On Monday, June 29, the Budget & Finance Committee approved Councilman Curren Price's recommendation to reinvest $100 million from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) 2020-2021 budget into critical services benefiting disenfranchised communities. By taking this action, the Committee demonstrated its commitment to combating America's long history of systemic racism, inequality and injustice.
For weeks, Councilman Price and other Councilmembers had been strongly advocating to reduce the LAPD budget by as much as $150 million and redirect the money back into Black and Brown communities in the form of social programming that advance equity, increase access to opportunity, as well as re-imagine the public safety system.
Last Monday, June 22, the Committee threw its support behind a motion that would not place a single dime into impacted communities of color in favor of other priorities.
"As the only minority member on the Budget & Finance Committee, this weighed heavily on my shoulders considering the original motion would have positively impacted underserved communities like the one I represent," said Councilman Price. " I am extremely proud that my Colleagues changed their position and had the courage to vote according to their conscience and with integrity. Given the current climate, it’s clear we have fallen short in how we support our Black and Latinx brothers and sisters; by consciously investing in services that get to the root causes of social injustice and inequity, this would afford them greater possibilities."
By a vote of 5-0, the Committee supported Councilman Price's recommendations which resulted in a total reduction of $150 million from the LAPD budget and reallocated $100 million of those dollars for the following programs:.
- $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.
Councilman Price added, "This is an unprecedented step forward in supporting minority communities in the ways in which they deserve, with respect, dignity and a more even playing field. As I’ve stated before, one budget will not fix everything but I am hopeful that we’re moving in a more just and equitable direction for all Angelenos."
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