Councilman Curren Price helps secure historic $1.2 billion project for Expo Park
The Ninth District made history when the City Council unanimously approved in July the $1.2 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Dedicated to the power of storytelling across all media, the project is the largest private gift to an American city that will transform two parking lots along Expo Park into a 300,000 square-foot, five-story, state-of-the-art cultural institution.
The world-class museum will include exhibition spaces, theaters, a library, lecture halls, classrooms, a cafe and restaurant. It will house the legendary filmmaker’s collection of paintings, illustrations, photography and movie memorabilia. Its unique design will allow for the designation of 11 acres of publicly accessible green space.
“My sincerest thanks to George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson for choosing to leave a footprint and a piece of their hearts in District 9,” said Councilman Curren Price, whose district includes Expo Park.
“I am delighted for the huge investment that will take place in the heart of our Promise Zone where 46 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line and stand to benefit from this project.
I share George and Mellody’s goal of inspiring, engaging and educating individuals from all walks of life!”
Councilman Price applauded George and Mellody for engaging the local community in this project, both during construction and in its long-term operation. This includes thousands of new construction and permanent jobs with a commitment to local hire; inclusion of opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses; and the development of a robust arts education and local artists program.
Once built, the museum, which is expected to draw more than 1 million visitors annually, will offer public lectures and classes, hands-on workshops and other programs year-round for children and adults. George Lucas will fully fund the Museum at no cost to taxpayers.
“South LA is fast-becoming an exciting frontier for economic development,” Price said. “What’s more rewarding is that we’re bringing world-class facilities to our community because our working-class neighborhoods deserve better, and our children are worthy of high-caliber projects like the Lucas Museum.”
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a perfect fit for Expo Park, which is already home to a variety of museums and iconic institutions, including the California Science Center, California African American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. The museum is surrounded by more than 100 K-12 public and charter schools, Mount Saint Mary’s University and the University of Southern California.
Construction is expected to begin January 2018. The museum is scheduled to open its doors in 2021. For more information, visit http://lucasmuseum.org/
To see all the photos from this historic announcement, please click here.
Mike Castillo—a former Field Deputy in the 9th District since 2013—was recently appointed by Councilman Curren Price as the Executive Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC). In this role, Castillo is responsible for helping local entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.
The BRC brings resources, information and activities year-round to businesses in District 9. Castillo will operate from the BRC Office located in the Constituent Services Center on 43rd Street and Central Avenue.
“For the past four years, Mike has worked fervently to support and empower our local neighborhoods,” Councilman Price said. “He understands the opportunities and challenges affecting our community, and that local knowledge will allow him to dive right in and make a difference.”
Castillo’s decades-long experience includes work in the California State Assembly, California State Senate and the City of Los Angeles. Most recently, as a Field Deputy for Councilman Price, he oversaw constituent and business related issues in the Northeastern and Eastern portion of the Ninth District.
Castillo, who was a Polanco Fellow of the California Latino Caucus, has a passion for community and public service. As a Polanco Fellow, he worked at the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) in the agency’s Global Equity Unit and Corporate Governance division.
The Los Angeles native worked with Councilman Price during his previous tenure in the California State Senate, and would later join then-Assemblyman Steve Bradford’s staff. His professional background consists of working for a number of political campaigns, as well as issues related to commerce, labor, public safety and immigration.
Mike Castillo has dedicated his life to being a public servant since graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Chicano Studies.
To reach the Business Resource Center, call (323) 846-2651.
To effectively meet the needs of young adults ages 18-30 years old, and families in the Ninth District, Councilman Curren Price—in partnership with Community Build—announced this year Project S.A.V.E.
Funded by the Office of Councilman Price, the CD 9 program provides a range of support and services free of charge to South LA residents. This includes vital information on housing, education, employment and health care.
Since rolling out the program in February, more than 60 local clients have been helped, including homeless individuals. So far, 24 people successfully obtained a job through the program.
To speak with a Case Manager with Project S.A.V.E, please call the District Office at (323) 846-1811. Other services include: GED prep, pre-employment services, job placement, career training, assistance applying for college and more.
2nd Annual Latina Conference in the NEW 9th: A Day of Empowerment, Advocacy, Leadership and Learning
It was a beautiful sight seeing hundreds of women turn out this past May for the 2nd Annual Latina Conference in South LA. The free conference at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College featured leaders and experts working in the areas of Business, Civic Engagement, Education, Health, Immigration, Social Justice, Women’s Rights and much more. Attendees were treated to motivational speakers, panel discussions, live entertainment, and essential resources and valuable information. Each year, this community event grows bigger and better! See you ladies in 2018.
To see the entire photo album from this uplifting event, please click here.
The 22nd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival is just days away, and I hope you can join us for the FREE celebration. One of the largest and longest-running jazz festivals, the South LA party will take place July 29-30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.
The two-day festival, expected to attract about 70,000 concert-goers, will feature dozens of performers on three stages. This year's jazz fest also includes the first-ever beer and wine garden, with proceeds going to arts and youth programming in CD 9.
