After years of attempts, Los Angeles became on Nov. 28, 2018 the second-largest U.S. City to legalize sidewalk vending by approving a permit system.
Beginning Jan. 1, vendors will have to abide by a series of rules and regulations, including: ensure that they are not impeding the flow of pedestrian traffic or ADA access; be three feet from one another; maintain a clean area around their cart; have all the necessary permits, and much more. Over the next year, the City will work to implement a citywide permit program with the goal to issue permits by January 2020.
In April of 2017, the City of Los Angeles decriminalized sidewalk vending, allowing for only administrative fines to be given for any sidewalk vending violations. However, sidewalk vending remained illegal until most recently.
“This is win for the vending community and a gain for micro-entrepreneurs in pursuit of opportunity and the American Dream. It is justice for tens of thousands of immigrant and low-income Angelenos who work early mornings, late evenings and sacrifice weekends as sidewalk vendors,” said Councilman Curren Price, who introduced a motion to legalize sidewalk vending alongside Councilmember José Huizar. “After years of hearings, compromise and healthy debates, we can finally say, for the first time ever, Los Angeles will have a sensible sidewalk vending policy that is fair, enforceable and inclusive.”
The new rules includes restricted areas where vending is prohibited within 500 feet, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios, as well as Staples Center, LA Memorial Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, and the Hollywood Bowl on event days.
To see footage of this historic day, please click here.
The rain didn’t dampen the moods or Holiday cheer of hundreds of children and local families attending the Vermont Square Winter Wonderland on Nov. 29.
The popular community event featured family-friendly activities, including 30 tons of snow, a video game truck, and FREE food. Dozens of bikes were raffled off, and attendees had the opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus!
“I am dedicated to bringing families together and providing opportunities where our kids can laugh, play and savor their childhood safely,” said Councilman Curren Price, who hosts the event every year. “Up next, Winter Wonderland on Central Avenue! Once again, it’s going to snow in the NEW 9th!”
For more information on the upcoming Central Avenue event, see flyers below.
To see all the photos from this year's Vermont Square Winter Wonderland, please click here.
Check out the video with this year's footage here.
Close to 200 people attended the first affordable housing workshop in Los Angeles hosted in Council District 9 and led by Councilman Curren Price.
The information session at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School on Nov.26 was presented in partnership with Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC).
Members of the community learned where to access affordable housing in the City, and how to fill out an affordable housing application in preparation of future developments in the pipeline.
“I hope the event served as a first step into getting many of our local families into housing,” Price said. “I have made it my personal mission to incorporate all housing typologies, including workforce and market-rate housing, into my overall strategy to help all local families living in my District.”
Please see below for housing projects coming to Council District 9.
Heading into Thanksgiving, Councilman Curren Price led efforts to distribute more than 1,300 turkeys to families, churches, schools and community groups in District 9.
The Office of Councilman Price partnered with about 40 local nonprofits to identify families in need. Gift cards and vouchers were also provided to help families prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
"It has been my honor to support thousands of community members through the years as part of my Office's annual turkey giveaway," Price said. "We want to make sure our friends and neighbors, who might be struggling financially, are able to enjoy a warm and hearty Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones."
In commemoration of Veteran's Day, the City Council honored 15 brave and selfless warriors during a special presentation this week. Each Councilmember selected an honoree living in his or her District to thank them for their service and commitment.
Councilman Curren Price shined a bright light on Mickiela Montoya, a District 9 veteran whom you might have read about in the book "The Lonely Soldier." She was also featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other outlets.
Mickiela served in the California Army National Guard and Army Reserves for eight years, including a deployment to Iraq for one year as a military police officer. After returning to the United States, she dedicated herself to raising public awareness on the lack of services available to help female veterans. Today, this extraordinary Council District 9 resident works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is carrying out her life's mission.
Thank you Mickiela for your love for country, democracy and humankind.
Attention CD 9 residents: Have you been naughty or nice? The FREE Winter Wonderland at Vermont Square Park is weeks away but we want families to save the date for this very special community event.
The annual celebration, organized by the Office of Councilman Curren Price, gets underway Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m. at 1248 W. 47th St., Los Angeles 90037. Join Team Price for a celebration that will feature snow slides, entertainment, music, raffles, and an arts & crafts children’s area. PLUS, the first 500 people will get free food.
What: Vermont Square Winter Wonderland
When: Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Vermont Square Park, 1248 W. 47th St., Los Angeles 90037
More information: Councilman Price Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651
Mark your calendars for the fifth in a series of FREE Home Composting & Gardening Workshops at the South LA Wetlands. During the Saturday, Nov.10 session, families will gain tips on water conservation and the ins and outs of growing winter vegetables. But don't be too late as the first 30 people per household will walk away with their very own rain barrel! Attendees will also have the chance to take home a variety of winter vegetable plants.
Remember, the series of smart gardening workshops vary and take place every second Saturday of the month. Please see accompanying flyer for details on upcoming sessions. For more info, call (800) 773-2489 or visit www.lacitysan.org/compostworkshops.
In an effort to help the South LA community understand the ins and outs of affordable housing, Councilman Curren Price will host on Monday, Nov. 26 an information session at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School.
Those in attendance will learn how to access affordable housing in the City, as well as the criteria individuals and families must meet to qualify. PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will focus only on educating Angelenos on how they can search and apply for affordable housing in the City.
Please RSVP for this event with Edgar Morales via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (213) 473-7009. The public is encouraged to send questions over in advance.
This year's Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival in the NEW 9th brought hundreds of people together for an evening of community, celebration and culture.
The event, held Oct. 26 in South Park, featured live entertainment, altars, vendors, carnival + lotería card games, Pan de muerto, face painting, contests and other family friendly activities.
Relive the highlights from 2018 by viewing our Dia de los Muertos album on Flickr here. Up next — our Winter Wonderland presentations. You won’t want to miss it.