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.
Guaranteed Income (GI) – currently leading the charge to implement a yearlong GI pilot program for single-parents in District 9 which would provide 500 households $1,000 per month over 12 months, totaling $6 million. Los Angeles’ program is the largest of its kind within the United States to date, aimed at helping low-income households make ends meet and reducing poverty rates within the District. The District 9 Guaranteed Income Pilot Program is part of a comprehensive spending plan that utilizes millions of dollars redirected from the LAPD towards initiatives that reimagine public safety and support disenfranchised communities of color.
Hazard Pay – in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and to ease financial burdens experienced by front line grocery store and drug store workers, Councilman Price co-presented an emergency ordinance surrounding “hazard pay.” The local mandate, approved by the LA City Council in 2021, is the largest thus far and provides roughly 26,000 grocery store and drugstore workers an additional $5 an hour for 120 days at stores with 10 or more employees onsite and 300 or more employees nationwide.