Three New Permanent Supportive Housing Projects Coming to the NEW 9th!

 

Three new projects providing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to homeless in the Ninth District were approved on Oct. 15 by the Los Angeles City Council. This was part of the latest round of Prop. HHH funding awarded, bringing the total of PSH units authorized in the 9th District to 712.

The newly approved projects are: Hope on Broadway (48 PSH units); 4507 Main St. (33 PSH units plus an additional 30 affordable housing units); and Central Apartments (56 PSH units).

"I am so proud of the progress we have been making to bring forth an unprecedented number of permanent supportive housing units for our most vulnerable. The hard work continues to pay off, and we will continue to lead by example in our efforts," said Councilman Curren Price.

Pictured above is a rendering of Hope on Broadway.

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Fair Work Week Legislation Continues to Advance

A proposed Fair Work Week policy [Council File 19-0229], championed by Councilman Curren Price, took another step forward this week and a draft of the ordinance is expected by November.

On Oct. 15, the City’s Economic Development Committee, which Councilmember Price chairs, approved a report of the implementation recommendations for a Los Angeles Fair Work Week law.

Under the new ordinance, employers would have to provide retail employees in this City two weeks' notice of their work schedules and predictability in pay. The law would require flexible schedules, protections against retaliation for declining additional hours not communicated in the schedules in advance, and the right to rest between shifts of 10 hours, among other regulations. 

Councilman Price said he anticipates a final vote in Council by the end of this year. The policy is expected to be in place by the beginning of 2020, with a six month education period for retail employers before enforcement begins.

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LA City Council Moves Forward with Moratorium on “No-Fault” Evictions Before AB 1482 Takes Effect in January

On Oct. 15, the City Council took swift and bold action to come to the aid of thousands of tenants facing massive rent increases by approving a motion co-introduced by Councilmembers Curren Price and Mitch O’Farrell to ban “no-fault” evictions.

Gov. Gavin Newson earlier this month signed the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 1482), which prohibits rent gouging and arbitrary evictions. The new law offers much-needed rental protections to millions of Californians but not until Jan. 1, 2020. Most recently, there has been a surge in calls and inquiries to the City from community advocates and tenants reporting sudden eviction notices.

“We have heard horrific stories of landlords taking unconscionable measures to fight against AB 1482 in the worst way possible: by trying to evict tenants who did nothing wrong,” said Councilmember Price. “This is an issue that heavily impacts my District. Currently, my Office is working with dozens of individuals on the verge of losing their homes after their rent hiked more than 150 percent within the last year alone.

This includes: a senior citizen on Section 8, a City of LA employee and her family, and a grandmother living with her granddaughter and great granddaughter who is exhausting her life savings just to cover the rent spikes.”

Councilmembers Price and O'Farrell introduced the motion Friday, Oct.11, and it was unanimously approved by the City Council Oct. 15. The City Attorney is expected to transmit an ordinance for final approval within the next week—helping to protect renters facing sudden eviction notices until the new State protections are in full effect.

 

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Hope Coming Soon to Hope Street

 

 

With construction just underway on the first Bridge Home site in CD 9, it will soon be home to 100 of the most vulnerable people in our South LA community.

“A Bridge Home” provides emergency temporary housing facilities to serve the homeless population that are within a 1.5 mile radius of the site. In addition, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment will devote extra resources to maintain cleaner streets in the area.

The facility will have a dedicated team offering wrap-around services including medical care, job training, housing placement, public benefit access, along with mental health and addiction support. The provider team on-site will consist of a nurse, a mental healthcare worker, social worker, and 24-hour security guard on site.

With a warm bed, three meals a day, storage for personal belongings, a pet kennel, clean restrooms and high cubicle wall for privacy, this marks the beginning of a new journey for our unsheltered neighbors.

The Office of Councilmember Curren Price is eager to bring hope to Hope Street with this facility, slated for completion by early February 2020.

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Honoring South Los Angeles Change Makers

On Oct. 06, the Office of Councilmember Curren Price celebrated the 12th Annual Tribute to SHeroes luncheon, where 15 outstanding women were recognized for being the change makers in the South LA community.

This year’s recipients embody conviction, intelligence, grace, resilience and sacrifice. According to Councilman Curren Price, "It is my honor to shine light on the unsung heroes who continue to fight the good fight for the sake of their neighbors."

