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Newly sworn-in Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. Spoke of Change

Ninth District City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., is congratulated by Peggy Hunt, President of the West Coast Black Publishers Association and Publisher of the Tri County Sentry Newspaper at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

By Peggy Hunt

Incoming Ninth District City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., held his Community Swearing-In Ceremony on Saturday, July 13 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, 400 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

Local radio personality Josefa Salinas served as mistress of ceremonies. Remarks were made by Los Angeles County Supervisor Chairman Mark Ridley Thomas, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, President of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Gary Toebban, and former Ninth District City Councilwoman Jan Perry.

Price set the stage for the Ninth District’s biggest changes in years. It’s no secret that crime, high unemployment and neglected or dilapidated property conditions has plagued the district for years. “We all know the problems and conditions we face in our community,” said Price. “I promise you that I will work hard for you. I will get up early and go to bed late. My top priority is to bring jobs to our area, decrease crime and improve the run-down areas in our community.”

The Ceremony also featured special performances by Grupo Folklorico Guish-Bac and Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

Price was first elected to the California Legislature in 2006 to represent the 51st Assembly District and was re-elected by an overwhelming margin to a second term in 2008. In May 2009, he won a special election, and in November 2010 in the general election he won with 83% of the vote in the 26th Senate District. That district included Culver City and portions of Los Angeles including, Beverlywood, Larchmont, Hollywood, Little Ethiopia, Koreatown, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, Vermont Hills and parts of the Ninth Council District.

Various public, private and non-profit agencies had resource tables at the event to share with the general public. The agencies included were: Department of Public Works, Department of Social Services, St. John’s Wellness Center, and the Small Business Development Center.

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