Councilmember Curren Price Jr. was our guest speaker at our April 23, 2015 meeting. He began his remarks by focusing on the need for our community to get its fair share of clean up services to create a “Clean and Green” community. He plans to extend the LAPD Compstat and LAFD Fire Stat data collection concepts to the idea of tracking trash scientifically by grading each street on its cleanliness and using the data to direct services. He noted he was shocked to find out that there were only 1,000 trash cans across the entire city and plans to identify where more would be useful.
He then spoke about economic development, explaining that in his capacity as Chair of the Economic Development Committee, he plans to renovate the Convention Center, possibly adding a hotel there. Closer to home, he would like to revitalize our industrial area, changing the mix of businesses and asking each business to take responsibility for keeping the community clean. Just north of CANNDU, Central Avenue has been designated a Great Street between MLK Blvd and Vernon. They will create a Business Improvement District, revitalizing building facades. DWP will take down and reroute power lines. He would like to extend this type of revitalization to Broadway and Avalon.
Price would like to expand our green space, as they are doing with the pocket park at Gage and Avalon. He noted they have added the Gil Lindsay Skate Park with more lighting and soccer fields and have plans for South Park.
They are currently working on a Request for Proposal for affordable housing on Washington near the Blue Line, encouraging community gardens and murals and plan to paint utility boxes with art. Other Neighborhood Councils are spearheading contests to select art for utility boxes.
With the City Council now funding sidewalk repairs, they expect to start near schools, libraries, and other public buildings. His office is putting together a list of sidewalks needing attention. Residents are encouraged to send in their suggestions.
Price also spoke about the increase in minimum wage proposal that he coauthored.
Meeting attendees made comments about the need for tree trimming as overgrown trees block the light that prevents crime. One stakeholder wanted to green the Gage rail area. Comments were made on both sides of the street vending issue, concerned about trash generated and the need to protect street vendor’s livelihood.