Councilman Price Advocates for Small Businesses in Response to COVID-19

On Tuesday, June 2, Councilman Curren Price introduced two motions dedicated to assisting small businesses and non-profits left behind by federal loans and other assistance in response to COVID-19.

One proposal calls for an additional $30 million to replenish the city’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program. In March, Councilman Price advocated for $11 million in funding to create the program, which provides no-fee loans between $5,000 and $20,0000, with a zero percent interest rate and repayment deferred up to six months. As of May, the Economic & Workforce Development Department had received nearly 4,000 applications, showing the desperate need to serve as many local businesses that have had to endure closures, layoffs and loss of revenues.

Councilman Price presented a second motion seeking the city's participation in the Los Angeles Regional COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund, which would provide loans and grants to small businesses, micro entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.

The relief and recovery fund would be a collaboration between the city, county, philanthropic organizations and financial institutions. It aims to assist businesses with fewer than 20 employees, many of which were shut out of federal loans. Recent data shows that currently more than half of the county is without a job due to COVID-19. The motion asks for a $4 million commitment by the city to launch the program.

The two proposals will be reviewed next by the city’s new Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment, which Councilman Price is a member of.

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Civil Unrest Lies in the Open Wounds of the Unheard

 

Brothers and Sisters,

While in the midst of a global pandemic, recent events happening across the country have forced us to face another virus head on, the virus of systematic racism. Innocent lives have been sacrificed, most recently in the deaths of George Floyd, during a blatant and gross abuse of power by a police officer in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery, chased down while jogging down the street in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor, a first responder in Kentucky gunned down while she slept.

During this time of civil unrest, we stand in solidarity with the victims' families and loved ones. As brothers and sisters we are united in the grief of too many lives lost, and we demand accountability and justice and total inclusion of our black and brown communities.

Within our hopes for a more peaceful and just society lies the next generation of leaders in the wings ready to fly. Don't let the seeds of anger consume you; instead, remain rooted in love and hope, as one.

Be safe and take care of one another, 

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El Concejal Curren Price en las Noticias

En caso de que te lo perdiste: El concejal Curren Price habló con La Opinión sobre los esfuerzos de su oficina para ayudar a la comunidad durante la crisis de COVID-19. Lea la historia de Jacqueline Garcia para ver cómo ha abordado las necesidades de nuestros vecinos durante la pandemia.

Lea la cobertura aquí.
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Congrats, Team Price Grad!

Please join the Office of Councilmember Price in congratulating and celebrating a special member of the team. Kendal Lake is officially graduating with a degree in Political Science and minor in Spanish from Spelman College. Originally from Los Angeles, Kendal became part of Team Price as a Council Aide earlier this year.

“Graduating from the #1 HBCU (Historically Black College or University) is my most extraordinary accomplishment to date,” Kendal said. “Even in the midst of uncertain times, this moment I've worked relentlessly for remains special to me. Congrats Class of 2020, we did it!”

Added Councilmember Price: "To the millions of Class of 2020 graduates across all grade levels, while this may not be how you imagined marking such a milestone, remember that afflictions and adversity are part of life. However, they also produce endurance, strength, wisdom and character."

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 Census 101: Save the Date for Virtual Presentation

Do you have questions about the Census? As part of Councilman Curren Price's ongoing public education efforts, he is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of the Census to host a live discussion titled "Census 101: Making South LA Count" on Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, participation in the 2020 Census count is more imperative than ever. With billions of dollars on the line to support communities over the next decade, getting an accurate count can make a world of difference.

The Census is held every 10 years to determine how much federal funding each state receives annually for education, healthcare, housing, and other social safety net programs. The Census also determines the apportionment of Congressional seats and redistricting at all levels of government.

Los Angeles’ hardest-to-count area is Council District 9. Tune in and find out why we can't afford an undercount. Submit your questions ahead of time to c09iid.mch@lacity.org to get answers by the experts. Mark your calendars, it is sure to be an informative discussion.

For more information, see the flyer below.

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Community of Champions: Serving Our South LA Neighbors 

During the week of May 18, Councilman Curren Price joined Trust South LA to distribute meals to dozens of local families. "Partners such as Trust South LA are the foundation to what keeps us strong during moments of crisis," said Councilman Price. "Their partnership means the world not only to the neighbors they are serving but to the entire South LA community." 

