Due to popular demand, the deadline to register for Councilmember Curren Price’s Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon has been pushed back to Friday, Oct. 30. Older adults who live in District 9 and are 65 years and older can call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 to participate in this year’s event.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Price will treat local neighbors to a free meal and care package this year, which they can enjoy from the comfort of home.
“It brings me so much joy to gather more than 1,000 of our closest neighbors as part of our senior luncheon celebration at the Los Angeles Convention Center each year,” added Councilmember Price. “Unfortunately, we’re going to have to do things a little differently this year. While there won’t be any dancing or live entertainment, the safety of our senior community is our utmost priority so instead we’ll be delivering thousands of meals with treats in a safe manner.”
As the City of Los Angeles reels from the effects COVID-19 has taken on our daily lives, the need for trusted child care has become more important than ever. Licensed child care operators in the City of Los Angeles affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which have endured hardship or a reduction in revenue, can apply for grants of $10,000, $25,000 and $40,000. A total of 500 grants, totaling $10 million, will be awarded. The application portal opened Oct. 15 and will close on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 12 p.m.
This grant program is administered by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD), the City’s BusinessSource Centers and multiple local early care and education agencies.
To learn more about the COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program, click here. For all eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit laecefund.org or EWDD for assistance. For commonly asked questions about this program, click here.
The LADOT Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control division has resumed parking enforcement as of Oct. 15.
The department has resumed parking enforcement and impounding, where applicable, for the following categories:
- Residential street sweeping
- Expired registration on a vehicle
- Overnight/oversize parking districts
- Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions
- Ticket/tow for abandoned vehicles (72 hour rule)
- Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts
LADOT will delay impounding vehicles used for dwelling pending a report back to the city council in 30-60 days. Additionally, LADOT will delay the booting and impounding of scofflaw vehicles until Jan. 1, 2021.
Enforcement is ongoing for all the following categories:
- Metered parking
- Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit
- Posted time limit zones in residential and commercial areas
- All posted temporary no-parking signs
- No blocking emergency access (alleyways, fire hydrants, etc.)
- Colored curb zones
- Parking restrictions for city-owned lots
At the instruction of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the department has also launched new economic relief measures to assist low-income Angelenos, including a new program that allows discounts for citation payments that are made early. This program supplements two other new programs created by the department to help Angelenos in need — the Citation Amnesty Program and the Unemployment Citation Amnesty Program — and joins the Community Assistance Parking Program (CAPP) and the Low-Income Payment Plans Program as part of LADOT’s larger effort to assist Angelenos. For additional details about these programs, click here.
For more information about LADOT’s COVID-19 response, please click here.
On Oct. 17 the Taste of Soul L.A. Family Festival added a new element to their annual event with the “Feeding the Souls in our Community” food giveaway as a way to connect with neighbors during the COVID-19 era.
As part of this year’s Taste of Soul virtual event, which featured dozens of entertainers including such A-listers as En Vogue, Anthony Hamilton and Doug E. Fresh, Councilman Curren Price took part in kicking off the “give back” component in the morning by helping to distribute thousands of boxes of food to individuals and families.
“Pivoting has been so much of what we have all had to do to function during this challenging year, and while this is something that had never been done before it was welcomed by the neighborhood with open arms,” added Councilman Price. “With so much of ourselves being tested during these difficult times, we remain committed to finding ways to meet the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.”
Catch all the highlights from the 2020 Taste of Soul Family Festival by visiting https://tasteofsoul.org/ and click on the image below to watch coverage of the community food distribution courtesy of LA Cityview 35.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price partnered with the GUARDaHEART Foundation recently to offer no-cost COVID-19 antibody testing to the South Los Angeles community and surrounding areas. The three-day event took place Oct. 13-15 at Councilmember Price’s District Office on Central Avenue and 43rd Street. About 600 people received the SARS-CoV-2 antibody test, which detects the body's immune response to the infection caused by the coronavirus.
