Rider Alert: Expo Line is out of service at two stations in downtown LA! If you’re planning to join us for the Fourth of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show tomorrow, Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Expo Park, please consider taking public transit. For those using public transportation, please note that Expo Line is out of service at two stations in downtown LA.

Councilman Curren Price Hosts One of SoCal’s Hottest and Longest Fireworks Display

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In celebration of Independence Day, Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price will host a FREE, all-day family festival, culminating with a 20-minute fireworks show in Expo Park. The picnic-style event, which gets underway at 11 a.m. on the South Lawn, features games and activities for the entire family, such as face painting, a rock climbing wall and inflatable jumpers. The holiday celebration will include contests and prizes for attendees, as well as a wide variety of culinary specialties and plenty of tasty treats available for purchase.

Entertainment begins at noon with live performances kicking off at 2 p.m. with the sounds from one of Southern California’s most talented R&B singer-songwriters Candice Boyd, finalist from the reality television competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom;” Selenamos, the hottest Selena Quintanilla Tribute Band in Los Angeles; and West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer Rodney O, plus other special guests!

The Fourth of July community festival in the NEW 9th concludes with one of the most impressive and patriotic fireworks display in front of the Natural History Museum around 9 p.m. Each year the event draws tens of thousands of people. Free general admission tickets are available here.

Below are some tips to help families make the most of this years’ experience:

  1. Parking is LIMITED, skip traffic and GO METRO. Take the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station. Exposition Park is right across the street. Click here to plan your trip.
  2. Don’t want to miss out on BBQing with the family? That’s OK! Small patio barbecue grills are allowed in the DESIGNATED GRILLING AREA ONLY. Rules will be strictly enforced.
  3. Pack a blanket and sweater for the evening. The fireworks extravaganza will come to life at dusk so you'll want to be cozy when the main attraction begins.

For more information, call Councilman Price’s Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.

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Economic Development Committee Backs Fair Work Week Proposal

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The City Council’s Economic Development advanced this week a Fair Work Week proposal by Councilmember Curren Price, which would impact 147,000 retail workers in Los Angeles.

“When I worked to pass the City’s minimum wage policy, I heard from people that raising the minimum wage was good, but that it didn’t mean income security if they didn’t receive enough hours,” said Price, who introduced the motion in March. “The Fair Work Week policy would bring stability, predictability and flexibility to people working retail jobs in LA.”

The new policy, which would affect retail businesses in the City with 300 or more employees, outlines six key regulations including: written and posted work schedules, two weeks’ notice of work schedules, right to request a flexible schedule/right to decline hours without retaliation, predictability pay, right to rest between shifts of 10 hours and access to additional hours.

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Reward Offered: Justice for Victor McElhaney

On May 22, Councilman Curren Price introduced a reward motion in the amount of $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old USC student Victor McElhaney. 

"It’s disheartening to know the killers are still on the loose while a family and entire community continues to grieve in search for answers," said Councilman Price. "I hope today’s action sends a clear message: We are committed to finding these killers and bringing them to justice." 

If you heard or saw anything, don’t be afraid to come forward. The safety of our streets and future of our children and families depend on it. Submit a tip by contacting LA Crime Stoppers.

(Picture below is from a "peace stand-in" that was held on the corner of Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard where Victor was gunned down)

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