Councilman Curren Price on Tuesday, Feb. 25 delivered 300 jackets to Ninety-Third Street Elementary students to replace the ones that had been damaged as a result of the Delta fuel dump in January.
Last month, Councilman Price met with the school principal and affirmed his commitment to assist the school following the Delta incident.
“In the end, communities like ours are left to deal with the aftermath and consequences,” Councilman Price said. “In the case for Ninety-Third Street Elementary, we will also have to redo an entire garden that brought joy to many.”
Currently, the Office of Councilman Price is working with a local organization to assist in the clean up of the garden and prepare it for the spring.
Councilman Curren Price continued this year’s African American Heritage Month celebration with a special presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 25 honoring local “Community Champions.”
The selected individuals were recognized for their service and contributions to improve the quality of life for residents in South LA.
“We honor them today to not only highlight their character and achievements, but to present examples that should serve as inspiration and motivation to others to support their work, or to become Community Champions themselves,” Price said during the Council presentation. “I’m delighted to shine a light on the unsung heroes of District 9.”
The 2020 honorees include:
Jerald Neely: Owner of Neely’s Educational Materials & Supplies. Originally starting as a furniture store, Neely built a family business that spans decades. To this day, Neely’s continues to serve the greater Los Angeles community by offering quality products and strives to maintain low prices, knowledgeable customer service representatives and has become one of the best places to find supplies for school, home or the office.
Leon Gullette: The Vice President of Intervention Services at Community Build, Inc., Gullette started his career in gang intervention services in 1992 by helping facilitate a much-needed gang truce to South Los Angeles. Since that time, he has become the central figure in South Los Angeles for training the interventionist community. Over the arc of his career, he has received numerous awards and recognitions to include: The Mayor’s Office, President Bill Clinton GRYD, and LAPD, just to name a few.
Reverend Dr. Curtis L. Hughes Sr: A proud graduate of the legendary Thomas Jefferson High School in District 9, Dr. Hughes would later return to the high school to coach basketball and played the role of a father to many of the students on and off the court. He was ordained in August 1996 at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church after having attended the Christian University for the Nations in Los Angeles and ultimately earning his Doctorate degree in 2009. For over 25 years, Dr. Hughes has teamed up with Jack in the Box in South Los Angeles to give scholarships to high school seniors in the community so they may continue their education and he is committed to giving youth jobs.
Dr. Cadrin E. Gill: Now the Medical Director of the Vernbro Medical Group, Dr. Gill received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Columbia University in New York. Vernbro Medical Center was built in 1953 by a group of Black physicians out of necessity. At that time, most major hospitals would not allow Black doctors on their staff- a practice that hurt not only doctors but residents, especially those in South Los Angeles. In 1991, Dr. Gill purchased the Vernbro Medical Center where they serve patients from all demographics and have an emphasis on care for Veterans and the homeless.
Thousands of people descended into South LA on Sunday, Feb. 23 to kick off the 10th Anniversary of CicLAvia with a 6-mile car-free route connecting South Central, Florence-Firestone and Watts.
There were several Hubs along the route including one at the District Office of Councilman Curren Price, which featured free bike and helmet giveaways, an archery range, vendors, as well as cheerleading performances by Harmony Elementary School and Nimitz Middle School.
Over the past 10 years, the non-profit organization has been promoting the importance of health, wellness and alternative modes of transportation. They have held 35 events throughout Los Angeles, closing off traffic to allow the community to ride bikes, skate board, roller skate, run or walk.
"Having CicLAvia come to South LA provided a unique experience which united the community," said Councilman Price. "People were able to experience our neighborhood in a way many people have never done before."
Click on the photo below to see coverage from the event courtesy of our friends at LA This Week.
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In an effort to address the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, Councilman Curren Price recently created the CD 9 Homelessness Advisory Committee. The objective of the new committee is to bring community stakeholders to the table to learn and expand on ways to help individuals experiencing homelessness.
