On Friday, Jan.25, First lady of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Esther Lungu, joined Councilmember Curren Price in Council Chambers for a very special presentation.
Price announced that the City and County banded to donate four fire apparatus and assorted surplus firefighting equipment to Los Angeles’ Sister City Lusaka, Zambia. The news of the gift was significant because it is the first donation of former Los Angeles fire equipment to the continent of Africa.
“My sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Los Angeles City Fire Department, LA County FD and Stentorians for making this a reality,” Councilman Price said. “Angelenos are very familiar with wildfires and the impact they have on families, communities and our infrastructure.
This donation will serve the citizens of Lusaka well and allows the City there to be better prepared to fight fires.”
In the 1990s, then LAFD Assistant Chief went to Zambia for an assessment and witnessed the lack of resources and training the Republic had.
In honor of Black History Month, the Office of Councilman Curren Price, in collaboration with African Focus, proudly presents “African Dance Competition Los Angeles.”
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the California African American Museum (CAAM) and is meant to promote and preserve African culture through dance and other art forms. This year's event will feature 14 cultural dance groups from Afro-fusion and Traditional African dance.
Get your tickets at www.africandancela.com. More details below.
Earlier this week, I had the honor of visiting and meeting with the owner of Baby J's Burgers—a new South LA restaurant located at the corner of 25th Street and Central Avenue. Here, Chef Jason “Baby J” Harley takes much pride in his work by bringing fresh, gourmet and high-quality ingredients into his food. If you haven't already, come to the Ninth District and take your pick of a range of tasty foods, including savory burgers, loaded-fries and salted caramel brownie milkshakes.
Supporting small and local businesses is of the utmost importance to my Office. Years ago, I established the CD 9 Business Resource Center (BRC) inside my Constituent Service Center to assist entrepreneurs and business owners gain access to business development tools, services and training. We also develop several programs and events year-round designed to nurture the growth of for-profit companies, community based organizations, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, please call my District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Good luck on your continued success Baby J's!
Our friends at Honda of Downtown LA, which is moving to Council District 9, are hosting their last open house job fair of the month this Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Open positions at Honda of Downtown LA include Sales, Customer Service and Technicians.
Candidates should be prepared to bring copies of their resume, driver’s license or ID card, and a social security card. For more information on Employment Opportunities with Honda, visit their web page here.
Interested in exploring green careers? The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, in partnership with LA Trade Tech College and the U.S. Green Building Council-L.A., are offering a FREE, 5-week, hands-on training program starting Jan. 22.
Participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by experts in the green industry. To receive more information, please contact John Wilson at (213) 763-5954 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking of purchasing your dream home? The Office of Councilman Curren Price, in collaboration with NEW Economics for Women, will host on Saturday, Jan. 26 a homebuyer education workshop. The FREE event, open to the public, will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the CD 9 Constituent Service Center (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011).
During the workshop, aspiring homeowners will learn about credit reports, options for mortgage loans and much more. For more information, visit the NEW Economics for Women website here or call the CD 9 District Office at (323) 846-2651. See below for details.
The Office of Councilman Curren Price is proud to present a FREE informational session for nonprofits looking to raise funds for their organization. This special event will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 from from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Reef (1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90007).
Event includes: insights from private foundation experts, a Q & A component, breakfast and parking. RSVP with Mike Castillo, CD 9 Business Resource Center Executive Director, via email at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org.
Missed the first affordable housing workshop in Council District 9 last year? Not to worry! Councilman Curren Price is proud to present on Saturday, March 2 “Understanding the Basics of Affordable Housing Workshop” at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School.
The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will help to clarify and teach Angelenos the affordable housing application process.
Please RSVP with Edgar Morales by Feb. 22 via email at Ed.Morales@lacity.org. For more information, call Councilman Price’s Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
Mark your calendars and save the date for the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival taking place July 27-28. The FREE, outdoor, family-friendly music festival is presented by Councilman Curren Price and pays homage to jazz greats while putting a spotlight on the younger emerging artists that are continuing this rich art form.
Please note that vendor and exhibitor applications will be available March 11. There are also opportunities to be part of the behind-the-scenes experience as a volunteer. Information on volunteer applications coming soon.
Stay up-to-date with all things Central Avenue Jazz Fest at www.centralavejazzfest.com
On a related note, the Office of Councilman Price is launching for the first time an exciting art contest to design this year’s commemorative poster. The artwork will also be used to construct all festival marketing printed materials, including the program book, banners and billboards, t-shirts and much more!
The first place winner receives $500 and an autograph booth. Original entries must be submitted in digital format by Wednesday, Feb.13. Winners will be announced on March 6.
To download the contest rules and an artist entry form, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com.
On Jan.9, I collaborated on a piece with a few colleagues urging LAUSD and UTLA to reach an agreement and prevent a strike, which would be detrimental to our students and families. You can read our piece here.
As we all wait on pins and needles for a final resolution, I want to share a Family Resource Guide that the school district created to help communities prepare for a potential teachers strike, which is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14.
The L.A. Unified Family Resource Guide features information on student attendance, school schedules, and school meals, as well as how to stay informed, volunteer at your school, and tips on how to speak with families about the impacts of a strike. To read the information in English, Spanish or Korean, please click here.