Local neighbors lined up on Feb. 5 for a chance to receive bags of food, grocery store gift cards and tablets as part of community efforts to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners included the Office of Councilmember Curren Price, Community Build and Voices Neighborhood Council.
In case you missed it, the ongoing District 9 food distributions are scheduled for the first and third Friday of the month at Vermont Square Park located at 1248 W 47th St.
Individuals and families in need of resources can contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Do you know a phenomenal woman from District 9 who has or is making a difference in our community in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency? If so, Councilmember Curren Price would like to hear from you.
The Office of Councilmember Price is accepting nominations for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards through Feb. 19. A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated leadership, pride and commitment to her community in a remarkable manner. To be eligible for this special distinction, nominees must either live and/or work with an organization or business in Council District 9.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s SHeroes class will be honored virtually and in a safe manner this spring. To submit your nomination, click here!
Veronica Lewis reached a decade of service with Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) this February. As the Director of HOPICS, she oversees more than $50 million in annual funding for a variety of programs, including mental health, substance use disorder treatment, reentry support, homeless and housing services, as well as trauma-focused services. Veronica, who was born and raised in South LA, is not showing any signs of stopping, dedicating much of her time, effort and energy to helping put individuals experiencing homeless onto paths to brighter futures.
“It is my honor and privilege to congratulate Veronica Lewis on 10 years of extraordinary service to the City of Los Angeles, SPA 6 and especially here in District 9,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “She is a beacon of light in our community. Her leadership, compassion and creativity to support our most vulnerable is nothing short of admirable.”
Congratulations Veronica! Team Price wishes you continued success.
The South LA community has lost a creative giant. This past January, at just 58 years old, well-respected Los Angeles filmmaker, hip-hop historian and business owner, Gregory Everett, more commonly known as "G Bone" passed away due to complications from COVID-19.
The son of original Black Panther Jeffrey Everett, Gregory dedicated much of his life to spreading consciousness through his filmmaking, art and music, most notably reflected in his 2010 documentary “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Chapter of the Black Panther Party,” which in its premiere garnered the Audience Favorite-documentary feature award at the Pan African Film Festival.
“In the time that I knew Gregory, he embraced a hopeful and optimistic attitude as he was a strong advocate for youth and was deeply connected to the elders within the community,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “His legacy will be firmly rooted into the history of Los Angeles and he will be remembered as someone who was passionate about sharing another side of history, heightening our awareness and forcing us to think critically. My deepest condolences to his wife Lorean and two teenage sons, Gregory Everett Jr. and Jeffrey.”
In an effort to bridge the digital divide in underserved communities, the SoLa I CAN Foundation recently launched a ”1000 for 1000" campaign, which will supply 1,000 families in South LA with FREE high-speed Internet for 1,000 days, providing much needed support for students and families disconnected from their schools and the world.
The onset of the stay-at-home orders revealed a common thread within black and brown communities: far too many low-income students do not have reliable access to WiFi. Nearly one year later, many in the South LA community still lack Internet and technology, with recent data showing nearly 50 percent of households in South Los Angeles do not have broadband Internet access, making it the least Internet-connected region in LA County.
No rain, sleet or snow could stop Councilmember Curren Price from delivering on his promise of ensuring local families in need feel supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During what turned out to be a rain filled food distribution event held on Jan. 23 at Exposition Park, thousands of residents and families came through, each receiving a 40lb box of food filled with chicken, vegetables, eggs, fruits and other essentials.
“If it's one thing we have learned from the pandemic, the weight of the world rests heavily on our community’s shoulders and it is up to all of us to be ready to help,” said Councilman Price. “So as long as our neighbors are in need, we will be here front and center to try to alleviate some of the pressures being felt.”
The CD 9 food drive-thru giveaway was made possible in partnership with the Labor Community Services, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Stay tuned for upcoming food giveaways planned for District 9 families. For more information, call Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Click on the image below, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview Channel 35, to see highlights from the event.
The District 9 family is grieving the tragic loss of a well-known and respected South LA leader who died after contracting COVID-19. Leslie Hagan-Morgan was a prominent voice in District 9, a natural born leader and a man of action.
Leslie served in many different roles within the District, including Boardmember for the CANNDU Neighborhood Council; program coordinator with Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA), one of South LA's leading gang prevention agencies; and also founded City of Youth, a local nonprofit. He was also very active politically serving as a Delegate for the CA Assembly’s 59th District.
“Leslie’s impact will live on through the work that he did across the District and the South LA communities he served,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “His leadership, passion and selflessness will be sorely missed.”
Also in mid-January, it was reported that longtime Exposition Park Department of Public Safety Officer Jesus Castillo passed away on Jan. 17 from complications associated with COVID-19.
Officer Castillo was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a 20-year veteran of the Exposition Park Department of Public Safety. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Once again, Councilmember Curren Price is bringing FREE COVID-19 testing to the local community. Join St. John's Well Child and Family Center on Jan. 27 for another coronavirus testing opportunity from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Councilman Price’s District Office (4301 S. Central Ave.)
The test is non-invasive and is safe for the whole family. To make an appointment, please contact Alicia Vargas (English) at (213) 400-0552 or Antonia Esparza (Spanish) at (213) 706-1740. For more information on coronavirus testing in Los Angeles, visit https://corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing
For additional resources available to the District 9 community during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
On Jan. 13, Councilmember Curren Price donated 20 laptops for students and teachers at 49th Street Elementary School.
Administrators at the school had reached out to Councilman Price’s office with concerns that children and teachers were waiting too long for replacements from the school districts. The lack of resources led to a few teachers struggling to hold classes virtually.
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.