El concejal Curren Price activo el 4 de agosto una encuesta en busca de aportes sobre seguridad pública para ayudar a dar forma al futuro de la policía en Los Ángeles. La encuesta, en colaboración con la Presidente del Concejo Municipal Nury Martínez, y los miembros del Concejo Herb Wesson, Marqueece Harris-Dawson y Bob Blumenfield, está disponible en inglés y español hasta el 14 de agosto.
En medio de llamados para abordar décadas de racismo sistémico y reimaginar la seguridad pública, la encuesta hace preguntas a los encuestados sobre sus propias percepciones y experiencias con la policía, incluso si una mayor presencia policial los hace sentir más seguros y si creen que un modelo de equipo de respuesta no armada para atender llamados de emergencia es apropiado para incidentes no violentos. La encuesta también busca comentarios sobre si otros tipos de iniciativas de seguridad comunitaria, como el programa de Pasaje Seguro de la Ciudad, deben ampliarse, junto con otras preguntas sobre posibles alternativas de seguridad pública en los vecindarios de Los Ángeles.
Haga clic en la imagen a continuación para participar en la encuesta:
"Este es un momento de reflexión y acción en el que nos estamos escuchando unos a otros, y somos más conscientes de las injusticias, especialmente en la era de las redes sociales, donde los videos se vuelven virales instantáneamente y el ciberactivismo conecta a las personas con la verdad", dijo el concejal Price. “Debemos aprovechar esta oportunidad como una fuerza colectiva para garantizar los cambios que los vecinos exigen de la policía de Los Ángeles se consideran”.
En junio, los concejales Price, Martínez, Wesson, Harris-Dawson y Blumenfield, presentaron una moción que requeriría que las agencias desarmadas y no policiales respondan a llamados de emergencia no relacionados con actividades criminales. La moción exige el desarrollo de un sistema de respuesta no armada de trabajadores sociales y personal, incluidos profesionales médicos, trabajadores de salud mental, trabajadores de extensión para personas sin hogar y otros profesionales.
Councilmember Curren Price released on Aug. 4 a survey seeking input on public safety to help shape the future of policing in Los Angeles. The survey, in collaboration with Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmembers Herb Wesson, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Bob Blumenfield, is available in English and Spanish through Aug. 14.
Amid calls to address decades of systemic racism and rethink public safety, the survey asks respondents questions about their own perceptions and experiences with the police, including whether an increased police presence makes them feel safer and whether they believe an unarmed model of crisis response is appropriate for non-violent incidents. The survey also seeks feedback on whether other types of community safety initiatives, like the City's Safe Passage program, should be expanded, along with other questions about possible public safety alternatives in Los Angeles’ neighborhoods.
Click on the image below to participate in the survey:
“This is a time for reflection and action where we’re listening to one another, and we’re more conscious of injustices especially in the age of social media where videos go viral instantaneously and cyberactivism connects people to the truth,” said Councilmember Price. “We must seize this opportunity as a collective force to ensure the changes neighbors are demanding from the LAPD are considered.”
In June, Councilmembers Price, Martinez, Wesson, Harris-Dawson and Blumenfield, co-presented a motion that would require unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies to respond to non-violent situations as an alternative to police officers. The motion calls for the development of a crisis response system made up of service providers, including medical professionals, mental health workers, homeless outreach workers and other professionals with specialized training to replace police in non-violent, non-emergency crises.
Be sure to stop by EVERY Thursday at the Central Avenue Farmers Market, located at Councilman Curren Price's District Office at 4301 S. Central Ave., to pick up a fresh selection of fruits, vegetables and books. That’s right, books!
In July, Councilman Price partnered with Dr. Claudia Cataldo, Academic Decathlon coach from Santee High School, to hand out free books to CD 9 youth at the weekly farmer’s market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Cataldo has distributed hundreds of books to local families to ensure kids are still actively learning throughout these challenging times and strengthen their love for reading. Interested in making a book donation? Contact Dr. Cataldo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the coverage from a recent book giveaway with Dr. Cataldo courtesy of our friends at Channel 35 by clicking the image below.
On July 27, Councilmember Curren Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti alongside several Council colleagues to unveil the creation of a new Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Bureau within the LAPD, which will expand the community-based policing program citywide.
CSP places specially-trained and selected officers in a 5-year assignment in one place so they can become part of the community and develop relationships with the people they serve. In the CSP model, residents work alongside officers to bring a variety of community and youth programs, and other resources tailored to their community.
In April of 2019, Councilman Price joined community members and leaders to celebrate the launch of the CSP program at South Park, one of 10 sites in Los Angeles today. Since then, the South LA community has reaped the benefits of much-needed programming, seen a significant reduction in crime and stronger police-community relationships.
“I remember introducing the LAPD officers to our children and families for the first time and assuring them that by working together we would be able to create a safer neighborhood and today it is,” said Councilman Price. “I am hopeful that the expansion of the CSP program, which will be led by newly appointed Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides, will result in stronger communities that will be served and protected with respect, compassion and innovation during a time in our history that calls for great change.”
