Affordable Housing Project Coming to the New 9th

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Great news for low-income families in search of affordable housing! The City Council on June 1 approved a 100 percent affordable housing project right here in the Ninth District.

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation received the green light to develop 43 units along Central Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard next to Angelus Funeral Home—a historic South Central monument designed by famed architect, Paul R. Williams.

The Paul Williams Project, at 1010 E. Jefferson Blvd., will offer tenants FREE onsite supportive services, including ESL, GED, financial literacy, and youth programming.

The development, which is slated for very-low and low-income households, preserves and restores the landmark funeral home designed by renowned architect Paul R. Williams, who was the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects. 

Construction to the complex is expected to begin in early 2017. To stay up to date on subsidized housing opportunities in the City of Los Angeles please click here.

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9th Annual “Tribute to SHeroes” Recognizes Unsung Champions

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I had the honor and privilege of hosting on May 22, the 9th Annual "Tribute to SHeroes" Awards at the Radisson Hotel at USC. A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated significant leadership, great pride and an unyielding commitment to strengthening our community.

This event is a tradition I started when I first served in the State Assembly and continued through my time in the State Senate, and now as your City Council representative in the New 9th.

The yearly luncheon allows me to honor the dedication of 25 phenomenal women who are driving positive change in the Ninth District—individuals who often are not thanked enough or whose tremendous impact goes unnoticed. 

Of all the events I host every year, this is the one that is closest to my heart. After all, I have two very special SHeroes in my life: my mother Ms. Charlena Price and my wife Del Richardson-Price. 

The recipients of this year’s SHero Awards have helped enrich the lives of our neighbors, and this past Sunday we came together to celebrate their accomplishments.

Ladies: You are the epitome of putting service before self! A very warm congratulations to …

Adela Barajas
Executive Director & Founder-Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (L.A.U.R.A.)

Sharon Blackburn
Executive Director-South Central Prevention Coalition

Barbara Carroll
Community Resident/Volunteer

Alejandra Carvajal
Business Owner-Mariscos El Diablo

Iona Diggs
Community Volunteer/Resident

Sofia Giron
Trust for Public Land-Avalon Green Alley Team/Resident

Guadalupe Gonzalez
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

Jessica Guerrero
Soledad Enrichment Action Community Activities Coordinator/Resident

Mary Howard
Co-Founder & President-Nu Alpha Delta Multicultural Sorority

Nina Idemudia
Community Resident/Volunteer

Nikki Jones-Brocks
Weingart Family Solutions Center/Resident

Rosario Manzilla
Jefferson High School Community Liaison/Resident

Carolynn Martin
Executive Director-Los Angeles Wellness Station

Marissa Martinez
Vice Principal-Santee Education Complex

Esther Monteilh
Community Resident/Volunteer

Mayra Moreno
Community Resident-Social Support Liaison-Harmony Project

Betty Ontiveros
Public Safety Officer-University of Southern California

Carla Osorio
Founder-Solidarity House of the South/Casa Solidaria del Sur

Claudia Perez
Founder-LA on Cloud 9

Veronica Ponce
Community Resident/Volunteer

June Ellen (Cookie) Richard 
Community Activist/Resident

Cynthia Rosado
Social Worker at Los Angeles Trade Tech College-Early College Academy

Regina Slaughter
Director-Amity Foundation

Lizet Triana
Coordinator-LAPD Newton Division PAL Program

Lori Weise
Founder-Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR)

To see the photos from this year’s event, click here.

Sincerely,

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Curren D. Price, Jr. Councilman
District 9 - “The New 9th”

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#throwbackthursday video: Celebrating Earth Day 2016 in the New 9th

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It gives me great pleasure to present to you a #throwbackthursday video to when my office coordinated community clean-ups across four different locations in the Ninth District. Every month, we coordinate clean-ups in collaboration with schools, churches, neighborhood groups and stakeholders districtwide. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please call the District Office at (323) 846-2651.

Sincerely,

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Curren D. Price, Jr. Councilman
District 9 - “The New 9th”

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Hundreds of Mujeres Attend 1st Annual Latina Conference in South L.A.

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History was made in South L.A. on May 14 as hundreds of local guerreras gathered at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College for “Mujeres Empowered for Success,” the first-ever Latina Conference in Council District 9.

As I stood in front of a multitude of Latinas of mixed generations, I felt enthusiastic and hopeful for the future of our District. And why wouldn’t I? For years, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equitable, fair and just society.

