Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Curren D. Price Jr. was elected to represent the Ninth Council District of Los Angeles on July 1, 2013, bringing to the job diverse professional experience and more than two decades of committed public service.
From his days on the Inglewood City Council, to his time in the State Legislature, Price has earned a reputation for being a strong supporter of small and minority business owners and economic development, as well as being a dedicated advocate for working class families.
Now, returning home to the “New Ninth”, Price is coupling his private sector experience with his decades of public service to bring positive change and economic development to the South Los Angeles district. Since his term in office, Price has managed to increase key core services to the community, tackling blight in the area with a targeted “Clean and Green” initiative and expanding much needed green space in the area.
As Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, Price is fighting to make sure all Angelenos have a chance to succeed. Price is advocating for policies that help the city maximize all opportunities to attract more good paying jobs and responsible economic development to the region. His legislative accomplishments towards this goal includes his work in renovating the Los Angeles Convention Center, the continuing effort to drive hotel incentive policy, raising the minimum wage to a sustainable level, and creating policy initiatives to legalize street vending. Price also sits on the City’s Housing, Public Works and Arts, Parks, Aging and River Committees as well as the Ad-Hoc Committee on Film and Television where he is working to reform city policies and introduce new ones that help improve the quality of life for all residents in the City.
The son of working class parents, Price attended Normandie Avenue Elementary School, in the Ninth District, and Audubon Junior High before his family moved to Inglewood. There, Price attended Morningside High, where he would become the first African-American Student Body President of the school just as the campus began experiencing integration. Diligent in his studies, Price earned a full scholarship to Stanford University, where he would graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Price also received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara, School of Law.
After graduation, Price went to work in the private sector, first in export management in West Los Angeles and later in the satellite communication industry in Washington
DC. But in 1989, Price would return to Los Angeles, driven by a desire to give back to his community. Price served as aide to two South LA City Councilmembers, he worked to provide economic development training and assistance to community-based organizations in the South LA area and he also taught Political Science at Southwest College.
Price to his serve on the Los Angeles City Council, was elected to the Inglewood City Council in 1993, where he served for nearly a decade over the course of various terms and worked on key budget and economic revitalization efforts. In 2006, Price was elected to the California State Assembly to represent the 51st District, where he served as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting. And, in 2009, Price won the special election to represent the 26th District in the State Senate, which included the communities of West Los Angeles, Culver City and the Ninth District. During his tenure in the Senate, Price chaired the Business and Professions Committee and the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts. Price was also chosen by his colleagues to lead the California Legislative Black Caucus, as Chair, in 2010.
An avid traveler and art collector, Price has visited several countries in Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. He is married to long-time business woman and community activist Del Richardson. Together, they have raised two kids and are the proud grandparents of three. They are proud residents of the New Ninth.