In Los Angeles, politics is more complicated than the racist video shows
Both predicted that union leaders would support a Latino candidate when Mr. Price, 71, steps down; he is entering his final four-year term under the city’s term-limit rules. In another leaked tape, Ron Herrera, who has since resigned as head of the labor federation, mentioned the possibility. Asked about finding a Latino candidate to succeed Mr. Price, he said: “We’ve got somebody.”
A Stanford-educated lawyer and native Angeleno who also served on the Inglewood City Council, Mr. Price said the roughly quarter-million people who live in the Ninth District have kept him in office because he understands their bread-and-butter issues.
Outside his office on Central Avenue last week, a farmer’s market offered ruby strawberries, jars of honey, cartons of eggs, tips on composting. The councilman said expanding the market was his idea, to bring produce to the food desert and give people a place to gather and find information about food stamp vouchers and community resources.
Across the street, every day, there is an unofficial market where Latino vendors sell ears of corn, bags of duros, clothes and toys around the parking lot of a discount department store. Walking down the hall, Mr. Price looked at them and nodded: They’re welcome here too.
He pointed to signs detailing in English and Spanish landmarks from the area’s heyday as a thriving hub for Black Angelenos: the Lincoln Theater on 23rd Street, dubbed the “Apollo of the West Coast” after the famous black entertainment venue in Harlem . Liberty Savings and Loan Association, a black-owned firm that offered mortgages to local residents when white lenders foreclosed on them.
“It’s not just for black people,” said Mr. Price on historical landmarks. “It’s also for brown people to understand our history.”
The crowning jewel of the former was the Dunbar Hotel, where greats like Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Mr. Ellington stayed when they could draw crowds at shows in Los Angeles but weren’t allowed to stay in white hotels. Dunbar now serves as affordable housing for seniors.
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