You all are the reason why our office put together this very special program. As your local representative, I want to do my part to provide you with the tools you need to change our community for the better. I want to help you confront the challenges you face day-to-day and empower you to achieve your aspirations in spite of socio-economic and cultural barriers.

Thank you for helping us make history this past Saturday. My heartfelt gratitude to the dozens of experts who gave their time to shed light on issues that directly impact our neighbors such as Immigration, Education, Health & Wellness, Financial Literacy. A big thanks to the more than 30 exhibitors providing much-needed resources and information to our families searching for answers on everything from DACA & DAPA to Health for All Kids, and much, much more.

Of course, we can’t forget our media partners Telemundo 52 and La Opinion; sponsors, including Northgate Market, Republic Services, Herbalife Nutrition, and The Charles Company.

Then there were our speakers, including Linda Griego, entrepreneur and former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor; and Raquel “RaqC” Cordova, radio/TV personality; and, last but not least, our incredible Master of Ceremonies Telemundo 52 News Anchor Enrique Chiabra; and Mistress of Ceremonies Broadcast Journalist Josefa Salinas.

This was a huge production and I can't wait to do it all over again. For those who couldn't make it, we hope to see you next year.

To see the photos from the inaugural event, please click here

#New9thLatinaConference #MujeresdelNovenoDistrito

Sincerely,

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Curren D. Price, Jr. Councilman
District 9 - “The New 9th”

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Children and Families of All Abilities Celebrate the Grand Opening of Vermont Gage Park

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LOS ANGELES – Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and hundreds of local children gathered on April 30 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Vermont Gage Park—a $1.7 million, inclusive playground that unites children of all abilities.

The new park was designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization that builds universally accessible playgrounds that are sensory rich, developmentally appropriate and safe for individuals with disabilities, including Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Being that one-third of the population in the Ninth District is under 18 years old, the newest park in Council District 9, at 6264 S. Vermont Ave., is a welcomed addition to South L.A. families.

“I want to ensure that all children in Council District 9 have access to every opportunity imaginable,” Price said. “No matter who they are or what zip code a child belongs to, he or she should be guaranteed every opportunity to succeed and thrive, and that includes access to quality parks and recreational facilities.”

Vermont Gage includes castle-themed playground areas with resilient surfacing, a walking path, fencing and landscaping. This is the third park to open under Price’s leadership; Wall Street Park opened to the public in December 2013, followed by Avalon Gage Park, which opened in January 2015.

The new park is adjacent to 79 units of subsidized housing. The affordable housing complex got an $8 million renovation with the help of Thomas Safran & Associates and the local nonprofit Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).

“The Department of Recreation and Parks is proud to open Vermont Gage Park, which brings new recreational opportunities for youth and their families of all abilities to gather, play, and enjoy together,” said Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks. “Today through the 50 Park Initiative program, we have opened six new parks in South Los Angeles that are within a one-half mile of its neighborhood and we look forward to adding more in communities lacking green space."

Since taking office in 2013, Councilman Price has championed much-needed repairs and improvements to historically underfunded neighborhood parks—helping to invest more than $36 million in upgrades to improve the health and quality of life of families and children in the district.

In the coming months, Central Park’s pool and playground will be completed; Trinity and Ross Snyder parks will get new synthetic soccer fields; and Vermont Square will get a new playground, fitness zone, and improved basketball courts.

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Mark your calendars!

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We are only weeks away from the first-ever Latina Conference in Council District 9. We have a great line-up in store that includes live entertainment, motivational speakers, informative panel discussions, an art exhibit, fashion show and more.

Best of all, it’s a FREE event. Latinas of the Ninth, have you registered yet?

To register online visit www.mujeresempoweredforsuccess.com or call (424) 287-7369.

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Ya solo faltan pocas semanas para “Mujeres Destinadas a Triunfar” – la primera conferencia anual de Latinas en el Noveno Distrito. Usted no va querer perderse este evento especial, que incluye paneles informativos sobre temas importantes como inmigración y salud, entretenimiento en vivo, un desfile de moda, una exposición de artes, y mucho más.

Lo mejor de todo es que es un evento gratuito. ¿Latinas del Noveno Distrito, se han registrado?

Para registrase en línea visite www.mujeresempoweredforsuccess.com o llame al (424) 287-7369.

