In celebration of Independence Day, Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price will host a FREE, all-day family festival, culminating with a 20-minute fireworks show in Expo Park. The picnic-style event, which gets underway at 11 a.m. on the South Lawn, features games and activities for the entire family, such as face painting, a rock climbing wall and inflatable jumpers. The holiday celebration will include contests and prizes for attendees, as well as a wide variety of culinary specialties and plenty of tasty treats available for purchase.
Entertainment begins at noon with live performances kicking off at 2 p.m. with the sounds from one of Southern California’s most talented R&B singer-songwriters Candice Boyd, finalist from the reality television competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom;” Selenamos, the hottest Selena Quintanilla Tribute Band in Los Angeles; and West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer Rodney O, plus other special guests!
The Fourth of July community festival in the NEW 9th concludes with one of the most impressive and patriotic fireworks display in front of the Natural History Museum around 9 p.m. Each year the event draws tens of thousands of people. Free general admission tickets are available here.
Below are some tips to help families make the most of this years’ experience:
- Parking is LIMITED, skip traffic and GO METRO. Take the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station. Exposition Park is right across the street. Click here to plan your trip.
- Don’t want to miss out on BBQing with the family? That’s OK! Small patio barbecue grills are allowed in the DESIGNATED GRILLING AREA ONLY. Rules will be strictly enforced.
- Pack a blanket and sweater for the evening. The fireworks extravaganza will come to life at dusk so you'll want to be cozy when the main attraction begins.
For more information, call Councilman Price’s Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
The City Council’s Economic Development advanced this week a Fair Work Week proposal by Councilmember Curren Price, which would impact 147,000 retail workers in Los Angeles.
“When I worked to pass the City’s minimum wage policy, I heard from people that raising the minimum wage was good, but that it didn’t mean income security if they didn’t receive enough hours,” said Price, who introduced the motion in March. “The Fair Work Week policy would bring stability, predictability and flexibility to people working retail jobs in LA.”
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.
On May 22, Councilman Curren Price introduced a reward motion in the amount of $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old USC student Victor McElhaney.
"It’s disheartening to know the killers are still on the loose while a family and entire community continues to grieve in search for answers," said Councilman Price. "I hope today’s action sends a clear message: We are committed to finding these killers and bringing them to justice."
If you heard or saw anything, don’t be afraid to come forward. The safety of our streets and future of our children and families depend on it. Submit a tip by contacting LA Crime Stoppers.
(Picture below is from a "peace stand-in" that was held on the corner of Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard where Victor was gunned down)
On May 20, Team Price welcomed our newest neighbors from the Paul R. Williams Apartments with a special housewarming event. The Paul Williams Apartments on Jefferson Boulevard offer 41 affordable housing units for individuals and families. The development by Hollywood Community Housing Corporation features community rooms, a computer lab, and landscaped courtyard with fruit trees and gardening space.
"There is an urgent need for low-income rental housing in LA, and I will continue to do everything I can to address this crisis at home," said Councilman Curren Price, who hosted the special event.
A majority of the households that moved into the complex were from District 9. To learn more about affordable housing opportunities coming up in District 9, call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
To see coverage of this special event, please click on the image below.
On May 18, Councilman Curren Price attended the ribbon cutting for the South LA Community Farm in celebration of their one-year anniversary.
This is the first urban farm in the City under the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ)—a statewide program that allows property owners to lease their land to food growers and receive tax benefits. This initiative makes it possible for local organizations such as All Peoples Community Center and the American Friends Service Committee to work with property owners and bring fruitful projects to the area.
"Through the UAIZ policy, we are able to repurpose vacant and underutilized land in our city to increase healthy food access, expand green space, reduce blight and bring economic opportunities to our communities," said Councilman Price. "Urban Ag Incentive Zones provide a very important tool to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods."
On May 15, Councilman Curren Price, Chief Michel R. Moore, 77th Street Community Police Station and dozens of community residents gathered for a peace rally in the wake of a gang-related shooting at Vermont Square Park that injured four people, including a 5-year-old girl.
"The uptick in violence rippling through our South LA community is robbing my peace of mind and our neighbors’ sleep," said Councilman Price at the peace rally. "Sadly, last night a 5-year-old girl became one of the latest victims. This is unacceptable!"
Team Price stands in solidarity with the victims of this tragic act of violence. Now more than ever, we are encouraging our community to speak up if you or someone you know witnessed the shooting. You can report anonymously by calling the LAPD hotline at (800) 222-8477.
Click below to see footage from the peace rally.
On May 10, the Los Angeles City Council approved the emergency bridge housing facility on 2817 S. Hope St. in District 9 to help people living in nearby encampments.
The local temporary housing program will provide beds for up to 100 homeless men and women at a time. The new bridge housing site will also offer storage for residents, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, meals and 24-hour security.
“With our City facing such an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, we are making strides in the right direction to house our most vulnerable members of the community,” Councilman Price said. “The Hope Street facility will not only offer a safe place for people to lay their heads, but more importantly it is a space that is being built on compassion, hope and a clear pathway toward the restoration of dignity.”
Currently, there are more than 3,200 homeless individuals residing in District 9. The Hope Street site is located in an area of the City where there are more than 1,000 homeless individuals living within a 1.5 mile radius.
To respond to the crisis and immediate need for shelter, Councilman Price sought $6 million to establish the temporary bridge housing facility in his District.
The temporary facility in District 9 is part of a City and County of Los Angeles collaboration and will be funded through Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program. The citywide effort aims to get Angelenos off the streets and on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing until permanent housing is secured. As part of this plan, there will be increased Sanitation and Police services, as well as comprehensive outreach to engage homeless individuals living in close proximity to the CD 9 bridge housing site.
To learn more about “A Bridge Home,” visit www.lamayor.org/ABridgeHome
On May 13, we threw a party for South LA’s finest: Our moms. Thank you to the more than 1,300 ladies who joined us at our Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Convention Center.
CD 9 moms: You are loved. You are appreciated. Because of you, our families and communities are stronger.
Calling all local high school students in the Ninth District! Any plans this summer to further your education and fulfill long-term goals? Make sure to apply for Councilman Curren Price’s Youth Innovative Entrepreneurial Leadership Development (Y.I.E.L.D.) Program before the May 24 deadline (see application below).
The FREE week-long summer program will take place June 10-14, giving our District 9 youth an opportunity to interact with industry professionals across varying fields such as architecture, clean technology, trade, video game development and much more. Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, create new friends and make contacts for possible internships.
For more information, contact Mike Castillo at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org or call (323) 846-2651.
Summer is coming and so is Fourth of July! Join Councilmember Curren Price and tens of thousands of friends and neighbors from all over the region as we ignite LA's skyline and launch a pyrotechnic celebration in honor of our nation's birthday on Thursday, July 4 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The FREE event will feature live music, delectable food and activities for the entire family at this picnic style celebration on the South Lawn of Exposition Park.
We are currently accepting applications from food trucks and vendors interested in participating in this year’s festival. If you are interested, please apply here.
For general information, call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651. More announcements forthcoming.