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Partner Highlight: PCL Construction Donates Hundreds of Face Coverings to District 9 Community 

On Thursday, May 21, PCL Construction donated 700 face coverings to Council District 9 to be distributed to local members of the community as the City continues to loosen some restrictions on reopening.

“As a company founded on social responsibility, giving back to our communities is the cornerstone of our organization,” said Aaron Yohnke, vice president and district manager of PCL’s Los Angeles office. “As a 100 percent employee-owned company, we give back to communities where we live and work.” 

Over the years, PCL has built a strong relationship with Council District 9 and small businesses in the South LA community through numerous projects, including the Banc of California Stadium in Expo Park. 

“I can't say how thankful we are to receive such great support in times where thoughtful action makes an impact for our community,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “CD 9 has enjoyed a great partnership with PCL Construction, and we are excited for the opportunity to use this donation to meet the needs of our volunteers and community members during this time."

If you or anyone you know is in need of a face covering, please contact Councilmember Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Slow Streets Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

The City of Los Angeles is proud to announce the launch of "Slow Streets," a new initiative aimed at increasing Angelenos' access to public space for recreational activities while alleviating crowding on sidewalks and promoting social distancing.

In response to COVID-19 "Safer at Home" restrictions, slow streets temporarily calms traffic on local residential streets to create space for "active use" that includes walking, jogging and biking. While in place, residents participating in the program are expected to keep at least six feet apart at all times and required to wear a face covering while engaging in active recreation.

Slow Streets, which is a partnership between Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and StreetsLA, was implemented to create a framework for the citywide programs that prioritize low-income communities that lack access to parks and open space. To learn more on the program's guidelines and requirements, and apply for a slow street in your neighborhood, click here. If you have questions, you can email slowstreets@lacity.org. 

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New Traffic Signal by Trinity Street Elementary School 

As part of Safe Routes to School (SRTS), District 9 recently welcomed the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Trinity Street and Adams Boulevard. The latest improvement will enhance the safety of kids walking and bicycling to and from Trinity Street Elementary School. 

The new traffic signal, which helps increase visibility and calm traffic on neighborhood streets, is one of three that have been installed in District 9 this year. Other improvements have been implemented in the neighborhoods surrounding Dolores Huerta, Quincy Jones / Synergy Charter Academy, and 28th Street Elementary Schools through the SRTS initiative. 

Since being elected to Office in 2013, increasing the safety of City streets has been a priority for Councilmember Curren Price. "I am happy to continue keeping that promise by implementing safety improvements by way of traffic signals, speed humps or high visibility crosswalks," said Councilman Price. "We are creating safer streets and giving the power back to the students to choose how they want to get to school."

If you have any questions about pedestrian safety or any other issue, call Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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"I Want You to Get Tested For COVID-19"

Dear District 9 Neighbor, 

Less than one percent of people who live in the District have gotten tested for COVID-19. Meanwhile, last week the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified 1,715 positive cases of COVID-19 and 51 deaths in my District, which has a population of more than 270,000. As of May 17, approximately 2,108 District 9 residents had been tested for the coronavirus.

I got tested for COVID-19 at Kedren Community Health Center, and I am now encouraging you to do the same. It's fast, easy and free. I cannot stress enough how important it is for Black and Latino communities to get tested.

Testing is available at dozens of locations all over LA County. In District 9 there are three locations to date and they include:

1. Kedren Community Health Center (4211 S. Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles 90011) whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is by appointment at https://corona-virus.la/testing

2. St. John's Well Child and Family Center at 5701/5717 S. Hoover St. Los Angeles 90037. Testing is by appointment at https://corona-virus.la/testing

3. On May 4, a “drive-thru” testing site for symptomatic, high-risk individuals and “essential” workers was set up at Expo Park in collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline. To make an appointment through the Baseline COVID-19 Program, visit www.projectbaseline.com/covid-19/.

"Our neighbors need to know that COVID-19 is impacting black and brown communities at higher rates than others," added Councilmember Price. "Chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes are in direct proportion with the long standing social and racial inequalities experienced in underserved communities. And these chronic conditions have been a fertile breeding ground for the coronavirus."

To read my op-ed featured in the LA Sentinel about the importance of getting tested for COVID-19, click here.

Click the photo below to watch my PSA on the need to get tested. 

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