About Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
Curren Price was born and raised in the Los Angeles City Council District that he was elected to represent in 2013 and overwhelmingly re-elected to the position in 2017 and 2022. Most recently, Councilmember Price was named President Pro Tempore of the LA City Council for the year 2023.
In his role, Price is focused on building a more thriving future for working-class families, which includes economic growth and opportunity, increasing affordable housing, working to reduce homelessness and defending the rights of immigrants.
In 2014, he introduced a policy to raise the wage for hotel workers to $15.37 per hour. A year later, Price led the fight to raise the minimum wage for workers in the City of Los Angeles to $15 an hour. He also championed the adoption of paid sick leave for Los Angeles workers. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Price was a key leader behind “hazardous pay,” which provided more than 26,000 grocery store and drugstore workers an additional $5 an hour for 120 days.
He carried the Fair Chance Initiative across the finish line, which allows formerly incarcerated individuals to have a shot when applying for a job. Price also was front and center in the fight to decriminalize street vending and was a leader in the establishment of the City’s first sidewalk vending ordinance.
In 2021, Price initiated the charge to implement a Guaranteed Basic Income pilot program in Los Angeles. The initial $6 million he proposed for a Council District 9 program turned into a $40 million citywide initiative – the largest in the nation benefitting 3,200 households.
As part of his continuous commitment to support workers' rights, Price introduced the Los Angeles Fair Work Week policy. The ordinance goes into effect in 2023 and requires large retail establishments in the City with 300 or more employees globally to provide 14-day advance notice of work schedules, 10 hours rest between shifts or additional pay, predictability pay and retaliation protections.
During Price’s tenure on the City Council, the NEW 9th has experienced a renaissance that is bringing unprecedented prosperity. Since taking Office, he helped usher in $4 billion in private investment with historic projects like the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) soccer stadium, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. All of these major projects benefit the community by bringing in thousands of new jobs through Project Labor Agreements and local hire requirements.
As a former entrepreneur, the Councilman is a strong supporter of small and minority businesses, and in October 2014 opened the Business Resource Center (BRC) inside his District Office to provide access to business development tools, services and resources. Moreover, Price is the author of the Legacy Business motion, which seeks to provide assistance to businesses in the City that have been established for a minimum of 30 years.
To address the challenges surrounding the homelessness crisis, Price has established a wide range of solutions to help unhoused neighbors. On the ground, he has set forth efforts to deploy portable toilets, hand washing stations, mobile hygiene trailers and “safe parking” programs in the District.
In addition, Councilmember Price has been working diligently to expedite the construction of more interim and permanent supportive housing options. In the last few years he has overseen the creation of two temporary emergency housing shelters and secured funding toward the purchase of three new properties for homeless housing.
Price continues to work with City Departments and community stakeholders to identify emergency, temporary and permanent supportive housing solutions.
These such efforts are directly contributing to the creation of 1,185 shelter beds expected to be completed by the end of 2023 in CD 9. Within the past four years, Price has approved more than 3,891 units of affordable and homeless housing.
This includes approving well over $94 million in HHH homeless housing projects and $103 million in City-funded affordable housing projects.
On the City Council, he championed the City’s homelessness prevention program called "Solid Ground,” which went into effect in 2020 and aims to catch Angelenos and their families before they fall into homelessness. The pilot program was so successful in keeping people in their homes that it was expanded Citywide.
Price has a long track record of standing up for immigrants, and he believes that keeping families together is the humane thing to do. Since 2017, he has allocated more than $3 million to trusted immigrant advocacy groups, including the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) to expand free immigration and consultation services, community education and outreach in South LA. The respective Council District 9 programs set aside dedicated funding for constituents to become U.S. citizens, and to protect individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and provide assistance with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application and renewal fees. With Councilmember Price’s support, CHIRLA was able to open a permanent location at the CD 9 Neighborhood Resource Center at the Historic Serra Library.
The Councilmember remains resolute in his objective to raise the living standards of all District 9 residents. Since 2013, he has successfully secured more than $60 million to improve parks and recreation centers all over CD 9. He remains committed to improving access to City services and under his watch, hundreds of tons of trash have been removed from streets, alleys and sidewalks. In addition, hundreds of new trash cans have been installed and more than 1,000 trees planted along major corridors as part of his “Clean & Green” campaign.
Price has also been a strong advocate for culture and the arts. He initiated a Dia de los Muertos celebration in the District; he ushered in expansion of the iconic Central Avenue Jazz Festival, and he funded acquisition of the historic Lincoln Theater for community use. In early 2021, he inaugurated Angels Walk Central Avenue to further document the history and legacy of African Americans on Central Avenue.
Prior to his election to the Inglewood City Council in 1993, Price started a small business (PDQ Printers) and served as a consultant with the Small Business Administration. He went on to serve in the California State Legislature as an Assemblymember in 2006 and Chaired the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting, and he also chaired the powerful Committee on Governmental Organization. In 2009, as a State Senator, he chaired the Business and Professions Committee and was chosen by his colleagues to lead the California Legislative Black Caucus as Chair in 2010.
On the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmember Price chairs both the Economic & Community Development Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, Personnel, Audits & Hiring Committee and the Rules, Elections & Intergovernmental Relations Committee, as well as a member of the Civil Rights, Equity, Aging & Disability Committee.
Price is married to Del Richardson-Price and is a grandfather of four. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, art and music.
He received a Political Science degree from Stanford University and earned his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara, School of Law. Price holds lifetime teaching credentials for Adult Education and California Community Colleges.