The Los Angeles City Council Unanimously voted in favor of Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to replace Councilman Curren Price as president protempore.
Harris-Dawson takes over as Price faces corruption charges announced by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office last week.
Immediately after the Tuesday vote, council president Paul Krekorian let Harris-Dawson lead the remainder of the council meeting.
Price was previously the president pro tempore, but sent a letter of resignation from the position, as well as his council committee roles, soon after the allegations presented against him.
Price allegedly failed to disclose his now wife’s business dealings, which were allegedly connected to business projects he voted on in the council. Additionally, Price is also being accused of using $33,000 worth of medical coverage for his wife before they were married.
Harris-Dawson said the allegations against Price “leaves me curious,” as he feels they are typically centered as ethical issues, not legal ones.
“I’ve not seen a felony charge for this type of activity,” Harris-Dawson said Tuesday. “I’ve seen ethics violations for this type of activity.”
As of this writing, the council has not voted on a suspension of Price, although Councilman Krekorian has suggested it be an option.
The 10 counts of embezzlement, three counts of perjury and two counts of conflict of interest came after a “thorough investigation” according to L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón.
“This alleged conduct undermines the integrity of our government and erodes the public’s trust in our elected officials,” Gascón said after presenting the charges. “We will continue to work tirelessly to root out corruption at all levels and hold accountable those who betray the public’s trust.”
Price still sits as the council representative of Los Angeles’ 9th district and an arraignment date has not yet been set.
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