For more information on the 22nd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including a list of performers, pavilions and family-friendly activities, click here.
I am delighted to inform you that, in partnership with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), my Office will once again be hosting a FREE citizenship workshop in South LA. Details below.
Please keep in mind that you must schedule an appointment first to find out if you’re eligible. CARECEN will provide free legal assistance at recurring workshops taking place in the Ninth District through 2018.
For more information on this CD 9 program, please call my Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
Me da gusto informarle que en asociación con el Centro de Recursos Centroamericano (CARECEN), mi oficina estará organizando una vez más un taller GRATIS de ayuda para la solicitud de ciudadanía en el sur de Los Ángeles. Detalles a continuación.
Por favor tenga en cuenta que tendrá que programar una cita primero para ver si usted es elegible. CARECEN proveerá asistencia legal en estos talleres recurrentes que se llevaran a cabo en el Noveno Distrito hasta el 2018.
Para más información sobre el programa del Distrito 9 del Concejo, por favor comuníquese con mi Centro de Servicios para el Constituyente al (323) 846-2651.
Join CD 9 for a conversation about race and politics between the African American and Latino community
The empowerment of adolescent girls and women is a top priority for my office. I sincerely believe that if our communities are to prosper, we must invest in, encourage and support women of all backgrounds.
In 2016, history was made in South Los Angeles as hundreds of Latinas joined my office at the inaugural "Mujeres Empowered for Success," the first-ever Latina Conference in the Ninth District. I am delighted to announce that I will be hosting the 2nd Annual Latina Conference on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (400 W. Washington Blvd., LA 90015).
This will be a day of day of networking, education and empowerment so please help us spread the word to family, friends and neighbors. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite yearly events because it celebrates women of color in our community.
The free conference will feature leaders and experts working in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Health, Immigration, Social Justice, Women’s Rights, and much more. Like last year, attendees will be treated to motivational speakers, insightful panel discussions, live entertainment and essential resources and valuable information. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, guests will also receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and other goodies.
I look forward to meeting you on May 20 as we honor the outstanding contributions of women and help shape the leaders of tomorrow! Please register online here. However, if you would like more information, please call my District Office at (323) 846-2651.
¡Gracias y que vivan las mujeres!
Big day for CD 9 yesterday as we broke ground on a new Honda dealership—one of the largest retail and commercial investments in our community at more than $25 million.
After decades of neglect and a lack of meaningful investment, I am proud to usher in a new era for economic development, job creation and a strong economy in Council District 9. I’m delighted to say, the NEW 9th is undergoing dramatic improvements unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
In fact, many people are looking to South Los Angeles as the next frontier for economic development, with exciting projects like the LAFC Soccer Stadium and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – all of these projects in the pipeline, both big and small, will bring more than 6,500 jobs to the Ninth Council District alone!
The groundbreaking of the state-of-the-art, vertical facility is especially important because this dealership was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and now the ownership have turned it into one of the top performing Hondas in the country. With the expected growth from this new location, the dealership expects to become the number one Honda dealer in America. What a story!
I want to thank Joe Shuster and Ted Bessen of Downtown Honda for having the vision to invest in South Los Angeles, being a responsible company and good community partner. Honda of Downtown Los Angeles is creating a jobs program specifically for residents living in the District, donating $100,000 to Los Angeles Trade-Tech Community College to stimulate education in the automotive service-tech fields, and will donate $50,000 to the Figueroa Corridor Business Improvement District to continue innovation and beautification of the south Figueroa corridor.
With partners like Honda, we will continue to see growth and transform these surface parking lots into thriving hubs that provide jobs, housing and other wonderful resources for our local community. The project—at 740 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.—will rise out of an empty lot that had been abandoned for decades, and is expected to be completed by summer 2018.
Last month, I announced an unprecedented partnership with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA) that would allow two of the most trusted and respected immigrants’ rights organizations to provide a range of direct legal services to our District.
On March 25, CARECEN will host the first in a series of monthly naturalization workshops. Please share the information below with your family, friends and neighbors. Keep in mind: Only those with appointments will be able to meet with legal experts.
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CARECEN, en Colaboración con el Noveno Distrito, Organiza Taller de Ciudadanía
El mes pasado, anuncie una asociación sin precedentes con la Coalición por los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes de Los Ángeles (CHIRLA) y el Centro Centroamericano de Recursos (CARECEN-LA) que permitirá que dos de las organizaciones de derechos de los inmigrantes más respetadas y de mayor confianza proveer una variedad de servicios legales de inmigración a nuestro Distrito.
Este 25 de marzo, CARECEN coordinará la primera de una serie de talleres mensuales de naturalización en el Distrito 9 del Concejo. Por favor comparta la información a continuación con su familia, amigos y vecinos. Tenga en cuenta: Sólo aquellos con citas tendrán la oportunidad de reunirse con expertos legales.