The inaugural meeting, which was held on Thursday, Feb. 20, opened with a comprehensive presentation by Councilman Price providing detail into the strategies he is taking to address homelessness in District 9. The committee members also heard from Amy Perkins, the Director of Interim Housing Strategies with Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office, as well as Steven Yu, Community Engagement Supervisor with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and Orlando Ward, the Executive Director of External Affairs at Volunteers of America - Los Angeles. Speakers in attendance shared insight into what the County, City and service providers are doing to help in the fight.
The 15-person committee consists of representatives from faith-based organizations, Neighborhood Councils, homeless service providers and educators-each selected because of their work in the community and shared desire to end homelessness.
For more information on what Councilman Price is doing to address the crisis, call his District Office at (323) 846-2651.
In celebration of African American Heritage Month, Councilman Curren Price led a special City Council presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 19 to recognize the 2020 Oscar-winning short film, “Hair Love," a heartfelt tale which aligns with the current national movement seeking protection against discrimination based on hairstyles and texture.
During the presentation, Councilmember Price acknowledged Director, Writer, Producer Matthew A. Cherry, Executive Vice President of Creative for Sony Pictures Animation Karen Rupert Toliver, and the "Hair Love" team for their recent achievement.
"The Oscar win comes at a very poignant time when black people around the country, especially our students, are being discriminated against for wearing natural hair styles," Councilman Price said.
“Hair Love” is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever face – doing his daughter’s hair for the first time.
"'Hair Love' was born out of wanting to see more representation in film," said Cherry, a former NFL wide receiver, during the presentation in Council Chambers. "We did this project to do something that young people can see themselves in. If we can get more representation in animation, it will trickle down to all the other forms of filmmaking."
Rupert Toliver added, "I have two black teenage sons, and this was an opportunity to present positive images of black men so people can start to think of them differently when they walk this earth."
With his win, Cherry, who left his football career in 2007 to pursue his passion of becoming a filmmaker, becomes the second former professional athlete to win an Oscar. The first (also for an animated short film) was the late Kobe Bryant, for "Dear Basketball." In addition to being an Oscar-winning film, “Hair Love” is also a New York Times best seller.
Click on the image below to see coverage of the event from our friends at LA This Week.
Councilman Curren Price on Saturday, Feb. 15 joined nearly 100 volunteers to prepare the Safe Landing for Families-Broadway site – and specifically the 10 trailers donated by Gov. Gavin Newsom – to be ready for the homeless families who moved in this past week.
St. Joseph Center, the nonprofit homeless services provider for the site, organized the Community Day event in partnership with Councilmember Price’s Office and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
“This is our way of saying, ‘Welcome home, a new life awaits,’” said Councilman Price. "We want the new residents to feel the warm embrace of their community and to know that we're here for them from beginning to end."
During the Community Day, volunteers assembled a play area, dog run and patio sets donated by the California Community Foundation (CCF). They also installed landscaping and cleaned and supplied the trailers with household products. Finally, they made welcome baskets for the homeless families, many of whom were living on the streets in the immediate vicinity.
“This is the County and City of Angels and we are living up to that name,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “This boundless compassion must continue to drive our collective urgency to bring all our homeless neighbors indoors.”
Among the volunteers and donors was TV host Jimmy Kimmel, his wife Molly McNearney, and members of the staff of the show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“I am so impressed by and honored to be part of this inspiring and important project," said Jimmy Kimmel, whose team donated food, bedding, dishes, and other household items for the families moving in. "There is no better way to fight homelessness than by getting families back on their feet.”
Residents of local neighborhoods and St. Joseph Center supporters made up the bulk of the volunteers, along with representatives of local businesses, faith organizations, and United Way of Greater LA’s Everyone In campaign.
“It is so wonderful to see the community come together to lift up families experiencing homelessness and to welcome them to the neighborhood,” St. Joseph Center President and CEO Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Ph.D., said. “Being homeless can be an isolating experience. By joining together, we are showing our homeless neighbors that they aren’t alone; we are here with them.”
Previously used by first responders in the Camp Fire, the trailers were re-purposed into temporary housing for the homeless under an Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Jan. 8. Since then, LA County and City expedited leasing a site and installing electricity, water and sewage connections, as well as other improvements.
