South LA Celebrates 4th of July with a Bang

Thousands of Angelenos joined us at Exposition Park to celebrate America's birthday at this year's Fourth of July Community Festival and Firework Show. 

Attendees enjoyed a magnificent Independence Day filled with delicious food, carnival games, booths, merchants and live music entertainment courtesy of Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Yoyo, Latin-Jazz and Salsa band Conganas, R&B singer Jade Novah, and others!

But the cherry on top was seeing our beautiful, diverse families from every background gather to celebrate our nation's fundamental principles and central democratic values.

To view all photos from the 4th of July festivities, please visit the CD 9 Flickr page here.


Happenings at Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center: Free Services, Food and Activities for the Month

Have you stopped by the newly renovated Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center in the NinthDistrict? It is a one-stop shop for older adults (at 7600 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 90003) offering a variety of crucial, FREE services in South Los Angeles.

From loteria to latin dance, movie time to arts and crafts. These fun activities are available to local residents at no cost. The multipurpose center also offers free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

Check out this community jewel that is allowing us to better serve our seniors. Take a moment to review the activity schedule and lunch menu for this month, which will surely pique your curiosity!



Drum Roll Please... Announcing the 2018 SHeroes

It is my great privilege and honor to announce this year's “SHero” honorees. A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, pride and commitment to strengthening our community.

These exemplary group of women will be recognized at the 11th Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards Luncheon and Ceremony on Aug. 19 at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles.

I hope you will join me in celebrating their extraordinary accomplishments. They are the epitome of putting service before self! On behalf of Council District 9, I wish to extend my warm congratulations to:

Rosemary Cuadras  - NEW 9th Community Volunteer & Activist

Tiffany  Johnson - A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project

Maria Chavez Hernandez - Community Representative at Maple Primary Center

Arvis Jones - Founder, Damon’s Center for Grief, Loss and Trauma

Evelyn Gomez-Villaflor - Professor, Los Angeles Trade-Tech College

Judy Jackson - Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School

Brenda Morales - Officer, LAPD Newton Community Police Station

Kysha McNeal - NEW 9th Community Volunteer & Activist

Mary Freeman - Member, Zapata-King Neighborhood Council

Nicole Griffin - Director, Slauson Multipurpose Center

Anabella Sales - Community Representative at 20th Street Elementary School

Priscilla Chavez - Manager, Diversity & Inclusion - PCL Construction Services

Once again, my sincerest congratulations to this year’s recipients, and I hope you will join us for the festivities on Aug. 19. 

For more information, please contact Nora Gutierrez at (323) 846-2651 or via email at 

Event tickets are available here.


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