Calling all CD 9 SHeroes! Do you know a phenomenal woman from District 9 who is making a difference in our community in response to the COVID-19 crisis? If so, Councilmember Curren Price would like to hear from you.
The Office of Councilmember Price is accepting nominations through Nov. 20 for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes awards. A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated leadership, pride and commitment to her community in a remarkable manner. To be eligible for this special distinction, nominees must either live and/or work with an organization or business in Council District 9.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s SHeroes class will be honored virtually and in a safe manner. To mark this moment in time, Councilman Price is honored to put the spotlight on selfless women who are going above and beyond to uplift their neighbors during the current national emergency.
To submit your nomination, click here!
The CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund provided 20 businesses and independent contractors with no interest loans totaling over $170,000. The District 9 initiative got underway last July and ended November 2020 as part of a special partnership between Councilmember Curren Price and The Change Reaction.
The primary focus of the Small Business Relief Fund was on sole proprietors and small businesses that were unable to access government grants and loans. Loans ranged 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. Businesses, both brick and mortar to independent contractors, ranging from barber shops, restaurants, child care facilities, summer camps, and interior design studios were able to take advantage of the fund.
“Our small businesses have had to incur costs related to personal protection equipment, cash flow, payroll and new equipment to safely produce goods,” added Councilmember Price. “As we continue to fight through this pandemic, it is our small businesses that are the cultural character of our neighborhoods and backbone of employment locally. Please remember to shop locally in support of our South Los Angeles.”
For information on Councilmember Price’s Business Resource Center (BRC), open year-round, please contact Mike Castillo at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org.
Up to 100,000 low-income households in Los Angeles will be eligible to receive a one-time $500 check in the mail to help pay bills such as gas, cellular phone, wi-fi, Internet and cable television services thanks to a program created under the leadership of Council President Nury Martinez with the support of Councilman Curren Price.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Utility Grant Program through Nov. 15. Click on the LADWP image above for more information and to apply.
“Our low-income communities have demonstrated tremendous resilience and strength during this national public health emergency,” said Councilman Price who seconded Martinez’ motion. “COVID-19 has hit the working poor and people of color the hardest and it is up to their government to put forward a range of solutions that mitigate the challenges of this remarkable time in human history. I hope our actions send a clear message to our low-income communities that we stand with them during this pandemic and beyond."
The polls are open and with the General Election Day on Nov. 3, LADOT is providing fare-free DASH bus service for all Angelenos. LADOT reminds passengers that face masks are required on all City transit vehicles and encourages the observation of such safety measures at City polling locations.
For information on how to locate your General Election polling location, please click here.
During the first week of November, the third “Safe Parking” location will be opening in District 9 near Downtown and the Los Angeles Convention Center with the capacity to accommodate 30 cars.
“There is no greater priority for my Office than that of protecting human life,” said Councilman Curren Price. “While some individuals circumstances have led them to having to resort in sleeping in their vehicles, making the tough choice to resist going into a shelter for whatever reason, having a safe place to park in the City with individualized access to social services is a substantial lifeline in helping someone move from their cars into a permanent housing solution.”
The Safe Parking program provides individuals a safe place to park each night, access to social service resources, restroom access and a security guard. This is in addition to several other initiatives that Councilman Price is leading to manage the homelessless crisis in District 9, including the development of more than 1,000 permanent supportive housing and affordable housing units in the pipeline, rapid rehousing and teams of outreach workers in the community each day to bring solutions that will help people to move off of the street.
In celebration of Halloween, the Office of Councilman Curren Price joined with several community partners to donate pumpkins, distribute candies, and hand out facemasks, backpacks, lunch boxes and other goodies to families across the District.
See the pictures above for a range of activities that took place across local parks and recreation centers, and the Pueblo del Rio Social Hall!
During the last week of October, Councilman Curren Price led efforts to have the business corridors on Main Street between 33rd and 35th Streets deep cleaned.
During the cleaning, the LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) Care Team and outreach workers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) were able to connect with the individuals living in the encampments and offer services to them, as well as disinfect and power wash the sidewalks.
“The goal of these cleanings is not to disrupt the lives of the individuals suffering from homelessness but to ensure the area is clean, safe and free from the biohazards that can quickly take over the streets,” added Councilmember Price. “Connecting the individuals with services is the main priority with the hope that they will take advantage of what is available and put them on a path to getting the help they need.”
Due to popular demand, the deadline to register for Councilmember Curren Price’s Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon has been pushed back to Friday, Oct. 30. Older adults who live in District 9 and are 65 years and older can call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 to participate in this year’s event.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Price will treat local neighbors to a free meal and care package this year, which they can enjoy from the comfort of home.
“It brings me so much joy to gather more than 1,000 of our closest neighbors as part of our senior luncheon celebration at the Los Angeles Convention Center each year,” added Councilmember Price. “Unfortunately, we’re going to have to do things a little differently in 2020. While there won’t be any dancing or live entertainment, the safety of our senior community is our utmost priority so instead we’ll be delivering thousands of meals with treats in a safe manner.”
On Oct. 27, the Los Angeles City Council voted to expand funding for LA Al Fresco, a program that is supported by LADOT and which allows restaurants to expand dining areas into parking lanes, driving lanes and adjacent private lots to encourage safe physical distancing for customers.
The newly allocated funding provided through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will allow approximately $2 million to be apportioned to assist local businesses during the next two months. To facilitate the expansion of outdoor dining options, the City will continue to provide barricades, planters and umbrellas for businesses to use in permitted spaces.
For more information on the LA Al Fresco program, please visit corona-virus.la/laalfresco.
As the City of Los Angeles reels from the effects COVID-19 has taken on our daily lives, the need for trusted child care has become more important than ever. Licensed child care operators in the City of Los Angeles affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which have endured hardship or a reduction in revenue, can apply for grants of $10,000, $25,000 and $40,000. A total of 500 grants, totaling $10 million, will be awarded. The application portal opened Oct. 15 and will close on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 12 p.m.
This grant program is administered by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD), the City’s BusinessSource Centers and multiple local early care and education agencies.
To learn more about the COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program, click here. For all eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit laecefund.org or EWDD for assistance. For commonly asked questions about this program, click here.