Councilman Curren Price Reveals Dates for the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Councilmember Curren Price announced on March 28 the official dates of the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival with the unveiling of the 2019 poster contest winning entry. The FREE community event will return to historic Central Avenue, between Vernon Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, on July 27-28 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Hosted by Councilmember Price, the summer festival features live jazz performances from world-class musicians and emerging artists on three stages; in addition to the famed Dunbar Hotel, which was popular with jazz legends from the 1930s to the 60s. The outdoor event also includes interactive pavilions, providing everything from free medical screenings, live art demonstrations, information on jobs and other family-friendly activities. 

“The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is a celebration of the history, rise and future of jazz,” Price said. “It is the City’s gift to music lovers of all backgrounds and from all corners of the world.

“This year, we launched an inaugural poster contest to infuse greater energy and excitement into the festival. I can’t wait for the public to see the winning artwork, which captures the heart and essence of the jazz experience in District 9.”

For the first time, Councilman Price held an art contest open to the public to design the Central Avenue Jazz Festival poster. The competition drew entries from all over Southern California. The winning submission, entitled “Giant Steps,” comes from a local artist, LP Ǽkili Ross. 

In the artwork, an African-American man is seen playing his saxophone while walking past the landmark Dunbar Hotel. According to Ross, he wanted to demonstrate the past and present moving together as the young musician draws inspiration from historical predecessors that descended onto Central Avenue and played at the venue before him. His design will be featured in all 2019 Central Avenue Jazz Festival marketing materials, including banners, t-shirts and much more.

“Los Angeles is a City defined by extraordinary talent,” Ross said. “I sought to create a special piece, which resonates with the community of Central Avenue while highlighting the continuation of a legacy built so long ago.”

For more information on the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including forms for sponsors, vendors or volunteers, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com. Talent for this year’s jazz festival is scheduled to be released in May.

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Councilman Curren Price Teams Up with AAA to Present Career Fair

The Automobile Club of Southern California is expanding their footprint in CD 9, and they’re looking for great individuals to join their team. Councilmember Curren Price is partnering with the organization to organize a Career Fair on April 2 at his District Office. Please see the flier below or call the Business Resource Center (BRC) at (323) 846-2651 and ask for Mike Castillo for more details.

Pass the information along to anyone who might benefit.

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Green Meadows Recreation Center Debuts New Fitness Zone

South LA friends and neighbors gathered March 15 to be the first to try a new fitness zone at Green Meadows Recreation Center. The easy-to-use outdoor gym includes a chest press, tricep press, leg press, vertical press (calf raises and arm extensions) and an arm curl. 

The $50,000 investment, spearheaded by Councilmember Curren Price, is part of an effort to make fitness fun and affordable! 

"Parks offer the perfect opportunity for friends and families to exercise,” said Councilman Price. “The fitness station at Green Meadows is a great addition to the neighborhood.”

Since Councilman Price came into Office in 2013, more than $40 million has been invested across parks in Council District 9. 

Relive the excitement from Green Meadows's Ribbon Cutting by clicking on the image below. 

 

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Free Business 101 Series Kicks Off 

More than a dozen local business owners attended March 14 a FREE workshop that went over the 2018 federal tax law changes. The event, organized by Councilman Curren Price under his Business Resource Center (BRC), included a refresher on services offered by the City of Los Angeles Department of Finance.  

The next Business 101 workshop will delve into the topic of how to grow your business. This session is scheduled for April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Councilman Price’s District Office (4301 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles 90011). Please RSVP with Mike Castillo at Mike.Castillo@lacity.orgFor more information on future events organized by the BRC, please call (323) 846-2651.


¡Estos son talleres completamente GRATUITOS para empresas en el Distrito 9!

Los talleres en inglés serán el segundo jueves del mes.
Los talleres en español serán el tercer jueves del mes.

Confirmase con Mike Castillo por correo electrónico a Mike.Castillo@lacity.org

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Pioneer Woman of the Year: A Champion in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

Tangelia Myles, a human trafficking survivor and advocate for victims, was the 2019 “Pioneer Woman of the Year” for District 9. On March 8, Tangelia was one of 15 women honored by Los Angeles City Councilmembers on International Women's Day.

She is a California native, born and raised in the Ninth District. As a minor, she bounced around from foster home to foster home. From the ages of 18 to 22, her trafficker moved her across the United States to Las Vegas and New York. 

She not only helps survivors of sex trafficking, she is also a tireless advocate for foster children and the homeless. Tangelia's inspirational story of triumph over adversity, as well as her courage and strength to rebuild her life, make her this year's CD 9 Pioneer Woman! 

"Being chosen as a pioneer woman for my work in human trafficking is affirmation that I have truly turned my pain into purpose," Tangelia Myles said. 

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Safety First for Students at Ascot Avenue Elementary

Ascot Avenue Elementary School parents and loved ones will have greater peace of mind over their children’s safety with the launch of a curbside valet program coming March 18.

Councilman Curren Price’s Field Staff joined Safe Routes to School (SRTS) partners and community members on March 5 as part of a training for the new service. This initiative, spearheaded by parent volunteers, school administration and LAUSD School Police, will allow boys and girls to be safely dropped off and picked up from school without the need for parking. Neighbors should be conscious of this new program when driving around the neighborhood.

