Recent reports of 11 gang-related shootings over this past weekend struck a chord with many South Los Angeles residents who have become figuratively “paralyzed.”
Family members are afraid to do everyday things like go grocery shopping, take their children to karate class or even enjoy the day at the park - a fear augmented by social media posts with the hashtag #100days100nights, alleging a rash of more gang violence to come.
These are threats that law enforcement has not confirmed, and which could be classified as hearsay.
Residents unable to tell fact from fiction instead decide to become prisoners in their own homes. If you are among those concerned for the safety of your loved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to say:
1. Don’t believe everything you read on social media.
2. Law enforcement are taking the necessary steps to quell the string of violence.
That means deploying more officers in the area, monitoring online chatter, and collaborating with local clergy and gang intervention specialists to adequately address the issue. Collectively, we stand with you; you are not alone.
Police have said the shootings to date have been gang-related and they do not believe they are random. Much of the focus though has been on the past weekend and the 11 shootings, partly due to all the media buzz. By contrast, there were 13 shootings in South Los Angeles during the weekend of the South Carolina tragedy—yet little to no local media was generated.
True, there are unanswered questions in regards to the most recent shootings.
Is there validity to the warnings of increased gang violence being broadcast across social media channels?
If it’s valid, who are the main players involved?
How do we restore peace in an already ailing community?
These are all complex questions. However, I strongly believe every challenge provides an opportunity. But we can’t do it alone.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to meet with community leaders and stakeholders to explore viable solutions. I will work with my colleagues to secure more funding for gang intervention and prevention, and will do everything possible to restore peace of mind in South Los Angeles.
My office also wants to hear from you. How can we work together to take back our neighborhoods? I welcome your insights, feedback, and ideas. Let’s take this negative situation to move us forward in the right direction, as a stronger and more united community. Find your voice. I’m here to listen.
The two-day family friendly event is expected to draw thousands of guests to historic Central Avenue as festival celebrates 20 years of music and entertainment for South LA Community
WHAT: Joined by community members and longtime musicians, Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. will announce Thursday the 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival and kick-off a series of events leading up to the iconic event. Councilman Price will be joined by veteran Jazz Festival Artistic Producer, Jose Rizo, as well as representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, METRO and a musical presentation from a special guest. For more than two decades the Central Avenue Jazz Festival has helped celebrate the musical history and culture of South Los Angeles, the west coast birthplace of Jazz music. This free, family friendly event will take place July 25th and 26th, along the historic Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue and will include three stages of live musical performance; art and business development and employment resources, health and wellness and youth pavilions as well as a myriad of food and merchandise vendors and much more. Marking 20 years of history, this year the event will also include a series of pre-events throughout the month of July which includes a special conversation with Carmen de Lavallade on July 12th, two symposiums on the history of Central Avenue and its legacy on July 18th and a special theater performance on July 21st. This year, the event will also be commemorated with a special, limited edition TAP card to promote the use of public transportation. For more information on the festival and all pre-events visit www.centralavejazz.org
WHO: Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr.
Mark Wilson, President, Coalition for Responsible Community Development
Jose Rizo, Artistic Director, Central Avenue Jazz Festival
LA Metro Representative
WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 2015
WHERE: Intersection of 42nd Place and Central Avenue
(Front Entrance of Dunbar Hotel located at 4225 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011)
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 coalition of South Los Angeles leaders, including L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, California State Senator Holly Mitchell, CA State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, and L.A. City Councilman Elect Marqueece Harris-Dawson, 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 a spectacular night with one of the longest fireworks displays in the region. The professional fireworks display will include over 1,000 large aerial displays as well as thousands of smaller low level effects. The Community festival will also feature two stages throughout the day, performing live music presented by popular Los Angeles radio station KJLH. Carnival rides and food vendors are only some of the many games and activities that will be on-site for residents of all ages. Community members looking to cool down during the day will have the opportunity to visit the California Science Center and California African American Museum, which will be free and open to the public all Saturday. Bring the whole family out to this fun 4th of July celebration from noon to 10 pm –we look forward to seeing you there!
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.
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.
(Photo Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC)
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.”
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.
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.
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.