Curren Price

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Curren Price
Senator Curren D. Price, Jr..jpg
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 9th district
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Preceded byJan Perry
President pro tempore of the Los Angeles City Council
Assumed office
October 25, 2022
Preceded byMitch O'Farrell
Member of the California State Senate
from the 26th district
In office
June 8, 2009 – July 1, 2013
Preceded byMark Ridley-Thomas
Succeeded byHolly Mitchell
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 51st district
In office
December 4, 2006 – June 8, 2009
Preceded byJerome Horton
Succeeded bySteve Bradford
Personal details
Born (1950-12-16) December 16, 1950 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDel Richardson Price
ChildrenDennis Richar
Residence(s)South Los Angeles, California
Alma materStanford University (B.A.)
Santa Clara University (J.D.)
OccupationPolitician, Small business advocate
Websitewww.the-new-ninth.com
Social Innovation Summit 2015 Martin Ludlow and Councilman Curren Price

Curren De Mille Price, Jr. (born December 16, 1950, in Los Angeles, California) is an American politician of the Democratic Party, currently serving as a Los Angeles city council member for District 9. Price was a California State Senator, representing the state's 26th Senate District which he won in the May 19, 2009 special election to fill the seat vacated by Mark Ridley-Thomas. He previously served as a member of the California State Assembly, representing the state's 51st Assembly District. He was first elected to that position in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008. Price resigned as state senator on July 1, 2013, to be sworn in as Los Angeles city councilman.[1] Holly Mitchell was elected to succeed him in the state senate. Price's tenure as District 9 Councilman has been marked by accusations of pay to play and FBI investigations.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Price attended Morningside High School and in 1967 became the first African-American to be elected as the school's student body president.

After graduation from high school, Price earned a scholarship to attend Stanford University, and in 1972, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the school in political science. Thereafter, he studied law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He graduated in 1976 with a Juris Doctor in law.

Following law school, Price worked for an export management company that represented companies in the sales of industrial products in Asia and the Middle East. From 1979 to 1989, Price lived in Washington, D.C., where he was active in the telecommunications industry (satellites, cellular, paging, and cable). As an advocate for minority enterprise, he was a featured speaker at conferences sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Price returned to California in 1988, serving as a deputy to two members of the Los Angeles City Council.[3]

Career[edit]

From 1993 to 1997, Price was a member of the Inglewood City Council,[4] representing the city's District 1. In 1997, he was defeated in a bid to become the mayor of Inglewood. In 2001, he reclaimed his former city council seat and held it until his election to the state assembly in 2006. As a council member, he was the chair of the City Council Community Economic Development Committee.

In addition to his council responsibilities, Price served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's South Bay Governance Council. For several years, he also served as a consultant with the Small Business Administration-sponsored Small Business Development Center.

Price was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2006 to represent the 51st District, and was re-elected to a second term in 2008.[citation needed]

Allegations of conflict of interest[edit]

In 2017, it was reported that Price married Del Richardson before his divorce to his previous wife was finalized.[5][6] Price failed to disclose his first wife's assets as well as his new wife's assets in his reports. "Since some of Price’s properties are located in the City of Los Angeles, he was supposed to disclose ownership in the event they were impacted by City Council votes on issues such as sidewalk repair, street lighting, street furniture, advertising and redistricting, among others. Price also failed to disclose the businesses owned by second wife Del Richardson-Price including DRA Associates, Just Work Inc. and Cuba Travel Service. If they, or their affiliates, applied for contracts from the LA City Council, Price would have had to recuse himself from those discussions and votes. Councilmember Price also neglected in 2012 to list any of Del Richardson-Price’s clients who paid her more than $10,000 each. A year later, in 2013, at least 20 businesses and government agencies fit that description Price either failed to detail his wife’s client-based income in 2012, or she went from zero-to-20 clients as soon as he was elected to LA City Council."[7]

In 2019, Price was scrutinized over several instances in which he voted on matters benefiting wife's consulting company Del Richardson & Associates.[8] Price voted on decisions involving at least 10 companies in the same years they were listed as providing at least $10,000 in income to Del Richardson & Associates, according to his annual financial disclosures and council records.

FBI investigation[edit]

In 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported that Price was amongst a group of Los Angeles Councilmembers being investigated in a corruption probe.[9] The probe was primarily concerned with Chinese investors bankrolling projects in the Los Angeles area. The FBI warrant was in search of possible bribery, extortion, money laundering and other crimes as part of a corruption investigation at City Hall.[10] Price heads a council committee focused on economic development, which reviews taxpayer subsidies offered by the city to hotel developers in and around downtown. In November 2020, when indictments were unsealed against Jose Huizar, no evidence of corruption was presented against Price but five new names were added to the corruption scandal, including former Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan, Wei Huang of San Marino, Shen Zhen New World 1, LLC a company owned and controlled by Huang, Dae (David) Lee of Bel Air and 940 Hill, LLC which is owned by Lee.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dan Walters: California Senate hit by turmoil | Dan Walters | SanLuisObispo.com". Archived from the original on 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  2. ^ "FBI corruption probe goes beyond L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar to include other City Hall figures - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "The City of Los Angeles". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  4. ^ "Inglewood Website - Homepage". Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  5. ^ "LA's Own Bigamist-ery - City Watch". citywatchla.com. February 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "L.A. City Councilman Curren Price faces questions over two marriages - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. March 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Curren Price Plot Thickens: Councilman's Problems are Bigger than Bigamy - City Watch". citiwatchla.com. March 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "FL.A. councilman has voted on decisions involving his wife's clients - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. April 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "FBI corruption probe goes beyond L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar to include other City Hall figures - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. January 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "FBI corruption probe of L.A. City Hall focuses on downtown development boom - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "THE DOUBLE STANDARD FOR JUDGING BLACK LEADERSHIP - Los Angeles Sentinel". lasentinel.net. December 3, 2020.