News from the CD 9 Business Resource Center

Councilmember Curren Price has partnered with Rebrand Cities for the first “Small Business Website Build-a-thon” event hosted in Council District 9. Rebrand Cities is a global civic partnership with WordPress.com and the City of Los Angeles to help get 300 local Los Angeles businesses online with their very own website.

Through a Collaborative Building Model [Developer + Business Owner], small business owners can participate in interactive mini-workshops and Q&A sessions to fine-tune their website content in preparation for an engaging and intensive day of development toward their newly designed website.

The Website Build-a-thon will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the NEW 9th Council District Business Resource Center inside Councilman Price's District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90011).

Registered participants will also be invited to participate in a pre-event Content Development session on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. also at the District Office. Here you will have the opportunity to develop your content in anticipation for the day of build out event on Feb. 26.

If you have been looking for an opportunity to get a website for your business created, then this event is for you!

Register here --> http://rebrandlacd9.eventbrite.com/

 

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CicLAvia Heads to the Heart of South LA

 

CicLAvia will make a stop in South LA on Sunday, Feb. 23, closing streets along Central Avenue in an effort to encourage neighbors to bike, skate or stroll! As part of the festivities, Councilman Curren Price will be participating in a bike ride with local residents at 12 p.m. at his District Office (4301 S. Central Ave., LA 90011).

CicLAvia South LA will activate hubs throughout District 9 filled with family-friendly activities along the 6-mile, car-free route. The special activation at Councilman Price’s District Office will begin at noon and includes bike giveaways, music, a photo booth and resources.

For more information, call the CD 9 District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Celebrating African American Heritage Month

During the week of Feb. 3, LA City Councilmembers, joined by other elected officials and industry leaders, kicked off African American Heritage Month with a number of festivities.

"It is of the utmost importance to pay homage to the ground breakers who have had to fight through color lines and persevere in order to pave the way for future generations," said Councilman Curren Price.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4,  the annual art gallery installation in City Hall entitled "STAND UP: The Art and Politics of Comedy," was unveiled. The exhibit pays reverence to African Americans in comedy by way of memorabilia, photos, art and a special floor piece that features inspirational quotes by many of our favorite comics.

The following day, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, Mayor Eric Garcetti led a special presentation honoring the movers and shakers who continue to push Black culture forward. This year's honorees include:

• Jeffrey Osbourne, Recording Artist, Living Legend Award
• Tiffany Haddish, Comedian/Actress, Trail Blazer Award
• Hon. Michael Lawson, Esq., President, Los Angeles Urban League, Hall of Fame Award, Economic and Civil Rights
• Sandra Evers Manly, President, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Hall of Fame Award, Business
• Thomas Parham, Ph.D., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Hall of Fame Award, Education

Click on the video below from our friends at LA This Week to see footage from this year's African American Heritage Month celebration:

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"Bringing Hope to Hope Street" Opening Soon

With construction nearing completion on the first "A Bridge Home" site in CD 9, it will soon be home to 100 of the most vulnerable people in South LA.

“A Bridge Home” provides emergency temporary housing facilities to serve the homeless population that are within a 1.5 mile radius of the site. The facility in District 9 will offer wrap-around services, including medical care, job training and housing placement. Individuals living in the facility will have access to a nurse, mental healthcare workers and social workers. There will also be 24-hour security on site, seven days a week.

With a warm bed, three meals a day, storage for personal belongings, a pet kennel, clean restrooms and access to laundry facilities, this marks the beginning of a new journey for so many unsheltered neighbors.

This is one of three such projects that will be coming to District 9 this year in an effort to combat the homelessness crisis.

Please click on the image below for a preview of the "Bringing Hope to Hope Street" site.

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Happy New Year from The NEW 9th!

As 2019 comes to a close and we enter into a new decade, 2020 promises to bring exciting opportunities and events to our community. Over the past year we have made significant improvements through the combined hard work and dedication from neighbors like you.

In 2020, we will be seeing the addition of hundreds of affordable and permanent supportive housing units come to fruition, which will help alleviate the pressure from the housing crisis.

We will also be opening the first "Bridge Home" site in CD 9, which will help our most vulnerable neighbors transition from the streets into a safe location where they will be offered medical, mental health and social services to help get them back on their feet. In addition, we have several other innovative programs in the works to help ease some of the obstacles people are facing, including the Homelessness Prevention Program, which will provide benefits to individuals on the cusp of homelessness.

Entering into 2020, our Clean & Green campaign is going strong and we encourage you to make using the MyLA311 app part of your daily routine. You can report trash, bulky items, graffiti and other sanitation issues directly from your phone, and with your help we will continue to make strides in ensuring that South LA is a beautiful place for families to live, work, play and thrive.

