Treating District 9 Seniors to a Special Lunch

On Nov. 23, the Office of Councilmember Curren Price, in partnership with local restaurant Viztango Cafe, provided 200 warm meals to seniors at Park Plaza Apartment Homes, John Baptist Church and the Dunbar Hotel. The latest efforts are part of Councilman Price’s 2020 senior luncheon program with more than 1,500 meals being delivered to the local senior community in the last week.

“No matter how simple the gesture, at this time of uncertainty, finding ways to support our community is more important than ever. Especially in our service and commitment to our seniors through our actions,” added Councilman Price. 

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Councilman Curren Price and Partners Celebrate Completion of First Permanent Supportive Housing Development in District 9

On Nov. 20, Councilman Curren Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and partners LA Family Housing and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development to officially cut the ribbon for Residences on Main, a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development that will provide 25 units for chronically homeless transition-age youth and 24 for families experiencing homelessness.

The $30 million project was completed with $11 million in Measure HHH funding, and is the first such project to be completed in District 9.

“Residences on Main not only represents a new start for each tenant that gets to call it home but solidifies the hope that they have long been yearning for,” said Councilman Price. “It also marks a significant milestone for our South LA community- becoming the first HHH-funded project to be completed in District 9.

“In all, I am proud to say that my Office has helped secure nearly $90 million in HHH funds for projects in my District to help support our homeless community.“

The development, at a corner in South LA which had been condemned by the City in 2010, features on-site case management, a community room with a computer center, a playground for children, a barbecue grill area for outdoor cooking, a central courtyard, community garden and many other amenities. 

The latest development joins dozens of housing complexes that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. Over the course of the next several years, District 9 is on track to build nearly 900 PSH units as well as more than 1,000 Affordable Housing units.

Click on the image below to watch the grand opening ceremony, brought to you by our friends at LA Cityview 35.

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Upcoming PSH Project in CD 9: A Look at Casa de Rosas

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Banc of California Stadium: Home of the Angel City Football Club

On Nov. 19, the Angel City Football Club (ACFC), Los Angeles’ newest professional women's sports team, announced that the Banc of California Stadium in District 9 will be their home field when the team begins playing for the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in 2022. 

“From the Vice Presidency to our World Championship Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team, and now with the addition of Angel City FC, the women of the United States are lighting trails on fire,” said Councilman Curren Price during the official announcement. “What a refreshing example this is to the legions of little girls that will fill this stadium, especially for all of the black and brown girls that live here in my District.” 

Banc of California Stadium is also the home of the Major League Soccer team, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).

Councilman Price joined Angel City FC Founder and President Julie Uhrman, Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LAFC Co-President and Chief Business Officer Larry Freedman, LAFC co-owner Larry Berg, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird, and numerous Angel City founding investors to commemorate the milestone during a press conference this week. 

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Beautifying District 9 One Tree at a Time

On Nov. 18, Councilmember Curren Price joined Public Works and two local students at Wadsworth Elementary School in District 9 to plant a tree as part of 50 sidewalk trees that will be added along Martin Luther King Boulevard between Figueroa Street and Central Avenue. 

The new trees are helping to revitalize one of Los Angeles’ largest and most iconic streets while improving the air quality, creating a cooling effect and providing a healthier environment for all people using Martin Luther King Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods. “This is the start of an exciting project that will transform this portion of District 9 over the course of the next several years; one that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, whether walking to and from school or visiting one of the many destination attractions in Exposition Park!” added Councilman Price. 

Future improvements include pedestrian-level lighting, sidewalk and curb ramp upgrades/repairs, new landscaped medians and more! Joining the Councilmember at the District 9 tree planting were Board of Public Works President Greg Good, Board of Public Works Commissioner Teresa Villegas and StreetsLA Assistant Director Greg Spotts.

Click on the image below to see footage of the tree planting in CD9, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview 35.

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Applications OPEN for Eaze’s Cannabis Accelerator Program

Eaze has officially launched its second year of Momentum: A Cannabis Business Accelerator to cultivate the growth and success of underrepresented founders nationwide. This $500,000 program is one of the largest social impact initiatives in the cannabis industry to date.

