South LA Gets Peek of Innovative Community Hub: Slauson Connect!

On March 4, Councilmember Curren Price held a virtual open house for Slauson Connect, a brand-new, transformational community jewel slated for District 9. The project will provide South LA with cutting-edge education, training, access to information, and the resources needed to help neighbors grow and thrive. 

“I fought to use this underutilized parcel as a center that will connect South LA communities for generations to come!” added Price. “Slauson Connect will not only have the green space South LA is lacking, but it will also meet the needs of our youth, as well as our working class community members.”

The first-of-its-kind center in District 9 will include a daycare facility, afterschool programming, a tech center, multipurpose rooms and many other amenities, including recreational activities and a business incubator. To view the presentation, which was broadcast live via the Councilman’s Facebook @CurrenDPriceJr and on LA Cityview 35, please click on the image below. 

 

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Councilmember Curren Price Reads to Fifth Grade Class

As part of Read Across America, Councilmember Curren Price on March 4, spent quality time via zoom with students from 28th Street Elementary going over “The Giving Tree.”

The Councilman read the classic children’s book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein to an animated class of fifth grade students. Shout-out to the school staff, including Assistant Principal Ms. Verduzco, Ms. Morales and Ms. Gaither, for making this happen. The young students were interested in learning more about the Councilmember and asked him a series of questions such as, how he got into public service, what his day-to-day looks like and which schools he attended during his youth.

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UNITE HERE! Local 11: Serving Communities

On March 3, Councilmember Curren Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti in celebration of UNITE HERE! Local 11 and Hospitality Training Academy’s “Serving Our Community” program, an initiative funded by the City and County of LA which reached a milestone of delivering its three millionth meal during the pandemic.

Since 2020, teams of unsung heroes have been catering meals to the most vulnerable, including 10,000 homebound seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness and low-income families throughout the City of Angels. Not only is the program supporting the nourishment of the community during a most turbulent time, but it has also contributed to the creation of 1,100 jobs filled by recently laid-off union and non-union workers.

“Acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, are precisely what we need in our communities as we fight our way through the public health emergency and ultimately try to begin to heal from this dark chapter of our lives,” added Councilman Price. “The need is great and something as simple as receiving a meal offers a glimmer of hope to someone who may be resting on hopelessness, proving together we can all do our part to alleviate some of the heavy burden families are facing.”

These meals are cooked in the industrial kitchens at Levy Restaurants, including the kitchen at the Los Angeles Convention Center in District 9, and a number of Los Angeles hotels.

Click on the image below to view the press conference of this special announcement.  

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Transforming Community Alleyways in District 9

Join Councilmember Curren Price, The Trust for Public Land and LA Sanitation (LASAN) for another community meeting on the Central Quincy Green Alleys Network on March 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or March 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. via zoom. 

This project transforms underutilized alleyways in District 9 into vibrant, green alleys where children and families can safely walk or bike to schools, local businesses and parks. Residents are encouraged to attend one of two scheduled virtual community meetings in March to learn about the upcoming Central Quincy Green Alley networks projects (see flyers here). 

The Central-Jefferson and Quincy Jones Green Alley projects will renovate 10 alley segments. The Avalon Green Alley network was the first demonstration project, which renovated six alley segments in District 9.

Green alleys provide multiple benefits, including collecting rainwater to recharge the aquifer, contributing to urban cooling and new public art and street tree plantings. They also create a safe passageway and connectivity between various key destinations in the area.    

 

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Street Sweeping Reduced to Every Other Week

Due to the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and staff reductions, the Bureau of Street Services recently announced street sweeping operations are changing throughout the City from weekly to bi-weekly as of the week of March 1. 

To help Angelenos adjust to the change, StreetsLA has launched a new communication systemStreet Sweeping Near Me,” where residents can register for notifications of when their street will be swept. The notification system will allow the user to input an address and get notified 24 hours before via email when StreetsLA will be sweeping that route.

