Councilmember Curren Price and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Feb. 13 welcomed the arrival of the first 10 trailers sent by Gov. Gavin Newsom to South LA to temporarily house homeless families with children.
Thanks to the efforts between City, County and State governments, local families who at one point were living in cars, RVs and motel rooms are being taken off of the streets and put on the fast track to housing stability.
In the span of just a few weeks, departments including LA Sanitation and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, were able to turn an underutilized parking lot in District 9 into a community that will now be home to dozens of people. Councilmember Price filed the Los Angeles City Council motion to expedite the lease for the project site.
“With the addition of this location, families will now be offered a fresh start to get back on their feet and on track to building a better future. We’re not only transforming their lives, but restoring their dignity,” said Councilman Price. “We understand the magnitude of this humanitarian crisis and we need to examine every possible solution from different angles. We must continue to work collaboratively and expeditiously with our partners if we are to solve the crisis of our generation.”
The trailers, which were donated by the State, are equipped with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area. There will also be wrap-around services provided by St. Joseph Center to assist the families with the support and care they need. This location will include an outdoor playground for the children, pet area and patio area for families to enjoy.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 Councilmember Price, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, St. Joseph Center and United Way of Greater LA will host a Community Day with about 50 volunteers and residents from surrounding neighborhoods to prepare and beautify the site. This includes installing landscaping, equipping the trailers with basic necessities, and creating welcome baskets for the families who will move in.
If you have any questions about Councilman Price's homelessness initiatives, call his District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilman Curren Price on Feb. 13, invited local students from Twenty-Eighth Elementary School to celebrate the addition of a new traffic signal at Adams Boulevard and Stanford Avenue.
The traffic signal, which will increase visibility and calm traffic on neighborhood streets, is one of four that are being installed as part of the “Safe Routes to School” project this year. Additional improvements are slated for Dolores Huerta Elementary School and Quincy Jones/Synergy Charter Academy.
"I look forward to continuing to work with LA Department of Transportation, as well as neighboring schools, parents and students to enhance pedestrian safety Districtwide," Councilman Price said. "By implementing safety improvements by way of traffic signals, speed humps or high visibility crosswalks, we are creating safer streets and giving the power back to the students to choose how they want to get to school."
Safe Routes to School has been responsible for developing and implementing safety plans that combine street improvements with safety, as well as education and promotes the simple act of walking to school.
If you have any questions about pedestrian safety or any other issue, call Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.
On Feb. 12, Councilman Curren Price introduced a motion that would require landlords to pull government permits before issuing tenants a notice to vacate. The proposal would close a loophole in State law AB 1482, which went into effect this year and was intended to protect renters in good standing from being evicted.
Landlords had been using an exception in the law to evict tenants in order to perform “substantial renovations.” The law, however, did not require landlords to pull those permits or describe the work in order to issue notices to vacate.
“It is clear that landlords are using this loophole to get around the protections that were intended for renters under AB1482,” Councilman Price said.
Under the proposed ordinance, which would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, landlords would be required to pull permits before emptying a unit, and they must describe the planned work to tenants before issuing notices to vacate. A similar ordinance was passed in the City of Long Beach this week. The motion is expected to come to the full City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
Click here to read more about the motion.
Councilman Curren Price on Thursday, Feb. 6, joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to unveil LA's new homelessness prevention program called "Solid Ground." Last year, Councilman Price introduced the proposal, which aims to catch Angelenos and their families before they fall into homelessness.
"Far too many people are one paycheck, job loss or medical emergency away from becoming homeless," Councilman Price said. "Individuals are falling into homelessness faster than our homeless services system can move them out. If we are to combat the crisis of our generation, we have to do something for those individuals at risk of becoming homeless."
Working in partnership with FamilySource Centers citywide, the program will offer financial assistance for eligible families to pay things such as rent and utility bills. It also gives individuals access to financial education, public benefits, case management, and other services.
Solid Ground is on track to begin within the next couple of months. For more information on what Councilman Price is doing to address homelessness, call his District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price has partnered with Rebrand Cities for the first “Small Business Website Build-a-thon” event hosted in Council District 9. Rebrand Cities is a global civic partnership with WordPress.com and the City of Los Angeles to help get 300 local Los Angeles businesses online with their very own website.
Through a Collaborative Building Model [Developer + Business Owner], small business owners can participate in interactive mini-workshops and Q&A sessions to fine-tune their website content in preparation for an engaging and intensive day of development toward their newly designed website.
The Website Build-a-thon will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the NEW 9th Council District Business Resource Center inside Councilman Price's District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011).
Registered participants will also be invited to participate in a pre-event Content Development session on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. also at the District Office. Here you will have the opportunity to develop your content in anticipation for the day of build out event on Feb. 26.
If you have been looking for an opportunity to get a website for your business created, then this event is for you!
Register here --> http://rebrandlacd9.eventbrite.com/
CicLAvia will make a stop in South LA on Sunday, Feb. 23, closing streets along Central Avenue in an effort to encourage neighbors to bike, skate or stroll! As part of the festivities, Councilman Curren Price will be participating in a bike ride with local residents at 12 p.m. at his District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., LA 90011).