The valet program, along with loading signs and other precautionary measures, are all part of SRTS—a national and LADOT program charged with implementing improvements to ensure children have a safe path to campus.

To ensure the safety of children at Ascot Elementary, drivers should follow these simple rules as the new program is rolled out:

  1. Follow the instructions of the Valet crew.
  2. Do not park within 10 feet of the orange coned area.
  3. Pull all the way forward to the volunteer with the STOP sign (unloading zone) before allowing children to exit the car.
  4. Allow the adult Valet to assist children from the car. Drivers do not need to exit their vehicles.
  5. Children should gather their books, backpacks, jackets, lunch and/or any personal belongings prior to reaching the Valet Zone so they are ready to immediately exit the car.
  6. Before exiting the Valet area, drivers should wait for a signal from the Valet Volunteer to ensure children are safely out of the way.

 

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“Think and wonder, wonder and think,” –Dr. Seuss

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 4, Councilman Curren Price read to students from Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Science Center School. The initiative is part of Read Across America - a national effort to ignite a passion for reading and encourage lifelong learning among youth. 

"It was heartwarming to be part of such a wonderful movement that seeks to ensure a good future for our students and helps shape the next generation of leaders," Councilman Price said. 

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Neighbors Come Out in Droves to Learn About Affordable Housing

Approximately 100 community members attended on March 2 a workshop that informed neighbors about the affordable housing process in the City and which was organized by Councilman Curren Price. 

The event had the participation from the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCID) and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). Developers were also on hand to talk about incoming affordable housing projects.

“Many people are unaware that CD 9 has the highest stock of affordable housing in Los Angeles,” said Councilman Price. “Currently, there are about 1,500 affordable units in the pipeline in my District. For this reason, it’s important to educate and empower the community.”

To see coverage from the event held at Maya Angelou Community High School, please click on the image below. 

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Councilmember Curren Price Introduces Fair Workweek Policy

LA City Councilmember Curren Price on March 1 introduced a motion that would bring relief to retail workers who face income insecurity over unpredictable, last-minute and fluctuating workweeks.

The Fair Workweek proposal, which was co-sponsored by City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Paul Koretz, seeks to bring stability, predictability and flexibility in retail workers’ schedules. The motion requests the City Attorney to draft a fair scheduling ordinance.

“What good is a minimum wage if employees are unable to work enough hours to make ends meet?” said Councilmember Price, who was a champion of the citywide $15 minimum wage and is Chair of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. “L.A. retail workers live in economic uncertainty, making it difficult to predict their income, make time for school, or care for their families. It’s time the City of Los Angeles support retail employees by adopting a Fair Workweek policy.”

The new policy, which would affect retail businesses in the City with 300 or more employees, outlines six key regulations including: written and posted work schedules, two weeks’ notice of work schedules, right to request a flexible schedule/right to decline hours without retaliation, predictability pay, right to rest between shifts of 10 hours and access to additional hours.

Last year, the UCLA Labor Center released its “Hour Crisis: Unstable Schedules in the Los Angeles Retail Sector” report, which surveyed retail workers to investigate the scope of the sector’s scheduling problem. More than 147,000 people work retail jobs in the city of LA. Retail is the second largest employer in the county: 1 in 10 workers in LA County are working in retail, 84 percent of whom lack a set schedule.

Los Angeles’ family-sustaining workweek plan would ensure stable and predictable work hours, opportunities to work more, healthier workweeks with adequate rest, and a greater voice in when and how much they work. The motion is expected to be heard in the City Council’s Economic Development Committee in the next 45 days. A final ordinance could be ready for review by the City Council before the end of the year. 

See motion below. 

Watch coverage from our partners at  L.A. This Week by clicking on the image below.

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Community Celebrates Groundbreaking of Affordable Housing Project

Councilman Curren Price on Feb. 28 joined Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) and partners to break ground on the $40.2 million Florence Mills affordable housing development coming to South LA.

The latest project along Central Avenue will create 74 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for very low-income families and veterans. It includes 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The new development  pays homage to African-American singer and dancer Florence Mills who fought for equity and social justice during the 1920s.

“Florence Mills Apartments is an exciting development that will meet many goals as we address the affordable housing crisis and residential needs of Los Angeles,” Price said. “I look forward to this exciting example of progress in our District and creating affordable units for vulnerable populations of various incomes.”

This latest project complements close to 1,500 units of affordable housing coming to CD 9 over the next several years. Florence Mills Apartments is expected to be completed in summer 2020. Information on the selection process for housing on this development will be available in 2020.

"Hollywood Community Housing is committed to developing quality affordable housing developments that meet the needs of the community. Working with non-profit, private and municipal partners, this innovative development will pair 19 new affordable apartments for veterans and their families with on-site supportive services," said Hollywood Community Housing's Executive Director, Sarah Letts. "I want to thank our partners Councilmember Price, The Home Depot Foundation, National Equity Fund and Union Bank for working with us to make sure that affordable housing is within everyone's reach."

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