As 2019 comes to a close and we enter into a new decade, 2020 promises to bring exciting opportunities and events to our community. Over the past year we have made significant improvements through the combined hard work and dedication from neighbors like you.
In 2020, we will be seeing the addition of hundreds of affordable and permanent supportive housing units come to fruition, which will help alleviate the pressure from the housing crisis.
We will also be opening the first "Bridge Home" site in CD 9, which will help our most vulnerable neighbors transition from the streets into a safe location where they will be offered medical, mental health and social services to help get them back on their feet. In addition, we have several other innovative programs in the works to help ease some of the obstacles people are facing, including the Homelessness Prevention Program, which will provide benefits to individuals on the cusp of homelessness.
Entering into 2020, our Clean & Green campaign is going strong and we encourage you to make using the MyLA311 app part of your daily routine. You can report trash, bulky items, graffiti and other sanitation issues directly from your phone, and with your help we will continue to make strides in ensuring that South LA is a beautiful place for families to live, work, play and thrive.
Next year will also be a banner year as 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Surrounded by the rich history of one of the most historical sites in Los Angeles, this event boasts multiple stages featuring both legendary and up-and-coming performing artists, so you can bet that this event is going to be one you will not want to miss.
Whether you have come out to enjoy fireworks under the stars at our 4th of July event, danced with us at our Mother’s Day celebration, or played in the snow at one of our Winter Wonderland events, you have been the reason I continue to fight to make South Los Angeles a place you are proud to live.
Please click below to relive some of our best moments from 2019:
Wishing every day of 2020 to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you and your families.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
This December, I have had the opportunity to attend holiday themed community events throughout The NEW 9th, including Winter Wonderland events at Green Meadows and Gilbert Lindsay recreation centers, as well as a special bike giveaway at my District Office. Each event provides a great opportunity for me to have important face time with members of the community so I can not only hear of concerns, but it also allows me the chance to spread some joy and cheer.
It has been my privilege to work with great partners such as the Department of Recreation and Parks to create memorable experiences for our children and families. Whether bringing in snow for our neighbors to enjoy to distributing thousands of toys, breaking bread or sharing a fun Zumba dance, we are making great memories together, and it has been my honor to bond with our South LA community.
Seeing the joy these events bring to our community is priceless to me and my staff—reinforcing why we chose to be in public service. When I think about the Holiday time, there is so much good going on all around us, with the countless acts of kindness, no matter how small or large the act, it goes a long way in ensuring that everyone feels the warmth of the season.
Thank you for allowing my staff and I to share these moments with you and we hope that you enjoy this special time with your families and friends.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
Let’s give it up for the students at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School in District 9! Their student body is the inaugural winner of Councilman Curren Price's “Don’t Trash CD 9” high school challenge.
As part of Councilman Price's continuous efforts to clean up South LA, he recently launched a one-of-a-kind competition targeting local high school students. From Oct. 28-Dec. 9, a dozen local high schools battled each other to see which would report the most illegal dumping, bulky-items and graffiti using the MyLA311 app.
The first leg of the competition resulted in more than 2,100 MyLA311 requests, with Ánimo Jackie Robinson submitting just under 1,500 of them. Ánimo Jackie Robinson High School will not only have bragging rights, but they were also awarded $5,000 for their hard work in making Council District 9 cleaner and greener. Because of these students’ efforts more residents are able to see the real beauty of CD 9.
The competing 12 schools will have five more chances to win as this competition will continue to run until May 2020. Please join us in congratulating these CD 9 champs!
The ringing sound of sleigh bells echoed through South Park Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 during Councilman Curren Price’s Annual Winter Wonderland. Thousands of jolly boys and girls shared their wish list with Santa; received toys from hard-working CD 9 elves; and sipped hot cocoa as they took part in arts and crafts.
Each year, Councilman Price hosts a Winter Wonderland complete with snow sledding, bounce houses, face painting and other family-friendly entertainment. Despite the rain, thousands of local families were in attendance. "The weather didn’t dampen our Holiday spirit,” exclaimed Councilman Price. “For me, there is no greater gift than unity in community.”
