Getting Counted at Green Meadows Rec Center

In an effort to get 100 percent of South LA to participate in the Census 2020 Count, Councilmember Curren Price, in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Census 2020 Initiative, came out to Green Meadows Recreation Center on Aug. 22 to help assist neighbors with filling out their Census form. 

During the drive-thru/walk-up event, participants received  a goody bag, a $5 gift card and had the opportunity to get a free COVID-19 test.

“We are setting the stage for our next generation; the ball is in our court to come together and get counted,” added Councilman Price. “Participating is critical to get our fair share of resources funneled into our community. It only takes a few minutes to make a huge impact that will benefit communities across Los Angeles.”

To see coverage from this event click on the image below courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview Channel 35.

 

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Councilmember Curren Price Announces Plans to Rename Portions of Figueroa Street to “Kobe Bryant Boulevard”

On Aug. 24, known in Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant Day, Councilmember Curren Price announced that he will introduce a motion to rename a stretch of Figueroa Street from Olympic Boulevard to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in honor of the basketball great Kobe Bryant, who died last January in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven other victims, and would have turned 42 years old on Aug. 23. 

 “This is a gift to the City of Los Angeles and to all the Kobe Bryant fans around the world,” said Councilman Price. “LA streets will rise in honor of the ‘King of LA.’

 “Kobe gave his heart to the City of Los Angeles, the City he loved and the City that loved him right back. The essence of his hard work, all of the blood, sweat, broken bones, heartbreaking losses and triumphant wins - lives here and in our hearts forever.”

Figueroa Street runs through the 9th Council District that Price represents and includes Staples Center where Kobe played for the Los Angeles Lakers for two decades. Price added: "To Kobe’s widow Vanessa, their daughters and the entire Bryant Family: we thank you for sharing Kobe with all of us and may you forever feel the warmth and love from the City of Angels. This stretch of road symbolizes the beaten path Kobe took over the span of his 20-year career, filled with sacrifice, focus and determination."

Councilman Price made the special announcement on Monday alongside Councilmember Herb Wesson, co-author of the motion, and radio personality Cece Valencia of 93.5 KDAY mornings, as well as Lakers fans outside of the Staples Center. 

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Thousands of Dollars in CORE Scholarships Available to CD 9 Residents 

Councilman Curren Price is proud to announce the COVID-19 Retraining & Recovery Scholarship Fund (CORE Fund), in collaboration with the SoLa I CAN Foundation, which will offer $1 million in financial assistance to low-income residents seeking to pursue training in careers in healthcare and technology, among others.

A total of 200 scholarships will be offered to individuals who are interested in entering professions expected to be in high demand in a post-coronavirus economy. The financial aid packages will range from $3,000 - $7,000 for CORE recipients. 

For more information, contact Ariel Hyatt, Program Director for the CORE Fund, at ariel@solaican.org

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Councilman Curren Price Teams Up with Mothers in Action in Time for Back to School 

Councilman Curren Price joined Mothers in Action at their 22nd Annual Back to School Health Fair on Aug. 15 where he handed out hundreds of Farm Fresh Boxes to local families and assisted in giving away backpacks and other supplies.

The drive thru event took place at Exposition Park in District 9 and was attended by hundreds of people. Individuals received a box loaded with protein, fruits, and vegetables. 

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Summer Night Lights Comes to Ross Snyder and Green Meadows

During the week of Aug. 10, Councilmember Curren Price joined hundreds of neighbors at Ross Snyder Recreation Center and Green Meadows Recreation Center as part of the 2020 Summer Night Lights, which expands programming to parks for families to come together safely. 

Participating families received groceries, “grab & go” meals and snacks, as well as backpacks, coloring supplies, face masks and other essential items. Individuals also had access to FREE COVID-19 testing onsite. 

