City Council Approves Councilman Curren Price's Motion to Reduce $150 Million from LAPD Budget, and Reinvest $100 Million into Communities of Color
Councilmember Curren Price Leads on Police Reform, Re-Inventing Public Safety to Better Serve the City
Councilmember Curren Price continues to champion efforts in City Council that reimagine public safety in Los Angeles and address systemic racism and injustices within communities of color.
Reports on the following motions will be heard in the new fiscal year:
On June 30, the City Council unanimously approved Councilman Price’s motion that would make it illegal to call 911 to make a false or frivolous report based on racial bias. While it is illegal to make a false 911 report, the current law does not address 911 calls used in a racially motivated way. The motion asks for the City Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to report back on options that could include criminal penalties, as well as giving the victims the right to seek damages and bring about private civil actions against the perpetrator. It joins a growing list of proposed reform policies that demonstrate Councilman Price’s commitment to reinvent public safety and restructure the role of armed police in our neighborhoods.
Also on Tuesday, the City Council backed a motion that Councilman Price co-presented alongside LA City Council President Nury Martinez, and Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, that would require unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies to respond to non-violent situations as an alternative to dispatching a police officer. The motion calls for the development of a crisis response system made up of service providers, including medical professionals, mental health workers, homelessness experts and other professional social workers, with specialized training to replace police in non-violent, non-emergency crises.
Furthermore, Councilmembers Price, Wesson, Harris-Dawson and Mike Bonin on June 30 introduced a motion that would remove the LAPD from enforcing traffic laws and moving violations. The legislation would direct the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and other city staff to consult with community stakeholders and suggest alternative methods of enforcing traffic laws, such as speeding, illegal turns, and other vehicle code violations, that do not require armed officers. The report will look at national and international best practices, and consider transferring enforcement authority from the LAPD to LADOT, as well as using automated equipment.
“Over the years, data has shown that Black and Latinx motorists are more likely to have an escalated interaction with a police officer than white people during routine traffic stops. This proposal demonstrates our dedication to restructuring the role of armed law enforcement in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Price. “People of color should not have to worry about whether they’re going to be handcuffed in front of their children, slammed to the ground or make it back home to their loved ones when they get pulled over by the police. Now is the time to consider common sense police reforms that will give our communities of color peace of mind, security and a sense of relief.”
On July 1, the LA City Council is expected to vote on Councilman Price’s proposed plan to reduce $150 million from the LAPD 2020-2021 budget and reinvest $100 million of those dollars into Black and Brown communities for youth work programs, local hire efforts, and other needed resources benefiting the disenfranchised.
Councimember Price’s plan would modify Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $10.5 billion original proposed budget and reallocates $90 million into communities of color, re-envisioning public safety, as well as the City’s targeted local hire program. In addition, it would set aside $10 million for the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Summer Youth Employment and Workforce Development benefitting disadvantaged communities.
“We have been put to the test to disrupt the status quo to be creative and intentional in our actions," said Councilman Price. "Most importantly, to give up on the old ways of thinking, which garnered the same old results so we must look at things through a fresh perspective.”
Budget & Finance Committee Moves Forward with Reallocating $100 Million into Social Services Benefiting Communities of Color
- $90 million to be reallocated into disadvantaged communities / communities of color, re-envisioning public safety, as well as the City’s Targeted Local Hire program.
- $10 million set aside for the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) Summer Youth Employment and Workforce Development.
Join Councilman Curren Price as he co-hosts a virtual naturalization workshop with immigrant rights group CARECEN on Saturday, July 11. As part of Councilman Price's commitment to supporting the immigrant community, this is a fantastic opportunity to receive important information and get your questions answered.
To be eligible for naturalization, you must have been a Permanent Resident for the past five years or three years if you are married to an American citizen. To participate in the virtual workshop, you will need Internet access, a computer/tablet/smartphone and a printer. Pre-register by July 3, contact the CARECEN naturalization hotline at (213) 814-5248 or see the flyer below.
ICYMI - Federico Cantón of CARECEN joined LA Cityview channel 35 on Friday, June 26 for a live discussion on the recent DACA decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. The broadcast is available in Councilman Curren Price’s Facebook page here.
On Thursday, June 25, Councilmember Curren Price joined Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson and Black Lives Matter LA organizers for a conversation presented to more than 250 members of the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. Participants were able to hear a special presentation on the “People’s Budget LA” and take part in a question and answer session.
“I am encouraged that the conversation is continuing to grow,” added Councilman Price. “I am committed to collaborating with Black Lives Matter LA and partners, our Neighborhood Councils, as well as building new partnerships that will advance equity, increase access to opportunity and improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable.”
On Thursday, June 25, Councilman Curren Price was joined by Maria de la Luz Garcia, Director of the Census 2020 Initiative, in a virtual presentation titled “Census 101: Making South LA Count.”
