, 2017 at 5:00pm PT

City Council Member David Ryu

Los Angeles City Council, 4th District

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.

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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Jan. 1, 2015/ Dec. 31, 2020

Health, Education and Neighborhood Councils (Chair); Arts, Entertainment, Parks and River (Vice-Chair); Public Works and Gang Reduction; Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights, and Equity; Public Safety.

Winning Policy Idea

One of the biggest ways to increase community involvement and transparency is to hold public meetings at times when the public is available to attend. This means that meetings should be scheduled and held at various times throughout the day, including times after 5pm. One of the biggest barriers for public attendance at city council meetings and commission meetings, is that they are held during the day, when many people with 9-5 or daytime work schedules cannot attend. This limits participation not only for people who want to attend and give public comment on issues that are up for discussion and votes, but also for people who would like to one day participate by being on a commission but cannot afford to lose time from work. The lack of evening meetings also hinders the effectiveness of our Neighborhood Councils--if a board submits a Community Impact Statement, but no one from the board can attend the meeting to speak on it and give public comment because the meeting is during the day, it holds back the voice of the community. My proposal is that City Council should hold a minimum of one full board meeting per week after 5pm and that commissions and city council committees should hold at least half of their meetings after 5pm. The way that the start times of meetings are scheduled should be equitable to allow for maximum community input, community participation, and overall transparency.

100% support in jurisdiction

14 votes in jurisdiction

Policy Tracker

Update #2: Jan 16, 2018

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu and Council President Herb Wesson have turned the winning policy proposal into a motion before the Los Angeles City Council.  The full motion can be seen at the link below and highlights the contributions made by LawMaker Challenge winner, Jamie Tijerina.

View Full Motion

The Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst has been instructed to study and report on the costs and feasibility of scheduling a portion of public City Council, city commission, and city committee hearings for after traditional 9am-5pm working hours to increase access to the working public.

This policy has been referred to the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Chief Legislative Analyst has been instructed to report back in 30 days (around February 16, 2018).

If Los Angeles residents would like to weigh in on this issue, they can email letters of support or opposition to the committee clerk, Richard Williams, at [email protected].

Track the status of the motion here — Council File #18-0045.

Update #1: Dec 11, 2017  

Councilman Ryu has committed to announce his office’s action based on this Challenge’s conclusion by January 25, 2018. Announcements and actions will be logged here to allow Los Angeles residents to track the progress of the winning policy idea.