“Keeping our neighbors safe and informed, as well as providing the necessary resources our families need is critical for survival during this time,” added Councilmember Price. “Our biggest push in the fight against the coronavirus has been in securing COVID-19 testing centers in our community, but that’s not enough.”
Amid this unprecedented crisis, GUARDaHEART Foundation is working with communities across Los Angeles to offer no-cost antibody testing. For more information on future no-cost COVID-19 antibody testing dates and locations, visit www.GuardaHeart.org
Click on the image below to view coverage from the antibody testing event, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview Channel 35.
On Sept. 30, Councilmember Curren Price joined the City’s Census 2020 Initiative for a special visit to Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center to provide local neighbors with assistance on filling out their census forms, as well as free COVID-19 tests.
During the community event, dozens of households who participated in the drive-thru/walk-up opportunity completed their Census forms and also received a $5 gift card and goodie bag.
Attention District 9: the deadline to fill out your Census 2020 form has been extended to Oct. 31 so there is still time to be counted. Getting counted in the census means equal representation at all levels of government and money for our communities for vital programs and services in education, housing, healthcare, transportation and so much more for the next 10 years.
For more information, visit My2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
Click on the image below for live footage and interviews from the event, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview 35.
On Sept. 25, Councilman Curren Price joined Dr. Douglas S. Harrington MD, Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation, for an informative discussion on COVID-19 antibody testing and to announce a special opportunity for District 9 neighbors to learn if they had a past infection with the virus. The no cost COVID-19 antibody testing community event in CD 9 will take place Oct. 13-15 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Councilman Price’s District Office (4301 S. Central Ave.)
Schedule an appointment by visiting www.guardaheart.org. Individuals without access to the Internet or who need assistance in Spanish can call (866) 299-8998, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., to make an appointment. For more information, check out the special event page here or call Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
The SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing being provided in CD 9 is one of the most reliable antibody tests available. It has a sensitivity of 100 percent and a specificity of 99.6 percent performance evaluations. A positive result indicates that an individual has been infected with the COVID-19 pathogen and has developed some level of immunity.
Click on the image below for a special LA Currents segment courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview 35 discussing the need for COVID-19 antibody testing as a critical next step in battling the disease, continuing to flatten the curve and ensuring a safe re-opening of the community.
Councilmember Curren Price is thrilled to welcome the first Prop. HHH funded project to be completed in District 9 and opening by the fall of this year. Click on the image above to learn more about RISE Apartments, which will bring 56 units of housing for homeless individuals with 42 units reserved for veterans experiencing homelessness.
On Sept. 25, Councilman Curren Price visited RISE Apartments, which will bring 56 units of housing for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals, and is nearing completion.
Located at 4050 S. Figueroa St., within RISE Apartments, each unit will be fully furnished and include a kitchenette with a refrigerator, cook-top and microwave. Amenities for residents include a community room, a residential courtyard, bike storage, covered parking and laundry facilities. In addition to the residential community, there will be 3,400 square feet of community commercial office space.
When completed later this year, RISE Apartments will offer supportive services and case management offices onsite through the SRO Housing Corporation. A total of 42 out of 56 units were reserved specifically for formerly homeless veterans.
RISE is joining dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. More than 2,000 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing units have been identified within CD9. This includes nearly 1,600 units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.
Councilmember Curren Price, in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, will be hosting a FREE pop-up testing opportunity on Sept. 30 at his District Office located at 4301 S. Central Ave.
During the past 6 months, we have conducted over 100,000 tests in District 9, which resulted in more than 17,000 positive cases. In fact, there were over 6,000 new positive cases in July compared to nearly 3,000 in August. "Although there has been a downward trend as of late, we must continue to get tested to ensure we are reducing the transmission rates so we can win the fight against COVID-19 once and for all," added Councilman Price.
Please make an appointment ahead of time by calling Alicia Vargas at (213) 400-0552 (English) or Antonia Esparza at (213) 706-1740 (Spanish). For more information on coronavirus testing in Los Angeles, visit https://corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing.