Planning Commission Approves The Fig Project

On Feb. 14, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted in support of the catalytic “The Fig” project in South Los Angeles, proposed for the corner of 39th and Figueroa streets. This project marks the first time a development of this magnitude is brought south of the 10 freeway and into the heart of one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most historic neighborhoods.

If approved by the full City Council, The Fig will bring an unprecedented 82 new affordable housing units, a 298-room hotel, as well as 222-student and 104 market-rate housing to the Ninth District. The development will help activate the Figueroa corridor and bring much-needed tourism and economic activity to the area.

In addition to new housing, this project will create more than 1,100 good-paying, union jobs during construction with more than 30 percent of the workforce consisting of local hires and more than 440 permanent jobs when the project is completed. The Fig is expected to generate more than $5.5 million in tax revenues annually for the City, benefiting surrounding parks and schools.

“The Fig is crucial to meeting the challenges of our current housing and jobs crisis,” said Councilman Price. “Furthermore, it would net the City more than $5 million annually in tax revenues and has the potential to uplift current and future generations in the District.”

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Learn About Emergency Bridge Housing for Homeless Angelenos

Councilman Curren Price, in conjunction with the Offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis, will host on Feb. 27 an open house for the community to learn about emergency bridge housing to serve the homeless population in District 9.

The informational event is part of Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” temporary bridge housing initiative. The program aims to get Angelenos off the streets and on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing until they can obtain a permanent home.

The temporary facilities are constructed on City-owned properties and offer 24/7 security and on-site services like case management, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and housing placement, among other support. The program also includes additional resources for Sanitation teams to restore spaces that were previously homeless encampment sites into safe and clean passageways. To learn more about “A Bridge Home,” click here.

“The City of Los Angeles has embarked on a monumental effort to combat homelessness, but it’s clear that there are no quick fixes,” Councilmember Price said. "The good news is we are poised now more than ever before to combat what is considered by many to be the humanitarian crisis of this generation.”

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Understanding the NEW Sidewalk Vending Program

After years of attempts, Los Angeles became on Jan. 1, the second-largest U.S. City to legalize sidewalk vending by approving a permit system.

To ensure compliance with the ordinance, Bureau of Street Services has important information (including rules and regulations and a map of designated “no vending zones”) here. The information is featured in English and Spanish.

In 2013, Councilmembers Curren Price and José Huizar introduced a motion seeking a legal framework to regulate the industry and bring tens of thousands of sidewalk vendors and micro-entrepreneurs out of the shadows.

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