On Jan. 12, Councilmember Curren Price joined the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in an online information session to discuss proposed safety upgrades at McKinley Avenue and 88th Place.
This project, which is part of the Green Meadows neighborhood, would bring a traffic circle, 4-way stop, landscaping, signage and much more. Community members are encouraged to provide feedback through an LADOT survey that can be accessed here through the end of January.
On Jan. 7, Councilman Curren Price joined trusted partners St. John's Well Child and Family Center and the Special Needs Network to kick off the #VaccinateSLA Event, providing an opportunity for frontline healthcare workers in LA County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The goal of the Vaccinate South LA initiative was to increase trust in the safety of the new vaccines among African American and Latino communities when the availability for the vaccine opens up to everyone at facilities like St. John’s.
The staff at St. John’s has been instrumental in combating the coronavirus pandemic in District 9, offering mobile testing, administering testing to students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and testing at local senior facilities and to homeless neighbors.
Click on the image below to watch coverage from the event featured on L.A. This Week.
No matter the challenges we have had to endure this past year, we will come out on the other side of this crisis stronger and braver, holding onto the ideals that even in our darkest hours, the shining examples of humanity could not be dulled.
In a time when the world stopped, we kept going. From our efforts to combat the homelessness crisis to our response to COVID-19, we set our boots to the ground to help support the South LA community.
Click on the image below to see some highlights from 2020, a year we will never forget.
Team Price wishes you a Happy New Year and an abundance of good health, peace, love and prosperity.
Although the way we celebrate the holidays this year is vastly different than ever before, nothing could stand in the way of Team Price’s yearly tradition of distributing toys and bikes to thousands of local children. This year, instead of being face to face, we held a first of its kind, drive-thru toy giveaway in District 9 on Dec. 19 at my District Office. The one thing that remains constant was the joy through the eyes of our children. Take a look at the photos here and you’ll feel the warmth and hope of the season.
While our Winter Wonderland community event, where we distributed toys, baby clothes and groceries and which included social distancing protocols, was our main event of 2020, my staff and I were able to spread love and cheer to the community all month long. I want to express my sincere appreciation to our valued partners for their generosity, which allowed us to maintain a sense of normalcy in these perilous times. Thank you to Balfour Beatty, California Resources Corporation, Destination Enterprises, eaze, Fluor, HNTB, Northgate Gonzalez Market, Soledad Enrichment Action, TEC, Union Bank, and others for being there for our families. Through their support, we participated in the dissemination of thousands of toys, diapers, boxes of food, personal protective equipment and other supplies, across events districtwide this December.
As we approach the end of a most-challenging year, we can reflect on a chapter that taught us a great many lessons while showcasing our resolve, perseverance and dedication to one another. Our strength was put to the test but it did not waver under the pressure, ensuring the foundation we have laid will continue to lift us up during the times we need it the most.
Happy Holidays! Team Price wishes you and your family good health and happiness in the New Year ahead.
During the month of December, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) made several improvements along Avalon Boulevard in District 9. LADOT crews installed raised bus platforms at the boulevard's intersections including Manchester Avenue, Slauson Avenue, and 59th, 60th, 61st, and 76th streets. Installed adjacent to bus stops, these new platforms allow easier access for passengers who board and exit buses while also providing inclined sides for use by bicyclists, who may ride up and over the platforms, which are contiguous with the Avalon Boulevard bike lanes.
For more information on LADOT’s recent work toward enhancing the safety of Avalon Boulevard while helping to make it a better connected street, visit LADOT Livable Streets Avalon Boulevard Safety Project page.
Councilmember Curren Price on Dec. 16 joined the Los Angeles Department of Transportation at a new signal installation on Broadway Boulevard and 67th Street in District 9 as part of the Vision Zero program, which seeks to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.
The signal activation near Bethune Middle School came as a result of a comprehensive traffic engineering study, which included data received from the Los Angeles Police Department on reported collisions in the area, as well as accidents that could have been prevented.
A community member was on hand with Councilman Price to flip the switch to turn on the intersection. The intersection was upgraded from a two-way stop sign control that is east and westbound to a traffic signal control, along with appropriate signage, red curbs, crosswalks and pavement markings.
Our 2020 Central Avenue Jazz Festival, presented by Councilmember Curren Price, is now in the books. On behalf of team Price, we truly hope that you found the festival entertaining and educational. We appreciate your patience as we worked through the many challenges we encountered while producing this event during a pandemic. We reduced the size of the production and everyone was COVID tested. The environment was sanitized, disinfected and social distancing was practiced. Through it all, we were able to make it work but not without all of the incredible artists that put their trust in us to take the necessary precautions to provide a safe environment in which to perform.