Eaze is seeking people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, those who have been formerly incarcerated, or anyone who has been affected by the War on Drugs and faced significant barriers to enter into the industry. The program will include a $50,000 grant (no equity is taken), participation in a 10-week education program led by 70 industry volunteer experts, and access to Eaze’s ecosystem of business, marketing, and retailer resources. At Momentum’s conclusion, participants will pitch to industry-defining investors for the opportunity to raise additional funds to grow their businesses. 

Applications are open and the deadline to apply is Dec. 15. You can learn more and find the application at Eaze.com/momentum.

Interested applicants from District 9 may also contact Andrea Greene, Director of Arts & Social Initiatives, at (323) 846-2651 or [email protected]

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Addressing Homelessness: A Shelter for Veterans

In partnership with Volunteers of America Los Angeles, “The R House” will be coming to District 9 with dedicated services for the vulnerable veteran homeless population. Expected to open its doors January of 2021, the facility will contain 98 beds, as well as a health clinic which will be operated by St. John's Well Child and Family Center.

Watch the video below produced by LA Cityview 35 highlighting this upcoming project in the heart of District 9.

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Virtual Grand Opening for Supportive Housing Development in CD 9

Join Councilmember Curren Price along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and partners LA Family Housing and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) on Nov. 20 at 8:45 a.m. for the virtual grand opening of Residences on Main. Click here to RSVP.

The development at 6901 S. Main St. will include two large community rooms, a community garden, computer lab, courtyard and on-site case management. Tenants will have access to wrap-around services such counseling, educational support, workforce programs and more.

Preview this special development in District 9 and learn about two of the tenants who will be calling Residences on Main “home” by clicking on the images below. 

Residences on Main joins dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. Under Councilmember Price’s leadership, CD 9 is on track to build 872 Permanent Supportive Housing units as well as 1,030 Affordable Housing units.

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Improving Pedestrian Safety at Vermont Square Park

As part of Councilman Curren Price’s continuous efforts to make the streets of District 9 safer for the community, two brand new speed humps have been installed directly adjacent from Vermont Square Park on 47th Street between Budlong Avenue and Raymond Avenue, as well as on Budlong Avenue between 47th Street and 48th Street. 

The addition of these humps will slow down any potential speedy drivers thus calming traffic down and improving safety conditions for the neighborhood.

For more information on the Speed Hump program, please visit https://ladot.lacity.org/projects/safety-programs/speed-humps. If you need further assistance, contact Councilmember Curren Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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LADOT Launches Early Pay LA, Offering Payment Discounts for Parking Citations

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has implemented an economic relief measure that will allow motorists an early payment discount on citations. The Early Pay LA program will award a $20 discount for the most common parking citations paid within 48 hours and remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

Launched on Nov. 2, the new early bird program rewards discounts for early payment on citations for residential street sweeping, overnight/oversize parking districts and vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking areas.

In addition to this new program, the City of Los Angeles has several other programs in place to assist low-income individuals and individuals experiencing homelessness with outstanding parking citation debt, as well as relief programs to allow for citation amnesty.

The department's existing programs to provide economic relief include:

  • The Community Assistance Parking Program (CAPP): LADOT offers the CAPP for individuals experiencing homelessness that allows them to pay their parking citations through volunteer community service or through enrollment in a homeless service program. 
  • Low-Income Payment Plans: LADOT worked with the state legislature to shape bills that created or modified payment plans for indigent and eligible low-income motorists. Depending on the existing payment plan, the City may waive all late fees for eligible motorists and allow up to 18 months to pay off the base citation fines.
  • The citation amnesty program grants a one-time opportunity for those with citations over three years old the chance to have all late fees waived and pay the base citation amount(s) over a period of time thereby clearing DMV holds, tax intercepts, and/or tow orders.
  • The unemployment citation amnesty program assists those who lost their job during the pandemic by allowing them to have late fees waived and pay only the base citation amount over a period of time. 

More details on LADOT’s citation relief programs are available on LADOT’s Parking Violations Bureau websiteFor more information about LADOT's COVID-19 response, please visit ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus

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