CicLAvia South LA will activate hubs throughout District 9 filled with family-friendly activities along the 6-mile, car-free route. The special activation at Councilman Price’s District Office will begin at noon and includes bike giveaways, music, a photo booth and resources.
For more information, call the CD 9 District Office at (323) 846-2651.
During the week of Feb. 3, LA City Councilmembers, joined by other elected officials and industry leaders, kicked off African American Heritage Month with a number of festivities.
"It is of the utmost importance to pay homage to the ground breakers who have had to fight through color lines and persevere in order to pave the way for future generations," said Councilman Curren Price.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the annual art gallery installation in City Hall entitled "STAND UP: The Art and Politics of Comedy," was unveiled. The exhibit pays reverence to African Americans in comedy by way of memorabilia, photos, art and a special floor piece that features inspirational quotes by many of our favorite comics.
The following day, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, Mayor Eric Garcetti led a special presentation honoring the movers and shakers who continue to push Black culture forward. This year's honorees include:
• Jeffrey Osbourne, Recording Artist, Living Legend Award
• Tiffany Haddish, Comedian/Actress, Trail Blazer Award
• Hon. Michael Lawson, Esq., President, Los Angeles Urban League, Hall of Fame Award, Economic and Civil Rights
• Sandra Evers Manly, President, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Hall of Fame Award, Business
• Thomas Parham, Ph.D., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Hall of Fame Award, Education
Click on the video below from our friends at LA This Week to see footage from this year's African American Heritage Month celebration:
With construction nearing completion on the first "A Bridge Home" site in CD 9, it will soon be home to 100 of the most vulnerable people in South LA.
“A Bridge Home” provides emergency temporary housing facilities to serve the homeless population that are within a 1.5 mile radius of the site. The facility in District 9 will offer wrap-around services, including medical care, job training and housing placement. Individuals living in the facility will have access to a nurse, mental healthcare workers and social workers. There will also be 24-hour security on site, seven days a week.
With a warm bed, three meals a day, storage for personal belongings, a pet kennel, clean restrooms and access to laundry facilities, this marks the beginning of a new journey for so many unsheltered neighbors.
This is one of three such projects that will be coming to District 9 this year in an effort to combat the homelessness crisis.
Please click on the image below for a preview of the "Bringing Hope to Hope Street" site.
As 2019 comes to a close and we enter into a new decade, 2020 promises to bring exciting opportunities and events to our community. Over the past year we have made significant improvements through the combined hard work and dedication from neighbors like you.
In 2020, we will be seeing the addition of hundreds of affordable and permanent supportive housing units come to fruition, which will help alleviate the pressure from the housing crisis.
We will also be opening the first "Bridge Home" site in CD 9, which will help our most vulnerable neighbors transition from the streets into a safe location where they will be offered medical, mental health and social services to help get them back on their feet. In addition, we have several other innovative programs in the works to help ease some of the obstacles people are facing, including the Homelessness Prevention Program, which will provide benefits to individuals on the cusp of homelessness.
Entering into 2020, our Clean & Green campaign is going strong and we encourage you to make using the MyLA311 app part of your daily routine. You can report trash, bulky items, graffiti and other sanitation issues directly from your phone, and with your help we will continue to make strides in ensuring that South LA is a beautiful place for families to live, work, play and thrive.
Next year will also be a banner year as 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Surrounded by the rich history of one of the most historical sites in Los Angeles, this event boasts multiple stages featuring both legendary and up-and-coming performing artists, so you can bet that this event is going to be one you will not want to miss.
Whether you have come out to enjoy fireworks under the stars at our 4th of July event, danced with us at our Mother’s Day celebration, or played in the snow at one of our Winter Wonderland events, you have been the reason I continue to fight to make South Los Angeles a place you are proud to live.
Please click below to relive some of our best moments from 2019:
Wishing every day of 2020 to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you and your families.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
This December, I have had the opportunity to attend holiday themed community events throughout The NEW 9th, including Winter Wonderland events at Green Meadows and Gilbert Lindsay recreation centers, as well as a special bike giveaway at my District Office. Each event provides a great opportunity for me to have important face time with members of the community so I can not only hear of concerns, but it also allows me the chance to spread some joy and cheer.
It has been my privilege to work with great partners such as the Department of Recreation and Parks to create memorable experiences for our children and families. Whether bringing in snow for our neighbors to enjoy to distributing thousands of toys, breaking bread or sharing a fun Zumba dance, we are making great memories together, and it has been my honor to bond with our South LA community.
Seeing the joy these events bring to our community is priceless to me and my staff—reinforcing why we chose to be in public service. When I think about the Holiday time, there is so much good going on all around us, with the countless acts of kindness, no matter how small or large the act, it goes a long way in ensuring that everyone feels the warmth of the season.
Thank you for allowing my staff and I to share these moments with you and we hope that you enjoy this special time with your families and friends.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.