Since coming to CD 9, South Park CSP officers have taken part in over 155 youth programming events, led field trips to destinations like Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, Kids Space Museum, Hermosa Beach, horseback riding excursions, executed food, toy and shoe giveaways, women’s self defense classes, Know Your Rights seminars, financial literacy and other youth mentorship instruction.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2020
Program Allows Businesses in District 9 to Apply for 0% Interest Loans Up to $25,000 From The Change Reaction
Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. today announced the availability of interest free loans for small businesses and independent contractors located in Council District 9 who have been affected by the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19. The Monique Lawshe and Greg Perlman Small Business Relief Fund is made possible through a generous donation to The Change Reaction from Monique Lawshe and Greg Perlman. Loans will range from $3,000 - $25,000 and will be repayable in equal installments over the course of 24 to 36 months, after a grace period of three months. The loans will be administered by the Jewish Free Loan Association.
“The coronavirus has caused major havoc to our city, nation and the world. Millions are unemployed with no savings to fall back on, our small businesses are on life support struggling to survive or expect financial challenges for years to come,” said Councilmember Price, who opened the Business Resource Center (BRC) inside his District Office on 43rd Street and Central Avenue in 2014 to help local entrepreneurs. “Our small local businesses need a lifeline and The Change Reaction provides just that - a glimmer of hope for workers to maintain their jobs and our business community to weather the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The primary focus of the Small Business Relief Fund is on sole proprietors and small businesses that have been unable to access government grants and loans. Eligible businesses should have normal revenues under $1M and 15 or fewer employees. Repayment terms are flexible and 100% of all loan repayments will be redistributed to other small businesses, paying it forward to create a chain reaction of change, gratitude, and generosity. Individuals seeking loans must fill out an application that includes authorization to obtain a credit report. On-time rent payments for the twelve months up to and including March 2020 is a requisite of eligibility. Applicants will typically be contacted within two business days of applying, and decisions on most loans will be made and, if approved, funded within five business days.
“After having successfully launched our Small Business Relief Fund in partnership with Councilman John Lee in CD12, we wanted to expand the program to more businesses in our local community,” said Greg Perlman, founder of The Change Reaction. “What we’re trying to do here is provide a simple, streamlined process to help local small businesses in need. The Change Reaction is a new philosophy in philanthropy that directly connects wealthy people in communities around the nation to the hard-working people and small businesses that are facing financial hardships in their local community. My business partner, Monique Lawshe and I have decided to substantially increase our philanthropy during this crisis and personally take on several communities within the City of Los Angeles, because if not now, when? We are happy to partner with Councilman Price and the Jewish Free Loan Association to help local businesses recover from this crisis and provide love, hope and relief for members of our communities.”
The Small Business Relief Fund is part of a bicoastal effort by The Change Reaction to partner with donors who have accumulated significant wealth and elected officials to support small businesses in their communities. The availability of small business loans in Council District 9 is an expansion of a fund that was established last month in partnership with Los Angeles Councilmember John Lee, who represents the 12th District. Funds have also been set up to support small businesses in NY and Oregon.
The application form for the loans click here.
Esta mañana a las 8 a.m., se abrió el período de solicitud de cinco días para el Programa de Subsidios de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia. El Departamento de Inversión Comunitaria + Vivienda de Los Ángeles (HCIDLA) aceptará solicitudes para subsidios de asistencia de alquiler entre hoy, 13 de julio hasta el viernes, 17 de julio. Debido al alto volumen esperado de solicitantes, HCIDLA está pidiendo a las personas que tengan paciencia durante el proceso ya que las solicitudes serán aceptadas las 24 horas del día hasta el 17 de julio a las 11:59 p.m. para ser incluido en el sorteo al azar.
HCIDLA alienta a las personas a solicitar en línea en https://hcidla.lacity.org. Para obtener más información sobre la elegibilidad, haga clic en los folletos a continuación.
Para los inquilinos que no hablan inglés o que no tienen acceso a una computadora, pueden llamar a la línea directa al 844-944-1868. La línea directa estará disponible de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. todos los días durante el período de solicitud. El programa está abierto a todos los inquilinos, independientemente de su estado migratorio.
A Special Announcement from Councilman Curren Price Regarding the 25th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Fest
Tuesday, June 30
- On June 30, the City Council unanimously approved Councilman Curren Price’s motion that would make it illegal to call 911 to make a false or frivolous report based on racial bias. While it is illegal to make a false 911 report, the current law does not address 911 calls used in a racially motivated way. The motion asks for the City Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to report back on options that could include criminal penalties, as well as giving the victims the right to seek damages and bring about private civil actions against the perpetrator.