To view the photos from the event, follow the link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHz8ZKT

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CARE Team Comes to CD 9

 

On Oct. 1, as part of the continuous efforts by Councilmember Curren Price to help homeless neighbors and clean the streets, CARE teams were launched throughout the City of Los Angeles with two designated teams devoted to the District five days a week!

The teams are comprised of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) outreach workers and LA Sanitation workers. Their mission is to clean the areas surrounding encampments and offer social services to the homeless people in the area. 

The CARE Plus team is dedicated solely to the Flower/Grand Corridor and an additional CARE team will be serving the rest of the 9th District. 

CARE, which stands for Cleaning and Rapid Engagement, is approaching the homeless crisis with compassion, purpose with the focus of improving the quality of life for CD9 residents.  

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The 4th Annual Latina Conference Unifies, Empowers and Educates Women of CD 9

 

On Saturday Sept. 28, more than 500 mujeres came to EXPO CENTER, joined together with the common thread to learn, grow and empower themselves at the 4th Annual Latina Conference in District 9. This is the only conference of its kind in South LA dedicated to promoting the advancement of Latinas, creating stability in our families and accelerating positive change for the good of all

Over the course of the day, guests were treated to insightful discussions and robust presentations led by Latina thought leaders, trailblazers and professionals. The FREE conference featured live entertainment, a community resource and job fair, as well as a Latina vendor marketplace. According to Councilman Curren Price, "It was important to me that we put together a quality event for our ladies because as we all know, a community is only as strong as its women."

To see the photos from this year’s “Mujeres Empowered for Success” conference, visit the flickr page here: https://bit.ly/2padsHX

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Beautycon Honored in City Hall

 

In Aug. 2019, more than 32,000 people traveled from every state and 35 countries to our Los Angeles Convention Center to share in the Beautycon experience. They were recognized for the economic value that they bring to the City.

With their headquarters in Los Angeles, Beautycon, which is committed to acceptance and diversity, is one of the fastest growing companies in the sector and is the largest celebration of beauty, individuality and staying true to ones self.

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LA City Councilman Curren Price Treats 1,200 Seniors to Lunch!

On Sept. 19, Councilman Curren Price hosted about 1,200 older adults at the 19th Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon at the LA Convention Center in CD 9. 

The community event featured live musical entertainment, lunch, transportation and a resource fair.

“Our seniors are the glue that hold our communities together because they are the eyes, ears and souls of our neighborhoods,” Price said. “They are integral to moving our neighborhoods forward, and together we can and will enrich the quality of life for South LA.”

The FREE event included a full course meal for lunch, a diverse musical lineup, a Zumba cardio workout, and a resource fair with dozens of City and community partners offering vital information. Live musical performances were provided by the Blue Breeze Band and Vilma Diaz y La Sonora.

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Announcing Our 2019 SHeroes

Councilman Curren Price is happy to announce the 2019 “SHeroes." A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated significant leadership, pride and commitment to strengthening our community

These exemplary women, will be recognized at the 12th Annual Tribute to SHeroes on Sunday, Oct. 6th at the Exposition Park Rose Garden.

On behalf of Council District 9, we would like to extend a warm congratulations to…

Pamela Bizzell
Program Manager, Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC)

Shannon Brown
Assistant Principal, Mary Mcleod Bethune Middle School

Cynthia Buelna
Pastor, RTLA Church

Julianne Burg
Vice President, North Area Neighborhood Development Council

Monica Cardona
Director of Parent Engagement, LA Promise Fund

Patricia Hernandez
President, Avalon Gardens Resident Advisory Council

Belinda Jackson
Executive Director, EXPO Center

Karen Jessie
1st Lady, Challenge of Faith Church

Estela Lopez
Principal, Dolores Huerta Elementary School

Ghecemy Lopez
USC Staffer, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chelsea McElwee
President, Zapata-King Neighborhood Council

Rosa Miranda
Senior Community Organizer, East LA Community Corporation

Mickiela Montoya
U.S. Veteran, California Army National Guard and Army Reserve

Jaime Rabb
Corresponding Secretary, Voices Neighborhood Council

Hilda Rodriguez-Guzman
Community Leader & Member, SEIU Local 99


For more information on the SHeroes Program, please contact Nora Gutierrez at (323) 846-2651 or via email at Nora.Gutierrez@lacity.org

 

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