New Los Angeles Soccer Stadium and L.A. Convention Center Renovation Gain Momentum

Both projects will add thousands of new jobs to the Ninth District and more than a half billion dollars in new investments to the region

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Football Club Stadium Development Project moved a key step forward at this week’s Los Angeles Economic Development Committee as the team looks to kick off its inaugural season with Major League Soccer Season in 2018. This new development will reinvent the current site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, adding a new 22,000 seat Soccer stadium and more than 100,000 square feet of restaurant and office space, a conference center and a Soccer Museum to the Exposition Center. The new stadium project is expected to add more than 1,200 new construction jobs and some 1,800 full-time jobs, as well as $2.5 million in annual tax revenue for the City. On Tuesday the Committee approved Councilman Price’s motion which will help expedite the soccer stadium project by requesting the cooperation of City departments involved.

“This project will not only bring LA’s thousands of Soccer Fans a new home team to cheer for, it would be a huge investment for the district I represent and the entire City, and we want to make sure we do everything we can to maximize its benefit to the community,” said Councilman Curren Price, who Chairs the Economic Development Committee and whose district includes the Sports Arena site.

The Economic Development Committee was also updated Tuesday on the status of the Los Angeles Convention Center’s $350 million renovation and expansion process which included discussion on the design competition that is currently being held for the project. The Convention Center’s upgrade is the first the space will receive in more than two decades and its completion is critical for Los Angeles to position itself as a citywide convention destination. The Committee approved two motions authored by Councilman Price, including one to study the feasibility of a 1,000 room hotel on the Convention Center site. Current reports show that the Convention Center needs some 8,000 rooms to accommodate 90 percent of the Convention market. The committee also approved a motion on ways to increase the City’s revenues from surrounding parking lots. Councilman Price had models of the current design plans on display in the rotunda of City Hall.

“As a world class city, Los Angeles deserves a world class Convention Center, and that is what I am committed to approving,” Councilman Price added.

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Price Helps Lead the Effort to Secure $15 Minimum Wage for L.A.

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Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the City Council’s approval of a Minimum Wage Ordinance:

 “Today, Los Angeles cemented its role as a progressive leader for the nation. Today, this City Council enacted the most aggressive anti-poverty legislation in the nation, helping to lift hundreds of thousands of hardworking Angelenos out of poverty. Today we made history. I am very proud of the process that got us here, that led to the creation of a measured wage policy that takes into consideration the special needs of small businesses and non-profits. And we are not done, since several pieces of this policy still need to be deliberated and finalized, as should be expected with something this broad and far-reaching. I look forward to discussing these issues further, ensuring that we make this minimum wage policy the model for the state and the nation.”  

 Councilman Price was one of the original co-authors of the Minimum Wage proposal, and as Chair of the Economic Development Committee, he led the deliberation process which included more than eight public hearings, three studies, a peer review report, and significant committee debate. As the elected official for the Ninth Council District, he also represents one of the highest concentrations of low-income, and poverty wage earners, in the City. The Minimum Wage Ordinance was approved by the City Council Wednesday, 13-1. It will be up for a second vote next week, to finalize the ordinance. Several items will continue to be studied by the Economic Development Committee including a paid leave policy, the role of service charges and the definition of an employee. To review the ordinance, and all committee materials, click here

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Join Us In Honoring our 2015 "Sheroes"

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I am proud to announce the selection of 20 remarkable women from the New Ninth District as this year's "SHero" honorees. I began this tradition while I was in the State Assembly, I continued as a State Senator, and now I am very proud to bring this to the Council District. This special event gives us a chance to honor the commitment and dedication of the powerful women who create so much positive change in our community, and often are thanked enough. Nominated by their co-workers, neighbors and friends, these women are helping to improve our neighborhoods as small business owners, educators, activists and advocates. 
 
I'd like to cordially invite all of you to attend our 8th Annual "Tribute to Sheroes" Awards Ceremony, held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1pm, in the ballroom of the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles. Cocktail attire is suggested. At this year's event we are pleased to welcome Pat Prescott, famed 97.7 FM KWAVE disc jockey, as well as Araceli Campos, President of the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, and well as special performances from Get Lit -Words Ignite and Trio Ellas.  Please click here to RSVP for this fabulous event.
 


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Hundreds Lend Voice to LA Minimum Wage Hearings

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Hundreds of residents participated in a community hearing process led by Councilman Curren Price in March and April, to discuss the City’s proposal to raise the minimum wage for all workers, a change that could positively impact the lives of more than 600,000 Angelenos . As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Price led the series of committee hearings, hosted in Watts, Van Nuys and West Los Angeles, giving local residents a chance to voice their support and raise questions, as well as debate the results of three studies conducted in March gauging the economic impact of the wage plan.

The studies and hearings came as a result of a motion introduced last fall by Councilman Curren Price along with his colleagues, Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Mike Bonin and Gil Cedillo, which called for raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 by 2017 and $15.25 by 2019. Mayor Eric Garcetti also laid out his proposal to raise wages in Los Angeles last summer to $13.25 by 2017.

 “As a policy maker, representing one of the poorest regions in this City, I know the real life impact that stagnant wages have had on our underserved communities,” said Councilmember Curren Price.  “I am very proud of the inclusive community discussion process we had, which brought out more than 600 residents over the course of two weeks, and provides my colleagues and I with invaluable feedback as we work to craft the best policy possible for the City.” 

The City’s plan to raise the minimum wage would improve the lives of more than 600,000 Angelenos and create a positive economic impact for Los Angeles, the economic report by the University of California Berkeley found. That study, The Proposed Minimum Wage Law for Los Angeles: Economic Impacts and Policy Options, determined that “the benefits of the proposed minimum wage law will largely outweigh the costs in Los Angeles City, and when the larger region is considered, the net impact of the law will be positive.” 

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Price Celebrates Contributions of Black Business Leaders

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CouncilmanCurren D. Price Jr. celebrated the incredible contributions of some of LA’s most prominent African-American business leaders this week, during the final days of Black History month. Price recognized local business leaders who have dedicated decades  to expanding career and economic development opportunities for African-American business owners including Jacque Bee and Crystal Mitchell, co-directors of Recycling Black Dollars, Earl “Skip” Cooper, founder of the Black Business Association, Gene Hale, President of G&C Equipment Corporation and founding member of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Congress, and Madame MC Townsend, President of the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley.

“These individuals are all consummate professionals whose vital contributions to economic development in the Greater Los Angeles African American community have been invaluable,” Councilman Price said.

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Keeping the "New Ninth" Front and Center

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Councilmember Curren Price took Mayor Eric Garcetti on a tour of the “New Ninth” on February 5th as a part of the Mayor’s community day. Spending the day visiting various locations, the tour offered a unique perspective of the Ninth District.

“The goal was simple – I wanted to highlight all the good that takes place in the district while also pointing out the areas where there needs to be more investment and more support from City Hall to ensure the long term success of the neighborhoods.” Said Councilmember Curren Price.

The first stop of the day was a brief tour of  Mercado La Paloma, located in historic South Central. Mercado La Paloma is home to a collection of unique shops and restaurants featuring authentic cuisines from around the world made by locals around the area.  Developed by Esperanza Community Housing 10 years ago, the market is recognized as a successful social enterprise that offers opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship in the community.

During this stop, Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Price met with representatives from the CD9 Coalition of non-profit organizations and the Historic Central Avenue Business Improvement District. Over coffee and pastries, they discussed their collaborative efforts to promote growth and spur economic development within the community.

Their next stop was the historic YMCA building, home of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. Here they met with the local youth that participate in all of CRCD’s diverse programs which include South LA YouthBuild, Summer Youth Employment Program, and the CURE alternative sentencing program.  CRCD is an incredible partner committed to youth empowerment and their programs help young people in the community earn high school and college credit and, with intensive case management, and other support services, prepare for middle class careers.

A critical stop in the tour was visiting a homeless encampment that was being cleared by city’s Sanitation workers. The Councilmember’s number one priority is making sure that the district has a “Clean and Green” community.

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Ensuring a Robust Minimum Wage Discussion

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In an effort to ensure that the City engages in a transparent, broad and thorough discussion of proposals to raise the minimum wage, Councilman Curren Price today called for more diverse perspectives to be reviewed and discussed during the Council’s committee deliberation process. 

Last October, Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Gil Cedillo, Nury Martinez and Price, introduced a motion to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 by 2017 and $15.25 by 2019. Later that month, the Economic Development Committee approved the procurement of an independent study to study the impacts of raising wages city-wide. After a thorough review process by the City’s Legislative Analyst, UC Berkeley was selected as the highest qualified bidder to perform this analysis.

 As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Price has invited the business and labor community, as represented by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, to procure and submit their own studies, at their own expense, on the current proposals to raise the minimum wage, which will be reviewed and discussed individually. Additionally, Price has also asked that the City’s Chief Legislative Analyst and Chief Administrative Officer take appropriate steps to have all studies submitted peer reviewed.

“There is no issue more important to me than ensuring that all Angelenos and their families are able to survive, and thrive in this city, and a huge measure of that is driven by their ability to afford this city,” said Councilman Curren Price. 

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Realizing the Promise of South LA

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Representing a cross section of non-profit organizations, educational institutions, business leaders, faith-based groups, labor representatives and advocates, more than 100 community partners joined to submit a South Los Angeles application Friday for a federal “Promise Zone” designation.

 The milestone comes nearly a year after Los Angeles earned its first “Promise Zone” designation, which did not include any portion of South Los Angeles – currently housing some of the poorest and most underemployed neighborhoods in the city, state and nation.

 “Many people said we wouldn’t be able to bring our community together for this effort, we heard all the excuses - you won’t get folks to support this, you aren’t going to win a designation, it’s just not worth it,” said Councilman Curren Price.

 Councilman Price helped bring key community organizations and local leaders to the table to collaborate on one unified South LA application. The Councilman secured the support of a host of South LA elected officials, including Congress members Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal Allard, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, State Senator Holly Mitchell, and Assembly members Reginald Jones Sawyer and Sebastian Ridley Thomas, and also a resolution cementing the LA City Council’s support of this second Promise Zone application.

 “Not only did we come together, we have produced an amazing, competitive application that I am confident will get noticed and furthermore, we have laid the foundation for a host of partnerships that will change the way we work together towards positive changes in this community.”

 

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Councilman Price Presents First Dia de los Muertos Festival

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If you're still looking for what to do this weekend to celebrate all Hallow's Eve and commemorate Dia de los Muertos, look no further. Councilman Curren Price is excited to announce his First Dia de Los Muertos Festival featuring an incredible line-up of live music, arts and crafts and great food. Councilman Price is excited to partner with non-profit organization Nuevo South, and the Accelerated Schools to bring the community this free and family friendly event that you won't want to miss! 

 

 

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City-wide Minimum Wage Moves One Step Further

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Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Economic Development Committee approved Tuesday the procurement of an independent study on the impacts of raising wages across the city. The study will incorporate a series of specific questions that include researching the potential impacts increased wages would have on the local economy, job retention and creation and the pros and cons of including exemptions for small businesses and local non-profits.

 The study comes as a result of a motion introduced by Councilmembers Curren Price, Mike Bonin, Gil Cedillo and Nury Martinez which called on the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by July 1, 2017, and called for further steps to raise the minimum wage to $15.25 by 2019. The motion also proposes attaching the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), so the wage can keep pace with future inflation.

 “We know that when hard working men and women see more money in their paychecks, their cash isn’t going to Wall Street – it’s spent on Main Street – and being able to afford Main Street is a huge part of capturing the American Dream,” said Councilman Curren Price. 

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