Within the last few weeks we have learned that Mitch O’Farrell conducts City business through a Gmail account and so does Gil Cedillo. Now for the first time it is revealed that David Ryu also has a secret private email account that he uses to conduct City business. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop him a line, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it, especially if you can Paypal him $800 for the old officeholder account.
In an interesting twist, I learned of the existence of David Ryu’s private email account because he used it to email Mitch O’Farrell in April and the email, which you can read here (and there’s a transcription after the break), was produced by CD13 in response to the Hollywood Sunshine Coalition’s CPRA request. And as for what the email is about, well, it’s hard to tell.
It’s about a $200 million building project at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital and who’s invited to the groundbreaking ceremony and did they go and pay court to Mitch O’Farrell like David Ryu told them they had to? I’m sure it all makes sense to people who know exactly whose hand is down whose pants at 200 N. Spring Street. To the rest of us, although the connotations of corruption are clear, the actual meaning is obscure.
The real value in this revelation, at least the real immediate value, is twofold. First it exposed David Ryu’s secret email address, which is of intrinsic public interest. Second, it shows that not only are our councilmembers hiding their nefarious work from us by communicating with their special friends and lobbyists via private unscrutinized channels, but they’re also doing the same thing with one another. Did you ever wonder how those extraordinary unanimous outcomes are created in Council meetings over and over and over again? I believe I’m on the verge of really understanding it, and this is an essential piece of the puzzle.
Oh, did I mention that our friends at the Hollywood Sunshine Coalition have asked David Ryu’s office for the goodies? Well they have, and just as Mitch O’Farrell’s sinister gatekeeper Jeanne Min tried to claim that CD13 didn’t have to hand over anything cause it would be too darn much work, David Ryu’s sad-sack minion Andrew Suh is taking the same tack. CD4 is on NextRequest, so you have to look at a PDF of the request as it’s presently unpublished. Stay tuned for news as we get it and turn the page for a transcription of the email.
FYI, I know we also got the invitation.
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
I hope you got this invitation? When they told me about this a few weeks back-I told them, more than me, they must invite you but more importantly go to your office and brief you or your staff. I hope they did that. I believe it is like a $200 million project and a big deal.
David E. Ryu
Begin forwarded message:
From. Peter S. Park” <ppark@chahealthsystems com>
Date: April 25, 2018 at 3:10:53 PM PDT
To: David Ryu <email@example.com>
Subject: Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Ground Breaking Ceremony
Hope things are well. We’re having our groundbreaking ceremony next Thursday (10-11am) for our new HPMC patient tower. We sent your deputy an invite for you to attend, but there hasn’t been a response from your office. Dr. Cha and his family from Korea will be there. Let me know if you can make it.
Peter S. Park
Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategic Alliances
CHA Health Systems, Inc.
3731 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 850
Image of David Ryu is ©2018 MichaelKohlhaas.Org and take a look over here at this lil pupper.