When you gather around the table for Thanksgiving, it is my sincere hope that you have gratitude in your hearts and lips. And it is my deepest desire that you cultivate a spirit of joy, thankfulness and generosity that lives on past the Holiday Season.
For me, I'm extremely delighted that my Office wrapped up another hugely successful Operation Gobble! My annual Thanksgiving campaign resulted in more than 1,300 turkeys and $1,000 in gift cards for neighbors who may be having a hard time finding reasons to be thankful this Holiday Season.
I also had the high honor to serve countless of families and seniors at community events happening around the 9th District in the last few days. And I'm reminded about the main reason I went into public service more than two decades ago-for the good of my country and all mankind.
So whether you're planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner, homemade tamales or panes con pollo, I hope we can all share one thing in common: a renewed commitment to family, brotherhood and humanity.
Lastly, I want you to save the date for our upcoming Vermont Square Winter Wonderland on Dec. 6 and Central Avenue Winter Wonderland on Dec. 13. Because community matters; neighbors matter; and only unity can help us heal from what has been a year filled with trials and tribulations.
God bless us all.
Councilman Curren Price was honored by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) at its annual gala on November 16, 2017. The Councilmember was recognized for his unrelenting and tenacious efforts to protect the rights of all immigrants and his dedication to ensuring the American Dream is within everyone's reach.
"Taking a stand for immigrants’ rights is and always will be the right thing to do," Councilman Price said during his remarks. "For me there’s no greater investment than in the human element. What good is it for us to clean and fix our sidewalks, if families are too afraid to leave their homes?"
In March 2017, Councilman Price designated an unprecedented $1 million initiative to the pro-immigrant rights groups CHIRLA and Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to expand legal services in his District.
The unique program set aside financial assistance to pay for the $725 citizenship application fees of individuals living in District 9. It also includes other immigration relief services such as DACA applications, family petitions and deportation defense for CD 9 residents. Moreover, the Ninth District program helps individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are seeking alternatives to stay in the country legally.
“My Office is committed to help as many people as humanly possible and do it in a way that benefits current and future generations to come,” Councilman Price stated.
For more information about immigration services and programs available to constituents living in Council District 9, visit CHIRLA's satellite office inside Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center on 43rd Street and Central Avenue. The CHIRLA South LA satellite location is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (323) 846-1807 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to view more photos of the CHIRLA Gala.
In response to the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for Nicaraguans, Councilman Curren Price, in partnership with CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), announced plans to step-up local efforts to assist TPS communities being targeted.
TPS beneficiaries are urged to call a Naturalization & TPS Hotline, established as part of a yearlong CD 9 program spearheaded by Councilmember Price. For questions about the program, please call (213) 814-5248.
CARECEN, which has been presenting a series of monthly citizenship workshops, said it will provide one-on-one assistance to TPS cardholders at the upcoming Dec. 9 event in South LA, as well as future workshops through next February. Appointments are highly encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted. The workshops on TPS will be held concurrently with citizenship application workshops in the Ninth District.
At the TPS workshops, CARECEN will provide FREE legal services and give information on how individuals can protect themselves and seek alternatives to stay in the country legally. Financial assistance is available for people living in the Ninth District.
“We are going to fight back against attacks to the TPS program,” said Councilman Price. “I want our friends and neighbors to know they're not alone, and we are here to help them.”
According to CARECEN, the decision this week affects more than 5,000 Nicaraguans who have lived and worked inthe United States under this protection for nearly two decades. At the same time, the Administration also stated that they have yet to make a decision regarding Honduran TPS, which affects more than 80,000 people. In January, a decision is expected to be made on the fate of Salvadoran TPS cardholders.
The City’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee voted Tuesday in favor of the mixed-use CityView development on Adams Boulevard and Grand Avenue by the Blue and Expo Line stations.
The project isn't like any other residential and retail development in South LA, said Councilman Curren Price, who represents the 9th District where the new development is being proposed. Councilmember Price called CityView a great example of a quality mixed-used, mixed income, transit-oriented development.
