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.
CD 9 TRAFFIC ALERT: Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2018, one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the world, is happening Dec. 14-15 at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park. Please plan accordingly and note that heavy traffic + road closures are expected during both days.
The following streets will be CLOSED to ALL traffic. Please help spread the word to anyone who might be impacted.
- Exposition Boulevard (Vermont to Figueroa)
- Friday, 12/14: 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
- Saturday, 12/15: 8 p.m.–12 a.m.
- South Figueroa Street (Exposition Boulevard to West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
- Friday, 12/14: 11 p.m.–1 a.m.
- Saturday, 12/15: 10 p.m.–12 a.m.
- Two Westbound lanes on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (South Figueroa Street to Bill Robertson Lane)
- Friday, 12/14: 12 a.m. to Sunday, 12/16: 6 a.m.
- Bike Lane on Southbound South Figueroa Street (West 39th Place to West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
COMMUNITY PHONE LINE
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please reach out to event organizers using the below number during the indicated hours:
Friday, 12/14: 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
Saturday, 12/15: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Info: (702) 820-3424
Or by email 24/7: email@example.com
After years of attempts, Los Angeles became on Nov. 28, 2018 the second-largest U.S. City to legalize sidewalk vending by approving a permit system.
Beginning Jan. 1, vendors will have to abide by a series of rules and regulations, including: ensure that they are not impeding the flow of pedestrian traffic or ADA access; be three feet from one another; maintain a clean area around their cart; have all the necessary permits, and much more. Over the next year, the City will work to implement a citywide permit program with the goal to issue permits by January 2020.
In April of 2017, the City of Los Angeles decriminalized sidewalk vending, allowing for only administrative fines to be given for any sidewalk vending violations. However, sidewalk vending remained illegal until most recently.
“This is win for the vending community and a gain for micro-entrepreneurs in pursuit of opportunity and the American Dream. It is justice for tens of thousands of immigrant and low-income Angelenos who work early mornings, late evenings and sacrifice weekends as sidewalk vendors,” said Councilman Curren Price, who introduced a motion to legalize sidewalk vending alongside Councilmember José Huizar. “After years of hearings, compromise and healthy debates, we can finally say, for the first time ever, Los Angeles will have a sensible sidewalk vending policy that is fair, enforceable and inclusive.”
The new rules includes restricted areas where vending is prohibited within 500 feet, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios, as well as Staples Center, LA Memorial Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, and the Hollywood Bowl on event days.
To see footage of this historic day, please click here.
The rain didn’t dampen the moods or Holiday cheer of hundreds of children and local families attending the Vermont Square Winter Wonderland on Nov. 29.
The popular community event featured family-friendly activities, including 30 tons of snow, a video game truck, and FREE food. Dozens of bikes were raffled off, and attendees had the opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus!
“I am dedicated to bringing families together and providing opportunities where our kids can laugh, play and savor their childhood safely,” said Councilman Curren Price, who hosts the event every year. “Up next, Winter Wonderland on Central Avenue! Once again, it’s going to snow in the NEW 9th!”
For more information on the upcoming Central Avenue event, see flyers below.
To see all the photos from this year's Vermont Square Winter Wonderland, please click here.
Check out the video with this year's footage here.
Close to 200 people attended the first affordable housing workshop in Los Angeles hosted in Council District 9 and led by Councilman Curren Price.
The information session at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School on Nov.26 was presented in partnership with Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC).
Members of the community learned where to access affordable housing in the City, and how to fill out an affordable housing application in preparation of future developments in the pipeline.
“I hope the event served as a first step into getting many of our local families into housing,” Price said. “I have made it my personal mission to incorporate all housing typologies, including workforce and market-rate housing, into my overall strategy to help all local families living in my District.”
Please see below for housing projects coming to Council District 9.
Heading into Thanksgiving, Councilman Curren Price led efforts to distribute more than 1,300 turkeys to families, churches, schools and community groups in District 9.
The Office of Councilman Price partnered with about 40 local nonprofits to identify families in need. Gift cards and vouchers were also provided to help families prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
"It has been my honor to support thousands of community members through the years as part of my Office's annual turkey giveaway," Price said. "We want to make sure our friends and neighbors, who might be struggling financially, are able to enjoy a warm and hearty Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones."
In commemoration of Veteran's Day, the City Council honored 15 brave and selfless warriors during a special presentation this week. Each Councilmember selected an honoree living in his or her District to thank them for their service and commitment.
Councilman Curren Price shined a bright light on Mickiela Montoya, a District 9 veteran whom you might have read about in the book "The Lonely Soldier." She was also featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other outlets.
Mickiela served in the California Army National Guard and Army Reserves for eight years, including a deployment to Iraq for one year as a military police officer. After returning to the United States, she dedicated herself to raising public awareness on the lack of services available to help female veterans. Today, this extraordinary Council District 9 resident works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is carrying out her life's mission.
Thank you Mickiela for your love for country, democracy and humankind.
Attention CD 9 residents: Have you been naughty or nice? The FREE Winter Wonderland at Vermont Square Park is weeks away but we want families to save the date for this very special community event.
The annual celebration, organized by the Office of Councilman Curren Price, gets underway Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m. at 1248 W. 47th St., Los Angeles 90037. Join Team Price for a celebration that will feature snow slides, entertainment, music, raffles, and an arts & crafts children’s area. PLUS, the first 500 people will get free food.
What: Vermont Square Winter Wonderland
When: Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Vermont Square Park, 1248 W. 47th St., Los Angeles 90037
More information: Councilman Price Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651
Mark your calendars for the fifth in a series of FREE Home Composting & Gardening Workshops at the South LA Wetlands. During the Saturday, Nov.10 session, families will gain tips on water conservation and the ins and outs of growing winter vegetables. But don't be too late as the first 30 people per household will walk away with their very own rain barrel! Attendees will also have the chance to take home a variety of winter vegetable plants.
Remember, the series of smart gardening workshops vary and take place every second Saturday of the month. Please see accompanying flyer for details on upcoming sessions. For more info, call (800) 773-2489 or visit www.lacitysan.org/compostworkshops.