Making Strides to Help the City’s Homeless

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The L.A. City Council on Feb. 9 reached a critical milestone by adopting a comprehensive strategy to help end homelessness.

Recognizing there is no one strategy to reduce record-high homelessness in Los Angeles, the new plan outlines specific approaches to help individuals living on the street. From the woman escaping domestic violence to homeless youth; persons with mental illness or those with substance abuse problems.

The newly adopted plan includes dozens of solutions to properly address the myriad of needs in the homeless population. Winning the war on homelessness will require time, a combination of short-term and long-term solutions, a plethora of services, and, of course, housing, and jobs. But we’ll get there.

It’s about getting the single mother with her two children out of their car and back into housing as quickly as possible. It’s about getting John or Jane Doe into transitional housing and wrapping services around him or her to address their addiction issues. It’s understanding that everyone has different needs, and as caring individuals we have a moral obligation to meet them. 

Every day, we are making strides and doing everything in our power to help reduce the number of people and families living on the streets, in tents or vehicles.

The full report is extremely thorough, but here are a few of the main highlights:

  1. Strengthen Coordinated Entry System, a no-wrong door approach, countywide system that would track homeless residents and connect them to resources;
  2. Expand first responder (law enforcement, fire departments, and paramedics) training for homeless;
  3. Identify public land for potential affordable and homeless housing and temporary shelter;
  4. Establish employment development programs for homeless;
  5. Increase the availability of rapid re-housing, such as with housing subsidies, to keep people from becoming homeless.

I’m sad to say, this is an issue that hits a little too close to home for my taste. In fact, Council District 9 has the largest concentration of homeless in the City outside of Skid Row.

That is why my office has implemented a few local measures to alleviate the crisis in our own backyard.

As of January, we now have additional homeless service providers solely dedicated to conducting outreach in District 9. These folks are based out of our Constituent Services Center and are out in the street daily interacting with those in need and connecting them to much-needed services. 

We will be organizing a comprehensive task force that will include local homeless service providers such as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), LAPD, and Clergy. However, it is important that we address not only the needs of the homeless population, but also the concerns of the community as well.

Right now, we have an unprecedented collaboration with the city and the county, and it’s important to keep the momentum going. This is not a battle that is going to be won over night. It’s going to be long term and shaping how we prevent homelessness with housing and economic development is a big part of that fight.

If you want to learn more about our local efforts, please call our Constituent Services Center at (323) 846-2051.

 

Sincerely,

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Curren D. Price Jr.,

Councilmember, Ninth District of Los Angeles

 

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The 2016 Homeless Count is here

On January 28th, communities across the country will begin conducting their annual Homeless Point-in-Time Counts. Point-in-Time Counts measure both the number of homeless people in shelters and the number of homeless people who are unsheltered for example: people who are sleeping any place unfit for human habitation, such as the street, a car, or alley. 

As the representative of the Ninth Council District, I want to make sure I do my part to end homelessness.  One of the first steps to achieve this goal, is to help identify the exact number of homeless people living in our community. These counts are used by homeless service providers, researchers, advocates and funders, as they are the only source of data on the homeless population.  

Please join us as we volunteer to count and do our part to end homelessness. 

When : Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Council District Nine Constituent Service Center, 4301 S Central Ave., Los Angeles CA 90011

For more information or to volunteer, contact my District Office at (323) 846-2651
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Join us for our Annual Holiday Open House and Toy Drive

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Community Applauds Closure of Long Time, South Los Angeles Nuisance Bar

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 In a significant victory for the community, longtime nuisance business El Arroyo Bar is closing after years of outcry from area residents.

Described as a neighborhood eyesore and headache, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 2008 designated El Arroyo Bar, on 7026 S. Broadway, a nuisance property.

Members of the community have long complained of loitering, public urination, narcotics use, littering, noise, gang activity, illegal parking, and public drinking by the bar’s customers.

Authorities called the business a breeding ground for gangs and illegal activity. Since 2009, the bar racked up more than 50 violations. In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department reported a total of 29 arrests and investigative reports in the last four years.