When built, CityView will provide 296 residential units, including 25 for very low-income families and three workforce affordable units. It also will include 5,000 square-feet of retail and restaurants on the ground floor. The project will result in hundreds of construction jobs and a robust partnership with the Vernon-Central WorkSource Center for local hiring.
“I'm ecstatic to be able to bring these kinds of quality projects to our neighborhoods," Price said. "Welcome to theNEW 9th; where projects like CityView are no longer out of reach, but rather ready and eager to come into our community to create something great!”
CityView is expected to go to before the full City Council for final consideration later this month.
Join us to honor our beloved service men and women at the First Annual South LA Veteran's Block Party on Nov.12, 2017 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The family-friendly event will have food for sale (free for Veterans) and live entertainment by The Delfonics R&B singer, Norman Carter. The community event includes a Job and Resource Fair for African American & Latino Veterans in the South LA area. Stop by as we salute the heroes who so bravely fought for out country!
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's South Los Angeles Día de los Muertos Festival on Oct. 27, 2017.
I was overjoyed to see an entire community come together as one to honor such a beautiful tradition. On this evening, we weren't divided along racial or ethnic lines. We understand that we are all part of the human race that respects, embraces and accepts one other.
Thank you to the entire NEW 9th family and partner organizations who put together a "fiesta" unlike any other. To see the entire album of our 4th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival, please click on our Flickr page here.
The Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF), named Councilman Price a Champion of Change during its 22nd Anniversary Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 26.
During the celebration, Councilman Price received the Public Service Award for his work to protect immigrant youth and their families.
“I went into public service because I believe we have a moral obligation to help others,” Councilman Price said. “Helping our young immigrants has and will continue to be one of my biggest priorities. It is the reason I throw my unconditional support to organizations like SALEF and why earlier this year, I gave CHIRLA and CARECEN $1 million to provide a range of free legal services in District 9.”
Over the course of the past two decades, SALEF has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to undocumented and other underserved Latino students. For more information, visit www.salef.org
As part of the 7th National Food Day celebration at LA City Hall in late October, I had the honor to recognize a local husband-and-wife ran restaurant and catering business named Served 2 Enjoy.
Two years ago, Luis and Ariana opened their health-conscious business along Central Avenue. Their goal was simple: To provide local customers with delicious, healthy options and quality service at reasonable prices. Most recently, Served 2 Enjoy expanded their business and launched a meal-prep program where they service local gyms and other businesses with healthy, nutritional, portioned out meals daily.
The presentation, in partnership with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC)—which advocates on ways to make food healthy, environmentally sustainable, affordable and fair for all Angelenos—allowed me to shine the light on this local business as CD 9’s Good Food Champion!
On a related note, I was proud to lead efforts earlier this year to implement the City’s first urban agriculture program. The new Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program offers tax incentives to turn vacant lots into urban farms and community gardens, which brings good food into communities and makes urban communities more green and vibrant.
For the fourth straight year, LA City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. will host the “South Los Angeles Día de los Muertos Festival.” The FREE, family-oriented community event includes live music, altars (offerings), arts & crafts and food.
Artists performing at the outdoors festival include: Legendary Latin R&B band TIERRA; Cuban/Caribbean group Changüí Majadero; JukeBox playing Spanish Rock, Cumbia, Flashbacks and Norteñas; Los Angeles-based Mariachi Quinto Sol; and DJ Gazoo.
A Tree of Life sculpture and Day of the Dead altars (ofrendas) produced by Self Help Graphics & Art—a nationally-recognized organization dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists.
More information, schedule and park map can be found at www.diadelosmuertosla.org
We're only two weeks away from the 4th Annual South Los Angeles Dia de los Muertos Festival on Friday, Oct. 27 at South Park Recreation Center. The FREE, family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, delicious food for purchase, arts and crafts for the children and altars to remember those who have passed on. You won't want to miss out!
Estamos a sólo dos semanas de el Cuarto Festival Anual del Dia de los Muertos en el Sur de Los Ángeles el viernes, 27 de octubre en South Park Recreation Center. El evento familiar es totalmente GRATUITO y presentara entretenimiento en vivo, comida deliciosa para comprar, artes y manualidades para los niños y altares para honrar a los seres queridos que ya no están con nosotros. No te lo pierdas!