Via LA Times
The race for the 9th District City Council seat pits state Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles), a veteran African American politician, against Ana Cubas, a youthful Latina seeking her first elected office. Their biographies and backgrounds present a stark contrast; their campaign platforms do not. Both have promised to bring more city services to the blighted 9th, clean up the commercial corridors, attract investment and create jobs. Sadly, neither has offered a detailed, credible plan to accomplish these objectives. But Price's experience and connections give voters more reason to believe he can move the district in the right direction.
The 9th covers a narrow, densely populated stretch of the city that runs directly south from downtown, with offshoots extending to Staples Center and USC's main campus. Outside those two islands of prosperity, the district is rife with problems and short on resources to solve them. It has the highest poverty rate and the lowest median income of any council district; unemployment is high and business activity is low; and it has the city's highest percentage of high school dropouts, with comparatively few nonprofits on hand to provide services.
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