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Council President's statement re charges against Councilmember Price

Posted on 06/13/2023

LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2023) - Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian has released the following statement concerning the charges filed against Councilmember Curren Price:

“Councilmember Curren Price has written to me to resign from his position as President Pro Tempore of the City Council and to relinquish his committee assignments. Pursuant to that request I have removed him from all committees effective immediately.” 

“Tomorrow, I will introduce a motion to initiate the process of suspending Councilmember Price from his duties on the Council, pursuant to Section 211 of the City Charter. The motion to suspend will proceed by regular order to the Rules Committee for hearing, and then back to the Council for a final vote.  This process will give the Council adequate opportunity to consider all of the issues, including the nature of the charges that have been filed and the impacts of suspension on the people of the Ninth District.”

“At the same time, we will begin a process of outreach to the people of the district to hear what course of action they believe would be most appropriate to ensure that they are not harmed by a potential vacancy of this Council seat and that they continue to receive the services of their Council office.” 

“While I am deeply saddened to learn of these charges, I am confident that justice will be served by the legal process.  In the meantime, the City Charter does not permit the Council to remove or replace a sitting member who has not been convicted of a criminal offense, and we should all honor the presumption of innocence.  As the judicial process takes its course, the Council will continue to conduct the business of the people.”