CD 9 $1 Million Initiative Helping Immigrant Families Feel More Safe, Secure and Supported

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Working in partnership with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), I announced today an unprecedented $1 million fund for naturalization and other immigration services.

This one-of-a-kind partnership will allow two of the most trusted and respected immigrants’ rights organizations to serve one of the most vulnerable populations. The collaboration will result in a range of direct legal services, benefiting thousands of individuals. 

Because naturalization rates for immigrants in South LA trail behind the rest of the county, a portion of this program will focus on assisting legal permanent residents become citizens by providing financial assistance. However, this designation will also assist other segments of the population – such as DREAMERS, and it includes funding for deportation defense.

“The partnership between Councilmember Price’s office and the community eases the fear, facilitates access to trusted services, and helps families stay together,” said Angelica Salas, executive director for CHIRLA. 

As part of CHIRLA’s efforts, the CD 9 fund will help permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship and includes civic and citizenship classes. In addition, CHIRLA will assist with DACA application renewals, family petitions, and deportation defense, to name a few of the legal services available. The initiative is expected to help more than 3,000 individuals over the next year.

“In these difficult times when immigrants are under fire from an administration bent on attacking them, naturalization and other legal remedies are the best possible ally,” said Martha Arévalo, CARECEN executive director.

CARECEN has proposed to execute a series of monthly naturalization workshops in Council District 9 beginning in March 2017. The citizenship filing fee assistance program is expected to serve around 1,200 applicants, who may be eligible for fee waivers or a reduced cost.

I want to thank President pro-Tem of the California State Senate Kevin de León, SEIU Local 2015, UNITE HERE Local 11 for joining me this morning as we revealed details of this investment, which will help keep families together and hopes and dreams intact. This plan will strengthen protections for immigrants, help to restore peace of mind and offer much-needed relief to local families. For me, no greater investment can be made than in the lives of our local families.

For more information about CHIRLA’s legal services, please call the toll free 1-888-6CHIRLA (1-888-624-4752).

You can get in touch with CARECEN by calling (213) 385-7800.

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Saluting the 2017 SHero Recipients

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Flashback Friday: Group photo of the 9th Annual "Tribute to SHeroes" 2016 Recipients

It is my great privilege and honor to announce the 2017 “SHero” honorees. A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, pride and commitment to strengthening our community.

These exemplary women, with deep roots in the Ninth District, will be recognized at the 10th Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards Luncheon and Ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Radisson Los Angeles Hotel.

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…

Yosi Aguilar

Teacher, Ricardo Lizarraga Elementary School 

Orabelle Bolden

New 9th Community Volunteer 

Teresa Castro

New 9th Community Activist

Simone Charles

Principal, Mervyn M. Dymally High School

Jessica Clemmons

Parent Advocate & Community Outreach Champion,

Special Needs Network

Maria Espinoza

Member, South Central Neighborhood Council 

Jessenia Garcia

Homeless Services Program Coordinator, St. John's Well Child and Family Center

Marcela Garcia

Sergeant, LAPD Newton Area Community Relations

Danielle Green-Ssemugabi

Teacher, Santee Education Complex

Deisy Gutierrez

Promotora & Community Liaison for Best Start Metro LA, Para Los Niños

Dr. Desmonette Hazly

President, Friends of the Vernon Library

Ana Lasso

General Manager, Exposition Park

Elida Mendez

Community Coalition Member, Green Meadows Neighborhood 

Martha Mendez

Lead Case Manager, Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles

Leticia Ortiz-Gonzales

FamilySource Center Program Coordinator, All Peoples Community Center

Theodora Oyie

Construction Manager for USC Village, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.

Diana Pinto

Executive Director, South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (SC LAMP)

Cynthia Rodriguez

Program Manager, Harmony Project/YOLA EXPO

Natividad Rodriguez

New 9th Community Volunteer 

Yesenia Rodriguez

Officer, LAPD Newton Area - Community Safety Partnership Program at Pueblo del Rio Housing Development 

Claudia Romero-Lara

Teacher, 49th Street Elementary School

Christine “Ms. Pat" Smith

Owner, Smith’s Family Day Care

Karla Spivey

Vice Principal, Augustus F. Hawkins High School

Sue Vilas

New 9th Community Volunteer

Veronica Zamora

Parent Representative, Julian Nava Preparatory Academy  

For more information on this very special community event, please contact Nora Gutierrez at (323) 846-2651 or via email at Nora.Gutierrez@lacity.org. Once again, my sincerest congratulations to this year’s recipients, and I hope you will join us for the festivities on Feb. 19.

Sincerely, 

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Councilman Curren Price Named President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission

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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 26 to elect Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price, who represents the Ninth Council District, as president.

Councilman Price will be at the helm of the three-member panel, which is made up of city, county and state officials, for the remainder of 2017. The Councilmember represents Exposition Park—which includes the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—for the Los Angeles City Council.

“I feel privileged and humbled by the chairmanship position,” Price said. “This is an exciting time, not just for the Coliseum, which will undergo a $270 million renovation, but all of Exposition Park. I’m enthusiastic for what the future holds!”

Currently, Exposition Park is in the midst of a revival that includes modernization of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; construction of the $350 million, state-of-the-art Banc of California soccer stadium for the Los Angeles Football Club (on the site of the former Los Angeles Sports Arena); and, most recently, George Lucas announced plans to build his futuristic-looking Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Expo Park.

These and other catalytic projects in the pipeline, are helping to create thousands of good-paying jobs and bringing much-needed job-training resources for Council District 9 residents. For more information on employment opportunities, please contact the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center at LA Trade Technical College at (213) 763-5951.

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