Calling All Artists in Council District 9!

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.

 

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Paying Tribute to the Countless Lives Lost in District 9

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.

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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. 

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Councilmember Curren Price Unveils Informative Street Banner Campaign

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.

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Councilmember Curren Price Kicks Off Mobile Vaccinations at Churches Across District 9

About 400 members of the surrounding St. Patrick’s Catholic Church community in District 9 were vaccinated on April 9, as part of the start of a mobile vaccination initiative spearheaded by Councilmember Curren Price in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center that aims to bring vaccines directly to South LA neighborhoods.

Volunteers, including Councilman Price’s Office, canvassed the surrounding area and made phone calls to nearby residents to inform them of the opportunity at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. During the day-long event, neighbors were treated to snow cones to keep cool in the warm spring weather and received free boxes of face masks to take home, compliments of Team Price.

Stay tuned for dates, times and locations for upcoming local church events as part of the CD 9 grassroots effort. Residents can continue to call Councilman Price’s District Office to arrange an appointment for a vaccine and/or request a ride at (323) 846-2651.

Click on the image below for a video highlighting this week’s event at St. Patrick's Church from our friends at LA Cityview 35.  

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Thousands Vaccinated at Mobile Clinics in Local District 9 Parks

During the week of April 5, Team Price was out in full force at Vermont Square Park continuing to provide neighbors with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including Nazareth Mitrou-Long, NBA player for the Indiana Pacers, and special guest KJLH host Dominique DiPrima who was on hand to support this important cause. 

Since beginning vaccination efforts in District 9, between the site at USC and the mobile clinics across CD 9 parks, nearly 60,000 doses have been distributed in Councilman Curren Price’s District as part of his ongoing efforts to address health disparities and increase access to the vaccine in South LA. 

The mobile units at local parks, which began in February, have been rotating weekly across CD 9 recreation centers to help bring the life-saving shot directly into local neighborhoods. Over the past year, there have been nearly 70,000 positive coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 deaths in District 9.

As Councilman Price continues his boots to the ground vaccination efforts, it is now more important than ever to take the opportunity to get your shot. The next opportunity is coming April 13-17 at South Park Recreation Center. See the flyers below for more detailed information.

Be sure to make your appointment, or if you need to request a ride, by calling Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Local CD 9 Family in Need of Support Following Tragic Accident

Late last month, Frank Anthony Cerna Portillo was a victim of a hit-and-run accident in District 9. The local boy, 11, who loves spending time with his family, playing soccer and going to the movies, is now suffering from multiple injuries associated with the incident and needs help. 
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A GoFundMe has been set up to assist the family pay for the mounting medical expenses. Let's be there for our neighbors and follow the link here to contribute. 
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Magic Johnson, Danny Trejo and Arsenio Hall Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at USC, Encourage Others to Get Shot

Superstars Magic Johnson, Danny Trejo and Arsenio Hall received their COVID-19 vaccine at the city-run vaccination site at USC in District 9 on March 24. Councilmember Curren Price joined the three LA icons to raise awareness about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine and encourage more Angelenos to get their shot when it’s their turn. 

“The steps we take today to get everyone vaccinated will solidify the future of not only our communities, the City, our Country and the world, but for generations to come,” added Price. “I ask those who have gotten their shots, which now include Magic, Arsenio and Danny, to become COVID-19 vaccination ambassadors because we will not rest until everyone has full immunity.”

The COVID-19 vaccine site in District 9 at USC is located at the corner of Exposition and Figueroa. The drive-up, walk-up center has the capacity to vaccinate up to 5,000 Angelenos a day. To make an appointment for the vaccine site at USC, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment. If you need assistance or other support, please contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. 

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Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at South Park Draws Thousands for First, Second Dose

During the week of March 22, Smokey Robinson stopped by the mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit at South Park Recreation Center  to receive his vaccine. The legendary singer, songwriter and record producer joins thousands of Angelenos that have been vaccinated against the coronavirus at pop-ups across District 9 parks. 

A targeted approach is being led by Councilmember Curren Price as part of ongoing efforts to bring vaccines directly into South LA neighborhoods via pop-ups and vaccination sites like one at USC.

“Reaching out to our faith based organizations, local non profits, community leaders and neighbors, we have made it our mission to hit the pavement, knock on doors, make calls and help get the word out about the many ways that residents of South LA can get their shot,” added Councilmember Price. “But we’re not done yet and we’ll be looking to expand our outreach to include vaccination sites at churches and other local establishments.”

Since February, the Councilmember has helped organize vaccination clinics in his District with Team Price scheduling appointments for eligible individuals and offering transportation for neighbors. As part of a grassroots campaign, Councilmember Price has developed partnerships with senior housing facilities, public housing communities, restaurants, grocery stores, churches and others to get people who live and work in the District vaccinated. 

For more information on the local opportunities, and to determine eligibility, please contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. 

LOOKING AHEAD: MARCH 30-APRIL 3

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Going Back in Time with African American Firefighters and Jack's Basket Room

Central Avenue was the cultural, social and entrepreneurial epicenter of the Black community in Los Angeles from the 1920s through the 1940s.
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Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to the newly installed Central Avenue Angels Walk. We will preview some of the highlights from this self-guided historic walking trail and hope that you are inspired one day soon to take advantage of a beautiful sunny LA day to enjoy what the full 1.6 mile trail has to offer.
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Visit the website: https://www.angelswalkla.org/walks/central-avenue/. Printed guidebooks are available for this walk at Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office, call (323) 846-2651 for more information.

African American Firefighters 

During the Jim Crow era, a period of widespread discrimination against African Americans that lasted to the mid-1960s, all-black fire stations in Los Angeles were sources of community pride. Sam Haskins, born enslaved in Virginia, became the city’s first African American firefighter. He was fatally crushed in the line of duty in 1895 when the engine he had boarded hit rough pavement on North Main Street on the way to a fire and he fell into the large wheel next to the boiler. 

George Bright, hired in 1897, became the city’s second black fireman. By 1902, he had attained the rank of lieutenant, and the Los Angeles Fire Department had a dilemma on its hands: segregate crews or allow a black man to supervise a white staff. In 1924, the department assigned all of its African American firefighters, under Bright’s supervision, to Fire Station No. 30, built in the Prairie School style in 1913 at the corner of Central Avenue and 14th Street.  

Jack's Basket Room 

Jack’s Basket Room was one of Central Avenue’s most famous after-hours jazz clubs in the 1940s and 1950s. Also known as “Jack’s Chicken Basket,” the “Bird in the Basket,” and “Jack’s Chicken Shack” — for the fried chicken with shoe-string potatoes offered in rattan baskets — the place was a down home joint that nonetheless featured white tablecloths and well-dressed revelers. Ads in the Los Angeles Sentinel pegged Jack’s as “the place where every-one comes to play.”

Almost every night, musicians would show up after their paying gigs and jam with each other to a packed house until dawn. Although it did not serve alcohol, savvy patrons knew to bring their own half-pints. “A chicken ain’t nothin’ but a bird,” Cab Calloway’s lyric, adorned the exterior of the 1923 brick building.

Jack’s Basket Room hit a high note in February 1947, when influential bebop saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker played a packed room after emerging from a six-month stay at Camarillo State Mental Hospital for heroin addiction. Unfortunately, Jack's Basket Room was destroyed in a fire in 2018, but if you look closely at the photo of the building you can still see the outline of "Jack's" and Cab Calloway’s lyrics “A chicken ain’t nothin’ but a bird” painted on the outside.
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