South Park Groundbreaking Signals Return of Glory Days for CD 9 Jewel

On April 12, South Los Angeles residents welcomed a multi-million dollar investment that breathes new life into South Park Recreation Center — one of the oldest, most historic parks in the City. 

Councilman Curren D.  Price, Jr. was joined by the Department of Recreation and Parks, along with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, to announce the upgrades taking place in the eastern portion of the park.  

 “We are committed to conserving open space, creating safe havens and developing much-needed programming in the Ninth District,” said Councilman Price. “With this makeover, we seek to recapture that feeling of nostalgia, pay respect to the history of South Park and build a modern, beautiful park that we can all be proud of.”

 The groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the renovation of the 19-acre park, which serves nearly 22,000 residents living within a half-mile walking distance. This latest phase of improvements includes restoration of the historic Palm Walkway with new paving, picnic tables and benches, new walkways, turf play area, outdoor fitness equipment facilities, smart irrigation system, security lighting and more.

 Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager, Mike Shull stated, “When we return upon South Park’s completion, it will be a community destination worthy of being considered an heirloom. With modern amenities, it will once again be one of Los Angeles’ premiere parks for residents and families to enjoy.”

 In 2016, the Department of Recreation and Parks installed a new synthetic soccer field at the park, as part of an overall $10-million plus investment. During this second phase, a portion of the park will be closed to the public through December. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019, just in time for South Park’s 120th anniversary.

 “We are re-envisioning and re-imagining South Park 2.0!” Councilman Price said. “I can’t wait to be back for the ribbon cutting to celebrate just how far our community has come and the bright future ahead of us.”

 Since 2013, Councilman Price has led an unprecedented investment of more than $40 million to improve local parks in the District.

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FREE Workshop to Learn More About Homeownership

Does your pursuit of the American Dream include aspirations to own a home?

Then you'll want to attend a Homebuyer Education Workshop that we'll be having at my District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011) this Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thank you to New Economics for Women for organizing this wonderful event for our community. For more information on this event or any other local CD 9 issue, call my Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651. 

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Dedicated to the Mujeres of CD 9

The empowerment of adolescent girls and women is a top priority for my Office. I sincerely believe that if our communities are to thrive, we must invest in, encourage and support women of all backgrounds.

Each year, I’m proud to present a Latina Conference in LA City Council District 9 for a day of empowerment, advocacy, sisterhood and entertainment. The FREE event features motivational speakers, insightful discussions, live entertainment, a job and resource fair.

We have developed a strong line-up of highly skilled and respected Latinas who will be leading discussions on subjects that are important to our neighbors, including activism and community organizing, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, financial prosperity, gun violence, immigration, labor, leadership training and more!  

Don't forget to save the date and bring your family, comadres and neighbors. Stay tuned for exciting news in the weeks to come.

All the best, 

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This Summer will Sizzle with the Sounds of Jazz

It may be spring, but we are in full swing planning for our 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival this summer.
 
Want to know more? This year there will be more of an emphasis to showcase the diversity within the jazz genre. We have surprises ahead so stay tuned for future updates by visiting www.centralavejazzfest.com/
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A Rebirth for South Park Recreation Center

In its heyday, South Park was the place to be for children, families and seniors in South Los Angeles. Well, we’re about to bring back the glory days of this community jewel.

We have some big plans underway with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. It starts next week with a community meeting, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony.

Read all about it below.

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The Search for the Next Chief of LAPD

Councilmember Curren Price, in collaboration with Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, is inviting the public to a Community Meeting to provide input on the selection of the next Chief of Police.

Your opinion matters. What do you want to see from our next Chief of Police? Details below.

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CD 9 Leads Fight Against Hepatitis A Outbreak Using Mobile Pit Stops

Under Councilman Curren Price's leadership, the City recently launched a mobile toilet and hand washing station in the Ninth District to combat the growing number of Hepatitis A cases among the homeless community. The “mobile pit stop” is dropped off each morning at 7 a.m. and picked up at 7 p.m., with an attendant stationed there throughout the day. Since March 6, it has received an average of 19 visits per day. The station is funded for six months.

It is one of several throughout the City in areas with large numbers of homeless but few (if any) hygiene facilities. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection whose spread is effectively prevented by frequent hand washing. 

To learn more about local services and housing for the homeless, contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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City Designates March in Honor of Salvadoran Archbishop Romero

To mark the 38-year anniversary of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, the City of Los Angeles declared March as the month of remembrance for the beloved advocate of the poor and oppressed.

Councilman Curren Price presented the resolution on March 23 to Carlos Vaquerano, executive director of the Salvadoran American Leadership Education Fund (SALEF) who also serves as board president for Clinica Romero. To read the resolution, click here.

“We honor Archbishop Oscar Romero for his values, principles and relentless pursuit to build a more equal society for everyone,” said Councilman Price. “We celebrate his teachings, beliefs and life's work. His message of hope, compassion and justice is as relevant today as it was during the Civil War of El Salvador.”

 

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$25K Reward for Information on Street Vendor Attack

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Councilman Curren Price announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the vicious beating and robbery of a 54-year-old peanuts and coconuts street vendor who was brutally attacked at the corner of 31st and San Pedro Streets. Two other vendors were also assaulted but sustained lesser injuries. 
 
In the early hours of March 18, as Pedro Reyes set up his stand for an honest day’s work, criminals robbed and beat him mercilessly. Councilman Price was joined on March 21 by members of the LAPD Newton Community Police Station and family of Pedro Reyes to ask for the public's help. 
 
Any witness or anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Newton Robbery Detective Fitzsimmons or Detective Diego at (323) 846-6572. For after hours, please call (323) 846-6547. To remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or 8477. You can also text TIPLA to 274637.
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Historic Groundbreaking for the $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

George Lucas, Mellody Hobson and Steven Spielberg stopped by South Los Angeles earlier today to greet a few hundred local dignitaries, community partners and friends in celebration of the historic groundbreaking for the $1- billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
 
The Lucas Museum, which found its forever home at Expo Park in the heart of CD 9, will allow visitors to experience the power of narrative art across all mediums, including painting, illustration, comic art, photography, film, animation and digital art. The 300,000 square foot non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also provide much-needed access to arts education and programming for our local youth. Thank you for choosing CD 9 to be the permanent home of the Lucas Museum; we’ve been waiting for this opportunity a long time!

 

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