October 31, 2013
LAWT News Service
Los Angeles, CA — On Saturday, October 26, 2013, Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. led the third community clean-up day, in his series of regular clean-up efforts planned for the 9th Council District (CD9).
The clean-up began at Fred Roberts Park, located at 4700 Honduras Street at 9:00 am and covered Vernon Avenue, Long Beach Blvd, and other streets and alleys in the Central Alameda area.
Councilman Price, his City Hall and District Office staff, and City departments, the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council, the L.A.U.R.A. Youth, and citizens from the community joined in the three-hour clean-up effort, picking up and sweeping trash along streets and alleys, and sidewalks, and removed abandoned furniture and large items.
“We are working together to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens in the “New 9th”, said Councilman Price. We have seen first-hand how focusing on a specific region to remove graffiti, trash, debris, and bulky items can make a tremendous difference when we work together.”
Shortly after July 1st, when Price took office, he convened a CD9 Taskforce comprised of City departments to address problem areas and situations concerning blighted properties, graffiti, and illegal dumping.
The Taskforce includes representatives from: Los Angeles Building and Safety, Bureau of Sanitation, Bureau of Street Services, Office of Community Beautification, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Housing Community and Investment department.
The first two major community clean-ups occurred on Saturday, August 24 in the Adams/Central area and Saturday, September 21 in the Manchester/Avalon area.
The Clean & Green Campaign will continue regularly in different regions of the District and will include planting community gardens in neighborhoods and schools.
“I am a strong believer that Community Gardens and Parks can serve as incubators for change,” says Price.
Councilman Price supported the ordinance which suspended penalties for planting flowers, plants, and vegetable on parkways. Soon after the ordinance was adopted, CD 9 supported St. John’s Well Child & Family Center with its community garden project along 58th Street and Slauson Avenue. With the involvement from neighbors and volunteers they successfully build 60 garden boxes along the parkways.
Price said, “I hope this effort serves as the first of hundreds of parkway garden projects we’ll have in the Ninth. It is important of us to reclaim our community by encouraging these efforts so our children thrive.”
School garden projects have also been initiated at John Adams Middle School, Manual Arts High School, and other schools.
Councilman Price is also encouraging the community to report illegal dumping and graffiti by calling 311 or the Council District Office 323 846-2651.