For the last four years Gilberto Sanchez had not been able to let his three daughters play in their own backyard. The alley abutting his residence was covered in 7-foot high piles of trash and debris that regularly attracted fleas and cockroaches and man-made barricades built with water damaged boards, abandoned shopping carts and dirty suitcases that attracted rodents “the size of cats and dogs,” Sanchez said.
But that all changed this week when Sanchez’s alley on 52nd Place and Broadway was cleaned as part of a coordinated “Clean and Green” campaign organized by the Office of Councilmember Curren Price.
“It’s not fair that we would have to live in this trash and filth filled area where our children can get hurt and sick,” said Sanchez. “I am so grateful to the Councilman, for cleaning up not only our neighborhood but the entire community.”
As nation, state and city officials continue to debate the issue of income inequality, a South Los Angeles business is taking matters into their own hands, raising pay for all of their workers to a living wage. St. John's Well Child and Family Center, a non-profit healthcare provider serving more than 175,000 patients including tens of thousands from the new Ninth District, reached a landmark collective bargaining agreement with SEIU Local 721 this week that will guarantee workers no less than $15 an hour. All workers already making a higher wage also received a bump in pay.
"Income inequality is a persistent issue plaguing our country, our city and especially our under-served South Los Angeles community," said Councilman Curren Price." I applaud St. John's Well Child and Family Center for taking this huge step forward, and practicing what they preach. This effort is consistent with the progressive legislation that we at the City level are looking to implement and I hope that it serves as an incentive for more businesses to follow suit."
Councilmember Price announced the first revocation of a nuisance liquor store in the Ninth Council District this week and described his plans to continue working with law enforcement to shut down more bad operators.
“I want everyone to know, the New Ninth is open for business, but not for business as usual,” said Councilman Price. “These problem businesses have impacted our community for decades, acting like magnets for crime and violence – well enough is enough. I want business owners and the community to know that this behavior will not be tolerated.”
Times Square Liquor had been cited for dozens of violations including selling alcohol to minors and to intoxicated individuals over the course of several years and since 2012, more than 130 arrests had been made in the immediate vicinity. Since 2009, officers with LAPD’s Newton division have been investigating the. At a press conference LAPD Captain Ed Prokop explained that the investigation was lengthy and gave the business plenty of opportunities to correct their behavior. Working with LAPD and community partners, Councilmember Price said he plans to continue targeting this type of irresponsible business behavior. The Councilmember also said that he planned to look at streamlining the revocation process to ensure our communities are safer.
Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. and community partners celebrated the grand re-opening of Julian C. Dixon Park in South Los Angeles. Formerly known as 48th Street Park, Julian C. Dixon Park was renovated and upgrades included a new playground complete with new play structure, new basketball courts and picnic tables.