In its heyday, South Park was the place to be for children, families and seniors in South Los Angeles. Well, we’re about to bring back the glory days of this community jewel.
We have some big plans underway with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. It starts next week with a community meeting, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony.
Read all about it below.
Councilmember Curren Price, in collaboration with Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, is inviting the public to a Community Meeting to provide input on the selection of the next Chief of Police.
Your opinion matters. What do you want to see from our next Chief of Police? Details below.
Under Councilman Curren Price's leadership, the City recently launched a mobile toilet and hand washing station in the Ninth District to combat the growing number of Hepatitis A cases among the homeless community. The “mobile pit stop” is dropped off each morning at 7 a.m. and picked up at 7 p.m., with an attendant stationed there throughout the day. Since March 6, it has received an average of 19 visits per day. The station is funded for six months.
It is one of several throughout the City in areas with large numbers of homeless but few (if any) hygiene facilities. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection whose spread is effectively prevented by frequent hand washing.
To learn more about local services and housing for the homeless, contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.
To mark the 38-year anniversary of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, the City of Los Angeles declared March as the month of remembrance for the beloved advocate of the poor and oppressed.
Councilman Curren Price presented the resolution on March 23 to Carlos Vaquerano, executive director of the Salvadoran American Leadership Education Fund (SALEF) who also serves as board president for Clinica Romero. To read the resolution, click here.
“We honor Archbishop Oscar Romero for his values, principles and relentless pursuit to build a more equal society for everyone,” said Councilman Price. “We celebrate his teachings, beliefs and life's work. His message of hope, compassion and justice is as relevant today as it was during the Civil War of El Salvador.”
For Women's History Month allow me to introduce you to Rose Rios, selected as this year’s Ninth District Pioneer Woman.
Rose is a proud Afro-Cuban American, and the Founder and CEO of Cover the Homeless Ministry, a nonprofit dedicated to aid the City’s homeless population. Her organization helps provide everything from meals, to clean clothing, hygiene products and a safe place to sleep.
Rose was born in Lexington Mississippi to sharecroppers and was one of nine children living in a one bedroom home. Her family moved to California in 1951 where her lifelong community service started. Following her parents example, Rose dedicated herself to giving back to the community.
Rose is a tireless volunteer, who has dedicated her life to humanitarian efforts from fostering children to caring for the elderly. Today, she also makes time to be on the Board of the South Central Family Health Center and continues to be dedicated to those in need.
Women like Rose drive change in their community and inspire hope for the future. To women, everywhere. ¡Que vivan las mujeres!
All my best,
Speaking in front of a crowd of nearly 200 residents, Councilman Curren Price announced Thursday the expansion of critical services for older adults at the Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center grand re-opening and ribbon cutting.
Councilman Price recently secured a historic, annual budget allocation of nearly half a million dollars for the center, allowing older adults in the community to benefit from a variety of free services, including:
- Hot lunch and groceries
- Classes and recreational activities
- Legal assistance
- In-home support services
“Today, more than half a million people age 60 years old and older live in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilman Price. “I’m deeply committed to honoring our older adult population and making South LA a more vibrant community for all ages.”
The Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center will also provide CalFresh and Medicare enrollment on-site. As a result of the budget allocation, the center will offer free transportation for local seniors to get to doctor appointments or go grocery shopping, among other things.
"I'm excited for the computer classes, Spanish-language classes, health classes and memory classes, which I need!" said Betty Clemons, a longtime CD 9 resident who attended the celebration.
The multipurpose center, at 7600 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 90003, was originally founded 35 years ago by South Los Angeles activist Estelle Van Meter. For more information on the free programming and services available, call Councilman Price’s Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
As of March 2018, Councilman Curren Price had committed to building 295 new units of permanent supportive housing in the 9th District. Half of those units are scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Earlier this week, Councilman Price was joined by dozens of community members in front of Casa de Rosas—a dilapidated, century-old home on the federal registry of historic places that is currently undergoing repairs to provide future housing for homeless veterans.
"This is only a snapshot of what we’re doing in the 9th District to lift families, veterans and foster youth living on our streets,” Councilman Price said. “I applaud my Council Colleagues who pledged to support a minimum 222 units of homeless housing in their respective Districts to ensure they are built in communities across Los Angeles. We all bear the responsibility to help restore the lives and dignity of our homeless brothers and sisters."
I recently returned from a trip to El Salvador where I served as an International Observer for the Congressional elections. Many people in my District have deep roots here or personal connections, and therefore it was very important to me. To say the least, it was educational and truly eye-opening, and I wanted to share some of my experiences with you.
During the trip, I was proud to witness this 26-year old democracy undergo its March 2018 elections. It was exciting to see the level of involvement from the multiple parties and entire families exercising their civic duty. I was also better able to understand the repercussions that unjust U.S. immigration policies have on Salvadorans once they are deported.
I visited the National Council for the Protection and Development of Migrants and their Families (ConMigrantes). This innovative institution in Central America, under the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador Hugo Martinez, seeks to address the many compounded problems that deportees face while integrating them back to society.
What I saw and heard during the few hours that I was there was heart wrenching. Individuals still wearing construction clothing, chef, coats, or valet vests all apprehended and sent back to El Salvador. These articles of clothing representative of their pursuit of the American Dream. Seeing children as young as 11 returning from such a harrowing and traumatic journey was devastating.
In essence, ConMigrantes is a welcome center that warmly embraces the lost and offers hope to the hopeless. They work to restore an individual’s dignity and worth as a human being by offering something as simple as a change of clothes. Here, individuals have access to showers, doctors and the opportunity to reunite with family, if they’re lucky enough to have any.
I share this anecdote because it has reinvigorated my passion to continue fighting for immigrant families, our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and any neighbor who feels under attack by the Trump Administration. As a Member of the City Council’s Committee on Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity, I pledge to continue to do everything in my power to defend and keep our families together.
If you or someone you love has questions about immigration, please contact the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) satellite office inside my Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-1807 or via email at email@example.com.
My sincerest thanks to the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund for inviting me to be an International Observer. For more information on all of the wonderful things this nonprofit organization is doing locally, please visit www.salef.org.