Councilman Curren Price Launches Free Meal Delivery Program for At-Risk Seniors During Coronavirus Threat
To ensure vulnerable seniors have food during the COVID-19 crisis, Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price launched on Wednesday, March 25 a FREE emergency meal delivery program to help local individuals 65 and older.
The new service, in partnership with Everytable, which makes nutritious, fresh food affordable and accessible to all, will provide meals for up to 700 people identified by the Office of Councilman Price.
The special program is meant to protect those most at-risk from COVID-19 and will be accessible through at least June, but could be extended if necessary.
“These are challenging times for everyone, particularly our seniors who have been strongly advised to stay home,” said Councilmember Price. “They should not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. It is important for us to do what we can to pull our resources together to ease the minds of some of our most vulnerable, to keep our community strong and focused on staying healthy.”
The local initiative is expected to generate approximately 28,000 meals to seniors from the area, and it includes many of the District’s senior residential facilities.
"The Everytable mission has always been about access - making sure everyone, everywhere has access to healthy, fresh food at affordable prices. With this great disruption to our way of life, there are so many seniors across Los Angeles who don’t have the ability to order food online, have limited funds and are now totally isolated and hungry," said Sam Polk, CEO of Everytable. "We're honored to work with Councilmember Curren Price on this senior meals program to deliver healthy, delicious food for lunch and dinner right to their doorstep, at least twice a week."
Our CD 9 Farmers Market is back in business this coming Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and taking extra precautions to protect our South LA community.
Farmers Markets are a great opportunity to not only give the community access to fresh fruits and vegetables but they are also a safe, open area to shop without having to worry about being in a crowded market.
See the details below and help us spread the word to your neighbors.
Regresa nuestro CD 9 Mercado de Agricultores este próximo jueves 26 marzo de 10 a.m. a 2 p.m. y estamos tomando precauciones adicionales para proteger a nuestra comunidad del sur de Los Ángeles.
Mercados de Agricultores son una gran oportunidad para no solo dar acceso a la comunidad a frutas y verduras frescas, sino que también proporcionan un área segura y abierta para comprar sin tener que preocuparse por estar en un supermercado lleno de gente.
Vea los detalles a continuación y ayúdenos a correr la voz entre sus vecinos.
On Wednesday March 18, Councilmember Curren Price released the following statement on legislation that closes a loophole in AB 1482 that allowed landlords to evict tenants for "substantial renovations"
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, March 17 approved an urgency ordinance introduced by Councilman Curren Price that requires landlords to pull the necessary permits for renovations and submit plans of their property before issuing tenants a notice to vacate. The legislation closes a loophole in Assembly Bill 1482, the state's Tenant Protection Act, which went into effect Jan. 1 and allowed landlords to evict tenants in order to conduct “substantial renovations."
The state law, which prohibits evictions without “just cause” and caps rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation, allowed landlords to remove residents in cases of substantial renovations. It did not require landlords to obtain applicable permits before they can evict tenants or provide a description of the scope of work to be performed. The new City ordinance addresses the loophole.
“It’s imperative that we do everything we can to protect renters from displacement and stop more people from becoming homeless in the first place,” said Councilman Price. “Since the Tenant Protection Act went into effect, we heard time and again how unscrupulous landlords were wrongfully evicting long-term tenants in good standing from their homes claiming that it was due to substantial renovations and then hike up the rent for the next tenant. I believe that this added protection will get the City of LA one step closer to ending our current housing affordability crisis and help our renters stay in their homes.”
On Tuesday March 17, the LA City Council approved a series of emergency measures responding to the coronavirus outbreak—from enacting moratoriums on evicting renters and businesses to potentially establishing a program that would guarantee 14 days paid leave to Angelenos.
At the hours-long meeting, Councilmembers presented a wide range of solutions to serve residents during the pandemic. The moratorium on evictions and late fees would help families and small businesses who may not have enough money to pay their rent or mortgage due to a loss of income. Affected individuals would have to set up payment plans and would not face eviction over nonpayment while the moratorium was in effect. The Council also asked for an analysis that identifies gaps in paid leave at the federal and state level that would require the need for a local emergency leave program during a major disaster or public health crisis. The Council is also moving forward with a plan that would require employers to have a substantiated reason for letting an employee go. The “just cause” policy would be retroactive to March 1 and provide workers in the service industry including hospitality, janitorial, retail and gig economy industries, a sense of job security and relief.
