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. "
Councilmember Curren Price was excited to help celebrate the grand re-opening of ALBA Healthy Snacks and Services, on Vermont and 60th Street this March. Formerly the site of a “$1 Warehouse,” owner Nelson Garcia partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council to transform his storefront shop into a healthy market. Replacing fried potato chips with baked bean chips and candy bars with fresh fruits and the like Garcia said he hopes to not only help community members eat better, but also to change the perception that South Los Angeles communities don’t want healthier food options.
“I hope my business is successful and helps us prove that our community wants more healthy options – we just need to make that available,” Garcia said.
Councilman Curren Price applauded Garcia’s efforts and urged more business owners in the community to follow the trend.
“For too long, our community has suffered from high rates of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease while we have also faced a lack of healthy food options. Well, residents in South LA deserve better, and this market makeover project is an example of community businesses stepping up to be a part of the revitalization of our community,” said Price said.Read more
Councilmember Price announced the first revocation of a nuisance liquor store in the Ninth Council District this week and described his plans to continue working with law enforcement to shut down more bad operators.
“I want everyone to know, the New Ninth is open for business, but not for business as usual,” said Councilman Price. “These problem businesses have impacted our community for decades, acting like magnets for crime and violence – well enough is enough. I want business owners and the community to know that this behavior will not be tolerated.”
Times Square Liquor had been cited for dozens of violations including selling alcohol to minors and to intoxicated individuals over the course of several years and since 2012, more than 130 arrests had been made in the immediate vicinity. Since 2009, officers with LAPD’s Newton division have been investigating the. At a press conference LAPD Captain Ed Prokop explained that the investigation was lengthy and gave the business plenty of opportunities to correct their behavior. Working with LAPD and community partners, Councilmember Price said he plans to continue targeting this type of irresponsible business behavior. The Councilmember also said that he planned to look at streamlining the revocation process to ensure our communities are safer.Read more