Los Angeles - Councilman Curren Price Jr. joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and several of his Council colleagues Monday to announce a new city proposal that would raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles. The elected officials were joined by faith, community and business leaders who voiced their strong support for a measure that would help address the city's fast growing rate of working poor, which at nearly 30 percent makes Los Angeles the poorest major city in America. Currently, the Ninth District has the highest concentration of poverty in the city, with nearly 40 percent of families living below the poverty level.
“Today we celebrate hard work, and the pride of thousands of working men and women - and yet our city continues to struggle with some startling statistics - Los Angeles has the embarrassing distinction of being the poorest major city in America and we have one of the highest gaps between rich and poor," said Councilman Price. "That is unacceptable."
LA City Council Calls for the Humane Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors and the Consideration of their Status as Refugees
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution this week member calling for the immediate support and humane treatment of unaccompanied immigrant minors. Standing with a coalition of Central American community organizations and local residents, Councilman Curren Price joined with his colleagues - Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez - in introducing a city-wide resolutionn that expressed their support for all minors receiving a fair immigration hearing and being considered for refugee status. The resolution also officially places the City’s position on its Federal Legislative Agenda and denounces any efforts to repeal or reverse the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act., which was created to ensure the safety and legal protection of unaccompanied children.
“As an elected official sometimes you need to use your voice to call for what’s right and just. These children have fled terrible conditions at home, in search of a better life as so many other Americans have done before them. Today, we want them to know that the City of Los Angeles is a safe place where they will be treated with compassion” said Councilman Curren Price, who represents the Ninth Council District, spanning the Central portion of South Los Angeles.
Thousands of Angelenos are expected to crowd the "New Ninth" this weekend for the 19th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. The event pays homage to the vital role Central Ave played in establishing Jazz music and culture. Partnering with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and a host of community and corporate sponsors, Councilmember Curren Price is proud to announce an expanded event this year that will feature three live stages of music, including one inside the historic Dunbar Hotel. This year’s performers include music legends like the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Ernie Andrews, and Mongorama featuring Justo Almario, among others and the event continues to be free for all.
Councilman Curren Price Releases Statement Calling for a Speedy Investigation and Swift Action in CHP Beating Case:
" Like many of you, I was shocked and appalled when I saw the footage of 51 year old Marlene Pinnock being struck repeatedly by a CHP officer. It is critical that we get all the facts in this case quickly and that officials provide the appropriate disciplinary action without delay.
CHP leaders have said publicly that they are shocked by this footage and that they plan to act to investigate this matter fully. I applaud their statements – we must hold them accountable and I look to our State legislators to hold them to task. I hope we get the same sense of urgency from federal officials who are looking into civil rights violations. I’d also like to call on all of our law enforcement partners to be sensitive to the concerns that are being raised by our community at this time. We have had a history of tension with police in our community, but we have come a long way and worked hard to build trust. We must continue on that path. "
Councilman Curren Price Jr. Invites You to the "New Ninth" Fourth of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show
Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. & South Los Angeles Elected Officials Host Free 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park
The Fireworks Show Includes more than 1,000 Large Aerial Displays - Making it Among the Longest and Largest in the Region
Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. will be joined by a collection of esteemed South Los Angeles elected officials, including Congresswoman Karen Bass, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, and other state legislators for a state-of-the- art Fourth of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park. The family friendly event brings to the community one of the longest fireworks displays in the region. The Community festival will also feature two stages, performing live music throughout the day. Carnival rides and food vendors will also be on-site and the California Science Center and California African American Museum will be free and open to the public all day. The professional 45 minute fireworks display will include over 1,000 large aerial displays as well as thousands of smaller low level effects.
This article was originally posted on the USC News Section of their website. Click here to visit USC's website where you can view pictures of the event and the article.
Former president of South Africa visited Coliseum in 1990
Nelson Mandela was inducted into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Court of Honor on May 14.
Dignitaries unveiled a bronze plaque that honored Mandela, who appeared at the Coliseum for a freedom rally in June 1990 after spending 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa. Mandela would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and become president of South Africa the following year.
The court’s plaques honor outstanding people or events, athletic or otherwise, that have influenced the history, glory and growth of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandela’s plaque recognizes his unwavering commitment to social justice.
“By dedicating a plaque in his name today, we honor not only Nelson Mandela’s memory, but also the many memories that have been created in this city and in this Coliseum,” said USC President C. L. Nikias.
Mandela stood before a 70,000-person crowd and lauded Los Angeles as a place that transforms a global community, “We could not have left the United States without visiting the city which daily nourished the dreams of millions of people the world over.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said Mandela was intentional about coming to Los Angeles and embracing the leadership of Tom Bradley, the first African-American mayor of the city. “Mandela chose to honor and salute the leadership of former Mayor Bradley as a stand-up individual who had to overcome a different set of challenges,” Ridley-Thomas said.
Local and international dignitaries spoke of the transcendent power of the human spirit that Mandela represents.
For civic leader, philanthropist and South Africa native Patrick Soon-Shiong, Mandela brought dignity and reconciliation. “Mandela had the wisdom and the courage after his horrible time in Robben Island to forgive, and importantly, to heal a country,” Soon-Shiong said.
South African Consul General Cyril S. Ndaba gave his heartfelt appreciation for the recognition. “Thank you for remembering the people of South Africa,” he said, “and for honoring our icon of all icons.”
Every neighborhood deserves a park, but in the Ninth District, open space is scarce and adding green space has been a chronic challenge. But this weekend, Councilmember Curren Price joined with members of CANNDU Neighborhood Council, local residents, volunteers and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to break ground on a brand new park which will convert an under-utilized median into a lush parkway. When completed the project will include fitness zones, a toddler playground, picnic areas and a tree-lined seating area.
" The New Ninth is about bringing a transformation to our community, replacing blights and neglect with the kinds of amenities that so many other parts of our city enjoy," said Councilman Curren Price. " Nothing says change like taking an under used median and converting it into a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. I am excited and eager to see this project completed and thank the Neighborhood Land Trust and all of our partners for their investment and support."
The project was a labor of love for community members, who launched the effort to transform the 1/3 acre median into park more than a decade ago.
Dozens of volunteers from all over the city descended on Broadway Avenue this week to plant 100 new trees on the arterial street. Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. and City Plants LA, formerly known as One Million Trees LA, were joined by community groups, residents and volunteers on a sunny Saturday morning for the planting. From Slauson Ave. to 69th Street, these trees will help transform an area currently barren of any greenery, helping to transform an important commercial corridor. The new trees will also help conserve energy, provide additional cooling and improving the overall curb appeal of the area. Residents will also be able to adopt a fruit tree to plant in their own garden.
“The New Ninth is all about bringing positive change to our community, and our efforts to make our community cleaner and greener are among the most important as we look to improve the quality of life of our residents,” said Councilman Curren Price.