LA Memorial Coliseum: Restoring the Shine in the Crown Jewel of Expo Park

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum $300 million renovation and restoration reached the halfway point in August, and the much-anticipated project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. celebrated the topping out ceremony alongside construction workers representing unions and contractors, USC athletics representatives and the marching band, as well as civic leaders and community representatives. The project reached the noteworthy milestone as the final steel beam was placed on the iconic sports and entertainment venue.

“I’m proud to have such an enduring landmark in the City of Los Angeles and right here in the NEW 9th,” said Price, who is also President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission. The Coliseum Commission serves as the caretaker of the stadium.

“Expo Park is experiencing a swell of economic development like never seen before. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all who had a hand in making the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum the best it can be!”

The renovation phase has created more than 500 jobs and includes a 30 percent local hire provision. About 18 percent of workers live within five miles of the site, and another 33 percent live within the City of Los Angeles. Overall, 60 percent of the construction workforce resides within L.A. County.

Councilman Price’s Office worked with USC, which took over the management and operations of the Coliseum, to strike an agreement that also includes $1 million in job training resources for residents living within 5 miles of the site, and $1.5 million for recreation and parks acquisition, capital improvements and programming in the District.

When the improvements are complete, it will create a first-class experience for fans and athletes that is safe and enjoyable. The project removes the large scoreboards on the east end, restores the original look of the peristyle, replaces all seating, and provides wider seats with more leg room and more aisle ways. It also installs Wi-Fi in the stadium and improves lighting—among other upgrades.  

 

 

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Friends and Families Were All Smiles at the First-Ever Summer Fun Fair

On August 2, hundreds of District 9 residents experienced a day of cheer and community complete with a 70-ft obstacle course, inflatable jumpers, snow cones and arts and crafts at the first Summer Fun Fair at Slauson Multipurpose Center.

The free event—hosted by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.—also featured a resource fair, live music courtesy of 93.5 KDAY, a performance from local legend Tommy the Clown, and other family-friendly activities. Individuals in attendance had the opportunity to win grocery bags, Los Angeles Sparks tickets and other goodies.  

“Families are at the center of everything we do,” Councilman Price said. “My Office is constantly working to find ways to bring families together to build memories, connect with neighbors and rediscover community jewels like our public parks. 

It is the primary reason why we’re constantly striving to improve our parks and create spaces where our youth, families and seniors can come together in a fun and safe environment.”

Since Councilman Price came into Office in 2013, more than $40 million has been invested into public parks for new playgrounds, exercise equipment, and better lighting, among a myriad of improvements across District 9 parks. This includes the addition of new pocket parks, a renovated pool that had been shut for over a decade, and upgraded baseball fields, basketball courts and other recreational facilities. Slauson Multipurpose Center, where the inaugural Summer Fun Fair was held, is set to unveil two new renovated soccer fields in the coming months. 

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Scenes from the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Tens of thousands of people from Southern California and beyond attended on July 28-29 the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which was presented by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. Relive this year's best moments here. 

If you attended and would like to give us feedback to help improve the 2019 celebration, please take the survey here

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Central Avenue Jazz Fest Returns with Silky Sounds, Multicultural Foods, Interactive Pavilions and Fun for All

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For more than two decades, the FREE Central Avenue Jazz Festival has been a staple for the South Los Angeles community. Returning on July 28-29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., the revered summer event honors the historic rich cultural past of Central Avenue—once considered the epicenter of Jazz music. 

The citywide signature event features dozens of performances from Jazz greats and rising stars across four stages along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue. However, the festival offers so much more, including interactive pavilions, providing everything from free medical screenings to leads on job opportunities, and even soccer matches for the kids.  

Patrons visiting the pavilions will be treated to:

  • GRoW @ Annenberg Health & Wellness Pavilion will provide free and confidential medical services for everyone in the family including health, vision and dental screenings. Healthy eating tips will be provided, along with cooking demonstrations.
  • Arts Pavilion curated by LA Mancha Gallery, featuring cutting-edge artwork from top artists in Los Angeles, as well as live art demonstrations from local muralists and graffiti artists.
  • The NEW 9th Business & Jobs Pavilion inviting emerging and established business owners, entrepreneurs and job seekers to obtain important information that will guide them down the path to success.
  • Balfour Beatty Youth Pavilion where children can enjoy fun soccer games presented by Street Soccer USA, learn the basics of traditional Cuban Rumba provided by Latin Percussion and a chance to create your own acrylic painting led by the non-profit organization Art Active. There will also be carnival games and arts & crafts.

The two-day celebration will have an array of food trucks and vendors that will provide a variety of multicultural dishes, such as Mexican barbecue, Jamaican cuisine, vegan options and Soul food for purchase.

“We want people to come for the music but stay for the unique experience!” said Councilman Curren Price. “Where else can you get a free summer concert complete with medical screenings, enjoyable physical activities and art classes? This festival truly has something for everybody.”

