Register NOW: Green Industry Training 

Interested in exploring green careers? The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, in partnership with LA Trade Tech College and the U.S. Green Building Council-L.A., are offering a FREE, 5-week, hands-on training program starting Jan. 22.

Participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by experts in the green industry. To receive more information, please contact John Wilson at (213) 763-5954 or via email at jwilson@coalitionrcd.org

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NEW Economics for Women Presents Homebuyer Education Workshop

Thinking of purchasing your dream home? The Office of Councilman Curren Price, in collaboration with NEW Economics for Women, will host on Saturday, Jan. 26 a homebuyer education workshop. The FREE event, open to the public, will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the CD 9 Constituent Service Center (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011).

During the workshop, aspiring homeowners will learn about credit reports, options for mortgage loans and much more. For more information, visit the NEW Economics for Women website here or call the CD 9 District Office at (323) 846-2651. See below for details. 

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Nonprofits: Get the 411 on What Funders Want

The Office of Councilman Curren Price is proud to present a FREE informational session for nonprofits looking to raise funds for their organization. This special event will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 from from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Reef (1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90007).

Event includes: insights from private foundation experts, a Q & A component, breakfast and parking. RSVP with Mike Castillo, CD 9 Business Resource Center Executive Director, via email at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org.

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Learn About the Affordable Housing Process and Upcoming Opportunities

Missed the first affordable housing workshop in Council District 9 last year? Not to worry! Councilman Curren Price is proud to present on Saturday, March 2 “Understanding the Basics of Affordable Housing Workshop” at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will help to clarify and teach Angelenos the affordable housing application process.

Please RSVP with Edgar Morales by Feb. 22 via email at Ed.Morales@lacity.org. For more information, call Councilman Price’s Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651. 

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2019 Central Avenue Jazz Festival Dates Announced & Art Poster Competition Details

Mark your calendars and save the date for the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival taking place July 27-28. The FREE, outdoor, family-friendly music festival is presented by Councilman Curren Price and pays homage to jazz greats while putting a spotlight on the younger emerging artists that are continuing this rich art form.

Please note that vendor and exhibitor applications will be available March 11. There are also opportunities to be part of the behind-the-scenes experience as a volunteer. Information on volunteer applications coming soon.

Stay up-to-date with all things Central Avenue Jazz Fest at www.centralavejazzfest.com

On a related note, the Office of Councilman Price is launching for the first time an exciting art contest to design this year’s commemorative poster. The artwork will also be used to construct all festival marketing printed materials, including the program book, banners and billboards, t-shirts and much more!

The first place winner receives $500 and an autograph booth. Original entries must be submitted in digital format by Wednesday, Feb.13. Winners will be announced on March 6.

To download the contest rules and an artist entry form, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com.

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Important Information: LAUSD Family Resource Guide

On Jan.9, I collaborated on a piece with a few colleagues urging LAUSD and UTLA to reach an agreement and prevent a strike, which would be detrimental to our students and families. You can read our piece here

As we all wait on pins and needles for a final resolution, I want to share a Family Resource Guide that the school district created to help communities prepare for a potential teachers strike, which is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14. 

The L.A. Unified Family Resource Guide features information on student attendance, school schedules, and school meals, as well as how to stay informed, volunteer at your school, and tips on how to speak with families about the impacts of a strike. To read the information in English, Spanish or Korean, please click here.

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Get Your Christmas Tree Recycled with LA Sanitation

Looking for ways to recycle your Christmas tree this year? Here's how. 

LA Sanitation, which oversees the annual Christmas tree recycling program, provides residents with safe and environmentally friendly options for recycling their holiday tree. These trees, which otherwise would have ended up in a landfill, are turned into mulch and compost to be used by residents for gardening and City staff for landscaping. 

For information on recycling your tree, go to: www.lacitysan.org/treerecycle.

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State Awards a Transformative Climate Communities Grant to South LA

The state of California awarded South LA on Dec. 20 a Transformative Climate Communities planning grant to develop a climate resilience plan with communities along the Slauson Corridor.

The Slauson Corridor is home to some of the most environmentally disadvantaged communities in the state based on proximity to pollution, income and other factors. The grant allows residents living along the Slauson Corridor to help create a neighborhood-level climate resiliency plan over the course of a year. This plan will bring forth community informed strategies around parks, housing, displacement avoidance, jobs, air quality, transportation, and community health for the eight square mile stretch of the Slauson Corridor. 

Through this program, Council District 9 will continue to work with community organizations over the course of the next year, including SAJE, Brotherhood Crusade, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, LA Neighborhood Land Trust, SCOPE, SLATE-Z, Tree People, and the LA Department of Planning, to develop priorities and solutions for addressing the impacts of climate change, and issues of economic and environmental injustice in the area.

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Jingle Bells Rang, Snow Descended and Thousands of Toys Distributed at Central Avenue Winter Wonderland

Christmas came early in Council District 9 with a jolly visit from Santa Claus, gifts for good little boys and girls and tons (I repeat tons) of snow. We had a record-number of families attend this signature event held along Central Avenue this past Saturday, Dec. 15.

For me, it's a special opportunity to spend quality time with neighbors and give back to a community that has given me so much. It was especially gratifying to give away 100s of bikes, scooters and skateboards, as well as more than a 1,000 toys to children of the Ninth District. This truly is one of my favorite yearly events - not only because we bring snow, arts and crafts activities and free food for our families - because my team and I get to spread cheer, love and bring the South LA community together.

Thank you all who attended. Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and may there be peace on earth.

Sincerely,

To view pictures from this event, please click here

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Councilmember Curren Price Attends Groundbreaking of Affordable Apartment Community for Homeless Veterans

Councilman Curren Price was joined on Dec. 14 by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other VIPs, as they broke ground on the $32 million affordable housing Rise apartments along Figueroa.

This much-anticipated project will bring 56 permanent supportive housing units for homeless veterans and homeless individuals. To date, Councilman Price has authorized the construction of nearly 500 units of permanent supportive housing in the Ninth District alone! 

"The groundbreaking for the Rise apartments was yet another giant step in the City's effort to eliminate homelessness and ensure our most vulnerable people have a shot at living a life of dignity and respect," added Councilman Price. "RISE apartments offer hope, opportunities and new beginnings; and the fortunate individuals that will one day call RISE their home can and will prosper!"

This latest project complements about 1,000 units of affordable housing units in CD 9 that are currently in the pipeline.

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