Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian announced plans to file a motion to suspend Councilman Curren Price amid criminal charges.
Krekorian addressed the Price news at the top of Wednesday’s council meeting, telling the council he wants member input on the situation.
“… I know that all of us were stunned by the news that was reported yesterday,” Krekorian said. “Today, I am filing a motion to begin the process for suspension of Councilmember Price. That does not presuppose an outcome in any way, but I think that it’s important that this council have the opportunity to consider what the best course of action should be, given the pending criminal charges against our colleague.”
The motion will be sent to the council rules committee before being put to a vote by the council members.
The council members will be given time to review the charges against Price, which include 10 counts of embezzlement, three counts of perjury and two counts of conflict of interest, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
Price allegedly did not list more than $150,000 his now wife received between 2019 and 2021 from real estate developers. Price then allegedly voted in favor of projects linked to the developers.
It is also alleged that Price received about $33,800 in medical coverage for his wife, who he was not yet married to him at the time.
“This alleged conduct undermines the integrity of our government and erodes the public’s trust in our elected officials,” District Attorney Gascón said in a statement Tuesday. “We will continue to work tirelessly to root out corruption at all levels and hold accountable those who betray the public’s trust.”
Price wrote a letter to the council president, expressing his intentions to resign from his position as president pro tempore, as well as his council committee roles. Upon receiving the request, Krekorian removed Price from all his council roles.
Price represents the 9th district of Los Angeles with the council, covering the western parts of downtown Los Angeles and south Los Angeles.
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