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Save the Date: 1st Ever Latina Conference in Council District 9

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In partnership with Telemundo and La Opinión, I will be hosting “Mujeres Empowered for Success,” the first-ever Latina Conference in Council District 9 on May 14 at L.A. Trade Tech from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.) We have a great line-up in store for the day, including guest speakers RaqC and Linda Griego, as well as the participation of Telemundo Anchor Enrique Chiabra and Radio Personality Josefa Salinas as emcees.

During the course of the program, attendees will be treated to motivational speakers, insightful panel discussions on issues like immigration and health, an exhibitor area, networking sessions, live entertainment, a fashion show, an arts exhibit, and much more. Participants will also receive complimentary breakfast and lunch.

The special event is designed to empower local Latinas in CD 9 to achieve their personal and professional aspirations in spite of socio-economic and cultural barriers.

Space for “Mujeres Empowered for Success” is limited so please make sure to register for the free event online. The deadline for tickets ends on Thursday, May 12. If you would like more information on the event or need help registering, please call us at (424) 287-7369. For updates on the conference, visit mujeresempoweredforsuccess.com

This event is free and open to the public.

¡Gracias y que vivan las mujeres!

#New9thLatinaConference #MujeresdelNovenoDistrito

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En asociación con Telemundo y La Opinión, estoy orgulloso de presentar “Mujeres Destinadas a Triunfar” – la primera conferencia anual de Latinas en el Noveno Distrito. Esperamos que puedan unirse a nosotros el sábado 14 de mayo en L.A. Trade Tech de 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. (la registracion empieza a las 8 a.m.) Usted no va querer perderse este evento especial, con la participación de oradores principales RaqC y Linda Griego, y el presentador de noticias Enrique Chiabra y la personalidad de la radio Josefa Salinas como emcees.

Durante el transcurso del programa, las mujeres tendrán acceso a paneles informativos sobre temas importantes como inmigración y salud, entretenimiento en vivo, un desfile de moda, una exposición de artes, y mucho más. Se servirá desayuno y almuerzo gratis.

El evento está diseñado a inspirar a las Latinas del distrito luchar por sus sueños a pesar de obstáculos socioeconómicos o culturales.

Este evento es gratuito. Espacio para la conferencia es limitado así que por favor asegúrese de registrarse en línea antes del jueves 12 de mayo. Para registrarse, o si desea que alguien de nuestro equipo se comunique con usted, llámenos al (424) 287-7369. Para estar al tanto de la conferencia, visite mujeresempoweredforsuccess.com

Este evento es gratuito y está abierto al público.

¡Gracias y que vivan las mujeres!

#New9thLatinaConference #MujeresdelNovenoDistrito

Sincerely,

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Councilmember Price Announces $1 Million Cleanup Effort to Combat Trash in the 9th District

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LOS ANGELES – City Councilmember Curren Price, in partnership with LA Sanitation and Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), announced on Feb. 22 a $1 million investment to cleanup South LA streets. The local initiative is part of the Councilmember’s “Clean & Green” campaign—a multifaceted, 360-degree approach to combat the trash problem plaguing the District 9 community.

During a “Clean & Green” kick-off event at Maple Primary Center, the Councilmember said he allocated $300,000 in funding toward increased LA Sanitation services specifically targeting the Ninth District, and an additional $370,000 for the local nonprofit CRCD to provide supplemental bulky item pick-up of discarded mattresses, used furniture and other debris littering neighborhood streets.

An additional $400,000 was designated for hundreds of trash cans to be placed throughout the District, including solar-powered trash compactors and automated litter bins. Before Councilmember Price was elected to office in 2013, the city had approximately 15 city-operated trash cans in District 9.

“We’ve put together a comprehensive plan that will help remove trash from our streets, alleys and sidewalks and make CD 9 more beautiful and livable,” Price said. “I am confident we can win the war on trash. However, it won’t happen overnight, and it calls for an all-hands on deck approach, including the Council Office, residents and businesses. If we are to clear our neighborhoods of mounds of trash, we will need the ongoing cooperation of our neighbors to maintain them in a state of cleanliness.”

During the celebratory announcement that featured more than 30 first-graders from Maple Primary and LA Sanitation brand mascots “Octoclean” and “Mr. Recycle,” Councilmember Price also unveiled a new 311 billboard Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign in the Ninth District. The billboard space was donated by Lamar Advertising Company and the PSAs can be seen district-wide in English and Spanish, urging residents to report illegal dumping, bulky items, and graffiti removal.    

