Laptops Delivered to Housing Complex for Families in Need

Councilman Curren Price on Aug. 11 delivered donated laptops and Chromebooks to a complex that is now home to formerly unhoused families. 

The complex, operated by the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), opened this past summer and is home to about 20 families. The new technology was placed in a newly renovated room that was recently converted into a computer lab.

“I’m delighted to be able to bring much-needed resources to these special families from our community,” said Councilmember Price. “The laptops will help the children with distance learning and allow parents to search for employment opportunities. Their future looks much brighter already and I’m honored to be able to contribute to their growth.”

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Councilman Curren Price Distributes Food to Hundreds of Families 

On Aug. 7, Councilman Curren Price and partners hosted a drive-thru food distribution at South Park Elementary School, helping to feed 500 families impacted by COVID-19.

Over the last few months, Councilman Price has helped organize three food giveaways in District 9. The most recent food giveaway was in collaboration with Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, Northgate Market, SoLa I CAN, South LA Forward, Watts Healthcare and Republic Services. Individuals received a box loaded with protein, fruits, vegetables and other necessities, including masks.

For more information about resources available to local families during the coronavirus pandemic, please contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

 

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Summer Night Lights Comes to South Park Recreation Center 

Councilmember Curren Price on Aug. 5 joined hundreds of neighbors at South Park Recreation Center as part of the 2020 Summer Night Lights, which expands programming to recreation centers and parks citywide. During the event, Councilman Price passed out “grab & go” meals, and CD 9 care packages that included masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and other essential items.

Summer Night Lights is a public and private partnership by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and The GRYD Foundation. The summer program is offered across 32 sites in Los Angeles, providing meals, activities, resources and fun for families. 

For more information on Summer Night Lights, including virtual programming offerings, visit https://grydfoundation.org/programs/summer-night-lights/snl-sites/. The following are dates and locations this week for SNL "grab & go" events scheduled for Council District 9: Ross Snyder Rec Center: Aug. 12 from 5-7 p.m. and Green Meadows Rec Center: Aug. 13 from 5-7 p.m.

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Councilman Curren Price Partners with CD 9 Teacher to Give Out FREE Books

Be sure to stop by EVERY Thursday at the Central Avenue Farmers Market, located at Councilman Curren Price's District Office at 4301 S. Central Ave., to pick up a fresh selection of fruits, vegetables and books. That’s right, books!

In July, Councilman Price partnered with Dr. Claudia Cataldo, Academic Decathlon coach from Santee High School, to hand out free books to CD 9 youth at the weekly farmer’s market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Cataldo has distributed hundreds of books to local families to ensure kids are still actively learning throughout these challenging times and strengthen their love for reading. Interested in making a book donation? Contact Dr. Cataldo at ckc0793@lausd.net. 

Check out the coverage from a recent book giveaway with Dr. Cataldo courtesy of our friends at Channel 35 by clicking the image below.

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Councilmember Curren Price Launches the CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund

 

PRESS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 14, 2020 

Program Allows Businesses in District 9 to Apply for 0% Interest Loans Up to $25,000 From                  The Change Reaction

Councilmember Curren Price today announced the availability of interest free loans for small businesses and independent contractors located in Council District 9 who have been affected by the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19. The Monique Lawshe and Greg Perlman Small Business Relief Fund is made possible through a generous donation to The Change Reaction from Monique Lawshe and Greg Perlman. Loans will range from $3,000 - $25,000 and will be repayable in equal installments over the course of 24 to 36 months, after a grace period of three months. The loans will be administered by the Jewish Free Loan Association. 

The coronavirus has caused major havoc to our city, nation and the world. Millions are unemployed with no savings to fall back on, our small businesses are on life support struggling to survive or expect financial challenges for years to come,” said Councilmember Price, who opened the Business Resource Center (BRC) inside his District Office on 43rd Street and Central Avenue in 2014 to help local entrepreneurs. Our small local businesses need a lifeline and The Change Reaction provides just that - a glimmer of hope for workers to maintain their jobs and our business community to weather the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”  

The primary focus of the Small Business Relief Fund is on sole proprietors and small businesses that have been unable to access government grants and loans. Eligible businesses should have normal revenues under $1 million and 15 or fewer employees.  Repayment terms are flexible and 100% of all loan repayments will be redistributed to other small businesses, paying it forward to create a chain reaction of change, gratitude, and generosity.  Individuals seeking loans must fill out an application that includes authorization to obtain a credit report. On-time rent  payments  for the 12 months up to and including March 2020 is a requisite of eligibility. Applicants will typically be contacted within two business days of applying, and decisions on most loans will be made and, if approved, funded within five business days. 

