African American Legacy in CD 9

On Feb. 15, Councilman Curren Price led a special presentation as part of African-American Heritage Month highlighting the people and places that made a difference and had a major impact in District 9.

Councilmember Price recognized Gloria Gray, who was elected last year Chairwoman to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He also honored Shelby Williams-Gonzales, the Executive Director of artworxLA, whose mission is to combat the high school dropout crisis by engaging students in arts-based programs. Price also celebrated the accomplishments of Lauren Mackey who opened Mackey Cleaners in 1963.

To close the presentation, Councilman Price showed a video, produced by L.A. CityView 35, on the Original Wrigley Field and the 1963 Freedom Rally, both taking place in the Ninth District. Click on the image below to watch a short video on LA's historical Wrigley Field.

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Planning Commission Approves The Fig Project

On Feb. 14, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted in support of the catalytic “The Fig” project in South Los Angeles, proposed for the corner of 39th and Figueroa streets. This project marks the first time a development of this magnitude is brought south of the 10 freeway and into the heart of one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most historic neighborhoods.

If approved by the full City Council, The Fig will bring an unprecedented 82 new affordable housing units, a 298-room hotel, as well as 222-student and 104 market-rate housing to the Ninth District. The development will help activate the Figueroa corridor and bring much-needed tourism and economic activity to the area.

In addition to new housing, this project will create more than 1,100 good-paying, union jobs during construction with more than 30 percent of the workforce consisting of local hires and more than 440 permanent jobs when the project is completed. The Fig is expected to generate more than $5.5 million in tax revenues annually for the City, benefiting surrounding parks and schools.

“The Fig is crucial to meeting the challenges of our current housing and jobs crisis,” said Councilman Price. “Furthermore, it would net the City more than $5 million annually in tax revenues and has the potential to uplift current and future generations in the District.”

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Learn About Emergency Bridge Housing for Homeless Angelenos

Councilman Curren Price, in conjunction with the Offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis, will host on Feb. 27 an open house for the community to learn about emergency bridge housing to serve the homeless population in District 9.

The informational event is part of Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” temporary bridge housing initiative. The program aims to get Angelenos off the streets and on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing until they can obtain a permanent home.

The temporary facilities are constructed on City-owned properties and offer 24/7 security and on-site services like case management, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and housing placement, among other support. The program also includes additional resources for Sanitation teams to restore spaces that were previously homeless encampment sites into safe and clean passageways. To learn more about “A Bridge Home,” click here.

“The City of Los Angeles has embarked on a monumental effort to combat homelessness, but it’s clear that there are no quick fixes,” Councilmember Price said. "The good news is we are poised now more than ever before to combat what is considered by many to be the humanitarian crisis of this generation.”

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Understanding the NEW Sidewalk Vending Program

After years of attempts, Los Angeles became on Jan. 1, the second-largest U.S. City to legalize sidewalk vending by approving a permit system.

To ensure compliance with the ordinance, Bureau of Street Services has important information (including rules and regulations and a map of designated “no vending zones”) here. The information is featured in English and Spanish.

In 2013, Councilmembers Curren Price and José Huizar introduced a motion seeking a legal framework to regulate the industry and bring tens of thousands of sidewalk vendors and micro-entrepreneurs out of the shadows.

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Helping Local Nonprofits Advance their Missions

On Feb.7, nearly 100 individuals representing a wide spectrum of nonprofits attended the “Meet the Grantmakers: Effective Funding Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations.” 

Those in attendance learned about the various guidelines the presenting foundations have, how they function, what they fund, and best practices for nonprofits to position themselves to be awarded a grant.

The event, held at The Reef, was organized by Councilman Curren Price’s Business Resource Center (BRC) and is a part of his ongoing efforts to empower local entrepreneurs and nonprofit partners to better serve the South LA community.  

“As Councilman for the 9th District and Chair of the Economic Development Committee, I am keenly aware of the role our nonprofit community plays throughout the City,” Price said. “Our nonprofit partners function as a shadow government in supporting, developing and inspiring our residents in ways that local government sometimes cannot.”

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Blacks in Cinema: Breaking Down Barriers and Increasing Diversity in Hollywood

In recognition of African-American Heritage Month, Councilman Curren Price on Feb. 5 joined L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson to honor black actors and filmmakers from the 70s.

The special presentation was part of this year’s “Blacks in Cinema” LA City Hall Bridge Display. Through this very special exhibit, the City pays tribute to scores of titans who fought for representation and inclusion in the face of racial discrimination. 

“This exhibit turns the lens on and tells the stories behind strong black leading men, women and filmmakers.” Councilman Price said. “We acknowledge their bravery and courage to command the spotlight and forever change not only the course of Hollywood but American history.”

Stop by the City Hall Bridge on the third floor this February to learn more about the contributions of these cinematic heroes. 

 

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Be Part of This Year's Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival may be months away, but Team Price is fervently working on details of this signature CD 9 event.

