Councilman Curren Price Seeks to Fill Martinez Post as President of the City Council


As early as next Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council could elect a new council president thanks to a motion introduced by Acting City Council President Mitch O’Farrell, who subsequently noted that he would not seek the office.

Those who have indicated a desire for the post include Ninth District Councilmember Curren Price.  Price, who was elected to the City Council in 2013, sprang into action as the leaked tapes surface, immediately calling on all involved to resign, while also voting to censure Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo for the racist and cruel statements made during the “backroom meeting.”

“Nury Martinez has finally announced her resignation, signaling the beginning of the end of this nightmare that she, along with Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo created for our City,” Price said on Wednesday. “This sad chapter has left a permanent stain on our City Council, forever changing the face of LA politics.”

“Their abhorrent actions have cut deep into the hearts and soul of Los Angeles. It is unforgivable and the damage they have done is reprehensible,” he continued. “This is a time of reckoning, reflection and most importantly action. But, this is not enough. In order for us to govern and handle the people’s business, we will need Kevin and Gil to listen to their conscience, own their mistakes and do what’s morally right. Only then can we embark on the road toward healing the City.”

In his nine years on the city council, the 71-year old councilmember has worked to increase the citywide minimum wage; authored L.A.’s $40 million Guaranteed Basic Income pilot program; championed a policy that prohibited employers from asking job seekers their conviction history before making a job offer; approved upwards of 6,500 affordable, homeless and market rate housing units (expected to be completed by 2024) and helped to generate $4 billion in investments into the city’s Ninth District.

Said Price, “I hope to use my use my skills in bringing people together and collaborating to solve problems particularly in the period of healing we are now facing to move our great city forward as president of the city council.”

Price will need eight votes of his fellow council members to secure the post. In the meantime, Price also signed onto a motion—introduced by O’Farrell— that could potentially increase the number of LA City Council seats through a charter reform ballot before voters of Los Angeles in 2024.

“The city council has operated with 15 members since 1925 when the city’s population was just under 1 million people, O’Farrell said. Today, L.A. has 4 million residents, but the number of council seats has not grown.”

Said Price, “The latest efforts are meant to provide greater transparency and accountability as we seek to restore the faith of Angelenos. We will not allow this moment to define us, and I am confident that we will emerge stronger and more united than ever before.”

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