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Prominent Inglewood Developer Thomas Safran involved in 'pay-to-play' scheme with Curren Price

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

Photo by city of Inglewood

According to official court records, on February 21, 2019, Beach Avenue Housing LP, a company incorporated by Thomas Safran & Associates, issued a check in the amount of $14,400 to Del Richardson & Associates. Another payment of $18,390 was made to Del Richardson & Associates by Beach Avenue Housing LP on March 14, 2019. Additionally, on March 28, 2019, another check worth $2,900 was issued by Beach Avenue Housing LP to Del Richardson & Associates.

On September 18, 2019, CURREN PRICE JR voted in favor of providing $4,687,500 in funding for Thomas Safran & Associates' HHH project at Missouri and Bundy, as documented in official records.

Furthermore, on February 4, 2021, a check for $29,052 was issued by Town Meadows LP, another entity associated with Thomas Safran & Associates, to Del Richardson & Associates.

Additionally, on October 5, 2021, CURREN PRICE JR voted to donate city property to Thomas Safran & Associates' HHH project at Missouri and Bundy Housing LP. It should be noted that Del Richardson, who was the legal wife of CURREN PRICE JR and the sole owner of Del Richardson & Associates during the time of the aforementioned votes, was associated with these transactions.

An alleged crime of PERJURY BY DECLARATION, classified as a felony under PENAL CODE SECTION 113(A), took place around May 28, 2020, in Los Angeles County. The offense involves CURREN PRICE JR falsely declaring under penalty of perjury, as proven by signed documents, submitted Fair Political Practices Form 700 while serving as a Los Angeles City Councilperson. This declaration contained knowingly false information.

In the Form 700, CURREN PRICE failed to disclose that Beach Avenue Housing LP provided him or his spouse, Delora Richardson Price, with a total of $35,690. Beach Avenue Housing LP is owned by HHH developer Thomas Safran & Associates, who had ongoing matters before the Los Angeles City Council at the time.

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