It might be only September, but we're thinking fresh pies around here!
On Thursday, Sept. 27, I had the pleasure of honoring 27th Street Bakery - a third generation and family-owned business with a square dedication along the historic Central Avenue corridor. This nationally recognized bakery not only produces thousands of scrumptious baked goods, but they're also responsible for the creations of jobs in the Ninth District. Their years long contributions and commitment to the South LA community has made this local business a true staple in the Ninth District.
27th Street Bakery is located at 2700 S. Central. For more information, please call (323) 233-3469 or visit 27thstreetbakery.com.
On Sept.24, we celebrated the expansion of opportunities in South Los Angeles. It was a big day for supporting second chances and we're now one step closer to closing the unemployment gap in District 9.
My staff and I were on-hand for the grand opening of the new headquarters of CRCD Enterprises. The latest expansion allows CRCD to increase offerings in general construction, facilities maintenance and urban infrastructure. The facility, along Central Avenue, is the first of its kind in the area and will provide job-creation and expansion of their programs to at-risk youth and the formerly incarcerated at the new center.
For years, my Office has collaborated with CRCD Enterprises to keep our streets clean, fix our sidewalks, remove bulky items, and generally beautify our community. I am proud to see this flourishing partnership helping to address the growing need for jobs in our area, and changing the lives of countless individuals and their families. For more information about CRCD Enterprises services, please visit www.coalitionrcd.org or call (213) 743-6193.
A big THANK YOU to the more than 1,200 lads and lasses who joined me at the 18th Annual Senior Luncheon at the LA Convention Center on Sept. 20.
It brings me much joy to host this FREE event, which celebrates the role of older adults in our families, communities and society. Our senior residents are integral to moving our neighborhoods forward, and together we can and will enrich the quality of life for South LA.
The day's program included a full course meal for lunch, a diverse musical lineup, a Zumba cardio workout, and a resource fair! See the pictures for yourself and join us next year, won't you?
To view all the images from this year's event, please click here.
BREAKING NEWS/NOTICIAS DE ÚLTIMA HORA: The Number for the Paul Williams Affordable Housing Apartments Has Just Been Released!
CALL RIGHT NOW!
The FIRST 400 people to call (800) 385-0873 will be considered for affordable housing in the historic Paul Williams apartments. Please note: The developer will follow-up with those individuals that make the cut and provide further instructions on submitting your application.
The Paul Williams apartments on Jefferson Boulevard includes 40 units of affordable housing – 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. In the past week, my Office has been flooded with calls about this private project, demonstrating the urgent need for low-income rental housing in LA.
Good luck to all, and you have my promise that I will continue to do everything I can to address this crisis.
¡LLAMA AHORA MISMO!
Las PRIMERAS 400 personas que llamen al (800) 385-0873 serán consideradas para viviendas asequibles en los apartamentos históricos de Paul Williams. Tenga en cuenta: El desarrollador se pondra en contacto con esas personas y le proporcionará más instrucciones sobre cómo enviar su solicitud.
Los apartamentos Paul Williams en Jefferson Boulevard incluyen 40 unidades de viviendas asequibles: 1, 2 y 3 dormitorios. En la última semana, mi oficina se ha visto inundada de llamadas sobre este proyecto privado, lo que demuestra la necesidad urgente de viviendas de alquiler de bajos ingresos en Los Ángeles.
Buena suerte a todos, y tienen mi promesa de que continuaré haciendo todo lo que pueda para enfrentar esta crisis.
The lease information for the historic Paul Williams affordable housing project will go up on the building on Sept. 19. This project includes 40 units of affordable housing, but ONLY the FIRST 400 people to call in will be considered. Keep an eye out for the soon-to-be listed phone number, which I'll share across my social media channels and here on my website next Wednesday.
I'm proud to say that since taking Office, 241 units of affordable housing have been built in CD 9 and there are more than 800 in the pipeline. I've also authorized the construction of nearly 350 units of permanent supportive housing that we expect to build in the next three years to help our homeless population.
For more information, please call my Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
La información de alquiler para el histórico proyecto de vivienda asequible Paul Williams será anunciado en el edificio el 19 de septiembre. Este proyecto incluye 40 unidades de vivienda asequible, pero SOLAMENTE se considerarán las PRIMERAS 400 personas que llamen. Esté atento al número de teléfono que compartiré en mis redes sociales y aquí en mi sitio web el próximo miércoles.
Me enorgullece decir que desde que asumi mi cargo, se han construido 241 unidades de viviendas asequibles en el Noveno Distrito y hay más de 800 programadas. También autoricé la construcción de casi 350 unidades de vivienda de apoyo permanente que esperamos construir en los próximos tres años para ayudar a nuestra población sin hogar.
Para obtener más información, llame a mi Oficina del Distrito al (323) 846-2651.
Today, we celebrated the opening of a bigger, better, safer and more complete Figueroa. The $20 million MyFigueroa project transformed the street into a multimodal thoroughfare serving all users more efficiently-whether by foot, bike, bus or car.
The upgrades include: protected bike lanes, new bus boarding platforms, wider sidewalks, new street trees, public art, additional street lighting, and many more amenities for everyone traveling on Figueroa.
MyFig catapults Los Angeles into the forefront of multimodal transportation, but we're not done yet! We will continue to explore other locations for protected bicycle facilities, transportation hubs and safe equitable first mile, last mile solutions in the NEW 9th.
