Meet new District 4 Councilman David Ryu

David Ryu was sworn in on the south lawn of City Hall | Courtesy Councilmember-Elect David E. Ryu

David Ryu was sworn in on the south lawn of City Hall | Courtesy Councilmember-Elect David E. Ryu

David Ryu was sworn in this afternoon as the first Korean-American member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 4th Council District that stretches from Los Feliz and Silver Lake on the east to the Sherman Oaks on the west.

Ryu, who was elected to office by a wide margin in May over challenger Carolyn Ramsay, replaces Tom LaBonge, who was termed out of office after service.

“I am proud to lead our community through these doors to take our rightful place sharing in the leadership,” Councilmember-Elect Ryu said in a statement. “But I am just as proud that I was sent here by a district with very few Asian-American voters. I was chosen because I made a commitment to the people of the 4th district to put our neighborhoods first and to be a strong voice for change.  And that’s what I intend to do.”

Ryu, a health care center executive,  said his priorities include:

  • Fixing the City’s infrastructure
  • Cutting waste
  • Establishing a task force which will provide guidance and input on how to spend discretionary council funds to better meet community needs

LaBonge’s term officially ends on June 30.

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One comment

  1. Does anyone know his key staff picks? Will be sad if it turns out to be a team of insiders.

    This win seemed to be more about what was *not* wanted, than some grand vision coming from Ryu. I have some hope since he heard very loudly the desires of his constituency to avoid developer influence, but he still has to deal with the Council and it’s back room deal-making. He will have to follow the herd or they will make sure nothing happens for his district.

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