LAPD, the Department of City Planning, and the Office of Zoning Administration have been actively involved in the abatement case for El Arroyo Bar since 2009. During the last six years, this process included making suggestions for improvement, meetings with the owners, holding five public hearings, imposing corrective conditions, and hundreds of hours of investigations, inspections, monitoring, and administrative processing.

Just this week, City Councilmembers revoked a Conditional Use Permit, which allowed El Arroyo Bar to sell alcohol on the property—shutting down the problematic bar for good.

 

 

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Dia De Los Muertos 2015

Nearly 4,000 Angelenos attended our 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on Friday, Oct. 30. It was great to see our community come together to support this very special event, which honors friends and family members who have passed on.

Cerca de 4,000 angelinos asistieron nuestro festival de Dia de los Muertos este viernes pasado, 30 de octubre. Nos dio mucho placer ver a toda la comunidad unirse para celebrar nuestros amigos y familiares que han fallecido.

 

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You're Invited to "Getting the Competitive Edge to Fund Your Non-Profit"

 Calling all L.A. area grant-seekers!

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In response to decreasing resources and increasing demand for non-profit agencies, Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. will be hosting a daylong, funding readiness and training event this Thursday, Aug. 20 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. aimed at providing non-profit organizations in the area with the tools they need to meet the needs of under-served communities.

“Getting the Competitive Edge to Fund Your Non-Profit” is a collaboration between private foundations, grant makers, funding sources and the NEW 9th’s Business Resource Center, which helps to provide the area’s entrepreneurs and business owners access to existing business development tools, services and training.

There is still time to register for the event, which is free and open to the public. Don't miss this opportunity - we look forward to seeing you there!

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Turning a Negative Situation into an Opportunity

Recent reports of 11 gang-related shootings over this past weekend struck a chord with many South Los Angeles residents who have become figuratively “paralyzed.”

Family members are afraid to do everyday things like go grocery shopping, take their children to karate class or even enjoy the day at the park - a fear augmented by social media posts with the hashtag #100days100nights, alleging a rash of more gang violence to come.

These are threats that law enforcement has not confirmed, and which could be classified as hearsay.  

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Residents unable to tell fact from fiction instead decide to become prisoners in their own homes. If you are among those concerned for the safety of your loved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to say:

1. Don’t believe everything you read on social media.

2. Law enforcement are taking the necessary steps to quell the string of violence.

That means deploying more officers in the area, monitoring online chatter, and collaborating with local clergy and gang intervention specialists to adequately address the issue. Collectively, we stand with you; you are not alone.

   Police have said the shootings to date have been gang-related and they do not believe they are random. Much of the focus though has been on the past weekend and the 11 shootings, partly due to all the media buzz. By contrast, there were 13 shootings in South Los Angeles during the weekend of the South Carolina tragedy—yet little to no local media was generated. 

True, there are unanswered questions in regards to the most recent shootings.

Is there validity to the warnings of increased gang violence being broadcast across social media channels?

If it’s valid, who are the main players involved?

How do we restore peace in an already ailing community?

These are all complex questions. However, I strongly believe every challenge provides an opportunity. But we can’t do it alone.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to meet with community leaders and stakeholders to explore viable solutions. I will work with my colleagues to secure more funding for gang intervention and prevention, and will do everything possible to restore peace of mind in South Los Angeles.

My office also wants to hear from you. How can we work together to take back our neighborhoods? I welcome your insights, feedback, and ideas. Let’s take this negative situation to move us forward in the right direction, as a stronger and more united community. Find your voice. I’m here to listen.

