City Officials Move to Draft Living Wage Ordinance for Hotel Workers
The City’s Economic Development Committee Launches the Drafting of the Ordinance, which would raise wages at large hotels in the City impacting thousands of working residents and protecting businesses facing financial hardship
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Economic Development Committee approved the drafting of a Living Wage Ordinance for Hotel Workers Tuesday that would phase-in a wage of $15.37 at large hotels in Los Angeles.
City Councilmembers Curren D. Price Jr., Nury Martinez and Mike Bonin co-introduced a motion earlier this year that launched 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. Still, 43% of hotel workers in Los Angeles County earn wages that place them below the federal poverty line, according to the Economic Development Department.
On Tuesday, the Economic Development Committee approved a request to have the City Attorney begin drafting an ordinance that would phase in the proposed minimum wage increase at large hotels over the next three years, which would also provide relief to hotel owners facing financial hardship.
“Los Angeles has always been a progressive leader, setting an example for the state and the nation. It is time that we begin to address the “barbell economy” that we have seen grow so rapidly in our city and that has so many negative impacts on our community at-large,” said Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. “As our city continues to work towards increasing the quality of life for all residents, today’s action is a logical step in the right direction.”
The City’s Economic Development Committee Approves the Creation of a Working Group that will Develop Guidelines for Food and Retail Street Vendors
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Economic Development Committee unanimously approved the creation of a working group Tuesday that will design, fund and implement a new city-wide street vending program. The action comes as a result of the motion, co-authored by Councilmembers Curren Price and Jose Huizar, which called for a review of existing street vending regulations. Addressing a decades old concern in the city, the working group will establish sidewalk vending districts city-wide, as well as a permit process and new enforcement guidelines. The working group will also create a community education campaign to increase vendor compliance.
“It is about time that Los Angeles joins every other major city in the country, by producing a properly regulated street vending system that is fair to vendors, consumers and small business owners,” said Councilman Curren Price. “Thousands of Angelenos are already making their living by selling food and retail items on our streets and sidewalks. This program will simply allow us to better regulate and manage this industry.”
“Our current street vending system is untenable and impossible to enforce,” said Councilmember Huizar. “It’s unfair to brick-and-mortar businesses and it’s unfair to vendors who truly want to play by the rules under a permitted and regulated system. Today we are taking an important step toward a new model that with extensive input from all parties will be a win-win-win: a win for vendors, a win for businesses and a win for the City of Los Angeles.”
Currently Los Angeles is believed to have tens of thousands of street vendors operating throughout the city, in an unregulated environment and an underground marketplace. The lack of a balanced and accessible regulatory framework governing street food vending exposes consumers to potential health risks and operators to an uncertain and risky work environment that can lead to steep fines and even jail time. According to reports from LAPD, more than 2,000 street vendors were arrested since 2012 with the majority of those arrests happening in the Southern, Central and Eastern portions of the city.
City officials reported that sidewalk food and retail vending programs are currently permitted in several major urban cities including New York, Portland and Chicago. Most of these cities have found that street vending helps increase the economic vitality of their communities. Councilmembers Huizar and Price said any framework for street vending must support brick and mortar stores and restaurants with the ultimate goal of supporting local enterprise, protecting health and public safety, improving the effectiveness of the City’s current enforcement, and legitimizing job opportunities.
The working group was asked to report back on their guidelines in 90 days.
Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. Announces "Bigger and Better" Fourth of July Fireworks Show and Community Resource Fair at Coliseum
The Collaborative Event will continue to be free for all and is already receiving broad support from elected officials and community organizations representing the Coliseum and surrounding neighborhoods
Councilman Curren D. Price Jr was pleased to receive the support of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission Friday, approving his proposal for an expanded Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and Community Resource Fair at the historic South Los Angeles landmark. Councilman Price is the Los Angeles City Council Representative for the Ninth District, which encompasses a vast swath of South Los Angeles including all of Exposition Park including the Coliseum grounds.
“Our proposal laid out a collaborative plan to produce a world class event for our community with the support of various elected officials that represent the Coliseum and Expo Park, as well as a host of community organizations who have also voiced their support for this free and family friendly event,” said Councilman Price.“ My goal has always been to bring to the people of the New Ninth – and all Angelenos - an event that we can be proud of, avoiding some of the cost overruns we have seen in the past. I am pleased to receive the approval of the Coliseum Commission, and am eager and ready to move forward with this special holiday celebration.”