The live event was broadcast on LA Cityview channel 35 and the Councilman’s Facebook page @CurrenDPriceJr. The 30-minute program addressed questions like “Why is South LA hard to count?” and “Why should residents care about getting counted?”
Councilman Price cohosted the virtual conversation because in order for South LA to get its fair share of federal dollars, as well as determining the number of representatives the state gets and how congressional and City Council lines are drawn, getting counted is key. There is a lot on the line for local families- funds for education, healthcare, housing, and other social safety net programs, to name a few.
On Tuesday, June 23, the Office of Councilmember Curren Price, in association with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and partners, organized a community food distribution at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), serving more than 200 boxes of food to local neighbors.
“During a time when people are feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders, we want the community to know that they are not going through this alone,” said Councilman Price. “The efforts being made to support the South LA community amid the current crisis is primed and will continue to be for the long run.”
If you need any resources or information, please contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.
On Tuesday, June 23, Councilman Curren Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce a unique partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD), and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), that deploys mobile testing units to all 15 HACLA housing developments to provide free on-site testing for COVID-19.
"It’s paramount that all levels of government work together to bring COVID-19 testing into underserved communities considering the health disparities communities of color face at the hands of this pandemic," said Councilman Price. "Initiatives like this will help keep our friends, family and loved ones healthy and our communities going strong."
The first of the pop ups arrived at the public housing community Pueblo Del Rio in District 9 where hundreds of residents were able to get tested during the span of two days. With the coronavirus ravaging Black and Brown communities there is an urgent need that these resources are brought directly to the people that need it the most.
“Testing saves lives. That’s why we’ve worked to scale up testing and provide critical resources to the Angelenos who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This partnership with HACLA, LAFD, and CORE builds on that work, bringing critical testing resources to the doorsteps of many who have limited access to transportation and are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus.”
HACLA residents may sign up in advance for a testing appointment by visiting coronavirus.lacity.org/HACLAtesting. Members of the general public can visit coronavirus.lacity.org/testing to schedule a testing appointment.
Tuesday, June 23
$100 Million Rental Assistance Program
On Tuesday, June 23, the Los Angeles City Council established the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS) Program by allocating $100 million from the CARES Act Federal Relief Funds. This program is the first in the nation; its goal is to assist those who are unable to meet their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect them from becoming unhoused.
Under the program, eligible individuals can receive up to $2,000 a month for qualified renters and renting households. Additionally, Los Angeles’ 16 Family Source Centers (FSC) will have $1 million to help families who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Further, there are protections that do not allow a landlord to evict tenants for six months following the lifting of the emergency declaration if they accept funds from the Relief program.
Los Angeles Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Curren Price to have the City of Los Angeles participate in the Los Angeles Regional Relief and Recovery Fund in participation with the County of Los Angeles. The purpose of the fund is to provide loan and grant capital to Los Angeles small businesses, micro-entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. The program also has goals to ensure equitable access to capital across geography, demographics and borrower type and undertake a coordinated and strategic fundraising approach to maximize resources for the Regional Recovery Fund.
This Fund was championed by Councilmember Price as a critical lifeline for the City’s economy. The coronavirus has caused significant disruption to the Food and Beverage, and leisure and hospitality industries, especially within the region’s small businesses, which provide the majority of employment for residents within Los Angeles.
City Council Votes to Suspend Councilman Jose Huizar
The City Council voted to suspend Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents the 14th Council District, after he was arrested and charged with racketeering.
Wednesday, June 24
911 Motion Advances
On Wednesday, June 24, Councilman Price’s motion that would make it illegal to use the 911 emergency system to file a report, or cause a report to be made to law enforcement agencies, that an “emergency or threat” exists when the call is based on racial bias, and the caller knows that the report is false or frivolous was approved in the Ad Hoc Committee on Police Reform. It now comes back to Council for a final vote.
Council Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
The Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis that affects all of Los Angeles. The resolution also calls for an assessment of internal City policies and procedures, beginning with the budget process, to ensure racial justice is a core element of city government. In addition, the resolution takes steps to support community efforts to combat systemic racism against Black and Brown communities within Los Angeles by examining how policies affect delivery of human and social services, economic development, and public safety. The resolution was drafted by Councilmembers Price, Herb Wesson and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
On Monday, June 22, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) launched its Slow Street program in the Ninth District. This new initiative, which was led by T.R.U.S.T South L.A., encourages individuals and their families who live in close proximity to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Main Street to remain active during the COVID-19 Safer at Home restrictions while practicing social distancing.
The program designates several residential streets for "active use" that includes walking, jogging and biking. Though not completely closing traffic, the initiative uses a mix of barriers and signage to alert drivers to decrease their speed and be mindful of recreational use. While in place, residents participating in the program are expected to keep at least six feet apart at all times and are required to wear a face covering while engaging in active recreation.