LA Councilmembers Propose Action to Encourage and Expand Urban Farming

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Councilmembers Curren Price and Felipe Fuentes introduced a motion Wednesday calling on the City of Los Angeles to allow private landowners who convert their vacant property into urban farms to receive a property tax adjustment. The Councilmembers are requesting City departments to implement the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act (AB 551, Ting), which was approved by the state Legislature last year. Under AB 551, private property owners who lease their land to a commercial or non-commercial agriculture enterprise for at least five years can receive a temporary property tax adjustment. Their land would be reassessed at the average statewide irrigated agriculture lands rate.According to the Fuentes-Price motion, the property tax adjustment is intended to incentivize landowners who are not utilizing their property to make it available for urban agriculture.

 "Representing a food desert community, I understand first-hand the need to expand food options for our residents. I have also seen the impact that urban farming and gardens can have on our neighborhoods, helping to bring communities closer," said Councilmember Price. "This action will help us transform underused and blighted plots of land that often attract crime into thriving green spaces, encouraging green enterprises and helping us improve the look and feel of our neighborhoods. What better way to meet our goal of building a truly Clean and Green city."

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Los Angeles Approves Highest Minimum Wage in the Country

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a Living Wage Ordinance for Hotel Workers Wednesday that will phase-in a wage of $15.37 at large hotels in Los Angeles over the next two years. City Councilmembers Curren D. Price Jr., Nury Martinez and Mike Bonin co-introduced a motion earlier this year launching an effort to set a living wage at hotels in Los Angeles. Despite the economic recession, the hotel industry in Los Angeles has maintained record high occupancy rates and revenues per room available, while reports have shown that more than 40 percent of workers in this industry earn wages that put them below the federal poverty line.  

“Today, Los Angeles affirms its position as a progressive leader for the nation, approving a policy that will directly impact the quality of life of so many hardworking men and women across our city and, especially those in communities like the one I represent,” said Councilmember Curren Price, representing a large swath of South Los Angeles.. “While we heard concerns from some, it is important to not govern from a place of fear, understanding that the extra dollars we put into the local economy today will be spent on Main Street – not Wall Street.”

 

"Workers in the largest low-wage industry in the City are going to get a needed and deserved raise, and that is a great thing for all of Los Angeles," said Councilmember Mike Bonin. "Today's council action will help thousands of hard-working Angelenos support their families. This was just the beginning, however, and I am eager and excited to continue working to address poverty in LA by now moving our focus to a citywide minimum wage."

 

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Councilman Price Joins City Leaders in Push to Raise Wages in Los Angeles

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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."  

 

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L.A. Council Calls for Humane Treatment of Unaccompanied Minors

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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.

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Free Summer Concert Series at the EXPO Center

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Thousands Expected to Crowd Central Avenue for 19th Annual Jazz Festival

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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.

 

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Councilman Price Calls for Swift Action in CHP Beating

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. " 

 

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First Year in Review

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Councilman Curren Price Jr. Invites You to the "New Ninth" Fourth of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show

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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.

 

 

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Nelson Mandela posthumously honored at LA Memorial Coliseum

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.

 

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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.”

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