Since being elected to the LA City Council in 2013, Councilmember Curren Price has led some of the most impactful landmark policies and historic legislation helping working-class families. These include:
Hotel Living Wage – passed in 2014, the hotel living wage provides all workers at hotels in the City with 150 rooms or more, with a wage of $15.37 per hour. The rate is tied to inflation and increases on an annual basis.
Citywide Minimum Wage – effective July 1, 2016, the Citywide Minimum Wage incrementally increased wages for all workers in Los Angeles to eventually reach $15 in 2020. Small businesses, defined as 25 of fewer employees, will reach $15 by 2021. The ordinance also requires employers to provide employees with 48 hours of sick pay and has anti-retaliation protections for employees.
Ban the Box – requires all employers in the City of Los Angeles with 10 or more employees to remove the box on job applications regarding an applicant’s criminal history. Employers can not inquire into an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. This ordinance took effect in 2017.
Legalization of Sidewalk Vending – in 2013 a motion to legalize sidewalk vending was introduced by Councilmember Price. In 2017, the City Council decriminalized sidewalk vending. In 2018, after years of debate, the City Council passed an ordinance to implement rules and regulations for sidewalk vendors, in compliance with Senate Bill 946.
Good Food Zone – in 2020, the City Council established the Good Food Zone policy and approved the first pilot for the South LA area. First introduced by Councilman Price, the proposal expands access to healthy, fresh food in “food desert” neighborhoods and increases economic opportunity. The zone creates economic incentives such as lowered business tax, lower permit fees, and expedited permit services to restaurants and stores that offer healthy food options to consumers.
Solid Ground – first introduced in 2019, the City’s homeless prevention program called "Solid Ground,” which went into effect in 2020, aims to catch Angelenos and their families before they fall into homelessness. Working in partnership with FamilySource Centers, Solid Ground helps pay for rent, utility bills and food, among other necessities. The initiative includes wraparound services such as case management, financial education, counseling and other services.
Reimagining Public Safety/Reinvesting in Communities of Color – Along with three of his colleagues, Councilmember Curren Price championed the $150 million reduction to the LAPD budget for the 2020-21 year. As Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and the only member of color on that committee, Price was instrumental in moving the adoption of this reduction. He and his colleagues are now working to identify areas to reinvest that money including re-imagining public safety, target local hire and youth employment.