Thousands of Angelenos are expected to crowd the "New Ninth" this weekend for the 19th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. The event pays homage to the vital role Central Ave played in establishing Jazz music and culture. Partnering with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and a host of community and corporate sponsors, Councilmember Curren Price is proud to announce an expanded event this year that will feature three live stages of music, including one inside the historic Dunbar Hotel. This year’s performers include music legends like the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Ernie Andrews, and Mongorama featuring Justo Almario, among others and the event continues to be free for all.
Councilman Curren Price Releases Statement Calling for a Speedy Investigation and Swift Action in CHP Beating Case:
" Like many of you, I was shocked and appalled when I saw the footage of 51 year old Marlene Pinnock being struck repeatedly by a CHP officer. It is critical that we get all the facts in this case quickly and that officials provide the appropriate disciplinary action without delay.
CHP leaders have said publicly that they are shocked by this footage and that they plan to act to investigate this matter fully. I applaud their statements – we must hold them accountable and I look to our State legislators to hold them to task. I hope we get the same sense of urgency from federal officials who are looking into civil rights violations. I’d also like to call on all of our law enforcement partners to be sensitive to the concerns that are being raised by our community at this time. We have had a history of tension with police in our community, but we have come a long way and worked hard to build trust. We must continue on that path. "
Councilman Curren Price Jr. Invites You to the "New Ninth" Fourth of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show
Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. & South Los Angeles Elected Officials Host Free 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park
The Fireworks Show Includes more than 1,000 Large Aerial Displays - Making it Among the Longest and Largest in the Region
Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. will be joined by a collection of esteemed South Los Angeles elected officials, including Congresswoman Karen Bass, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, and other state legislators for a state-of-the- art Fourth of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show at Exposition Park. The family friendly event brings to the community one of the longest fireworks displays in the region. The Community festival will also feature two stages, performing live music throughout the day. Carnival rides and food vendors will also be on-site and the California Science Center and California African American Museum will be free and open to the public all day. The professional 45 minute fireworks display will include over 1,000 large aerial displays as well as thousands of smaller low level effects.
This article was originally posted on the USC News Section of their website. Click here to visit USC's website where you can view pictures of the event and the article.
Former president of South Africa visited Coliseum in 1990
Nelson Mandela was inducted into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Court of Honor on May 14.
Dignitaries unveiled a bronze plaque that honored Mandela, who appeared at the Coliseum for a freedom rally in June 1990 after spending 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa. Mandela would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and become president of South Africa the following year.
The court’s plaques honor outstanding people or events, athletic or otherwise, that have influenced the history, glory and growth of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandela’s plaque recognizes his unwavering commitment to social justice.
“By dedicating a plaque in his name today, we honor not only Nelson Mandela’s memory, but also the many memories that have been created in this city and in this Coliseum,” said USC President C. L. Nikias.
Mandela stood before a 70,000-person crowd and lauded Los Angeles as a place that transforms a global community, “We could not have left the United States without visiting the city which daily nourished the dreams of millions of people the world over.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said Mandela was intentional about coming to Los Angeles and embracing the leadership of Tom Bradley, the first African-American mayor of the city. “Mandela chose to honor and salute the leadership of former Mayor Bradley as a stand-up individual who had to overcome a different set of challenges,” Ridley-Thomas said.
Local and international dignitaries spoke of the transcendent power of the human spirit that Mandela represents.
For civic leader, philanthropist and South Africa native Patrick Soon-Shiong, Mandela brought dignity and reconciliation. “Mandela had the wisdom and the courage after his horrible time in Robben Island to forgive, and importantly, to heal a country,” Soon-Shiong said.
South African Consul General Cyril S. Ndaba gave his heartfelt appreciation for the recognition. “Thank you for remembering the people of South Africa,” he said, “and for honoring our icon of all icons.”
Every neighborhood deserves a park, but in the Ninth District, open space is scarce and adding green space has been a chronic challenge. But this weekend, Councilmember Curren Price joined with members of CANNDU Neighborhood Council, local residents, volunteers and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to break ground on a brand new park which will convert an under-utilized median into a lush parkway. When completed the project will include fitness zones, a toddler playground, picnic areas and a tree-lined seating area.
" The New Ninth is about bringing a transformation to our community, replacing blights and neglect with the kinds of amenities that so many other parts of our city enjoy," said Councilman Curren Price. " Nothing says change like taking an under used median and converting it into a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. I am excited and eager to see this project completed and thank the Neighborhood Land Trust and all of our partners for their investment and support."
The project was a labor of love for community members, who launched the effort to transform the 1/3 acre median into park more than a decade ago.
Dozens of volunteers from all over the city descended on Broadway Avenue this week to plant 100 new trees on the arterial street. Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. and City Plants LA, formerly known as One Million Trees LA, were joined by community groups, residents and volunteers on a sunny Saturday morning for the planting. From Slauson Ave. to 69th Street, these trees will help transform an area currently barren of any greenery, helping to transform an important commercial corridor. The new trees will also help conserve energy, provide additional cooling and improving the overall curb appeal of the area. Residents will also be able to adopt a fruit tree to plant in their own garden.
“The New Ninth is all about bringing positive change to our community, and our efforts to make our community cleaner and greener are among the most important as we look to improve the quality of life of our residents,” said Councilman Curren Price.
Earth Day is being celebrated everyday in your New Ninth District, as we work to clean up - and green up - our community! From our targeted community clean-up initiative to opening up new parks and community gardens, we are on a mission to transform our neighborhoods starting with improving our environment. This weekend we held four community clean-ups across the district to celebrate Earth Day, with dozens of community volunteers and collected tons of trash and bulky items. As we take a moment today to think about preserving our environment, visit sites like www.epa.gov/earthday/tips for tips on how to live "greener." I'd also love to hear from you - what are your ideas for environmental change in our community? What activities or policies would you like to see our office take on, and as always, let us know if you want to be a volunteer for our next "Clean and Green" event!
Here's to making our community, cleaner, greener and safer!
Councilmember Ninth District
Local, state and federal leaders gathered with residents and community advocates this week to celebrate the grand opening of the Juanita Tate Marketplace, calling it a game changing development for South.
The $21 million shopping center is more than 25 years in the making and brings more than 200 new jobs to the area as well as a brand new 42,000-square-foot full-service Northgate supermarket and is the largest scale development to come to the area in decades.
“Today we see a vision realized for our community and we also deliver an important message to the rest of the city – this community matters and deserves the same kinds of amenities that others enjoy,” said Councilman Curren Price.is is a game changer for our community and I want other retailers to hear us loud and clear – the New Ninth is open for business but not for business as usual!”
Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr. issued the following statement Friday, following the tragic bus crash in Orland, California involving dozens of Los Angeles area students including students from four South Los Angeles high schools:
“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of 10 lives, including 5 young students. We also send our best wishes for recovery to the 33 people injured in this devastating crash. We are aware that students from several schools in my district, including Fremont, Diego Rivera, Jefferson and Manual Arts, were a part of this trip to Humboldt State University. While we are still waiting to get more details we encourage parents and students at all impacted campuses to remain calm during these very difficult times. Our prayers are with the victims, the injured and their families and loved ones.”
For more information, we encourage students and their families to call Humboldt State University’s Information Line (707) 826-6327. Red Cross is also assisting with reunification efforts, you can visit www.redcross.org as well as www.lausd.net for updates from the school district.
Please consider donating to the Orland Bus Crash Victims Relief Fund, launched by Sharefest and Councilman Joe Buscaino, by visitng http://www.sharefestinc.org/buscrashfund.