The upcoming Fourth of July event will include family friendly entertainment, music performance and food vendors including food trucks as well as community resource booths and retail vendors. The Councilman is also talking to all of the museums in Exposition Park to ensure that they partner with the event as well as the University of Southern California and other community organizations.
Price Applauds NBA Sanctions of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and asks LA Fans to Continue Supporting Local Team
Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. issued the following statement Tuesday, following the NBA Commission’s announcement of sanctions against Donald Sterling:
“I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for his swift and forceful action against Clippers Owner Donald Sterling. These penalties clearly show the league’s commitment to eradicating racism and hate speech, and I strongly urge other NBA team owners to support this action by forcing the ouster of Sterling from basketball for good. As the representative for the Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Clippers, I am also proud to stand with my Council colleagues who today unanimously approved a resolution supporting the NBA’s decision to ban Sterling from team games and practices and demanding a personal apology to civic leader Magic Johnson and the entire city. Additionally, I understand and support the community’s desire and right to protest the ignorance displayed by Sterling with a public protest, I simply urge all participants to keep their action peaceful and organized. We should also be careful to not penalize our hardworking Clipper’s players, who are determined to earn our city an NBA Championship, even as they struggle through this very challenging time.”
Councilmember Curren Price introduced a resolution Wednesday urging the Los Angeles City Council to support the needs of veterans throughout the city and state, by supporting Proposition 41.
The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 would allow California to see $600 million in new general obligation bonds which would be used to build more affordable and transitional housing for low income veterans, many of whom are struggling with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental issues as a result of their service. California voters will have the chance to support Proposition 41 in the June 2014 election.
“We often say that we support our troops but this ballot gives us an opportunity to really them how grateful we are for their sacrifices,” said Councilman Curren Price.
COUNCILMEMBER CURREN D. PRICE JR. PUSHES CITY TO STREAMLINE PROCESS FOR DEALING WITH ILLEGAL CONVERSIONS
Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. introduced a motion in Council Wednesday asking City departments to streamline the process for dealing with illegally converted properties that are posing safety concerns to residents. The motion comes less than a week after the Councilmember discovered the sub-standard living conditions that dozens of residents were living under at 5700 S. Hoover. Last week, Councilmember Price secured relocation fees for up to $19,000 for residents at this property and he also obtained an extension for their evacuation from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“As we continue to see rents increase to record highs in our city, our housing stock remains scarce and we continue to have thousands of residents struggling financially. This has caused a significant spike in the number of people being forced into sub-standard living conditions like in the recent case at 5700 S. Hoover. As we continue to look for ways to address our affordable housing shortage, we need to do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents,” said Councilman Price.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday to help find the person responsible for the murder of 14-year-old Elawnza Peebles. Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. asked colleagues to approve the reward for anyone providing information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for Peebles’ murder. Los Angeles Police Department detectives have been working diligently on this case and are hoping that the reward will help them close this case, and bring peace to the family of the victim. Peebles was tragically shot down on November 9, near 46th Street and Kansas Avenue, as he walked home from a relative’s house.
“Murder is always tragic, but it is especially painful to see a young man’s life cut so short, as he innocently tried to make his way home,” said Councilman Price.
“Police officers have been working tirelessly to find leads on this case, I hope that this reward will help them find the person responsible for this violent act and bring them to justice.”
The reward will remain in effect for six months from the date that the reward is advertised by the City Clerk. If you have information on this case, please contact Detectives Eric Crosson or Miguel Gutierrez with the LAPD’s Criminal Gang & Homicide Unit, at (213)-485-1383.
COUNCILMEMBER CURREN D. PRICE JR. ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS FOR SOUTH LOS ANGELES
Responding to community concerns and remaining committed to uplifting the impacted neighborhoods of the Ninth Council District, Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. announced Wednesday a new community clean-up effort for the South Los Angeles area. The new targeted beautification plan was made possible by a reallocation of $400,000 in Community Development Block grant funding, which was approved by the City Council of Los Angeles Wednesday.
“Since taking office, the Council District Nine team has been working diligently to clean up our streets organizing community clean-ups and directing resources to clean up of dozens of alleyways and neighborhood streets. Our efforts have built momentum – but our issue with trash and illegally dumped items continues to be a pervasive problem that impacts the quality of life of our residents and impedes our ability to spur economic development.” said Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.