To see the entire Winter Wonderland 2019 photo album, click here.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Councilwoman Nury Martinez became the first Latina to be elected Los Angeles City Council President.
Councilwoman Martinez will assume her new role starting in January 2020. Throughout her career, she has proven that she is imminently qualified for this job; championing the needs of children and families, empowering women and girls, fighting human trafficking, tackling the threat of climate change, and so on.
"All her life, Nury Martinez has had to fight to gain a seat at the table," Councilman Curren Price said. "This week, we put her at the head of it. The Councilwoman has been a champion in the corner of all Angelenos and there is no doubt in my mind that her fierce leadership will continue to guide the City in a positive direction."
Built in 1893, the historic 29,900 square foot Casa de Rosas complex is currently being rehabilitated to serve as housing for 36 veteran families. On Monday, Councilman Curren Price, along with other State, County and City officials, broke ground on the campus under construction, which will provide support to formerly homeless single-parent veterans.
"I’m elated that Casa de Rosas will bloom once again next spring, creating a space for hope, healing and opportunity," said Councilman Price said. "I look forward to being back here in 2020 for the ribbon cutting and welcoming all the families that will be part of the fabric of our South LA community."
The multi-million dollar project is being led by Ward Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in partnership with Integral Group. Once completed, it will include courtyards, fruit tree lined sidewalks, along with onsite daycare.
The latest construction project along Hoover and Adams represents more than 600 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) with wraparound services for people experiencing homelessness slated for District 9.
Time to get your galoshes because the NEW 9th's Annual Winter Wonderland is coming to South Park Recreation Center. The much-anticipated community event, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will be filled with fun for the whole family.
We will be giving away hundreds of toys and bikes to local children. There will be snow slides, bounce houses, a photo booth and a train for the kids.
This South LA tradition is being brought to CD 9 in partnership with LAPD's Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program, Department of Recreation and Parks, Volunteers of America and Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA). For more information, contact Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-8651.
Through the efforts of Councilman Curren Price nearly 1,400 turkeys have been distributed this week to local families leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.
"I am grateful to know that one less person has to worry about where their next meal is coming from," said Councilman Price. "No one should ever have to struggle to provide for their family, especially during the holidays."
Each year, the Office of Councilman Price coordinates with more than 50 organizations throughout his District to help give the turkeys away and ensure that people have the holiday they deserve.
"This is the season of giving. It is important for us to join together to try to do everything we can for our neighbors," Councilman Price added.
On Thursday Nov. 21, Councilman Curren Price held a special ceremony dedicating the intersection of Central Avenue and 25th Street as “Bowers Retail Square" in honor of the Bowers Family. Their family business has been a fixture in South Los Angeles for over 50 years, spanning over three generations.
With a history that began with a Greyhound bus ticket and a dream, the patriarch Horace Bowers, now 91, set forth on a cross country journey from New York to Los Angeles in the 1940's. He would settle in LA, eventually purchasing a dry cleaning plant on Central Avenue in the 1960's.
"Mr. Bowers serves as an example that when you follow your passion, work hard and live your life with integrity, you will leave a legacy," said Councilman Price. "The marker raised in his honor, will serve as inspiration for future generations to have the courage to stand tall and set out for what they want in life."
Being a savvy business man led Mr. Bowers and his wife of 69 years, Alice, to purchase all of the retail storefronts now known as Bowers Retail Complex. Creating roots has always been important to the Bowers family, as well as improving the community they love.
On Wednesday Nov. 20 , during a press conference held at the LAFC’s Bank of California stadium, Councilman Curren Price joined MLS Commissioner Don Garber, LAFC owner Tom Penn, Liga MX Executive President Enrique Bonilla, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to celebrate the announcement that the MLS All-Star Game will be held in the summer of 2020 at the Bank of California stadium in the NEW 9th.
"This is not just a game for us," said Councilman Curren Price. "It is our community, a source of pride and for many, a way of life. Hosting the game in South LA is historical."
The MLS All-Star team will be matched against the top players of Liga MX next July for an unparalleled match with some of the world’s finest athletes.
The expectations are high in this battle of skills, strength and experience, with one thing for certain: the pulse of electricity is being felt throughout the community and all throughout Los Angeles in anticipation of the game.