“After having successfully launched our Small Business Relief Fund in partnership with Councilman John Lee in CD12, we wanted to expand the program to more businesses in our local community,” said Greg Perlman, founder of The Change Reaction. “What we’re trying to do here is provide a simple, streamlined process to help local small businesses in need. The  Change Reaction is a new philosophy in philanthropy that directly connects wealthy people in communities around the nation to the hard-working people and small businesses that are facing financial hardships in their local community.  My business partner, Monique Lawshe and I have decided to substantially increase our philanthropy during this crisis and personally take on several communities within the City of Los Angeles, because if not now, when? We are happy to partner with Councilman Price and the Jewish Free Loan Association to help local businesses recover from this crisis and provide love, hope and relief for members of our communities.” 

The Small Business Relief Fund is part of a bicoastal effort by The Change Reaction to partner with donors who have accumulated significant wealth and elected officials to support small businesses in their communities. The availability of small business loans in Council District 9 is an expansion of a fund that was established last month in partnership with Los Angeles Councilmember John Lee, who represents the 12th District. Funds have also been set up to support small businesses in NY and Oregon. 

The application form for the loans click here.  

 

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Apply This Week for the Emergency Renters Relief Program

This morning at 8 a.m., the five-day application period for the Emergency Renters Relief Program opened. The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) will be accepting applications for rental assistance subsidies between today, July 13 to Friday, July 17. Due to the expected high volume of applicants applying, HCIDLA is asking individuals to exercise patience during the process as applications will be accepted 24 hours per day until July 17 at 11:59 p.m. to be included in the random drawing.
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HCIDLA encourages individuals to apply online at https://hcidla.lacity.orgFor more information on eligibility, click on the flyer below.
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For tenants that do not speak English or do not have computer access, they may call the hotline at 844-944-1868. The hotline will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day during the application period. The program is open to all renters, regardless of immigration status. 

Esta mañana a las 8 a.m., se abrió el período de solicitud de cinco días para el Programa de Subsidios de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia. El Departamento de Inversión Comunitaria + Vivienda de Los Ángeles (HCIDLA) aceptará solicitudes para subsidios de asistencia de alquiler entre hoy, 13 de julio hasta el viernes, 17 de julio. Debido al alto volumen esperado de solicitantes, HCIDLA está pidiendo a las personas que tengan paciencia durante el proceso ya que las solicitudes serán aceptadas las 24 horas del día hasta el 17 de julio a las 11:59 p.m. para ser incluido en el sorteo al azar.

HCIDLA alienta a las personas a solicitar en línea en https://hcidla.lacity.org. Para obtener más información sobre la elegibilidad, haga clic en los folletos a continuación.

Para los inquilinos que no hablan inglés o que no tienen acceso a una computadora, pueden llamar a la línea directa al 844-944-1868. La línea directa estará disponible de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. todos los días durante el período de solicitud. El programa está abierto a todos los inquilinos, independientemente de su estado migratorio.

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A Special Announcement from Councilman Curren Price Regarding the 25th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Fest

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LA City Council Advances Police Reform Measures, Seeks to Support Families, Aid Homeless

 

Tuesday, June 30

  • On June 30, the City Council unanimously approved Councilman Curren Price’s motion that would make it illegal to call 911 to make a false or frivolous report based on racial bias. While it is illegal to make a false 911 report, the current law does not address 911 calls used in a racially motivated way. The motion asks for the City Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to report back on options that could include criminal penalties, as well as giving the victims the right to seek damages and bring about private civil actions against the perpetrator. 
  • Also on Tuesday, the City Council backed a motion that Councilman Price co-presented alongside LA City Council President Nury Martinez, and Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Marqueece Harris-Dawson that would require unarmed, non-law enforcement agencies to respond to non-violent situations as an alternative to dispatching a police officer. The motion calls for the development of a crisis response system made up of service providers, including medical professionals, mental health workers, homelessness experts and other professional social workers, with specialized training to replace police in non-violent, non-emergency crises. 
  • Councilmembers Price, Wesson, Harris-Dawson and Mike Bonin introduced a motion that would remove the LAPD from enforcing traffic laws and moving violations. The legislation would direct the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and other city staff to consult with community stakeholders and suggest alternative methods of enforcing traffic laws, such as speeding, illegal turns, and other vehicle code violations, that do not require armed officers. The report will look at national and international best practices, and consider transferring enforcement authority from the LAPD to LADOT, as well as using automated equipment.
  • The Los Angeles City Council instructed the Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) and the Personnel Department to work with the LA County Department of Public Health to solicit input from community groups and nonprofits to help with a hiring plan for Community Care Corps, to fill gaps in our healthcare system, as well as provide meaningful employment to residents who need it as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Additionally, the City Council approved a motion by Councilmember Price to request the Office of the Inspector General, with assistance from the LAPD and the Department of Civil and Human Rights to report with a thorough review on the tactics used by the LAPD on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in the vicinity of the Fairfax District during peaceful protests and the chain of events that led to the decision to have LAPD officers engage with protesters. 
  • In a similar motion, the City Council also called for an investigation on the use of rubber bullets and other types of riot control ammunition into crowds of peaceful protests, as well as how LAPD dealt with individuals arrested for failing to disperse when ordered to do so after a curfew was put into place throughout the county. Finally, the motion instructs Gerald Chaleff, the author of the LAPD’s review of the 2007 May Day incident in MacArthur Park, to take the lead of the review of LAPD actions during recent protests.


