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.
Councilman Curren Price was pleased to see his colleagues on the Los Angeles Economic Development Committee unanimously approve a six-month extension Friday for AEG to pursue plans to bring a football team to the City. The committee unanimously approved the proposal recommended by staff, and supported by Price, which also establishes a collaborative design competition which will produce six design plans to modernize the City’s Convention Center – with or without a football stadium. AEG will be providing $750,000 to cover the costs for the design competition, saving the City $600,000 previously allocated for the process.
“I remain incredibly excited and hopeful about Los Angeles getting an NFL team, no doubt this would be a tremendous economic development tool for downtown and the entire city. However, it is equally important that we have a modernized, world-class Convention Center - one that all residents of Los Angeles can be proud of,” said Councilman Curren Price.
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."
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."
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. "