Curren Price has decided to enter the race for LA City Council District 9.
“I am very familiar with the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this district, almost one-third of which is in the 26th Senate District, which I now represent,” said Price.
“The exciting job opportunities and developments associated with L.A. Live, Farmers Field and USC are tempered with the other realities of District 9, including high unemployment, struggling schools and the lack of clean and affordable housing.
“I am running for this office to offer leadership by calling for a new level of collaboration among public and private sector resources.
‘I’m adopting the phrase, the “New 9th,” to signal a new level of commitment and enthusiasm to engage residents and community-based institutions to work together to improve the quality of life for all residents in the “New 9th.
“My priorities as a representative on the Los Angeles City Council will be focused on three broad and interrelated policy areas:
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Significant commitments and promises have been embodied in certain “community benefit agreements,” tied to the development of "Farmers Field" at L.A. Live, and the “Village” at USC. Through my direct involvement with these Agreements and with City Council oversight, I pledge that local hiring goals (during construction and operation) for
both projects will be achieved or exceeded. In addition to commitments for job training and jobs for area residents, the Agreement promises to promote local and small businesses, another important element in community economic development.
I will ensure that programs that offer technical and financial assistance to support business development and procurement efforts are measurable and targeted to businesses capable of creating real jobs.
There is a paucity of affordable housing in the 9th District. This problem, exacerbated by the displacement and redevelopment activities, means that resources must be focused on creating new affordable housing, along with the preservation of existing affordable housing stock.
“In addition to being an advocate for community economic development, I want to be a cheerleader for greater citizenry participation. I will enhance and expand the number of neighborhood councils.
The New 9th is ripe for innovation. I want to advance programs that have great applicability, not just in the district, but city wide.”
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