- Also on Tuesday, the City Council backed a motion that Councilman Price co-presented alongside LA City Council President Nury Martinez, and Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Marqueece Harris-Dawson that would require unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies to respond to non-violent situations as an alternative to dispatching a police officer. The motion calls for the development of a crisis response system made up of service providers, including medical professionals, mental health workers, homelessness experts and other professional social workers, with specialized training to replace police in non-violent, non-emergency crises.
- Councilmembers Price, Wesson, Harris-Dawson and Mike Bonin introduced a motion that would remove the LAPD from enforcing traffic laws and moving violations. The legislation would direct the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and other city staff to consult with community stakeholders and suggest alternative methods of enforcing traffic laws, such as speeding, illegal turns, and other vehicle code violations, that do not require armed officers. The report will look at national and international best practices, and consider transferring enforcement authority from the LAPD to LADOT, as well as using automated equipment.
- The Los Angeles City Council instructed the Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) and the Personnel Department to work with the LA County Department of Public Health to solicit input from community groups and nonprofits to help with a hiring plan for Community Care Corps, to fill gaps in our healthcare system, as well as provide meaningful employment to residents who need it as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Additionally, the City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Price to request the Office of the Inspector General, with assistance from the LAPD and the Department of Civil and Human Rights to report with a thorough review on the tactics used by the LAPD on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in the vicinity of the Fairfax District during peaceful protests and the chain of events that led to the decision to have LAPD officers engage with protesters.
- In a similar motion, the City Council also called for an investigation on the use of rubber bullets and other types of riot control ammunition into crowds of peaceful protests, as well as how LAPD dealt with individuals arrested for failing to disperse when ordered to do so after a curfew was put into place throughout the county. Finally, the motion instructs Gerald Chaleff, the author of the LAPD’s review of the 2007 May Day incident in MacArthur Park, to take the lead of the review of LAPD actions during recent protests.
Wednesday, July 1
- On July 1, the LA City Council approved Councilman Price’s proposed plan to reduce $150 million from the LAPD 2020-2021 budget and reinvest $100 million of those dollars into communities of color for youth work programs, local hire efforts, and other social programming. Councilmember Price’s motion modifies Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $10.5 billion original proposed budget and reallocates $90 million into communities of color, re-envisioning public safety, as well as the City’s targeted local hire program. In addition, it sets aside $10 million for the EWDD Summer Youth Employment and Workforce Development benefiting disadvantaged communities.
- Additionally, the Los Angeles City Council approved a series of motions to help support families during the COVID-19 pandemic. One motion instructs the Department of Recreation and Parks to report back on using some of their facilities as child care centers as the economy reopens. Additionally, a motion seconded by Councilmember Price and authored by Council President Martinez, provides over $500,000 in COVID-19 Federal relief funding to the Department of Recreation and Parks for Summer Play LA. This funding will help provide summer programming for 2,000 children as the economy begins to open and parents return back to work.
- Further, the LA City Council approved a motion by Council President Martinez and seconded by Councilmember Price to grant $100 million from COVID-19 Federal relief funding to be used to help establish the COVID-19 Homelessness Roadmap, which will help create 6,000 new beds in each council district. Additionally, $25 million of the $100 million will be used to help order shelter, hygiene trailers and other supplies.
- The City Council instructed the Department of Transportation to continue, through the month of July, to suspend the enforcement of residential street sweeping, peak/rush hour and anti-gridlock zone restrictions, abandoned vehicles (72-hour rule) and expired registrations. The motion further instructs the Department to waive all parking citations issued in the month of July with respect to the categories above.
- Councilmember Price introduced a motion instructing the LAPD to request the California Attorney General’s Office to conduct an independent review of the fatal shooting of Daniel Hernandez by an LAPD Officer in the Newton Division on April 22, 2020. LAPD encountered Hernandez when reporting to a traffic collision back in April. Reports state that he had a knife when officers arrived on scene. The shooting happened when Hernandez approached law enforcement with a knife after he was asked to place it on the ground.
- Councilmember Price introduced a motion that instructs the Personnel Department to halt consideration of a Police Officer candidate’s cannabis use when conducting and evaluating a background investigation, and that the Personnel Department report to Council in 30 days on the status of this matter. This is in response to the LAPD application website stating that the use of illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol or prescription medications are potentially disqualifying factors for a candidate; however, it makes no mention of cannabis use. Considering that adult cannabis use has been legal for several years, and the City’s regulatory authority over cannabis, there is an inconsistency to consider cannabis use as a negative factor when assessing a Police Officer candidate.
On Wednesday, July 1, the Office of Councilmember Curren Price organized a food giveaway at the South LA Wetlands, serving more than 500 boxes of food to local neighbors. The boxes included such items as eggs, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables along with hand sanitizer and masks to help protect against the coronavirus.
“This is a really tough time for people; there is no shortage of needs felt throughout the City so I am happy that we can provide some relief to our neighbors that need it the most," said Councilman Price.
If you or anyone you know is in need of resources or information, please contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.