Councilman Curren Price co-introduced a motion that adds protections for grocery and drug store employees, as well as food delivery workers. This includes giving them time to wash their hands, access to hand sanitizers, disinfectant cleaning products and protective gear, as well as free coronavirus testing and flexible work schedules to address childcare and family needs. The proposal also calls for an ordinance to regulate food delivery platforms like Instacart and Uber Eats to ensure there are protocols in place to keep drivers, shoppers and customers safe.
“These are workers that are on the front lines of this public health emergency and we have to make sure they have the protections they need throughout their shifts,” Councilman Price added. “The goal of the package is for the safety and protection of the employees and customers."
In an effort to aid small local businesses, Councilman Price co-introduced another motion to provide $10 million dollars in emergency funding to create the Small Business Emergency Microloan Program. The program, which will benefit low-income areas within the City of Los Angeles, will be managed by the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) to issue loans to small businesses directly affected by the coronavirus economic impact.
“As the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, I’m especially concerned for what this public health crisis means for our small businesses, in particular for underserved areas such as in my District,” said Councilman Price. “It’s important not only to support but also maintain our current businesses. This initiative can go a long way in alleviating the concerns that are weighing heavily on our business community.”
The City Council is scheduled to meet again next Tuesday, March 24.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused disruption to everyday life unlike anything we have seen before. Communities across the United States are doing what they can to protect our families and seniors.
Our highest priority has always been the health and safety of all Angelenos. To prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the impact at home, I will be limiting public access to my District Office effective immediately and until further notice. This was not a decision that was made lightly but was done out of precaution for CD 9 constituents and Team Price during this public health crisis. In these trying times, my staff will continue to be available to address constituents' concerns via phone at (323) 846-2651 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also email me at Councilmember.Price@lacity.org.
It is of the most importance for us to remain calm, exercise patience, stay prepared and educate ourselves on ways to stay safe and informed. Remember to keep areas cleaned, washing your hands regularly and stay home when sick. As a community, let us all all be mindful of the actions we take to protect our health and the health of others so we can come out of this crisis a stronger and more united front.
Please continue reading below for other valuable information for you and your loved ones as we all come together to respond to the crisis.
Stay well and healthy, and take care of each other,
What Angelenos Need to Know
Mayor Eric Garcetti made the decision on March 12 to close Los Angeles City Hall to non-city employees due to coronavirus concerns. To further protect the health of the public, he took these additional steps:
- Postponement or cancellation of all non-essential public community events or group activities with 50 or more participants, or that require close contact between vulnerable individuals.
- A ban on all events or conferences on City-owned properties that are anticipated to attract more than 50 people.
- Development of plans to stagger entry for visitors in public buildings to no more than 50 at a time.
- Transit locations and similar facilities, including LAX and the Port of Los Angeles, as well as all City shelters, are exempt from this requirement at this time.
- Ensuring that hand-washing and sanitizing stations are available in City-owned public buildings, and that extra steps are taken to clean facilities regularly and thoroughly.
On March 15, Mayor Garcetti issued an emergency order that includes the temporary closures of the following:
- Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food.
- Movie theaters and entertainment venues.
- Bowling alleys and arcades.
- Gyms and fitness centers.
- All restaurants will be prohibited from serving food to dine-in customers, but may continue to prepare and offer food via delivery service or take-out.
- Houses of worship are urged to limit large gatherings on their premises and to explore and implement ways to practice their respective faiths while observing social distancing practices.
City Council Meetings
In an effort to enact social distancing and minimize exposure, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez made the decision to limit the number of public meetings held at City Hall. City Council meetings will meet only on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. during the month of March (March 17, 24 and 31) and council committee meetings have all been cancelled for the remainder of the month.