Councilmember Curren Price and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Feb. 13 welcomed the arrival of the first 10 trailers sent by Gov. Gavin Newsom to South LA to temporarily house homeless families with children.
Thanks to the efforts between City, County and State governments, local families who at one point were living in cars, RVs and motel rooms are being taken off of the streets and put on the fast track to housing stability.
In the span of just a few weeks, departments including LA Sanitation and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, were able to turn an underutilized parking lot in District 9 into a community that will now be home to dozens of people. Councilmember Price filed the Los Angeles City Council motion to expedite the lease for the project site.
“With the addition of this location, families will now be offered a fresh start to get back on their feet and on track to building a better future. We’re not only transforming their lives, but restoring their dignity,” said Councilman Price. “We understand the magnitude of this humanitarian crisis and we need to examine every possible solution from different angles. We must continue to work collaboratively and expeditiously with our partners if we are to solve the crisis of our generation.”
The trailers, which were donated by the State, are equipped with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area. There will also be wrap-around services provided by St. Joseph Center to assist the families with the support and care they need. This location will include an outdoor playground for the children, pet area and patio area for families to enjoy.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 Councilmember Price, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, St. Joseph Center and United Way of Greater LA will host a Community Day with about 50 volunteers and residents from surrounding neighborhoods to prepare and beautify the site. This includes installing landscaping, equipping the trailers with basic necessities, and creating welcome baskets for the families who will move in.
If you have any questions about Councilman Price's homelessness initiatives, call his District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilman Curren Price on Feb. 13, invited local students from Twenty-Eighth Elementary School to celebrate the addition of a new traffic signal at Adams Boulevard and Stanford Avenue.
The traffic signal, which will increase visibility and calm traffic on neighborhood streets, is one of four that are being installed as part of the “Safe Routes to School” project this year. Additional improvements are slated for Dolores Huerta Elementary School and Quincy Jones/Synergy Charter Academy.
"I look forward to continuing to work with LA Department of Transportation, as well as neighboring schools, parents and students to enhance pedestrian safety Districtwide," Councilman Price said. "By implementing safety improvements by way of traffic signals, speed humps or high visibility crosswalks, we are creating safer streets and giving the power back to the students to choose how they want to get to school."
Safe Routes to School has been responsible for developing and implementing safety plans that combine street improvements with safety, as well as education and promotes the simple act of walking to school.
If you have any questions about pedestrian safety or any other issue, call Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.
On Feb. 12, Councilman Curren Price introduced a motion that would require landlords to pull government permits before issuing tenants a notice to vacate. The proposal would close a loophole in State law AB 1482, which went into effect this year and was intended to protect renters in good standing from being evicted.
Landlords had been using an exception in the law to evict tenants in order to perform “substantial renovations.” The law, however, did not require landlords to pull those permits or describe the work in order to issue notices to vacate.
“It is clear that landlords are using this loophole to get around the protections that were intended for renters under AB1482,” Councilman Price said.
Under the proposed ordinance, which would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, landlords would be required to pull permits before emptying a unit, and they must describe the planned work to tenants before issuing notices to vacate. A similar ordinance was passed in the City of Long Beach this week. The motion is expected to come to the full City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
Click here to read more about the motion.
Councilman Curren Price on Thursday, Feb. 6, joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to unveil LA's new homelessness prevention program called "Solid Ground." Last year, Councilman Price introduced the proposal, which aims to catch Angelenos and their families before they fall into homelessness.
"Far too many people are one paycheck, job loss or medical emergency away from becoming homeless," Councilman Price said. "Individuals are falling into homelessness faster than our homeless services system can move them out. If we are to combat the crisis of our generation, we have to do something for those individuals at risk of becoming homeless."
Working in partnership with FamilySource Centers citywide, the program will offer financial assistance for eligible families to pay things such as rent and utility bills. It also gives individuals access to financial education, public benefits, case management, and other services.
Solid Ground is on track to begin within the next couple of months. For more information on what Councilman Price is doing to address homelessness, call his District Office at (323) 846-2651.