You're Cordially Invited to the 2nd Annual Latina Conference in Council District 9

The empowerment of adolescent girls and women is a top priority for my office. I sincerely believe that if our communities are to prosper, we must invest in, encourage and support women of all backgrounds.

In 2016, history was made in South Los Angeles as hundreds of Latinas joined my office at the inaugural "Mujeres Empowered for Success," the first-ever Latina Conference in the Ninth District. I am delighted to announce that I will be hosting the 2nd Annual Latina Conference on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (400 W. Washington Blvd., LA 90015).

This will be a day of day of networking, education and empowerment so please help us spread the word to family, friends and neighbors. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite yearly events because it celebrates women of color in our community.

The free conference will feature leaders and experts working in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Health, Immigration, Social Justice, Women’s Rights, and much more. Like last year, attendees will be treated to motivational speakers, insightful panel discussions, live entertainment and essential resources and valuable information. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, guests will also receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and other goodies.

I look forward to meeting you on May 20 as we honor the outstanding contributions of women and help shape the leaders of tomorrow! Please register online here. However, if you would like more information, please call my District Office at (323) 846-2651.

¡Gracias y que vivan las mujeres!

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Progress Continues in South LA with Groundbreaking for Future Home of Honda of Downtown Los Angeles

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Big day for CD 9 yesterday as we broke ground on a new Honda dealership—one of the largest retail and commercial investments in our community at more than $25 million.

After decades of neglect and a lack of meaningful investment, I am proud to usher in a new era for economic development, job creation and a strong economy in Council District 9. I’m delighted to say, the NEW 9th is undergoing dramatic improvements unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

In fact, many people are looking to South Los Angeles as the next frontier for economic development, with exciting projects like the LAFC Soccer Stadium and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – all of these projects in the pipeline, both big and small, will bring more than 6,500 jobs to the Ninth Council District alone!

The groundbreaking of the state-of-the-art, vertical facility is especially important because this dealership was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and now the ownership have turned it into one of the top performing Hondas in the country. With the expected growth from this new location, the dealership expects to become the number one Honda dealer in America. What a story!

I want to thank Joe Shuster and Ted Bessen of Downtown Honda for having the vision to invest in South Los Angeles, being a responsible company and good community partner. Honda of Downtown Los Angeles is creating a jobs program specifically for residents living in the District, donating $100,000 to Los Angeles Trade-Tech Community College to stimulate education in the automotive service-tech fields, and will donate $50,000 to the Figueroa Corridor Business Improvement District to continue innovation and beautification of the south Figueroa corridor.

With partners like Honda, we will continue to see growth and transform these surface parking lots into thriving hubs that provide jobs, housing and other wonderful resources for our local community. The project—at 740 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.—will rise out of an empty lot that had been abandoned for decades, and is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

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CARECEN, in Partnership with CD 9, Hosts Naturalization Workshop

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Last month, I announced an unprecedented partnership with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA) that would allow two of the most trusted and respected immigrants’ rights organizations to provide a range of direct legal services to our District.

On March 25, CARECEN will host the first in a series of monthly naturalization workshops. Please share the information below with your family, friends and neighbors. Keep in mind: Only those with appointments will be able to meet with legal experts.

Traducción en Español a continuación

CARECEN, en Colaboración con el Noveno Distrito, Organiza Taller de Ciudadanía 

El mes pasado, anuncie una asociación sin precedentes con la Coalición por los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes de Los Ángeles (CHIRLA) y el Centro Centroamericano de Recursos (CARECEN-LA) que permitirá que dos de las organizaciones de derechos de los inmigrantes más respetadas y de mayor confianza proveer una variedad de servicios legales de inmigración a nuestro Distrito.

Este 25 de marzo, CARECEN coordinará la primera de una serie de talleres mensuales de naturalización en el Distrito 9 del Concejo. Por favor comparta la información a continuación con su familia, amigos y vecinos. Tenga en cuenta: Sólo aquellos con citas tendrán la oportunidad de reunirse con expertos legales.

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