Councilmember Ryu Discuss Initiatives at Hollywood Chamber Luncheon

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September 15, 2016
Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, who represents the 4th Council District, delivered his first address to the members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at Avalon Hollywood on Thursday, September 15th. In office since July 2015, he discussed some of his accomplishments and initiatives. He also answered questions related to development, neighborhood integrity initiative, land use, veterans, parks, Hollywood Sign and more.

Councilmember Ryu has represented the 4th district since July 2015. The district includes portions of Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, and a portion of Koreatown.

Ryu is the first Korean-American to serve on the L.A. City Council and only the second Asian-American to do so. He 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 L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on such issues as public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services.

Since taking office, Ryu has been working on initiatives related to Land Use and Infrastructure, primarily because the scale and impact of development has been one of the top issues within his district.  His Clean Streets initiative coordinates various street maintenance efforts and services throughout his district with youth from the area. He also established a Discretionary Funds Task Force to review and provide input on the use of his discretionary funds.

He has also proposed stronger campaign finance regulations and has advocated for reform and transparent planning processes.  His effort to preserve residential neighborhoods helped set new rules to limit mansionization.  He also called for regulations of loudspeakers on tour buses, and secured neighborhood traffic improvements in the areas below the Hollywood Sign, and has enhanced Runyon Canyon Park’s aging infrastructure.

Presenting sponsor is Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Gold Level sponsor is Avalon Hollywood. Silver Level sponsors are CIM Group, Dynamic Development Company, FilmL.A., Inc., Global Icons, Harridge Development Group, Hollywood Hotel, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, and Pantages Theatre/Nederlander Concerts.
About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
For more than 95 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Fariba Kalantari, DDS, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2016-17, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit
Hollywood Chamber, (323) 469-8311