Keeping the "New Ninth" Front and Center

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Councilmember Curren Price took Mayor Eric Garcetti on a tour of the “New Ninth” on February 5th as a part of the Mayor’s community day. Spending the day visiting various locations, the tour offered a unique perspective of the Ninth District.

“The goal was simple – I wanted to highlight all the good that takes place in the district while also pointing out the areas where there needs to be more investment and more support from City Hall to ensure the long term success of the neighborhoods.” Said Councilmember Curren Price.

The first stop of the day was a brief tour of  Mercado La Paloma, located in historic South Central. Mercado La Paloma is home to a collection of unique shops and restaurants featuring authentic cuisines from around the world made by locals around the area.  Developed by Esperanza Community Housing 10 years ago, the market is recognized as a successful social enterprise that offers opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship in the community.

During this stop, Mayor Garcetti and Councilman Price met with representatives from the CD9 Coalition of non-profit organizations and the Historic Central Avenue Business Improvement District. Over coffee and pastries, they discussed their collaborative efforts to promote growth and spur economic development within the community.

Their next stop was the historic YMCA building, home of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. Here they met with the local youth that participate in all of CRCD’s diverse programs which include South LA YouthBuild, Summer Youth Employment Program, and the CURE alternative sentencing program.  CRCD is an incredible partner committed to youth empowerment and their programs help young people in the community earn high school and college credit and, with intensive case management, and other support services, prepare for middle class careers.

A critical stop in the tour was visiting a homeless encampment that was being cleared by city’s Sanitation workers. The Councilmember’s number one priority is making sure that the district has a “Clean and Green” community.

“I couldn’t let the day go by without drawing the Mayor’s attention to the growing issue of homelessness we currently have in our community.” Said Councilman Price. “Currently we have more than 150 homeless encampments reported in the district, with more propping up every day.”

While out on the scene, they also met with local residents who talked to them firsthand about the impact that illegal dumping and trash can have on their quality of life. Residents asked for a more stream-lined process to better navigate community beautification.

The final stop of day was to demonstrate a successful local businesses in the Ninth District, Tampico Spices, which is one of the nation’s first spice manufacturing plants and has been operating for more than 70 years. Founded after the Great Depression, Tampico Spices is a well established and nationally recognized food processor in the Western United States. Its manufacturing plant has created scores of jobs for generations of Angelinos and continues to grow and develop every day.

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