The project area extends 2.5 miles along Figueroa from Wilshire Boulevard to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, with additional improvements on 11th Street (from Figueroa Street to Broadway) and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (from Figueroa Street to Vermont Avenue), and totaling 4.25 miles of bike lanes. MyFigueroa connects residents to many important destinations in the NEW 9th, including Exposition Park, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles Trade Technical College, LA Live, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and more. The project also connects to three existing Metro Rail lines and the future Metro Regional Connector, as well as many bus lines.
The upgrades make Figueroa the most comprehensive, complete street in the City, and links South Los Angeles to Downtown LA. The ultimate goal was to make Figueroa safer and provide more transportation options for Angelenos.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum $300 million renovation and restoration reached the halfway point in August, and the much-anticipated project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. celebrated the topping out ceremony alongside construction workers representing unions and contractors, USC athletics representatives and the marching band, as well as civic leaders and community representatives. The project reached the noteworthy milestone as the final steel beam was placed on the iconic sports and entertainment venue.
“I’m proud to have such an enduring landmark in the City of Los Angeles and right here in the NEW 9th,” said Price, who is also President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission. The Coliseum Commission serves as the caretaker of the stadium.
“Expo Park is experiencing a swell of economic development like never seen before. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all who had a hand in making the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum the best it can be!”
The renovation phase has created more than 500 jobs and includes a 30 percent local hire provision. About 18 percent of workers live within five miles of the site, and another 33 percent live within the City of Los Angeles. Overall, 60 percent of the construction workforce resides within L.A. County.
Councilman Price’s Office worked with USC, which took over the management and operations of the Coliseum, to strike an agreement that also includes $1 million in job training resources for residents living within 5 miles of the site, and $1.5 million for recreation and parks acquisition, capital improvements and programming in the District.
When the improvements are complete, it will create a first-class experience for fans and athletes that is safe and enjoyable. The project removes the large scoreboards on the east end, restores the original look of the peristyle, replaces all seating, and provides wider seats with more leg room and more aisle ways. It also installs Wi-Fi in the stadium and improves lighting—among other upgrades.
On August 2, hundreds of District 9 residents experienced a day of cheer and community complete with a 70-ft obstacle course, inflatable jumpers, snow cones and arts and crafts at the first Summer Fun Fair at Slauson Multipurpose Center.
The free event—hosted by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.—also featured a resource fair, live music courtesy of 93.5 KDAY, a performance from local legend Tommy the Clown, and other family-friendly activities. Individuals in attendance had the opportunity to win grocery bags, Los Angeles Sparks tickets and other goodies.
“Families are at the center of everything we do,” Councilman Price said. “My Office is constantly working to find ways to bring families together to build memories, connect with neighbors and rediscover community jewels like our public parks.
It is the primary reason why we’re constantly striving to improve our parks and create spaces where our youth, families and seniors can come together in a fun and safe environment.”
Since Councilman Price came into Office in 2013, more than $40 million has been invested into public parks for new playgrounds, exercise equipment, and better lighting, among a myriad of improvements across District 9 parks. This includes the addition of new pocket parks, a renovated pool that had been shut for over a decade, and upgraded baseball fields, basketball courts and other recreational facilities. Slauson Multipurpose Center, where the inaugural Summer Fun Fair was held, is set to unveil two new renovated soccer fields in the coming months.
Tens of thousands of people from Southern California and beyond attended on July 28-29 the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which was presented by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. Relive this year's best moments here.
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Central Avenue Jazz Fest Returns with Silky Sounds, Multicultural Foods, Interactive Pavilions and Fun for All
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For more than two decades, the FREE Central Avenue Jazz Festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community. Returning on July 28-29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., the revered summer event honors the historic rich cultural past of Central Avenue—once considered the epicenter of Jazz music.
The citywide signature event features dozens of performances from Jazz greats and rising stars across four stages along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue. However, the festival offers so much more, including interactive pavilions, providing everything from free medical screenings to leads on job opportunities, and even soccer matches for the kids.
Patrons visiting the pavilions will be treated to:
- GRoW @ Annenberg Health & Wellness Pavilion will provide free and confidential medical services for everyone in the family including health, vision and dental screenings. Healthy eating tips will be provided, along with cooking demonstrations.
- Arts Pavilion curated by LA Mancha Gallery, featuring cutting-edge artwork from top artists in Los Angeles, as well as live art demonstrations from local muralists and graffiti artists.
- The NEW 9th Business & Jobs Pavilion inviting emerging and established business owners, entrepreneurs and job seekers to obtain important information that will guide them down the path to success.
- Balfour Beatty Youth Pavilion where children can enjoy fun soccer games presented by Street Soccer USA, learn the basics of traditional Cuban Rumba provided by Latin Percussion and a chance to create your own acrylic painting led by the non-profit organization Art Active. There will also be carnival games and arts & crafts.
The two-day celebration will have an array of food trucks and vendors that will provide a variety of multicultural dishes, such as Mexican barbecue, Jamaican cuisine, vegan options and Soul food for purchase.
“We want people to come for the music but stay for the unique experience!” said Councilman Curren Price. “Where else can you get a free summer concert complete with medical screenings, enjoyable physical activities and art classes? This festival truly has something for everybody.”
Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people to enjoy live entertainment from legends and up-and-coming artists. This year’s all-star lineup includes the following performers:
Festival parking is extremely limited and public transit and ride sharing is highly recommended. For more information on the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including artists’ bios, vendor information and shuttle service, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com or call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.