Neighbors can get more information via the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. or go to the MYLA311 app or website. Visit the StreetsLA website here for more details or send an email to [email protected]

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Ramping Up Efforts to Get More District 9 Seniors Vaccinated

Over the past three weeks, Team Price has been out in full force getting the word out to the community about the opportunity for District 9 neighbors aged 65 and older, as well as health care workers, to get a COVID-19 vaccine at local parks.

The vaccination pop-up sites at South Park Recreation Center, Green Meadows Recreation Center and most recently Vermont Square Park have been brought to CD 9 in collaboration with Councilmember Curren Price, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) with the support of CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)

To date, the grassroots initiative is responsible for helping to get more than 2,000 seniors from the District vaccinated with no signs of slowing down. 

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Elementary Students Invited to “Movie Night” at Pueblo Del Rio Public Housing

Supported by Councilmember Curren Price, 10 students from Holmes Avenue Elementary School were treated on Feb. 25 to a special outdoor movie night hosted by the Housing Authority of the City of Los AngelesLAPD Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Officers and the Pueblo Del Rio public housing community.  

To create a full on movie-going experience, the local children received a movie ticket admitting them into the Alba Center. During the showing of Peter Pan, the students also enjoyed popcorn, candy bags, chips and beverages. 

The students selected were rewarded for their academic excellence during distance learning, including arriving on time to their zoom classes, turning in their homework on time and being actively engaged during class. 

Great job, students! Team Price joins our local partners in acknowledging your efforts during a most extraordinary time.

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Take a Tour of Angels Walk Central Avenue

For more than two decades, Angels Walk LA Historical Trails has brought self-guided walking activities designed to enhance the pedestrian experience in the City. The District 9 community is invited to a special journey exploring the deep rich history embedded along the Central Avenue corridor. 

The latest installation to the Angels Walk tour has landed right in front of Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office (4301 S. Central Ave.) which is just one of 15 stanchions set to be completed in March. Click here for more information on this special program highlighting Central Avenue- considered the cultural, social, and entrepreneurial epicenter of the Black community in Los Angeles from the 1920s through the 1940s. Stay tuned for future updates!

Printed guidebooks are available for this walk. Please contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 for more information. 

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You’re Invited: Slauson Connect Virtual Open House

Councilmember Curren Price has partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), among the largest transit agencies in the nation, to bring a world-class facility to the South LA community. 

As a multipurpose central hub, “Slauson Connect” will provide neighbors with cutting edge education, training, access to information and the resources needed to help community members thrive and grow. The first-of-its-kind center in District 9 will include a daycare facility, afterschool programming, computer labs and many other amenities, including dedicated green space. 

To learn more about this exciting project and provide feedback, join in on a LIVE virtual discussion taking place March 4 at 2 p.m. on  LA Cityview Channel 35, online at LACITYVIEW.org/LIVE and streaming from Councilman Price’s Facebook Page @CurrenDPriceJr.

For more information, call Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Green Meadows Recreation Center Transformed into Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams on Feb. 19 wrapped up back-to-back weekly efforts to bring the shot directly to local seniors 65 and older, as well as health care workers, via a grassroots program led by Councilmember Curren Price intended to vaccinate some of District 9's most vulnerable residents.

The orchestrated effort to go into South LA neighborhoods launched in early February at South Park Recreation Center and continued Feb. 16 to Feb. 19 at Green Meadows Recreation Center. With the help of Team Price driving City vehicles, and support from Access vans and private buses, the latest opportunity was responsible for helping to transport hundreds of seniors from Kilgore Manor & Griffith Gardens Senior Apartments, Pueblo del Rio Public Housing facility, and others to the mobile vaccine site.

The CD9 COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinics, in partnership with Core (Community Organized Relief Effort) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD, continue at Vermont Square Park from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26. Please see the flyers below for more details. The local effort has been responsible for administering thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to local neighbors over the course of the last two weeks.

To schedule an appointment or request a ride (must reside in District 9), please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. You may also click here to be considered for an appointment.

Vermont Square Park: Feb. 23-26

 

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