News Feature,The Immigrant Experience
The 9th District of Los Angeles was blessed with another term of leadership for massive community growth by the re-election of Curren Price Jr. who has achieved the unimaginable milestone in economic development and community engagement in the district. On July 8th, 2017 Councilman Price saw the swearing in of this community champion and immigrant advocate. Echoes of his great accomplishment for the community could be heard through testimonies of his leadership that spoke to the value of a great a great leader. We celebrate and congratulate the office of Curren Price Jr. for a spectacular event that spoke volumes of the impactful and progressive leadership the 9h district is blessed with.
In typical New 9th District representation of diversity, speakers included the Reverend Carolyn Basken-Bell from the Second AME Church, Pastor Javier Buelna of Restauracion Total RTLA (Total Restoration), guest speaker Herb J. Wesson Jr. Los Angeles City Council President, 10th District, Alberto Retana, CEO/President, Community Coalition, Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Coalition For Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Apolonio “Polo” Morales, Political Director, Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights(CHIRLA), Rachel Torres, Community Organizer, UNITE HERE! Local 11 and culminating in a heartfelt tribute and speech by his spouse Mrs. Del Richardson Price who echoed his values as a champion and also reiterated the support that he not only gives her as a wife but one who supports small business and women entrepreneurs and understands the value of equality of women and men in the workplace.
The colorful event was graced by performances from the Second Baptist Church Choir and the all female band, Mariachi Las Palomitas. Masters of Ceremonies Veronica Melvin, CEO/President, LA Promise Fund and Nolan Rollins, CEO/President, Los Angeles Urban League conducted the event with the dignity it deserved. The oath of office was officiated by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard who echoed the sentiments made by all the speakers and challenged everyone to make their civic duties a priority in advancing good causes for the good the community and the nation as a whole.