- The Council District 9 monthly community cleanup for March has been canceled.
- Operations of the weekly Farmers Market held on Thursdays will be temporarily halted until further notice.
- All Los Angeles Public library locations are closed through March 31. Librarians will continue providing assistance through telephone reference (213) 228-7272; the web-based service, Ask A Librarian, will be available at www.lapl.org/ask-a-librarian.
- All recreation centers will be closed. All recreation and cultural programming at all facilities will be canceled. This includes all recreational and cultural activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions.
- All Senior Citizen Centers will be closed. Dining centers for older adults will be contacting participants to provide information regarding meal distribution at the dining centers beginning March 16. Older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the LA City Department of Aging at (213) 482-7252 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for more information regarding meal services.
- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will continue to deliver reliable water and electric service and is deferring disconnections for non-payment through the remainder of March. Visit www.ladwp.com for more information. Impacted customers can request a payment plan online or make arrangements by calling customer care at (800) DIAL-DWP (800-342-5397).
- So Cal Gas does not anticipate any service disruptions at this time. The company is not suspending service or disconnecting customers until further notice. Customers in need of assistance can call (800) 427-2200. For more information, visit https://socalgas.com/coronavirus.
In Need of Help
- LAUSD is opening 40 Family Resource Centers beginning Wednesday, March 18 to provide meals, a safe environment and additional services to accommodate families. The following centers are available in CD 9: Manual Arts High School, Jefferson High School and LA Academy.
- If you are experiencing a financial hardship due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Visit the Employment Development Department for more information.
It is important that you keep up to date with the most current and accurate information to protect your health and the health of others. Here are some resources:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Sign up for the City's NotifyLA system to get updates on COVID-19 response and prevention in the City of Los Angeles.
Report Illegal Practices
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer , LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and LA County Counsel have created the Joint Coronavirus Task Force to stop illegal and dangerous practices including price gouging, scams and misinformation.
- If you or anyone you know has fallen victim to price gouging or a coronavirus consumer scam, file a complaint with the Office of the City Attorney by calling (213) 978-8340 or visit www.lacityattorney.org
As the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus continues to climb, one group that is particularly vulnerable is our local homeless population. To better protect the people living on our streets, we have implemented the following preventive measures in District 9:
- The addition of nine NEW hand washing stations (with more to come) near homeless encampments in the Ninth District.
- Redeployment of one mobile hygiene trailer equipped with restrooms and showers and dedicated to District 9. The hygiene trailer will be deployed daily, where it is most needed, across hotspots in the District.
- Redeployment of two mobile pit stops with toilet and hand washing stations daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. across vulnerable locations in the 9th District.
- Lastly, CARE and CARE+ team members are distributing hundreds of hand sanitizers to homeless individuals in high density encampments. CARE teams are composed of members of the Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), providing sanitation and outreach services to encampment residents five days a week.
The welfare of our unsheltered neighbors is of the utmost importance to my staff and I. I will continue to advocate for additional resources.
The best way to curb the spread of the virus is to maintain a clean environment. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands regularly and stay home when you are sick. If you have any questions or concerns, please call my District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis celebrated on Thursday, March 5 the completion of the first A Bridge Home shelter in District 9 called “Bringing Hope to Hope Street.” The facility at 2817 S. Hope St. is the twelfth to open in Los Angeles as part of the City’s homeless shelter program.
The structure in South LA will temporarily house 100 homeless men and women from the community and help them transition into permanent supportive housing. Volunteers of America will provide case management onsite, as well as assistance finding housing, jobs and other services.
“’Bringing Hope to Hope Street’ is not just a shelter, but rather a reminder that we must never lose hope,” said Councilman Price. “Here, our formerly homeless neighbors will find refuge, comfort and healing. Most importantly, they'll be on the path to stability, independence and a new life. We know that this may only be one chapter in their lives but this is not the end of their story.”
In 2018, Mayor Garcetti launched A Bridge Home, an emergency bridge housing plan to provide homeless Angelenos in each Council District a temporary place to live and receive supportive services until they are connected with permanent housing.
