On Dec. 10, Councilman Curren Price joined partner St. John’s Well Child and Family Center for another coronavirus testing event at the weekly open air Farmers Market held each Thursday at his District Office. Approximately, 60 members of the South LA community got tested for free.
Testing for COVID-19 has been at the forefront in the fight against the deadly disease, and the efforts of Councilman Price to expand access to District 9 neighbors continues to rev up.
As the nation reels from the growing number of COVID-19 cases, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine reached a milestone this week after a panel of experts composed of independent scientists, doctors and statisticians, formally recommended the usage of the vaccine to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA indicated on Dec. 11 that they intend to grant emergency authorization of the vaccine, clearing the way for millions of healthcare workers and nursing home residents to begin receiving their first shots as early as next week.
“While we wait for the critical actions of vaccination development to play out, we must continue to utilize the tools we are all too familiar with after nearly a year,” added Councilmember Price. “Getting tested at one of the many locations we have available throughout the City, wearing a mask, washing our hands often and keeping our distance from one another should be everyone's priorities to see this through.”
Testing is available at dozens of locations all over LA County and can be found by visiting https://corona-virus.la/testing. In District 9, the following locations are available to serve individuals and families:
- Kedren Community Health Center - 4211 S. Avalon Blvd. Los Angeles 90011, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment only at (323) 499-3619 or click here to visit their website for more information.
- St. John's Well Child and Family Center - 5701/5717 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles 90037, Monday-Saturday, hours vary, call for an appointment at (323) 541-1411 or click here to visit their website or more information.
Along with three of his colleagues, Councilmember Curren Price earlier this year championed a $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) budget, of which $90 million was set aside for reinvestment in disadvantaged communities / communities of color and reimagining public safety. On Dec. 9, the LA City Council approved the blueprint for how the money should be allocated across impacted communities. Council District 9, identified in a report as the region with the “highest need” census tracts, is expected to receive the most funds with more than $21 million.
Councilman Price released the following statement after today's vote:
On Dec. 8, the City Council rejected a proposal by Councilmembers Curren Price and Mike Bonin which reduces the number of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) personnel facing potential layoffs contingent upon the department identifying other cost-saving measures.
Earlier this year, all City departments were asked to reduce their budgets by 3 percent. The LAPD, City Attorney’s Office, Animal Services Department and the Bureau of Engineering were unable to find the necessary savings and will now have to begin preparations for a possible layoff scenario.
During the Budget & Finance Committee meeting held on Dec. 7, members, including Councilman Price as Vice Chair, discussed a variety of recommendations to close a $675 million revenue deficit exasperated by the coronavirus pandemic. The City Administrative Officer (CAO) Richard Llewellyn recommended initiating the process to possibly lay off as many as 1,900 filled positions, of which 1,679 were from the LAPD (728 civilian and 951 sworn positions). A motion introduced by Chair Paul Krekorian scaled back the proposed layoffs to the LAPD to 273 civilian and 355 sworn positions while instructing the CAO to come up with additional solutions to offset the shortfall. To read the Second Financial Status Report, which spells out the budget balancing plan and solutions, click here.
Councilmember Price released the following statement proceeding the City Council’s 4-11 vote against the Price-Bonin plan. The Budget & Finance Committee report was approved by a vote of 13-2:
Councilmember Curren Price is inviting local neighbors to a drive-thru toy giveaway, specifically for District 9 families. Supplies are limited and individuals MUST register by Dec. 16.
Every December, Team Price organizes holiday themed community events throughout District 9 to distribute thousands of toys and bikes to local children. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual "Winter Wonderland" events this year were altered.
Please note that children must be present to receive their toys. After a participant pre-registers and it's confirmed that they reside in Council District 9, they will receive a confirmation email. For the public's safety, walk-up service will not be allowed and masks will be required.
Click here or on the flyer below to register. For more information, call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
While you are picking out your fresh fruits and vegetables at Councilman Curren Price’s District Office’s weekly open air Farmers Market, be sure to stop by for another FREE COVID-19 community testing event on Dec. 10 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at 4301 S. Central Ave.
As part of Councilman Price’s ongoing efforts to beat the coronavirus and stop the spread in District 9, he has partnered with St. John's Well Child & Family Center to bring this important service to our South LA community.
The test is non-invasive and is safe for the whole family. To make an appointment contact Alicia Vargas (English) (213) 400-0552 or Antonia Esparza (Spanish) (213) 706-1740.
For information on additional resources available to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price Presents a Musical Celebration Honoring 25 Years of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th anniversary of the celebrated Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which draws tens of thousands of revelers each year, is going virtual. Host Councilmember Curren Price is happy to announce that for the first time Angelenos can stream the event from the comfort of their homes Dec. 14-17 by visiting www.centralavejazzfest.com/. LA Cityview Channel 35, which is available on all cable providers within the City of Los Angeles, will also televise the musical celebration.
“We regret not being able to gather on Central Avenue as we typically do each summer, however, this is a necessary sacrifice to keep our community safe and healthy during this time,” said Councilmember Price. “We miss gathering with dozens of musicians, jazz fans, as well as hundreds of small business vendors, exhibitors and non-profit organizations that support this beloved festival year after year. However, we’ve developed special programming with great performances that we can all enjoy while staying safe at home.”
For more than two decades, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival, held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue on the last weekend in July, has paid homage to the region’s rich cultural past while turning the spotlight on what was once considered the epicenter of West Coast jazz.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
- MONDAY, DEC. 14: We will kick off the four days of programming by taking it back to where it all began with a rebroadcast of the must-see documentary, Central Ave. LIVE!: 1st Central Ave. Jazz Festival Documentary 1996; revisiting the music and the history, with interviews and performances from Central Avenue musicians Buddy Collette, Roy Porter, Clora Bryant, Marl Young, Melba Liston, Mickey Champion, The Clara Ward Singers, Jackie Kelso, Ernie Andrews and others. In addition to an “LA Currents” discussion about the upcoming, highly anticipated Central Avenue Angels Walk, a self-guided historic walking trail.
- TUESDAY, DEC. 15: Barbara Morrison and The Bu Crew
- THURSDAY, DEC. 17: The Jazz Classics featuring Patrice Rushen with Ernie Watts, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Reggie Hamilton
Click on the image below to watch a sneak peek of this year's festivities. For more information on the special event, click here.
On Nov. 25, hundreds came out for a first-of-its-kind District 9 event at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, coordinated by Councilman Curren Price's Office, where local neighbors received free Thanksgiving turkeys, flu shots and COVID-19 testing..
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.
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.