Join Councilmember Curren Price and his Business Resource Center (BRC) Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. on Councilman Price's Facebook page for a special Live presentation on employment laws and reopening regulations in partnership with Bet Tzedek and Cozen O'Connor.
You can also view the educational webinar by visiting LACITYVIEW.ORG/LIVE or on television at L.A. Cityview Channel 35. We encourage small business owners to submit questions in advance to [email protected].
Councilman Curren Price Takes Senior Luncheon on the Road and Delivers Thousands of Hot Meals to South LA Neighbors
Every year, Councilman Curren Price honors the elderly of District 9 with an Annual Senior Luncheon where they are celebrated with live music, dancing, a resource fair and lunch at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 celebration was forced to take on a new form by way of delivering hot meals and care packages for local seniors to enjoy safely in the comfort of their own homes.
Kicking off a week-long mission on Nov. 9, Team Price successfully delivered more than 1,500 meals to senior housing facilities, churches, nonprofits and residences in CD 9, to name a few. To achieve this great feat, the Councilmember joined forces with several local District 9 restaurateurs, including Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen, Viztango Cafe and Delicious Southern Cuisine, to not only prepare the hot meals for the seniors but also lend support to the struggling restaurant industry.
Watch highlights from this year’s special District 9 Senior Luncheon - the COVID-19 edition, courtesy of LA Cityview 35, by clicking on the image below.
On Nov. 6, Councilmember Curren Price joined Stephanie Klasky-Gamer from LA Family Housing (LAFH) and Antonio Manning from the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) for a sneak peak of Residences on Main, which is nearing completion. The four-story building is scheduled to open later this year and will provide 50 units of supportive housing for homeless individuals and their families, and for Transitional Age Youth (TAY).
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.
"There is no greater responsibility than that of caring for our neighbors in need," said Councilman Price. "The toll that is taken on someone who is looking for a place to lay their heads affects every part of their lives, whether emotional, physical or psychologically. We have to do everything in our power to bring the relief that our neighbors so desperately need."
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.
Calling all CD 9 SHeroes! Do you know a phenomenal woman from District 9 who is making a difference in our community in response to the COVID-19 crisis? If so, Councilmember Curren Price would like to hear from you.
The Office of Councilmember Price is accepting nominations through Nov. 20 for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes awards. 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. To mark this moment in time, Councilman Price is honored to put the spotlight on selfless women who are going above and beyond to uplift their neighbors during the current national emergency.
To submit your nomination, click here!
The CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund provided 20 businesses and independent contractors with no interest loans totaling over $170,000. The District 9 initiative got underway last July and ended November 2020 as part of a special partnership between Councilmember Curren Price and The Change Reaction.
The primary focus of the Small Business Relief Fund was on sole proprietors and small businesses that were unable to access government grants and loans. Loans ranged from $3,000 - $25,000 and will be repayable in equal installments over the course of 24 to 36 months, after a grace period of three months. Businesses, both brick and mortar to independent contractors, ranging from barber shops, restaurants, child care facilities, summer camps, and interior design studios were able to take advantage of the fund.
“Our small businesses have had to incur costs related to personal protection equipment, cash flow, payroll and new equipment to safely produce goods,” added Councilmember Price. “As we continue to fight through this pandemic, it is our small businesses that are the cultural character of our neighborhoods and backbone of employment locally. Please remember to shop locally in support of our South Los Angeles.”
For information on Councilmember Price’s Business Resource Center (BRC), open year-round, please contact Mike Castillo at [email protected]
Up to 100,000 low-income households in Los Angeles will be eligible to receive a one-time $500 check in the mail to help pay bills such as gas, cellular phone, wi-fi, Internet and cable television services thanks to a program created under the leadership of Council President Nury Martinez with the support of Councilman Curren Price.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Utility Grant Program through Nov. 15. Click on the LADWP image above for more information and to apply.
“Our low-income communities have demonstrated tremendous resilience and strength during this national public health emergency,” said Councilman Price who seconded Martinez’ motion. “COVID-19 has hit the working poor and people of color the hardest and it is up to their government to put forward a range of solutions that mitigate the challenges of this remarkable time in human history. I hope our actions send a clear message to our low-income communities that we stand with them during this pandemic and beyond."
The polls are open and with the General Election Day on Nov. 3, LADOT is providing fare-free DASH bus service for all Angelenos. LADOT reminds passengers that face masks are required on all City transit vehicles and encourages the observation of such safety measures at City polling locations.
For information on how to locate your General Election polling location, please click here.
During the first week of November, the third “Safe Parking” location will be opening in District 9 near Downtown and the Los Angeles Convention Center with the capacity to accommodate 30 cars.
“There is no greater priority for my Office than that of protecting human life,” said Councilman Curren Price. “While some individuals circumstances have led them to having to resort in sleeping in their vehicles, making the tough choice to resist going into a shelter for whatever reason, having a safe place to park in the City with individualized access to social services is a substantial lifeline in helping someone move from their cars into a permanent housing solution.”
The Safe Parking program provides individuals a safe place to park each night, access to social service resources, restroom access and a security guard. This is in addition to several other initiatives that Councilman Price is leading to manage the homelessless crisis in District 9, including the development of more than 1,000 permanent supportive housing and affordable housing units in the pipeline, rapid rehousing and teams of outreach workers in the community each day to bring solutions that will help people to move off of the street.
In celebration of Halloween, the Office of Councilman Curren Price joined with several community partners to donate pumpkins, distribute candies, and hand out facemasks, backpacks, lunch boxes and other goodies to families across the District.
See the pictures above for a range of activities that took place across local parks and recreation centers, and the Pueblo del Rio Social Hall!
During the last week of October, Councilman Curren Price led efforts to have the business corridors on Main Street between 33rd and 35th Streets deep cleaned.
During the cleaning, the LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) Care Team and outreach workers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) were able to connect with the individuals living in the encampments and offer services to them, as well as disinfect and power wash the sidewalks.
“The goal of these cleanings is not to disrupt the lives of the individuals suffering from homelessness but to ensure the area is clean, safe and free from the biohazards that can quickly take over the streets,” added Councilmember Price. “Connecting the individuals with services is the main priority with the hope that they will take advantage of what is available and put them on a path to getting the help they need.”