It comes as no surprise The Jazz Classics featuring Patrice Rushen with Ernie Watts, Marvin Smitty Smith, and Reggie Hamilton was the most watched performance. Master Class was in session, featuring four of the most elite musicians in the world. A special thank you to Patrice Rushen, a pioneer of the first Central Avenue Jazz Festival who returned to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin, two of the most sought after producers and musicians in the world, made their first appearance at the festival as a group. Their unique blend of Soul-Jazz and natural chemistry as musicians and "brothers" was the perfect combination for an intimate performance.
And kicking off the performances was Barbara Morrison and The Bu Crew. LA's favorite Jazz and Blues singer who never disappoints. When she sang classics from Bill Withers and Al Jarreau, we could imagine a choir of thousands singing along with her.
Last but not least, we hope you also enjoyed the “LA Currents” Angels Walk discussion and the re-broadcast of Central Ave Live! We regularly hear from Angelenos that they are unfamiliar with Central Avenue history so we hope these presentations have been a good introduction and may spark interest to learn more.
Now, we'd like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete a brief survey that will help us to improve next year. And we hope you will continue to help spread the word about the Central Avenue Jazz Festival by telling a friend or sharing our social media pages with your network of friends so we can be around for another 25 years.
Click on the image below to participate in the Central Avenue Jazz Fest survey.
Please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com where all of the performances are available for on-demand viewing for a limited time. And stay tuned for the official announcement of the opening of Central Avenue Angels Walk.
On Dec. 10, Councilman Curren Price joined partner St. John’s Well Child and Family Center for another coronavirus testing event at the weekly open air Farmers Market held each Thursday at his District Office. Approximately, 60 members of the South LA community got tested for free.
Testing for COVID-19 has been at the forefront in the fight against the deadly disease, and the efforts of Councilman Price to expand access to District 9 neighbors continues to rev up.
As the nation reels from the growing number of COVID-19 cases, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine reached a milestone this week after a panel of experts composed of independent scientists, doctors and statisticians, formally recommended the usage of the vaccine to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA indicated on Dec. 11 that they intend to grant emergency authorization of the vaccine, clearing the way for millions of healthcare workers and nursing home residents to begin receiving their first shots as early as next week.
“While we wait for the critical actions of vaccination development to play out, we must continue to utilize the tools we are all too familiar with after nearly a year,” added Councilmember Price. “Getting tested at one of the many locations we have available throughout the City, wearing a mask, washing our hands often and keeping our distance from one another should be everyone's priorities to see this through.”
Testing is available at dozens of locations all over LA County and can be found by visiting https://corona-virus.la/testing. In District 9, the following locations are available to serve individuals and families:
- Kedren Community Health Center - 4211 S. Avalon Blvd. Los Angeles 90011, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment only at (323) 499-3619 or click here to visit their website for more information.
- St. John's Well Child and Family Center - 5701/5717 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles 90037, Monday-Saturday, hours vary, call for an appointment at (323) 541-1411 or click here to visit their website or more information.
Along with three of his colleagues, Councilmember Curren Price earlier this year championed a $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) budget, of which $90 million was set aside for reinvestment in disadvantaged communities / communities of color and reimagining public safety. On Dec. 9, the LA City Council approved the blueprint for how the money should be allocated across impacted communities. Council District 9, identified in a report as the region with the “highest need” census tracts, is expected to receive the most funds with more than $21 million.
Councilman Price released the following statement after today's vote:
On Dec. 8, the City Council rejected a proposal by Councilmembers Curren Price and Mike Bonin which reduces the number of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) personnel facing potential layoffs contingent upon the department identifying other cost-saving measures.
Earlier this year, all City departments were asked to reduce their budgets by 3 percent. The LAPD, City Attorney’s Office, Animal Services Department and the Bureau of Engineering were unable to find the necessary savings and will now have to begin preparations for a possible layoff scenario.
During the Budget & Finance Committee meeting held on Dec. 7, members, including Councilman Price as Vice Chair, discussed a variety of recommendations to close a $675 million revenue deficit exasperated by the coronavirus pandemic. The City Administrative Officer (CAO) Richard Llewellyn recommended initiating the process to possibly lay off as many as 1,900 filled positions, of which 1,679 were from the LAPD (728 civilian and 951 sworn positions). A motion introduced by Chair Paul Krekorian scaled back the proposed layoffs to the LAPD to 273 civilian and 355 sworn positions while instructing the CAO to come up with additional solutions to offset the shortfall. To read the Second Financial Status Report, which spells out the budget balancing plan and solutions, click here.
Councilmember Price released the following statement proceeding the City Council’s 4-11 vote against the Price-Bonin plan. The Budget & Finance Committee report was approved by a vote of 13-2: