Los Angeles and the rest of the County are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. With the new COVID-19 Delta variant, Los Angeles is seeing a rise in cases and those neighbors who are unvaccinated are the most at risk.
As CD 9 looks forward to establishing a “new normal,” Councilman Curren Price continues to urge neighbors to get vaccinated and wear a mask. Still need your shot? Councilmember Price is providing ongoing free vaccination opportunities in CD 9. See details here or call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
As we anxiously await the report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), I want to take a moment to update you on the work my Office is leading to assist the victims of the 27th Street LAPD Fireworks blast.
While the City continues to process the claims for damages, whether for personal or property, I want to make it clear that the City Attorney is expediting the claims as fast as possible.
Unfortunately, the City Attorney's Office is running into instances of unresponsiveness from property owners, individuals not wanting to sign paperwork out of fear it will affect their immigration status and others who have hired an attorney to handle their cases.
Through all of the challenges, my Office continues to provide support to our neighbors that need it the most as we have been doing consistently from the very beginning of these tragic circumstances.
From financial assistance, to clothing, providing meals and emergency housing, we are taking into account the great needs of our neighbors and are doing everything we can to help them get through this.
Just this week as part of my $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund, we continue to fix homes on 27th Street, which includes such repair work as replacing windows and painting the exterior of the homes.
Nonetheless, Team Price remains committed to helping repair as many homes as possible on the condition that the property owners agree to allow us to do the work. We continue to canvass the neighborhood, going door-to-door attempting to make contact with our neighbors.
In some circumstances, owners have chosen to go through their own insurance, have obtained legal counsel or simply have been misinformed, but rest assured we understand the needs of our working-class community and for those who wish to take advantage of the help, it is available through my Office.
By no means does accepting aid from my Office inhibit their abilities to file claims or, if they choose, to take legal action. We are simply trying to do what is right for our community because it is the right thing to do.
We all want to heal from the damage that has taken place and I am not resting until our neighborhood is rebuilt and our neighbors have gone back to some normalcy.
So until then, the 25 families that have been living in the corporate housing apartments that my Office is covering will have housing until their homes are repaired. They have my promise.
In the case of one of the apartment buildings on the block, the property owner is not allowing tenants to move back in and not allowing for repairs. So at this time, my Office is working with the homeless service providers PATH and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to find housing for five families.
This is by all means a multifaceted and multilateral effort on all fronts but as we move through this crisis, I want to assure our neighbors that we are coming back stronger.
Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr
Team Price kicked off a weekend full of fun on Aug. 14 as they came together to celebrate the youth that makes up CD 9 and gear up for the new school year with neighbors. The Office of Councilmember Curren Price continued its Summer Saturdays Extravaganza by hosting a Back-to-School BBQ and Supplies Giveaway in Vermont Square Park, gathered for the BTROC 5th Annual Founders Day Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway and Block Party, and joined the Back 2 School Giveaway in partnership with South Central United and Believe in Giving at Dr. Maya Angelou High School.
The District 9 community events offered everything from free food and school supplies, to hair cuts, distribution of personal protective equipment, entertainment and other family-friendly activities. Councilmember Price would like to thank all who joined the festivities and the many community partners that participated, including Voices Neighborhood Council (VNC), Community Build, Inc., Brotherhood Crusade, and many others!
Attention CD 9 neighbors! LA Animal Services is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccination Day. In an effort to encourage more friends and family to get vaccinated, LA Animal Services will be holding a special in-person adoption event at their six Centers on Aug. 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. where you can receive a special discount to adopt a pet when you show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.
Let’s all prioritize our health and keep the #NinthDistrict safe by getting vaccinated! For more information about LA Animal Services visit: laanimalservices.com.
As the saying goes, love conquers all, and in the case of CD 9 couple, Linda G. Anteparra and Francisco Mario Valladares, they did not let a pandemic spoil their plans.
After 26 years of wedded bliss, at which they had seen a justice of the peace to marry them, they were finally able to fulfill their dream of having their love affirmed during a religious wedding ceremony.
Team Price offers our sincerest congratulations to the happy couple! Share your milestones with Team Price by calling Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilman Curren Price joined Councilmembers Kevin de León and Monica Rodriguez on Aug. 10 to celebrate the City Council’s commitment and goal to add 25,000 new units of homeless housing by 2025 as part of the "A Way Home” citywide homeless housing development plan. Councilman Price seconded the motion, which passed 13-0 and addresses Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis.
“In my District, I have and continue to remain committed to building Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing units, rapid rehousing, safe parking and seeking any and all creative solutions that will help our neighbors move off of the streets,” added Councilman Price. “The plan before us today sets a clear pathway to stability, security and dignity for all of Los Angeles. This is our promise to our veterans, seniors, victims of domestic violence, Transition Age Youth, and anyone else suffering from the condition of homelessness.”
The latest initiative supports Councilmember Price’s ongoing dedication to expand the production of affordable and PSH units in his District with thousands of units on the way to support working families and reduce the unhoused population in CD 9. Under Councilmember Price’s leadership, a total of 24 sites have been identified in the Ninth District. These projects will provide more than 2,600 units of affordable and homeless housing.
Are you experiencing financial hardship due to a COVID-19 related death in your family? Councilmember Curren Price recently established a $200,000 bereavement fund, which will provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses. All Peoples Community Center will administer the CD 9 Bereavement Program, which will offer reimbursements of up to $1,000.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families in our community,” said Councilmember Price. “Though we can never take away the pain and suffering of those mourning the passing of a loved one, my Office is working to provide the much-needed financial relief to help our neighbors cope with their loss.”
To check eligibility, please see the flyer here. Make an appointment or get more information by contacting All Peoples Community Center at (213) 747-6357 or visit www.allpeoplescc.org
Attention local artists, creatives, dreamers, and makers! Blue Roof Studios on Broadway Avenue in District 9 is offering a four-month studio residency open to women artists in South Los Angeles as part of a new program called “A Room of One’s Own.” Arts at Blue Roof is a non-profit organization based in South Los Angeles that is dedicated to supporting all women artists through studio residencies, public programs, and supportive resources.
Now is your time to shine! Apply now through Aug. 31. For more information visit: www.artsatblueroof.org.
Councilmember Curren Price stood in solidarity with City, County, and State officials for the Rising Violence and Crime Virtual Press Conference on Aug. 12 to address the rising rates of crime in Los Angeles and across California, as well as discuss the importance of investing in the needs of survivors as a key strategy to stop the cycle of violence.
In partnership with Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), the largest organization of crime victims in California, Councilmember Price and other electeds announced the “We Are Survivors” grant program aimed at allocating money directly in the hands of crime and violence survivors in desperate need.
“Seeing an upward trend of violence in our City is no coincidence, it's an unfortunate by-product compounded by years of neglect at the hands of a system that did a better job at ignoring the problems rather than solving them,” added Councilman Price. “We need to support community-based survivor advocacy groups so they can continue to do the good work in our communities. These resources must be made available to victims of gun violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, and others who many times must flee their homes with just the shirts on their backs.”
On Aug. 12, Councilmember Curren Price stopped by Kedren Community Health Center and was joined alongside Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Congressmember Karen Bass, LA County Board Supervisor Holly Mitchell, and other elected officials to urge the South LA community to get vaccinated. The vaccine remains the best prevention method to keep Angelenos safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Councilmember Price had made it one of his Office’s top priorities to bring testing and vaccines directly into the neighborhood by organizing mobile clinics and pop-up sites Districtwide.
Help keep District 9 healthy and strong by getting vaccinated at one of the free mobile vaccination clinics located at South LA Wetlands Park and Green Meadows Recreation Center every Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, please see the flyers here or contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.