Vote By Mail Drop Boxes in District 9 for November General Election

To ensure registered voters in Los Angeles County have a safe and convenient option to cast their ballot in the Presidential General Election, StreetsLA is installing Vote by Mail Drop Boxes outside City public libraries and recreation facilities, including several in District 9.  

Installations are expected to be completed by Sept. 20, in advance of the release of mail-in ballots. Library locations in District 9 include:

Ascot Branch Library

 

120 W. Florence Ave.

Los Angeles 90003

Junipero Serra Branch Library

 

4607 S. Main St.

Los Angeles 90037

Vermont Square Branch Library 

 

1201 W. 48th St.

Los Angeles 90037

Vernon - Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

 

4504 S. Central Ave.

Los Angeles 90011

Additional drop boxes are expected to be installed at the following Recreation and Parks facilities in CD 9: Expo Center (next to Ahmanson Senior Center) and Ross Snyder Recreation Center.

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CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund Success Story!

As COVID 19 continues to affect almost every aspect of day-to-day life, small businesses have also had to quickly adapt. With help from the CD9 Small Business Relief Fund, 27th Street Bakery Shop was able to get assistance of more than $23,000 to help the business maintain their doors open and help secure equipment that would more effectively package their pies.  

The 64-year-old bakery is one of dozens of local businesses that were able to get help from the CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund. For more information, click here

This program is open to essential businesses located in Council District 9. To be eligible, businesses must be currently open and operating or will be able to open upon receipt of the loan.

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Deserving CD 9 Students Surprised with New Laptops

In a time of so much uncertainty, many students are having to seek out unconventional ways to  maintain their school work without the luxury of having the necessary tools. During a caravan on Aug. 3, Councilmember Curren Price joined Community Build, Inc. and the owners of People’s Republic of South Central, Craig Bowers and business partner Samuel Chawinga, to present five lucky students in District 9 with a huge surprise to help support them on their educational journeys, brand new Chromebooks. 

The group of students, selected by the nonprofit Community Build, have been through struggles no child should have to endure. The loss of both parents, one to COVID-19, having to do homework on a cell phone, having to share one device among six siblings, or trying to hone their craft in design. 

“With the shortage of laptops in the school system, it is the community at-large that has the power to immediately effect change not only in the way these students are able to do their school work but also has the power to connect the entire family,” said Councilman Price. “The landscape of their educational journeys has changed so much, but I am confident that they will now be on track to achieving their goals for their futures.” 

With a gracious donation of brand new laptops by the owners of People’s Republic of South Central, they wanted to find the best way to give  back to the community.

South Central is the heartbeat of Los Angeles, the community is filled with multi-generational households and front line workers; this is an idea of celebrating the hard work, values and work ethics of the people that live here,” added Bowers. “With LA bearing the brunt caused by COVID-19, we could not think of a better way to help during this time of need.”

Local families in need of resources, can call Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. 

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District 9 Students Receive Backpacks Just in Time for Back-to-School

On Aug. 2, Councilmember Curren Price and Northgate Gonzalez Markets joined together to provide 100 kids from South Park Elementary School with new backpacks filled with school supplies. This simple gesture brought bright smiles to the children's faces giving them one less thing to worry about during the most challenging beginnings to a new school year. 

“We have seen the heartbreaking images of the very real disparities that our families are suffering through during the pandemic, from the lack of childcare, going without food and the digital divide; children and families are having to take drastic measures to support their education and we as a community must show up for them,” added Councilmember Price.

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Sidewalk Repair Celebrated By Longtime CD 9 Resident

Long-time resident of South LA Antonio Cervantes has lived in the neighborhood since 1970. He has seen significant changes throughout the years and was most recently moved to share his appreciation for a sidewalk repair that occurred on his block. 

According to Mr. Cervantes, the sidewalk repair means a safe place for him and other elderly people to walk on, without worrying about a fall and injury. To him, this renewed sidewalk means that he doesn't need to go onto the street to avoid a lifted or cracked sidewalk. 

If you are interested in having your sidewalk analyzed for repairs, please contact Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Round Four Application Period for LA COVID-19 Relief Grants Runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 4

In partnership with the LA Regional COVID-19 Fund, Councilman Curren Price has secured $1 million in grants to assist micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits operating in District 9 affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fourth round of grant applications will be open from Monday, Aug. 31 through Friday, Sept. 4.

The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund is open to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits located in Los Angeles County.  The LA Regional COVID Fund is composed of three parts including grants, loans and technical assistance. Grant opportunities of $5,000 are available to micro-entrepreneurs and $15,000 for small businesses and nonprofits. 

For the remaining schedule, eligibility information or to apply, please visit https://www.lacovidfund.org/. Applications are available in 15 languages. For more information, call (833) 238-4450. Refer to the flyers here for additional details. 

 

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Register for Safer at Parks: FREE Alternative Learning Centers and After School Programs in District 9 

Parents of elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to sign up for a safe and structured learning environment, which includes supervised learning spaces, free Internet access, non-contact recreational activities and includes breakfast, lunch and a snack. 

Students must bring their own laptop or tablet computer to participate. Pre-registration is required (click here to register). Safety protocols will be in place and face coverings are required. 

See the flyer below for more information and the list of participating parks in District 9. For more information on additional resources for local families, call Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Speed Hump Application Cycle to Open Sept. 16

Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m., the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will initiate a new round of the City speed hump application cycle. Residents may petition the department for the construction of speed humps at new locations provided that certain criteria are met. The filing window, which occurs biannually, will continue until the set threshold for requests is met. For more information visit the LADOT speed hump request page here. Applicants are encouraged to apply promptly after the application opens due to high demand.

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FREE COVID-19 Testing Comes to Councilman Curren Price’s District Office

To continue with the pledge of getting District 9 tested for the coronavirus, the Office of Councilman Curren Price is welcoming St. John's Well Child and Family Center to his District Office to provide FREE Covid-19 testing to neighbors. The event will take place Sept. 2 at 4301 S. Central Ave. from 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Please make an appointment ahead of time by calling (213) 400-0552 (English) and (213) 706-1740 (Spanish). Safety measures will be in place and face coverings are required.

See below for additional testing sites in District 9. Remember: FREE COVID-19 testing is available to all LA County residents. For more information and to make an appointment visit: Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing. Call 3-1-1 or (213) 978-1028.

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Councilmember Curren Price Presents at COVID-19 Renters Rights Workshop 

On Aug. 22., Councilman Curren Price participated in a COVID-19 Renters Rights Workshop hosted by Voices Neighborhood Council to help spread the word on the protections that have been put in place to protect tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“With each passing month, the burden of rent during these difficult times weighs heavily on the shoulders of our residents,” said Councilman Price. “The best way to stay informed and educated is to participate in workshops led by the experts to get the most up to date information to ensure families are protected from unlawful practices that we have seen happening throughout the City.”

Eviction protections are in place in the City of Los Angeles to protect Angelenos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information contact the Los Angeles Housing + Community Development Department Department (HCIDLA) by calling (866) 557-7368 or visit Hcidla.LACity.org

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