"Angelenos are coming together to confront the homelessness crisis by providing housing, healing, and hope," said Mayor Garcetti. "The opening of 'Bringing Hope to Hope Street' is the latest reminder that we are deploying resources and forging partnerships to bring our unhoused neighbors indoors now."
The latest Bridge Home project is on County-owned property. The land previously served as one of four County parking lots for the H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center. The County agreed to lease the land to the City of Los Angeles at no cost.
“Homelessness continues to be the defining moral issue of our time. As we move forward, it is crucial that we leave no stone unturned in our effort to combat homelessness in LA County and that includes repurposing under-utilized County properties, such as parking lots, that could be transformed into the supportive and interim housing that our region so desperately needs,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who represents the First District where this new housing project is located. “I will continue to work with our partners, including the City of Los Angeles, Volunteers of America, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, and other service providers as we confront our growing homelessness crisis head-on. We will not rest until every County resident has a safe and warm place to sleep at night.”
The “Bringing Hope to Hope Street” facility includes a pet area and outdoor eating area, a community room, bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, storage space and 24-hour security. Moreover, individuals moving in will have access to job training opportunities, life skills, and haircuts. The site will also offer pet care, including vaccinations, spaying, neutering and grooming services. Volunteers of America – Los Angeles (VOALA) will oversee the day-to-day operations.
"VOALA is excited to partner with CD 9 and Councilman Curren Price on this vital project to help and give hope to our communities’ most vulnerable,” said Orlando Ward, Executive Director of External Affairs. “The Hope Street location will provide superior case management with a state-of-the-art facility and strong community partnerships to offer a way out of street homelessness within The NEW 9th."
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center will serve as a medical home for the residents moving in. The organization will provide a full range of medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services through its mobile clinic or at 18 sites throughout South LA.
“The effort to develop bridge housing in the 9th Council District, and throughout the City, is a critical lynchpin in tackling the homeless crisis. Providing transitional and temporary housing to thousands of homeless individuals and families across the City will allow people to stabilize, receive services and secure permanent supportive housing,” said Jim Mangia, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center President & CEO. “St. John’s is honored to partner with Councilman Curren Price in providing healthcare services to individuals experiencing homelessness who will finally be housed through the bridge housing project in South LA. We applaud his efforts to be one of the first Council Districts to develop this project.”
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On Friday, March 6, the Los Angeles City Council established the criteria for the creation of a Jobs and Economic Development Incentive (JEDI) Zone Program and Councilman Price introduced a motion for one of the first to be in District 9.
The JEDI program would provide incentives such as expedited permitting, fee reductions, facade improvement assistance, training incentives, compliance assistance and access to capital. Price’s motion asked that the Goodyear Tract industrial complex, located in his District, be designated a JEDI Zone.
These zones will offer City incentives to businesses looking to transform or expand their footprint. The request to declare the Goodyear Tract a JEDI Zone will now be evaluated by the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) to ensure it meets the requirements.
Read more about the program, here.
On Tuesday, March 3, the Los Angeles City Council established the Good Food Zone policy and approved the first pilot for the South LA area.
First introduced by Councilman Curren Price, the proposal expands access to healthy, fresh food in “food desert” neighborhoods and increases economic opportunity. The policy creates economic incentives for businesses, including retail and restaurants, that offer healthy products.
“In an area considered a food desert, policies like this are so important in helping to transform communities and ensuring that our residents are offered the same healthy options as those in more affluent areas,” Price said.
This policy was developed over the last year by a number of community stakeholders and led by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. For more information on eligibility, contact the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD).
For more information on the policy, read the Council File here.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, local businesses gathered at the District Office of Councilman Curren Price to take part in a website building workshop in partnership with Rebrand Cities and the City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency.
During a two day event, designed to help address the digital divide in South LA, eight small business owners obtained help and guidance with content and website design.
"As technologies continue to evolve, it is imperative that our small businesses maintain an online presence to connect with a fast-changing world," said Councilman Price.
For more information on resources to support local businesses, please contact Mike Castillo, Executive Director of Councilman Price's Business Resource Center, at (323) 846-2651.