October 19, 2020 - From the October, 2020 issue

Councilmember David Ryu on Housing, Affordability & Homelessness

TPR certainly has no intention of abandoning its thirty-five-year print tradition but is pleased to offer this video interview of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu. Thirty minutes in length, this substantive dialogue—consistent with the mission of our print interviews—seeks to lift the level of public discourse. Here, Councilmember Ryu elaborates on the policy failures and market realities behind the region’s affordable and workforce housing shortage. Endorsed by former LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the LA Times and informed by decades of experience in public service, Ryu advocates for a holistic approach that preserves and expands the supply of affordable housing, protects tenants, and removes barriers—and legal red tape—for providing services and care to those who need it most. TPR's final exchange with Ryu perhaps captures what about his candidacy has earned him such high endorsements, click here to watch this short clip.

David Ryu

Click to watch TPR's interview with Councilmember David Ryu. 

"One of the reasons why I even ran for office in the first place was because I did the work on the ground. And I know, as a council member and someone who has the decisionmaking power at the table, I want to make sure we guide homeless strategies towards positivity not just for our unhoused neighbors today, but to prevent homelessness from rearing its ugly head again five or ten years from now...

...A big difference in this race is that not only have I lived in LA my entire life, but the issues that I fight for—like poverty and racial equity—is not just because that's the right thing to do, but it's my personal lived experience...

...I don't have to imagine struggle. I know struggle. And that's why I dedicated my life to public service and racial justice issues. I didn't work on these issues because it was trending on Twitter, or because it's the politically correct thing to do now. I lived in LA during the 1992 LA riots; that was my political awakening."—David Ryu


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