Mark your calendars to join LA City Councilmember Curren Price and First Lady of District 9 Del Richardson Price for the premiere of the 2021 Tribute to SHeroes program on May 6 at 7 p.m. Get ready to “meet” and learn about 10 remarkable women who have put their lives on the line during the public health crisis of our lifetime and are making a difference in District 9.
Hear directly from these SHeroes on the front lines, including a nurse practitioner who has answered the call of duty, setting out to empower not only her staff but her community by being a resource that people can trust, and a medical assistant who loves providing help to those in need, which inspires her to continually give the best of herself for her patients and community.
Grab your popcorn and watch the 30-minute stream directly from Councilman Price’s Facebook page here or LA CityView Channel 35. Remember to take a moment to recognize the special SHeroes in your life. See the flyers here for more details.
LA City Councilmember Curren Price on April 23 paid his respects to the more than 1,000 victims in District 9 that have succumbed to COVID-19. The virtual celebration of life included special guests at back-to-back presentations from South Park Recreation Center and Vermont Square Park.
Looking out into a sea of over 1,000 white flags, each representing a life lost and a family forever changed by the pandemic, Councilman Price welcomed four local families who each lost a loved one, including the loss of patriarchs and matriarchs. The hour-long programs, which included words of encouragement, music and dance, featured the participation of RTLA Church, Experience Christian Ministries, Greater New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The events concluded with special poetry readings by LA Artist Kelvin Carter and acclaimed poet Hiram Simms, curator and owner of The Sims Library of Poetry.
To watch “Hope and Healing” from South Park Recreation Center, click here.
Click here to watch the virtual event from Vermont Square Park.
On April 22, LA City Councilmember Curren Price hosted alongside St. John’s Well Child and Family Center a mobile walk-up vaccination clinic in the church parking lot of Nativity Catholic Church where they were able to inoculate 400 District 9 neighbors.
The pop-up event was the second in two weeks organized in collaboration with local faith-based organizations aimed at bringing the vaccine directly to underserved neighborhoods in District 9.
As part of his ongoing grassroots outreach, Councilmember Price launched in early April a program partnering with local churches across South LA to ensure neighbors had access to the vaccine. Over the past year, there have been nearly 70,000 positive coronavirus cases and 1,029 deaths in the District, one of the hardest hit in the City. Between the vaccination site at USC, the mobile clinics across CD 9 parks, and now churches, more than 85,000 COVID-19 doses have been distributed in Councilman Price’s District at City-operated sites.
If you have any questions about vaccines or are in need of a ride to get your vaccination, contact Councilman Price’s District Office (323) 846-2651.
Looking Ahead: Upcoming CD 9 Vaccination Opportunity
Efforts continued to rev up with no signs of slowing down across District 9 mobile vaccine clinics! During the week of April 13-17, vaccination appointments at South Park Recreation Center opened up to anyone 16 or older, resulting in an average of 300 COVID-19 vaccine doses a day.
With the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and local volunteer groups like Equipo Verde on hand at South Park, the effort during the week reached more than 1,000 neighbors.
On April 16, attendees got an extra special treat heading into the weekend. Neighbors received lunch, food boxes, masks and Girl Scouts from a local middle school were on hand selling cookies. Since getting a shot can be daunting for some, Councilman Curren Price has made it his mission to create a trusted, friendly and welcoming environment at his vaccination sites.
CD 9 neighbors can continue to call Councilman Price’s District Office to arrange an appointment for a vaccine and request a ride at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price is proud to support efforts that bring added resources and provide relief grants to mom-and-pop rental owners seeking stability in the wake of COVID-19. The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) have joined a group of partners to provide such supportive services by launching in late April the Los Angeles Local Rental Owners Collaborative (LROC) aimed at assisting immigrant and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) independent rental owners.
The special program will offer rental grants, financial counseling, technical assistance referrals and free access to technology to small landlords in South LA. If you are a landlord in need of assistance, you may be eligible for this program. For more information, see the flyers here and click here to apply.
If you are a visual artist, muralist or painter and would like to be a part of the Central Quincy Green Alley Network, this opportunity is for you! The Trust for Public Land is recruiting 11 artists to help draft and paint community murals for the upcoming project. Applications are due May 21 and are available using this link.
The Central Quincy Green Alley project will renovate 10 alley segments in District 9 into vibrant, green alleys where children and families can safely walk or bike to schools, local businesses and parks. For more information or learn more about upcoming projects, please contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the CD 9 community hard leaving more than 1,000 families missing a loved one. In honor of the victims that succumbed to COVID-19 in District 9, Councilman Curren Price has put together a special virtual program to celebrate the lives they lived.
Tune in LIVE on April 23 on LA Cityview Channel 35 and on Councilman Price’s Facebook page to pay homage to the ones that paid the ultimate sacrifice during a time in history the world will never forget.
See the flyers here for more information or contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price and Partners Celebrate the Legacy, Cut the Ribbon on Angels Walk Central Avenue
City Councilmember Curren Price on April 13 joined community leaders and partner organizations to cut the ribbon on Angels Walk Central Avenue, highlighting the people and places that helped to distinguish this South LA community as the cultural, social and commercial center of Black life in Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th Century.
Angels Walk Central Avenue serves as a creative learning tool to educate Angelenos about this vital artery that runs through the heart of South Los Angeles. The 1.6 mile, self-guided walking tour shines a light on influential people and historic landmarks in District 9 including three Paul R. Williams-designed buildings: Second Baptist Church, the 28th Street YMCA and Angelus Funeral Home. Other sites highlighted in the walk include the Dunbar Hotel, Lincoln Theater, Dolphins of Hollywood, 27th Street Bakery and more.
“Angels Walk Central Avenue tells the story of a major thoroughfare regarded as a thriving hub of African American art, culture and enterprise,” added Price. “For many decades, Central Avenue was the heart and soul of the Black community in Los Angeles. The corridor was home to a wide variety of Black-owned small businesses including shops, restaurants, financial institutions, insurance services and entertainment venues.
“It was a neighborhood that largely developed out of the trials that came from housing restrictions and other injustices, but nevertheless thrived culturally and economically.”
Central Avenue was also once widely known to be the epicenter of the west coast jazz music scene and is celebrated annually in District 9 with a community jazz festival organized by Councilmember Price.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Price was joined by representatives of Angels Walk LA, StreetsLA, LA Metro and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).
“Over the last two decades, we have partnered with Metro and Streets LA to complete 13 self-guided historical walks in various neighborhoods throughout LA—and Angels Walk Central Avenue is our latest!,” said Tracey Lane, Co-Director of Angels Walk LA. “There are so many important, yet largely unknown, stories to tell about this neighborhood, and with the support of Councilmember Price, they are now accessible to everyone. Our hope is that this walk serves to honor and remember those who built this community, and inspire those who currently call Central Avenue home.”
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) provided most of the project’s funding through its 2011 Call for Projects grant program, which is committed to funding projects that improve mobility of Angelenos and promote active engagement with the surrounding community. Projects selected for funding highlight transportation linkages and spotlight walking as an important active transportation mode.
Added StreetsLA Executive Director and General Manager Adel Hagekhalil, “StreetsLA is proud to have partnered with the Office of Councilmember Price along with City and community partners on this important project along Central Avenue as part of StreetsLA’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for all. The installation of the stanchions will enhance this historical area for residents and visitors to enjoy."
For more information on Angels Walk Central Avenue historical walking trail, including PDF downloads of the guidebook, map and stanchion panels, visit www.angelswalkla.org/walks/central-avenue/
Guidebooks are also available for neighbors at Councilmember Price’s District Office at 4301 S. Central Ave. or by calling (323) 846-2651.
Click on the image below to view the press conference of this special new addition to the Ninth District.
Hoisted up high along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Vermont Avenue and other major corridors in District 9, neighbors traveling down the street will now notice a series of informational banners.
The latest initiative is part of Councilmember Curren Price’s efforts to inform neighbors of COVID-19 resources available, including testing, vaccinations, as well as business and job opportunities.
Team Price continues to help and serve residents during the pandemic. If you live in District 9 and have any questions regarding available resources or any other City service, contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Check out the video below from our friends at LA CityView35 featuring the banner instillation.