Next year will also be a banner year as 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Surrounded by the rich history of one of the most historical sites in Los Angeles, this event boasts multiple stages featuring both legendary and up-and-coming performing artists, so you can bet that this event is going to be one you will not want to miss. 

Whether you have come out to enjoy fireworks under the stars at our 4th of July event, danced with us at our Mother’s Day celebration, or played in the snow at one of our Winter Wonderland events, you have been the reason I continue to fight to make South Los Angeles a place you are proud to live. 

Please click below to relive some of our best moments from 2019:

Wishing every day of 2020 to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you and your families.

Sincerely,  


Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
http://www.the-new-ninth.com/

 

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Happy Holidays from The NEW 9th

This December, I have had the opportunity to attend holiday themed community events throughout The NEW 9th, including Winter Wonderland events at Green Meadows and Gilbert Lindsay recreation centers, as well as a special bike giveaway at my District Office. Each event provides a great opportunity for me to have important face time with members of the community so I can not only hear of concerns, but it also allows me the chance to spread some joy and cheer.

It has been my privilege to work with great partners such as the Department of Recreation and Parks to create memorable experiences for our children and families. Whether bringing in snow for our neighbors to enjoy to distributing thousands of toys, breaking bread or sharing a fun Zumba dance, we are making great memories together, and it has been my honor to bond with our South LA community.

Seeing the joy these events bring to our community is priceless to me and my staff—reinforcing why we chose to be in public service. When I think about the Holiday time, there is so much good going on all around us, with the countless acts of kindness, no matter how small or large the act, it goes a long way in ensuring that everyone feels the warmth of the season.

Thank you for allowing my staff and I to share these moments with you and we hope that you enjoy this special time with your families and friends.

Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
http://www.the-new-ninth.com/

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Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School Takes the Crown!

Let’s give it up for the students at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School in District 9! Their student body is the inaugural winner of Councilman Curren Price's “Don’t Trash CD 9” high school challenge.

As part of Councilman Price's continuous efforts to clean up South LA, he recently launched a one-of-a-kind competition targeting local high school students. From Oct. 28-Dec. 9, a dozen local high schools battled each other to see which would report the most illegal dumping, bulky-items and graffiti using the MyLA311 app.

The first leg of the competition resulted in more than 2,100 MyLA311 requests, with Ánimo Jackie Robinson submitting just under 1,500 of them. Ánimo Jackie Robinson High School will not only have bragging rights, but they were also awarded $5,000 for their hard work in making Council District 9 cleaner and greener. Because of these students’ efforts more residents are able to see the real beauty of CD 9.

The competing 12 schools will have five more chances to win as this competition will continue to run until May 2020. Please join us in congratulating these CD 9 champs!

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Winter Wonderland in District 9 Brings Snow, Toys and Laughs to South Park Recreation Center

The ringing sound of sleigh bells echoed through South Park Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 during Councilman Curren Price’s Annual Winter Wonderland. Thousands of jolly boys and girls shared their wish list with Santa; received toys from hard-working CD 9 elves; and sipped hot cocoa as they took part in arts and crafts.

Each year, Councilman Price hosts a Winter Wonderland complete with snow sledding, bounce houses, face painting and other family-friendly entertainment. Despite the rain, thousands of local families were in attendance. "The weather didn’t dampen our Holiday spirit,” exclaimed Councilman Price. “For me, there is no greater gift than unity in community.”

To see the entire Winter Wonderland 2019 photo album, click here.

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Nury Martinez Makes Herstory

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Councilwoman Nury Martinez became the first Latina to be elected Los Angeles City Council President.

Councilwoman Martinez will assume her new role starting in January 2020. Throughout her career, she has proven that she is imminently qualified for this job; championing the needs of children and families, empowering women and girls, fighting human trafficking, tackling the threat of climate change, and so on.

"All her life, Nury Martinez has had to fight to gain a seat at the table," Councilman Curren Price said. "This week, we put her at the head of it. The Councilwoman has been a champion in the corner of all Angelenos and there is no doubt in my mind that her fierce leadership will continue to guide the City in a positive direction."

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Rosas Set to Bloom in The NEW 9th

Built in 1893, the historic 29,900 square foot Casa de Rosas complex is currently being rehabilitated to serve as housing for 36 veteran families. On Monday, Councilman Curren Price, along with other State, County and City officials, broke ground on the campus under construction, which will provide support to formerly homeless single-parent veterans.

"I’m elated that Casa de Rosas will bloom once again next spring, creating a space for hope, healing and opportunity," said Councilman Price said. "I look forward to being back here in 2020 for the ribbon cutting and welcoming all the families that will be part of the fabric of our South LA community."

The multi-million dollar project is being led by Ward Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in partnership with Integral Group. Once completed, it will include courtyards, fruit tree lined sidewalks, along with onsite daycare.

The latest construction project along Hoover and Adams represents more than 600 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) with wraparound services for people experiencing homelessness slated for District 9.

 

 

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