Councilmember Price commended the partnering organizations for their respective roles and praised them for their commitment to neighborhood cleanliness.

“LA Sanitation is a proud partner of Councilmember Curren Price and the residents of the NEW 9th,” said LA Sanitation Director, Enrique C. Zaldivar, PE. “LASAN is committed to supporting Councilmember Price’s Clean & Green

program goals along with his vision of enriching the quality of life. With enhanced LASAN services, funded by Councilmember Price's office, residents will receive increased trash collection, expanded bulky item collection services, and three dedicated crews to identify and treat chronic litter locations. 

“As we move beyond this stepped-up effort, LASAN will remain visible in the Ninth District to protect public health and the environment through our Clean Streets LA program.”

As part of a public education campaign, Councilmember Price’s office will spearhead monthly community clean-ups, and the Sanitation department will conduct outreach at schools, with neighborhood groups, and other community groups in the Ninth District. 

For more information on the “Clean & Green” campaign, call the Constituent Services Center at (323) 846-2651.

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Making Strides to Help the City’s Homeless

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The L.A. City Council on Feb. 9 reached a critical milestone by adopting a comprehensive strategy to help end homelessness.

Recognizing there is no one strategy to reduce record-high homelessness in Los Angeles, the new plan outlines specific approaches to help individuals living on the street. From the woman escaping domestic violence to homeless youth; persons with mental illness or those with substance abuse problems.

The newly adopted plan includes dozens of solutions to properly address the myriad of needs in the homeless population. Winning the war on homelessness will require time, a combination of short-term and long-term solutions, a plethora of services, and, of course, housing, and jobs. But we’ll get there.

It’s about getting the single mother with her two children out of their car and back into housing as quickly as possible. It’s about getting John or Jane Doe into transitional housing and wrapping services around him or her to address their addiction issues. It’s understanding that everyone has different needs, and as caring individuals we have a moral obligation to meet them. 

Every day, we are making strides and doing everything in our power to help reduce the number of people and families living on the streets, in tents or vehicles.

The full report is extremely thorough, but here are a few of the main highlights:

  1. Strengthen Coordinated Entry System, a no-wrong door approach, countywide system that would track homeless residents and connect them to resources;
  2. Expand first responder (law enforcement, fire departments, and paramedics) training for homeless;
  3. Identify public land for potential affordable and homeless housing and temporary shelter;
  4. Establish employment development programs for homeless;
  5. Increase the availability of rapid re-housing, such as with housing subsidies, to keep people from becoming homeless.

I’m sad to say, this is an issue that hits a little too close to home for my taste. In fact, Council District 9 has the largest concentration of homeless in the City outside of Skid Row.

That is why my office has implemented a few local measures to alleviate the crisis in our own backyard.

As of January, we now have additional homeless service providers solely dedicated to conducting outreach in District 9. These folks are based out of our Constituent Services Center and are out in the street daily interacting with those in need and connecting them to much-needed services. 

We will be organizing a comprehensive task force that will include local homeless service providers such as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), LAPD, and Clergy. However, it is important that we address not only the needs of the homeless population, but also the concerns of the community as well.

Right now, we have an unprecedented collaboration with the city and the county, and it’s important to keep the momentum going. This is not a battle that is going to be won over night. It’s going to be long term and shaping how we prevent homelessness with housing and economic development is a big part of that fight.

If you want to learn more about our local efforts, please call our Constituent Services Center at (323) 846-2051.

 

Sincerely,

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Curren D. Price Jr.,

Councilmember, Ninth District of Los Angeles

 

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The 2016 Homeless Count is here

On January 28th, communities across the country will begin conducting their annual Homeless Point-in-Time Counts. Point-in-Time Counts measure both the number of homeless people in shelters and the number of homeless people who are unsheltered for example: people who are sleeping any place unfit for human habitation, such as the street, a car, or alley. 

As the representative of the Ninth Council District, I want to make sure I do my part to end homelessness.  One of the first steps to achieve this goal, is to help identify the exact number of homeless people living in our community. These counts are used by homeless service providers, researchers, advocates and funders, as they are the only source of data on the homeless population.  

Please join us as we volunteer to count and do our part to end homelessness. 

When : Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Council District Nine Constituent Service Center, 4301 S Central Ave., Los Angeles CA 90011

For more information or to volunteer, contact my District Office at (323) 846-2651
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