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.
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.
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.
Looking for ways to recycle your Christmas tree this year? Here's how.
For information on recycling your tree, go to: www.lacitysan.org/treerecycle.
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.
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.
To view pictures from this event, please click here.
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.
As we approach the end of a wonderful 2018, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to build a better and more prosperous District 9. This holiday season, I would like to pause and take a look back on what has been a memorable year for the NEW 9th! Please click on the image below to watch a short video that my Office put together.
LA City Councilmember Curren Price introduced two housing-related motions on Dec. 12 that would address constraints to the production of new affordable housing, and advocates for fair geographic distribution of permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles.
The first motion directs City departments to study the feasibility of creating an “Affordable Housing Development Fast Track Program,”which would allow such projects to benefit from an expedited approval process. It also calls for the City to identify other viable solutions, such as easing the review process and reducing the cost of creating new affordable housing in Los Angeles.
"There are countless projects that unfortunately never get off the drawing board because of the costs and risks involved in the City review process," Price said. "We need to consider all possible avenues so that we are in a better position to meet the soaring housing demands for our most vulnerable populations.
It’s time we take a closer look at how we review the development of affordable housing and remove unnecessary roadblocks."
Also on Wednesday, Councilman Price introduced a motion that would reform the process by which Proposition HHH (Prop HHH) funds are allocated. In 2017, voters approved the Prop. HHH bond measure to build 10,000 homeless housing units with wrap-around services over the next decade.
However, most of the HHH projects now in the pipeline are concentrated in disadvantaged communities like Council District 9, which Price represents. For this reason, he is instructing City departments to take into account market values and economic conditions.
The motion by Price asks the City to consider restructuring the subsidies provided to developers building permanent supportive housing in higher cost, more affluent areas in LA.
"We must address the realities that make it difficult for projects in higher resource areas to come to fruition,” Price said. “Each District in our City bears the responsibility to fix the homeless crisis and the weight must be distributed equally.
Doing so would allow for more equal distribution of homeless housing projects throughout the City so that neighbors like those within the 9th Council District don't experience an over concentration and can continue to enjoy economic growth."
As of December 2018, Councilman Curren Price had authorized the building of nearly 500 permanent supportive housing units in his District.
Plans to expand and modernize the Los Angeles Convention Center moved one step closer to reality on Dec. 12 when the City Council voted to approve an exclusive negotiating agreement with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
This $1.2 billion public-private partnership will include an expansion of the J.W. Marriott Hotel with 850 rooms, an additional 190,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, as well as the largest ballroom in the City. The project will also include 55,000 square feet of meeting room space, at least 95,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, and the renovation of the famous Gilbert Lindsay Plaza.
“For far too long, the Convention Center has sat idle - trapped in the 80s and unable to realize its full potential,” said Councilman Curren Price, who represents Council District 9 where the city facility is located. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the Convention Center on par with Convention Centers across the United States which can support large national and international events.”
The exclusive negotiating agreement approved this past week will give the City and AEG one year to work out the final details of the project.