Understanding the NEW Sidewalk Vending Program

After years of attempts, Los Angeles became on Jan. 1, the second-largest U.S. City to legalize sidewalk vending by approving a permit system.

To ensure compliance with the ordinance, Bureau of Street Services has important information (including rules and regulations and a map of designated “no vending zones”) here. The information is featured in English and Spanish.

In 2013, Councilmembers Curren Price and José Huizar introduced a motion seeking a legal framework to regulate the industry and bring tens of thousands of sidewalk vendors and micro-entrepreneurs out of the shadows.

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Helping Local Nonprofits Advance their Missions

On Feb.7, nearly 100 individuals representing a wide spectrum of nonprofits attended the “Meet the Grantmakers: Effective Funding Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations.” 

Those in attendance learned about the various guidelines the presenting foundations have, how they function, what they fund, and best practices for nonprofits to position themselves to be awarded a grant.

The event, held at The Reef, was organized by Councilman Curren Price’s Business Resource Center (BRC) and is a part of his ongoing efforts to empower local entrepreneurs and nonprofit partners to better serve the South LA community.  

“As Councilman for the 9th District and Chair of the Economic Development Committee, I am keenly aware of the role our nonprofit community plays throughout the City,” Price said. “Our nonprofit partners function as a shadow government in supporting, developing and inspiring our residents in ways that local government sometimes cannot.”

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Blacks in Cinema: Breaking Down Barriers and Increasing Diversity in Hollywood

In recognition of African-American Heritage Month, Councilman Curren Price on Feb. 5 joined L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson to honor black actors and filmmakers from the 70s.

The special presentation was part of this year’s “Blacks in Cinema” LA City Hall Bridge Display. Through this very special exhibit, the City pays tribute to scores of titans who fought for representation and inclusion in the face of racial discrimination. 

“This exhibit turns the lens on and tells the stories behind strong black leading men, women and filmmakers.” Councilman Price said. “We acknowledge their bravery and courage to command the spotlight and forever change not only the course of Hollywood but American history.”

Stop by the City Hall Bridge on the third floor this February to learn more about the contributions of these cinematic heroes. 

 

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Be Part of This Year's Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival may be months away, but Team Price is fervently working on details of this signature CD 9 event.

To volunteer at this FREE music and arts festival, taking place July 27-28 and presented by Councilman Curren Price, visit centralavejazzfest.com and click on "Get Involved" to complete the questionnaire.

Here are a few specifics:

  • Must  be 18 years old or older
  • Must attend a mandatory volunteer meeting 
  • Most volunteer opportunities will be outdoors and involve standing for four hours

Please note that vendors and exhibitors applications will be available later in March. To stay up to date on all things Central Avenue Jazz Fest, click here.

On a related note, original entries for the 2019 poster design contest must be submitted in digital format by Wednesday, Feb. 13 no later than 4 p.m. to centralavejazzfestival@gmail.com. Finalists will be required to submit artwork in its original form to Councilman Price's District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011) by Wednesday, Feb. 20 no later than 4 p.m. Winners will be announced in March.

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2019 Nominations Are Open for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards and Ceremony

Who's your SHero? The nomination period for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards is now open. Nominate a woman who shines bright and has demonstrated leadership, love for community and dedication to service. Please note that in order to be eligible, nominees must live or have ties to Council District 9.

To submit your nominees, fill out the submission form here: 2019 SHero Nominations 

The nomination period concludes on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Inductees to the exclusive CD 9 program will be celebrated on May 19 at a special luncheon and awards ceremony.

If you have questions about the SHero program, please contact Nora Gutierrez at (323) 846-2651 or via email at Nora.Gutierrez@lacity.org

 

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Councilman Curren Price Announces Half a Million to Save Victims of Human Trafficking in LAPD South Bureau

Councilman Curren Price and Councilwoman Nury Martinez announced on Jan. 31 a renewed focus and vigorous approach to crackdown on pimps and Johns and abolish human trafficking in South LA for once and for all.

During a press conference that also included Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Price and Martinez revealed details of a $500,000 designation that will allow the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force to adequately allocate its resources to combat this epidemic, as well as other prostitution-related crimes, in South LA. Operating out of Councilmember Price’s 9th District, the South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force focuses on tackling human trafficking in Council Districts 8, 9, and 10, represented by Councilmembers Harris-Dawson, Price and Council President Wesson, respectively.

“Together we stand strong in this fight that transcends borders, Districts and communities,” Councilman Price said. “It should serve notice to pimps and Johns that we won't allow exploitation of girls and young women in Los Angeles; nor will they continue to have free rein to terrorize our schools, businesses and neighborhoods.”

The latest effort brings improvements that have succeeded in areas of the San Fernando Valley that Councilwoman Martinez represents to South LA's Human Trafficking Task Force.

“The Operations-Valley Bureau has been truly successful, and because of that, I have partnered with my colleagues on the Council that represent Districts 8, 9 and 10 to replicate this type of enforcement. This is a citywide issue that doesn’t limit itself to district lines. Whether it’s a girl in the Valley or a girl in South LA, she is our responsibility,” said Councilwoman Martinez. “We must stand together, as a City, to dismantle once and for all the exploitation of our women and girls. They are our wives, our daughters, and our granddaughters. We must do better and say no more.”

 

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Councilman Price Mediates Negotiations Ending Historic Charter Schools Strike in South LA

Teachers at three South Los Angeles charter schools operated by The Accelerated Schools voted on Jan. 28 to approve a new labor agreement and to formally call for an end to their historic eight-day strike. Teachers returned to their classrooms Monday morning following a weekend of negotiations—mediated by Councilmember Curren Price—between the United Teachers Los Angeles union and The Accelerated Schools.

“If our communities are to thrive, we must invest in our schools, empower our educators and put students first," said Councilman Price, whose district includes The Accelerated Schools. “The children in our public schools may go on to discover breakthroughs for deadly diseases, develop the next social media platform or build a billion-dollar company; we all share an obligation to help them reach for that mountaintop.

The future of our communities will depend on the steps we take today to strengthen our public education system.”

Monday's ratification vote puts in place an agreement that will cover the terms and conditions of Accelerated teachers’ employment through the 2020-2021 school year.

Newly negotiated provisions include:

  • Three months’ severance package including salary and benefits for any teacher who is not offered an employment contract from one year to the next.
  • An improved arbitration process that requires a unanimous vote of the Accelerated Board of Trustees in order to reverse any decision made by an arbitrator.
  • Annual signing bonuses of $10,000 for teachers who return to their positions at the beginning of each school year.
  • The formation of a Collaborative Consensus Committee for stakeholders to discuss issues and create and implement improvements to schoolwide processes and practices.
  • Annual increases in the employer’s share of healthcare costs.

Added Jeff GoodUTLA Executive Director: “The heroic efforts of teachers, parents, and students at The Accelerated Schools have resulted in significant progress toward addressing the problems that led to this strike. UTLA appreciates the great work of Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price and his staff in helping us reach an agreement.”  

The strike at The Accelerated Schools was the first charter school strike in California’s history.

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City, County Join Forces to Donate Fire Apparatus to Sister City in Zambia

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. 

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2nd Annual African Dance LA Promotes Culture and Art

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.

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CD 9 Shines a Light on New Business “Baby J’s Burgers”

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!

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