Wednesday, July 1

  • On July 1, the LA City Council approved Councilman Price’s proposed plan to reduce $150 million from the LAPD 2020-2021 budget and reinvest $100 million of those dollars into communities of color for youth work programs, local hire efforts, and other social programming. Councilmember Price’s motion modifies Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $10.5 billion original proposed budget and reallocates $90 million into communities of color, re-envisioning public safety, as well as the City’s targeted local hire program. In addition, it sets aside $10 million for the EWDD Summer Youth Employment and Workforce Development benefiting disadvantaged communities. 
  • Additionally, the Los Angeles City Council approved a series of motions to help support families during the COVID-19 pandemic. One motion instructs the Department of Recreation and Parks to report back on using some of their facilities as child care centers as the economy reopens. Additionally, a motion seconded by Councilmember Price and authored by Council President Martinez, provides over $500,000 in COVID-19 Federal relief funding to the Department of Recreation and Parks for Summer Play LA. This funding will help provide summer programming for 2,000 children as the economy begins to open and parents return back to work. 
  • Further, the LA City Council approved a motion by Council President Martinez and seconded by Councilmember Price to grant $100 million from COVID-19 Federal relief funding to be used to help establish the COVID-19 Homelessness Roadmap, which will help create 6,000 new beds in each council district. Additionally, $25 million of the $100 million will be used to help order shelter, hygiene trailers and other supplies. 
  • The City Council instructed the Department of Transportation to continue, through the month of July, to suspend the enforcement of residential street sweeping, peak/rush hour and anti-gridlock zone restrictions, abandoned vehicles (72-hour rule) and expired registrations. The motion further instructs the Department to waive all parking citations issued in the month of July with respect to the categories above.
  • Councilmember Price introduced a motion instructing the LAPD to request the California Attorney General’s Office to conduct an independent review of the fatal shooting of Daniel Hernandez by an LAPD Officer in the Newton Division on April 22, 2020. LAPD encountered Hernandez when reporting to a traffic collision back in April. Reports state that he had a knife when officers arrived on scene. The shooting happened when Hernandez approached law enforcement with a knife after he was asked to place it on the ground.
  • Councilmember Price introduced a motion that instructs the Personnel Department to halt consideration of a Police Officer candidate’s cannabis use when conducting and evaluating a background investigation, and that the Personnel Department report to Council in 30 days on the status of this matter. This is in response to the LAPD application website stating that the use of illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol or prescription medications are potentially disqualifying factors for a candidate; however, it makes no mention of cannabis use. Considering that adult cannabis use has been legal for several years, and the City’s regulatory authority over cannabis, there is an inconsistency to consider cannabis use as a negative factor when assessing a Police Officer candidate. 
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Hundreds of CD 9 Families Participate in Drive-Up Food Giveaway

On Wednesday, July 1, the Office of Councilmember Curren Price organized a food giveaway at the South LA Wetlands, serving more than 500 boxes of food to local neighbors. The boxes included such items as eggs, chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables along with hand sanitizer and masks to help protect against the coronavirus.

“This is a really tough time for people; there is no shortage of needs felt throughout the City so I am happy that we can provide some relief to our neighbors that need it the most," said Councilman Price. 

If you or anyone you know is in need of resources or information, please contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.

 

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Special Thanks to StreetsLA & LAUSD for High School Sidewalk Upgrade

The Office of Councilmember Curren Price would like to thank StreetsLA and LAUSD for their collaboration in the construction of a much-needed ADA wheelchair ramp at Santee Education Complex

A big shout out to the thousands of essential City workers that keep LA safe and moving all year round. Your hard work does not go unnoticed especially during this global pandemic.

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