Each year, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival draws tens of thousands of people to enjoy live entertainment from legends and up-and-coming artists. This year’s all-star lineup includes the following performers:

Festival parking is extremely limited and public transit and ride sharing is highly recommended. For more information on the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including artists’ bios, vendor information and shuttle service, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com or call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.

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Vital Information to Know for the 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The upcoming 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival returns on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. along Central Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.

The two-day festival will celebrate the legacy of jazz on historic Central Avenue featuring music, games, food, art, and informational tents hosted by a variety of non-profit organizations. In addition, a list of food vendors and organizations can be found at www.centralavejazzfest.com. 

Also, please find VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION below, regarding street closures and parking restrictions that will be in effect beginning Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. until Monday, July 30 at 4 a.m.

  • Central Avenue between MLK Boulevard and Vernon Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic. 
  • The following side streets (both West and East sides) will also be closed to vehicular traffic between Central Avenue and the alley entrance: 40th Place, 41st Street, 41st Place, 42nd Street, 42nd Place, 43rd Street and 43rd Place.

All cars parked on these streets will be cited and towed; please refrain from parking in the aforementioned areas to avoid citation.

For more information, please contact the CD 9 Constituent Service Center at 323-846-2651.

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South LA Celebrates 4th of July with a Bang

Thousands of Angelenos joined us at Exposition Park to celebrate America's birthday at this year's Fourth of July Community Festival and Firework Show. 

Attendees enjoyed a magnificent Independence Day filled with delicious food, carnival games, booths, merchants and live music entertainment courtesy of Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Yoyo, Latin-Jazz and Salsa band Conganas, R&B singer Jade Novah, and others!

But the cherry on top was seeing our beautiful, diverse families from every background gather to celebrate our nation's fundamental principles and central democratic values.

To view all photos from the 4th of July festivities, please visit the CD 9 Flickr page here.

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Happenings at Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center: Free Services, Food and Activities for the Month

Have you stopped by the newly renovated Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Senior Center in the NinthDistrict? It is a one-stop shop for older adults (at 7600 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 90003) offering a variety of crucial, FREE services in South Los Angeles.

From loteria to latin dance, movie time to arts and crafts. These fun activities are available to local residents at no cost. The multipurpose center also offers free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

Check out this community jewel that is allowing us to better serve our seniors. Take a moment to review the activity schedule and lunch menu for this month, which will surely pique your curiosity!

 

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Free Movies in the Park Kicks off with Screening of Coco

Guess what's back again? Council District 9 is delighted to announce our 5th Annual Movies in the Park Series beginning at Trinity Recreation Center (2415 Trinity St., Los Angeles 90011) on Friday, Aug. 3 with a screening of the movie Coco, beginning at sunset. 

The FREE family-friendly events (details for the month below) feature snacks and refreshments so make sure to bring your loved ones, friends and neighbors. I hope that can join us for what will be a fun-filled evening and memorable summer in South LA. 

For more information on this or other community events, please call our Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.

 

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Michel Moore Becomes the Los Angeles Police Department's 57th Police Chief

On June 27, 2018 the Los Angeles City Council confirmed the appointment of Assistant Chief Michel Moore to be the next Chief of Police.

I asked him poignant questions about police relations in minority communities; the recruitment of people of color and women; and asked how he was going to regain the trust of the community, young men of color specifically.

Chief Moore assured me and the Los Angeles City Council that he is committed to improving police relations and creating a strong foundation for future leaders to build on. He spoke about the Cadet program and making sure youth have positive interactions with police officers at a young age. He also talked about training sensitivity being fundamental from the top brass to the rank and file.

I look forward to working with our new police chief to improve the conditions of South Los Angeles, and every Angeleno.

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Three Things you Need to Know About this Year’s 4th of July Festival in CD 9

The 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show will return to Expo Park at the South Lawn. Join host Councilman Curren Price and tens of thousands of friends and neighbors as we ignite LA's skyline and launch a pyrotechnic celebration on Wednesday, July 4.

In preparation of the local Independence Day celebration, here are some pointers to help you make the most of your experience:

1. Parking is LIMITED and public transportation is strongly recommended. Use the Metro Expo Line to the Expo Park/USC Station. More information. More information at www.metro.net/riding/trip-planner

2. Early arrival is suggested. There will be live music, food and family-friendly activities beginning at 11 a.m. so make sure to make the most of your day. 

3. Don't forget to pack a blanket and sweater for the evening. Remember, the fireworks extravaganza will come to life at dusk, around 9 p.m., so you'll want to be cozy when the main attraction begins.

Please note, live entertainment will begin at 12 NOON presented by the City of Los Angeles & KJLH Radio. See below for details. 

Performances by:

YoYo

Jade Novah 

Conganas

Tyler Conti 

Maurice Smith 

El Tropi Corillo de Los Ángeles

Iman Europe 

AprilFoolChild

Guadalupae D'Lushus & Sambalushus Dancers

Lastly, if you're a vendor interested in having a booth at this year's festivities, please contact Rick Miller at (310) 914-0015 or Rick@allaccess-la.com.

 

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