Summer Night Lights is a public and private partnership by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and The GRYD Foundation. The summer program is offered across 32 sites in Los Angeles, providing meals, activities, resources and fun for families. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNL programming this year included “grab & go” meal distributions, virtual activities and workshops to enjoy from home. For more information, click here

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Safe Passage Workers: Guardians in the Community

Councilman Curren Price stopped by Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center on Aug. 11 to meet with Safe Passage workers hired to create safe park environments. 

This summer, Safe Passage was implemented at two other locations in District 9, including Slauson Recreation Center and Vermont Square Park. The community-driven program, in partnership with the nonprofit Community Build, Inc., employs up to 20 workers to build relationships in the community and ensure local children and families can travel safely. 

“Safe Passage allows our community at-large to feel safer as they live their lives whether traveling to and from home or to local parks or shopping at nearby stores,” said Councilman Price. “This role is being carried out by former gang members, mothers and individuals who are not only familiar with the area but love their community and want to use the life lessons they have learned to build their community up.”

Councilman Price said he would like to expand such programs in District 9 as the City continues to work on efforts to improve public safety. 

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Laptops Delivered to Housing Complex for Families in Need

Councilman Curren Price on Aug. 11 delivered donated laptops and Chromebooks to a complex that is now home to formerly unhoused families. 

The complex, operated by the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), opened this past summer and is home to about 20 families. The new technology was placed in a newly renovated room that was recently converted into a computer lab.

“I’m delighted to be able to bring much-needed resources to these special families from our community,” said Councilmember Price. “The laptops will help the children with distance learning and allow parents to search for employment opportunities. Their future looks much brighter already and I’m honored to be able to contribute to their growth.”

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Councilman Curren Price Distributes Food to Hundreds of Families 

On Aug. 7, Councilman Curren Price and partners hosted a drive-thru food distribution at South Park Elementary School, helping to feed 500 families impacted by COVID-19.

Over the last few months, Councilman Price has helped organize three food giveaways in District 9. The most recent food giveaway was in collaboration with Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, Northgate Market, SoLa I CAN, South LA Forward, Watts Healthcare and Republic Services. Individuals received a box loaded with protein, fruits, vegetables and other necessities, including masks.

For more information about resources available to local families during the coronavirus pandemic, please contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

 

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Summer Night Lights Comes to South Park Recreation Center 

Councilmember Curren Price on Aug. 5 joined hundreds of neighbors at South Park Recreation Center as part of the 2020 Summer Night Lights, which expands programming to recreation centers and parks citywide. During the event, Councilman Price passed out “grab & go” meals, and CD 9 care packages that included masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and other essential items.

Summer Night Lights is a public and private partnership by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and The GRYD Foundation. The summer program is offered across 32 sites in Los Angeles, providing meals, activities, resources and fun for families. 

For more information on Summer Night Lights, including virtual programming offerings, visit https://grydfoundation.org/programs/summer-night-lights/snl-sites/. The following are dates and locations this week for SNL "grab & go" events scheduled for Council District 9: Ross Snyder Rec Center: Aug. 12 from 5-7 p.m. and Green Meadows Rec Center: Aug. 13 from 5-7 p.m.

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Councilman Curren Price Partners with CD 9 Teacher to Give Out FREE Books

Be sure to stop by EVERY Thursday at the Central Avenue Farmers Market, located at Councilman Curren Price's District Office at 4301 S. Central Ave., to pick up a fresh selection of fruits, vegetables and books. That’s right, books!

In July, Councilman Price partnered with Dr. Claudia Cataldo, Academic Decathlon coach from Santee High School, to hand out free books to CD 9 youth at the weekly farmer’s market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Cataldo has distributed hundreds of books to local families to ensure kids are still actively learning throughout these challenging times and strengthen their love for reading. Interested in making a book donation? Contact Dr. Cataldo at ckc0793@lausd.net. 

Check out the coverage from a recent book giveaway with Dr. Cataldo courtesy of our friends at Channel 35 by clicking the image below.

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