On Oct. 7, Councilmember Price joined LA immigrant families, community organizations and elected officials to urge the Federal Government to establish a pathway to citizenship benefiting Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries, farmworkers and essential workers. Supporters gathered at City Hall to advocate for individuals and families who continue to live in limbo and uncertainty as leaders in Washington have failed to push for comprehensive immigration reform.
“As the Biden Administration seeks to advance the Build Back Better agenda, we must seize this historic moment and ask ourselves: How can we build back better while leaving millions of people behind?” said Councilman Price. “Such inaction by Congress is standing in the way of a truly successful economic recovery for our country.”
Team Price is ecstatic to share news of the Grand Opening of Jaguar Metapaneco, a NEW yummy Salvadoran restaurant in the neighborhood.
Check out Jaguar Metapaneco at 4800 S. Normandie Ave., and tell owner Julian del Cid that the CD 9 team sent you! Jaguar Metapaneco is open seven days a week: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Dishes include Salvadoran favorites such as pupusas, caldo de pata, typical breakfasts, and more. Local restaurateurs like señor del Cid are what makes the LA food scene unique and diverse.
On Sept. 25, Councilmember Price held a grand opening for the second skatepark in the District at Trinity Recreation Center. The event served as a testament that the most influential leaders are “homegrown” and come in all ages. Years back, some local middle schoolers in District 9 started a petition to show the demand for a new skate park. Moved by their passion and persuasion, Councilmember Price prioritized creating a 3,000 square-foot world-class skatepark at Trinity Recreation Center for the community.
In addition to the ramps and rails, park improvements include new benches and security lighting features, new turf and landscaping, a new sustainable irrigation system, and more than a dozen trees for shade. This would not be possible without partners like the LA Department of Recreation and Parks and all the Trinity Recreation Center staff.
As Hispanic Heritage Month continues, Team Price is honored to spotlight a remarkable mujer who earned a reputation for being a true warrior in District 9. At 95 years young, Julia Botello, affectionately known as “Mama Botello,” has set the bar high when it comes to leading a life filled with purpose, love, and devotion to her community.
Facing poverty and countless struggles, Mama Botello made the tough decision to migrate from Jalisco, Mexico, to the United States, seeking a better life for her family. Since then, she has become a fierce champion for workers, immigrants, and tenant rights. Through the years, Mama Botello made a name for herself working alongside respected groups like ACCE; a community organization focused on raising the voices of low-income, immigrant, and working families across California.
Mama Botello has lit a fire of inspiration for her own 12 children and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her passion for making the world a better place has not only impacted our current generation, but her influence will be sure to span far into generations to come.
On Sept. 22, Councilmember Price joined partners RMG Housing, SDS Capital Group (SDS), and Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA) to unveil “The Etta James,” the latest permanent supportive housing development in District 9.
“Throughout our City, we are making huge strides in gaining momentum to combat the homelessness crisis through the collaboration and persistence of like-minded organizations such as RMG Housing, SDS Capital, and Homeless Health Care Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Price. “I am excited to add ‘The Etta James’ to the inventory of thousands of affordable housing units coming down the line in District 9. This new complex will serve as a place where neighbors will not only have a stable place to lay their heads but they will also be afforded a healthy and supportive environment where they can live independently and with dignity.”
The Etta James, named after the acclaimed musical prodigy, is located along the historic Central Avenue jazz corridor of Council District 9 and offers 21 permanent supportive housing units. On-site services include communal rooftop space, job assistance, rental assistance, linkages to health, mental health, substance use treatment, and ongoing case and holistic management.
On Sept. 23, Councilmember Price partnered with St. John's Well Child and Family Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) to host a mobile clinic for the 27th Street community offering auditory exams, check-ups, mental health support, and information to sign up for health insurance. If you or anyone you know is in need of assistance in the wake of this tragedy, please contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651. To file a claim, click here.
To celebrate Small Business Week and Hispanic Heritage Month, honored Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Team Price recognizes siblings Stephanie and Marco Miranda, owners of Miranda Logistics, and sister company Grit and Gravel. This rising local family-owned business in the district offers services in earthwork, logistics, hazardous waste, and material wholesalers. Stephanie and Marco are involved in various infrastructure projects across the Los Angeles region. Their Mexican and Salvadoran heritage demonstrates their family's immigrant story that is present throughout many communities in Los Angeles.
When asked where they find inspiration, Stephanie and Marco expressed that their biggest influence is their immediate family. Without the guidance and wisdom of their loved ones, they feel they wouldn't have gotten this far. “ We grew up in LA and have deep roots in the community. We invested in South LA because we have helped shape it and believe funding should stay within the local communities,” added Marco.
Councilmember Price salutes their investment in CD 9 and wishes them continued success. If interested in employment opportunities with Miranda Logistics or Grit and Gravel, please visit their website at www.threewayhauling.com
The Office of Councilman Curren Price has joined forces with SLATE-Z, CDTech, Coalition for Responsible Community Development, Public Allies Inc, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles and AmeriCorps to create the South LA Nonprofit Apprenticeship Program.
This opportunity will focus on developing leaders ages 18–25 in District 9 who are interested in exploring a career in social impact while receiving coaching/mentoring to support their post-secondary education. Councilman Price secured over $1 million to get this program off the ground with a mission to cultivate local community leaders who have the desire to improve South Los Angeles.
If you or someone you know is driven to make a difference in the District 9 community, this program will provide personalized support to help you achieve your educational and career goals.
Apply NOW through Oct. 6 by visiting: https://publicallies.org/ally-application/.
See the flyer for more details. The program STARTS Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.
The 26th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, presented by Councilman Curren Price and partners, was a memorable event filled with soulful performances. To watch the festival on-demand and to complete a brief survey of this year's event, click on the image above.
In partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks, Councilmember Curren Price invites all community members to join Team Price on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. for the grand opening celebration of the latest Skate Park in CD 9 at Trinity Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome as this is a family-friendly event that will include free food, music, and hot giveaways.