 

Sincerely, 

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Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.
The New 9th
District Office, 4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011
(213) 473 7009
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Councilman Curren Price Kicks Off 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The two-day family friendly event is expected to draw thousands of guests to historic Central Avenue as festival celebrates 20 years of music and entertainment for South LA Community 

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WHAT: Joined by community members and longtime musicians, Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. will announce Thursday the 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival and kick-off a series of events leading up to the iconic event. Councilman Price will be joined by veteran Jazz Festival Artistic Producer, Jose Rizo, as well as representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, METRO and a musical presentation from a special guest. For more than two decades the Central Avenue Jazz Festival has helped celebrate the musical history and culture of South Los Angeles, the west coast birthplace of Jazz music. This free, family friendly event will take place July 25th and 26th, along the historic Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue and will include three stages of live musical performance; art and business development and employment resources, health and wellness and youth pavilions as well as a myriad of food and merchandise vendors and much more. Marking 20 years of history, this year the event will also include a series of pre-events throughout the month of July which includes a special conversation with Carmen de Lavallade on July 12th, two symposiums on the history of Central Avenue and its legacy on July 18th and a special theater performance on July 21st. This year, the event will also be commemorated with a special, limited edition TAP card to promote the use of public transportation. For more information on the festival and all pre-events visit www.centralavejazz.org

WHO: Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr.    

    Mark Wilson, President, Coalition for Responsible Community Development

    Jose Rizo, Artistic Director, Central Avenue Jazz Festival

    LA Metro Representative       

WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 2015

      9:30 AM                                                                                                                                       

WHERE: Intersection of 42nd Place and Central Avenue    

        (Front Entrance of Dunbar Hotel located at 4225 S. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011)

 

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You're Invited to the Fourth of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show

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 Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. & South Los Angeles Elected Officials Host Free 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park

The Fireworks Show includes more than 1,000 Large Aerial Displays - Making it Among the Longest and Largest in the Region

Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. will be joined by a coalition of South Los Angeles leaders, including L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, California State Senator Holly Mitchell, CA State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, and L.A. City Councilman Elect Marqueece Harris-Dawson, for a state-of-the-art Fourth of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park. The family friendly event brings to the community a spectacular night with one of the longest fireworks displays in the region. The professional fireworks display will include over 1,000 large aerial displays as well as thousands of smaller low level effects. The Community festival will also feature two stages throughout the day, performing live music presented by popular Los Angeles radio station KJLH. Carnival rides and food vendors are only some of the many games and activities that will be on-site for residents of all ages. Community members looking to cool down during the day will have the opportunity to visit the California Science Center and California African American Museum, which will be free and open to the public all Saturday. Bring the whole family out to this fun 4th of July celebration from noon to 10 pm –we look forward to seeing you there! 

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New Los Angeles Soccer Stadium and L.A. Convention Center Renovation Gain Momentum

Both projects will add thousands of new jobs to the Ninth District and more than a half billion dollars in new investments to the region

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Football Club Stadium Development Project moved a key step forward at this week’s Los Angeles Economic Development Committee as the team looks to kick off its inaugural season with Major League Soccer Season in 2018. This new development will reinvent the current site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena, adding a new 22,000 seat Soccer stadium and more than 100,000 square feet of restaurant and office space, a conference center and a Soccer Museum to the Exposition Center. The new stadium project is expected to add more than 1,200 new construction jobs and some 1,800 full-time jobs, as well as $2.5 million in annual tax revenue for the City. On Tuesday the Committee approved Councilman Price’s motion which will help expedite the soccer stadium project by requesting the cooperation of City departments involved.

“This project will not only bring LA’s thousands of Soccer Fans a new home team to cheer for, it would be a huge investment for the district I represent and the entire City, and we want to make sure we do everything we can to maximize its benefit to the community,” said Councilman Curren Price, who Chairs the Economic Development Committee and whose district includes the Sports Arena site.

The Economic Development Committee was also updated Tuesday on the status of the Los Angeles Convention Center’s $350 million renovation and expansion process which included discussion on the design competition that is currently being held for the project. The Convention Center’s upgrade is the first the space will receive in more than two decades and its completion is critical for Los Angeles to position itself as a citywide convention destination. The Committee approved two motions authored by Councilman Price, including one to study the feasibility of a 1,000 room hotel on the Convention Center site. Current reports show that the Convention Center needs some 8,000 rooms to accommodate 90 percent of the Convention market. The committee also approved a motion on ways to increase the City’s revenues from surrounding parking lots. Councilman Price had models of the current design plans on display in the rotunda of City Hall.

“As a world class city, Los Angeles deserves a world class Convention Center, and that is what I am committed to approving,” Councilman Price added.

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