To volunteer at this FREE music and arts festival, taking place July 27-28 and presented by Councilman Curren Price, visit centralavejazzfest.com and click on "Get Involved" to complete the questionnaire.

Here are a few specifics:

  • Must  be 18 years old or older
  • Must attend a mandatory volunteer meeting 
  • Most volunteer opportunities will be outdoors and involve standing for four hours

Please note that vendors and exhibitors applications will be available later in March. To stay up to date on all things Central Avenue Jazz Fest, click here.

On a related note, original entries for the 2019 poster design contest must be submitted in digital format by Wednesday, Feb. 13 no later than 4 p.m. to centralavejazzfestival@gmail.com. Finalists will be required to submit artwork in its original form to Councilman Price's District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011) by Wednesday, Feb. 20 no later than 4 p.m. Winners will be announced in March.

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2019 Nominations Are Open for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards and Ceremony

Who's your SHero? The nomination period for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards is now open. Nominate a woman who shines bright and has demonstrated leadership, love for community and dedication to service. Please note that in order to be eligible, nominees must live or have ties to Council District 9.

To submit your nominees, fill out the submission form here: 2019 SHero Nominations 

The nomination period concludes on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Inductees to the exclusive CD 9 program will be celebrated on May 19 at a special luncheon and awards ceremony.

If you have questions about the SHero program, please contact Nora Gutierrez at (323) 846-2651 or via email at Nora.Gutierrez@lacity.org

 

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Councilman Curren Price Announces Half a Million to Save Victims of Human Trafficking in LAPD South Bureau

Councilman Curren Price and Councilwoman Nury Martinez announced on Jan. 31 a renewed focus and vigorous approach to crackdown on pimps and Johns and abolish human trafficking in South LA for once and for all.

During a press conference that also included Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Price and Martinez revealed details of a $500,000 designation that will allow the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force to adequately allocate its resources to combat this epidemic, as well as other prostitution-related crimes, in South LA. Operating out of Councilmember Price’s 9th District, the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force focuses on tackling human trafficking in Council Districts 8, 9, and 10, represented by Councilmembers Harris-Dawson, Price and Council President Wesson, respectively.

“Together we stand strong in this fight that transcends borders, Districts and communities,” Councilman Price said. “It should serve notice to pimps and Johns that we won't allow exploitation of girls and young women in Los Angeles; nor will they continue to have free rein to terrorize our schools, businesses and neighborhoods.”

The latest effort brings improvements that have succeeded in areas of the San Fernando Valley that Councilwoman Martinez represents to South LA's Human Trafficking Task Force.

“The Operations-Valley Bureau has been truly successful, and because of that, I have partnered with my colleagues on the Council that represent Districts 8, 9 and 10 to replicate this type of enforcement. This is a citywide issue that doesn’t limit itself to district lines. Whether it’s a girl in the Valley or a girl in South LA, she is our responsibility,” said Councilwoman Martinez. “We must stand together, as a City, to dismantle once and for all the exploitation of our women and girls. They are our wives, our daughters, and our granddaughters. We must do better and say no more.”

 

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Councilman Price Mediates Negotiations Ending Historic Charter Schools Strike in South LA

Teachers at three South Los Angeles charter schools operated by The Accelerated Schools voted on Jan. 28 to approve a new labor agreement and to formally call for an end to their historic eight-day strike. Teachers returned to their classrooms Monday morning following a weekend of negotiations—mediated by Councilmember Curren Price—between the United Teachers Los Angeles union and The Accelerated Schools.

“If our communities are to thrive, we must invest in our schools, empower our educators and put students first," said Councilman Price, whose district includes The Accelerated Schools. “The children in our public schools may go on to discover breakthroughs for deadly diseases, develop the next social media platform or build a billion-dollar company; we all share an obligation to help them reach for that mountaintop.

The future of our communities will depend on the steps we take today to strengthen our public education system.”

Monday's ratification vote puts in place an agreement that will cover the terms and conditions of Accelerated teachers’ employment through the 2020-2021 school year.

Newly negotiated provisions include:

  • Three months’ severance package including salary and benefits for any teacher who is not offered an employment contract from one year to the next.
  • An improved arbitration process that requires a unanimous vote of the Accelerated Board of Trustees in order to reverse any decision made by an arbitrator.
  • Annual signing bonuses of $10,000 for teachers who return to their positions at the beginning of each school year.
  • The formation of a Collaborative Consensus Committee for stakeholders to discuss issues and create and implement improvements to schoolwide processes and practices.
  • Annual increases in the employer’s share of healthcare costs.

Added Jeff GoodUTLA Executive Director: “The heroic efforts of teachers, parents, and students at The Accelerated Schools have resulted in significant progress toward addressing the problems that led to this strike. UTLA appreciates the great work of Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price and his staff in helping us reach an agreement.”  

The strike at The Accelerated Schools was the first charter school strike in California’s history.

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