The 2021 Central Avenue Jazz Festival is almost here! This three-night musical event, which will take place virtually from Sept. 8-10, will feature some of LA’s finest musicians and returning hosts Dexter Story, multi-instrumentalist and composer, and Jose Rizo, KKJZ personality and bandleader for Mongorama.
There are several ways to join the watch party and no matter how you choose, they are all FREE! And while you are watching, snap a few photos of your friends and family enjoying the performances and post them on social media using #centralavejazzfest. See below to check out the line-up for this year's show.
More information can be found on www.centralavejazzfest.com or contact Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilman Curren Price Introduces Motion Asking for Recovery Plan for the 27th Street Neighborhood, $5 Million for Explosion Victims
LA City Councilmember Curren Price introduced a motion on Sept. 1 asking for the development of a comprehensive “Recovery Plan for the 27th Street Neighborhood” (from 24th Street to 30th Street and from Trinity Street to Griffith Avenue). The proposal calls for an additional $5 million to help the area recover from the devastating explosion, including the establishment of a Neighborhood Recovery Center, and services such as infrastructure improvements, mental health services, job and workforce development, access to children’s services, as well as business grants and prioritization for the City’s Guaranteed Basic Income program. The motion requests that the $5 million for the Recovery Plan include money from the LAPD budget.
“Our neighbors face an uphill battle and a tough road ahead for years to come,” added Price. “Long before this disaster, they faced systemic inequality, structural barriers and racial disparities that have been exacerbated in the wake of this disgraceful LAPD action. We need our own version of a ‘Marshall Plan’ that is going to bring stability to the lives of those affected, revitalize and uplift our neighborhood once and for all.”
The motion, which was seconded by Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mark Ridley-Thomas, was referred to the Economic Development and Jobs Committee. A report outlining the different elements of the Recovery Plan, which includes the $5 million, is expected by the end of September.
"Long after the homes are repaired, and the last window pane has been installed, there will be significant residual impacts," Councilmember Price said. "If we are to come out stronger and better from this catastrophe, we will need to do much, much more. Given the infliction that has been felt throughout the neighborhood, more funding and assistance is needed to help make the victims whole."
In July, Councilmember Price championed a $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund to provide longer-term, first-class corporate housing, home repairs and financial assistance for impacted neighbors. Since the botched LAPD detonation of illegal fireworks on June 30, Councilman Price has been focused on ensuring individuals directly impacted have had access to assistance and support to get back on their feet.
See the full motion here.
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As summer comes to an end, Team Price closed the season with a bang with a Street Market at Vermont Square Park on Aug. 28. Marked as the last event of Councilmember Curren Price’s Summer Saturdays Extravaganza, more than 100 neighbors from the Ninth District got in on the fun as they enjoyed live music, food, cooled off with delicious popsicles, and took part in art activities. Information booths were made available, Beats by Dre headsets were raffled and the community wrapped up the summer as family in good cheer.
Councilman Price, who hosted the series of events in August, offered his deep appreciation to the local organizations that collaborated with his office to bring the fun and games including, Voices Neighborhood Council (VNC), Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA), Community Build, Inc., LAPD 77th Street Community Police Station, Nena's Organics, The A’s Crepes, 7-Eleven and Pampered Life Naturals.
The new school year is in full swing and students in CD 9 are prepared to achieve academic success. On Aug. 28, Councilmember Curren Price held a special Back-to-School giveaway at Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center to help families get ready for the academic school year. Hundreds of local families were provided free school supplies and backpacks. Attendees also received groceries, snacks, games and even had the opportunity to win Beats by Dre headsets.
The fun-filled event was a success and was made possible with partnering organizations that continue to support CD9, including Scorpions 501, Mariscos Colima, University Little League, Divino Salvador, and Danza Mexica.
Councilman Curren Price, LADWP and City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks Partner to Build New Park
City Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. joined President Cynthia McClain-Hill of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Aug. 28 at the corner of Figueroa Street and Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles to announce a partnership to build a new park. Members of the community were on hand and asked to offer input on what they’d like to see at the future park to be named after the late State Senator Bill Greene.
“For far too long South LA has been considered a park desert, and over the years I have worked hard to create more green spaces within our community. Working alongside LADWP and the Department of Recreation and Parks to revamp an area that has sat idle for over 60 years, we are well on our way to providing residents with more outdoor space to enjoy,” added Councilmember Price. “I am delighted to dedicate our newest park in District 9 to the late Senator Bill Greene, someone who spent his life fighting for equality, social justice and improving the quality of life for everyone. During his decades-long career, he established himself as a true champion for the people and gave his best in serving the residents of South LA. This park is the City's gift to him and the tremendous legacy he has left behind.”
The now vacant lot was once the site of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Figueroa Pump station, a part of LADWP’s drinking water system. The station was taken out of service in 1959 and demolished. Under a Memorandum of Understanding between LADWP and Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, in consultation with Council District 9, the approximately 20,000 square-foot lot will be transformed into a public park that will provide new recreational opportunities for youth and families in a community that lacks green space.
Construction of the park is expected to begin mid-2022 and the completion date is estimated for late 2022, early 2023.
“This is an example of city departments working together to achieve something great for the community at large,” said McClain-Hill of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “We have an opportunity to do something truly transforming here and I couldn’t be happier about turning this underutilized LADWP property into a beautiful park honoring the late Senator Bill Greene and his legacy fighting for civil rights. I have no doubt this park will serve as an anchor and gathering place for the residents and families in this community.”
For decades Bill Greene served as Democratic member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate representing South Los Angeles. His role as a labor union advocate and a civil rights Freedom Rider propelled him into a political career. Greene was best known for his work authoring legislation, which transformed the welfare system within the State of California that became a model for the nationwide Congressional welfare-to-work program.
The park design process is in the beginning stages and community input will be an essential part to determine the features desired.
"We are committed to closing gaps in park equity,” said Mike Shull, General Manager for the Department of Recreation and Parks. "Through partnerships like these, we are able to provide Angelenos access to open spaces and ensure that this community has walkable access to a safe and welcoming park in their neighborhood. We look forward to the community's input and dedicating a new park in honor of Senator Bill Greene."
More than 300 neighbors, family, and friends in CD 9 gathered at South Park Recreation Center on Aug. 21 to celebrate the sunny season with the Summer Wellness Day. With the help of local partners in District 9, Team Price offered scholarships, raffles, snow cones, eye examinations, school supplies, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, and delicious food.
Councilmember Curren Price, who hosted the event, offered his gratitude and appreciation to the organizations that collaborated with his office to make the Summer Wellness Day special including: South Park LAPD Community Safety Partnership Program (LAPD CSP), Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA), UCLA Stein Eye Institute Westwood, Resilient Agency, Madres de Sur Central, LAFD, Equipo Verde, SoLA Kids Dental, Bookmobile by Dr. Cataldo, Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA), DJ- officer Mike Scott, Los Angeles Job Corps, Coalition for Responsible Community Development CRCD), Kedren Health, All Peoples Community Center and South Central United.
Local families joined Team Price on Aug. 21, at the latest Summer Saturdays Extravaganza event! The Picnic in the Park was a great success with more than 60 families from CD 9 who enjoyed free popsicles, BBQ, music, and art workshops with members of the Councilmember’s Office.
The District remains grateful to the partners that brought the fun and goodies including Voices Neighborhood Council (VNC), LAPD 77th Street Community Police Station, 7-Eleven, Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA), Brotherhood Crusade, and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).
The Office of Councilmember Curren Price and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) are leading efforts to clean-up the 27th Street fireworks explosion site and rebuild the local neighborhood. At Price’s direction, and utilizing a $1 million relief fund established by the Councilmember, the local nonprofit is working to repair homes along the block and provide support to families affected by the tragic incident.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by this tragedy, please contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Were you injured or your property damaged by the 27th Street fireworks explosion on June 30? As Councilmember Curren Price works to rebuild the CD9 community, he has made it his top priority to provide continued support for the impacted families and victims.
The Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County is holding a free Claims Clinic on Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the 28th Street YMCA. Community members will have access to free legal advice and support with filling out a claim form with the City.
For more information on the Claims Clinic, contact the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County at (626) 307-3646. Local individuals who are in need of further assistance can call the Office of Councilman Price at (323) 846-2651.