With 2021 in the books, I wanted to share with you our 2021 Year in Review, courtesy of our friends at LA CityView 35. Click on the image below to watch a special video.
This holiday season, my Office celebrated Seven Days of Christmas in the Ninth by giving away thousands of toys to families across the District throughout the week of Dec. 13, including my District Office, South Park Recreation Center, Vermont Square Park, Green Meadows Recreation Center, and Trinity Recreation Center. We also brought Candy Cane Lane to our 27th Street families to bring them a little extra cheer. Through our wonderful partnerships, we were able to raffle off hundreds of bikes and scooters. In addition, our neighbors enjoyed free food, and a host of family-friendly activities including a visit with Santa, arts & crafts and sledding in the snow to top it off.
I am elated that I was able to bring joy across Council District 9. I want to give a warm thank you to all of our partners including Balfour Beatty, Destination Enterprises, Skanska, Volunteers of America, UNITE HERE!, LA Conservation Corps, Mamas del Sur Centro, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Northgate, and so many others!
Click here to view photos from these special events.
If you or someone you know is in need, call my District Office at (323) 846-2651 and a member of Team Price will be happy to assist you.
On Dec. 6, Team Price awarded Agripina Flores, owner of Lupe’s Thrift Shop, with a certificate of recognition in honor of its 25th Anniversary. This local #CD9 business has been serving the community as a local shop where you can find an assortment of items, including house appliances, decor, fashionable clothing, electronics, toys, and much more. The store is located at 5501 S. Broadway and is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Agripina and team, it is an honor to celebrate this milestone with you. Congratulations on all your success and thank you for all that you have contributed to #CD9.
Councilmember Price was excited to join St. John’s Well Child & Family Center on Dec. 8 for the grand opening of the Avalon Health and Access Center. The new facility- the first of its kind in South Los Angeles- is modeled as a patient-centered medical home and integrated drop-in center. It includes a food pantry, showers, laundry services, storage, safe places for pets, intensive case management support, primary and preventive medical care, dental care, benefits enrollment, and pharmacy services.
At the center, individuals will find refuge from the streets and access to a plethora of services and amenities designed to promote self-care, build inner strength, and ultimately independence.
“This is a truly innovative approach to engaging individuals experiencing homelessness in a welcoming, humane and dignified way,” said Councilman Price.
After months of anticipation, Councilmember Price was delighted to finally kick off the Annual 2021 Senior Appreciation Luncheon on Dec. 9. No LA rain, sleet, or snow could have stopped Team Price from making special deliveries to friends and neighbors at Figueroa Senior Apartments, Stovall Terrace Senior Villa, and Mount Moriah Church.
Over the next two weeks, Councilmember Price’s Office will be reaching more than 1,500 seniors at a variety of locations throughout the Ninth District, providing them with warm meals and an exclusive care package that includes a commemorative t-shirt, magnet, reusable bag, personal care items, and other goodies.
A big thank you to the local restaurant partners that are helping with this effort, including Served 2 Enjoy, Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen, Viztango Cafe and Delicious at The Dunbar, whose meals are key in helping to provide comfort and holiday cheer for District 9 seniors.
On Monday, Councilmember Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti at Kedren Community Health Center for the launch of Angeleno Corps, a service and education-driven program where college students are given the opportunity to earn a paycheck as they assist with community recovery efforts in areas most impacted by COVID-19.
Hundreds of Corps members will provide service over the course of 10 months at dozens of community organizations throughout the City, including Kedren Community Health Center and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) in District 9. For their efforts, members will receive a $1,000 monthly stipend and will gain work experience and educational opportunities.
“Career advancement has been one of the major impediments to Black and Brown individuals getting quality work opportunities so we must continue to think outside the box and do everything in our power to lift up the youth of South LA,” added Councilmember Price.
To prepare for the holidays, Councilmember Price will be hosting a Santa's Toy Giveaway for local families. This special drive-thru holiday event is open to all families in Council District 9 who register in advance. Please note, children must be present to receive their special gift.
See the QR code on the flyer to register or call Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. More information will be provided after your registration is received.
On Nov. 17, Councilman Price had the great pleasure of joining the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and LA Family Housing (LAFH) for a ribbon-cutting and unveiling ceremony in honor of two new murals at Residences on Main, which provides 49 permanent homes for families and Transition Age Youth experiencing homelessness.
“In Council District 9, we are rewriting our own version of what affordable and permanent supportive housing looks like by bringing quality projects that keep the community in mind. Ones that are built on giving our neighbors a dignified place to live, one where they feel safe, supported and at home,” added Councilman Price. “The spaces at Residence on Main give our neighbors a sense of pride in knowing that they are valued and are deserving of every bit of beauty that they are surrounded by.”
The day’s festivities also featured Fabian Debora, Executive Director of the Homeboy Art Academy at Homeboy Industries, who was inspired to create the artwork in support of Latinx, Chicano, and Indigenous communities in South LA.
The new artwork serves to further beautify a blighted corner in the community that had been condemned as a nuisance by the City of Los Angeles in 2010 and today provides critically-needed housing designed to stabilize and integrate families and youth into the surrounding community.
Councilman Price adjourned a City Council meeting in November in honor of PVJOBS Executive Director Ernest Roberts, who passed away after succumbing to an illness.
Regarded as the rock of PVJOBS since its founding in 1998, Ernest was its inaugural Executive Director and spent two decades in the role helping to transform lives through groundbreaking job programs for at-risk communities. Under his leadership, PVJOBS became a national model for job programs serving at-risk communities. Many will remember him as someone who gave others a second chance even when others did not. Earnest’s presence will be sorely missed throughout Los Angeles.
Councilmember Price visited a A Step to Freedom (ASF) on Nov. 12, along with dozens of volunteers and community partners, including Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), LADWP and representatives of the LA Chargers, for the launch of the annual “Warm the Streets” event, which provides blankets to thousands of unhoused individuals.
Over the course of three days, not only did this cohort of volunteers, community leaders, partners and ASF staff descend on South LA to deliver over 10,000 blankets to homeless individuals, they also offered services and provided much-needed resources as the cold winter months approach.
Within District 9, Team Price has been focused on creating housing as a key component to solve the humanitarian crisis. Whether affordable, permanent supportive housing (PSH), transitional, tiny homes, as well as shelters, no option is being left off of the table. Under Councilman Price’s leadership, nearly 2,700 units of affordable and homeless housing will be coming to District 9, with nearly 900 of those units ready to welcome tenants by the end of 2022.
“Every effort to help those who are unhoused is important. These are our neighbors, and we cannot turn our backs on them during their darkest hours,” said Councilmember Price. “Bravo to all of the volunteers who took part in connecting with our neighbors, letting them know they are seen. ”