Curren Price

After failed attempt, South L.A. wins Promise Zone designation, which could bring in money

After several unsuccessful attempts, a swath of South Los Angeles won a hard-fought battle to receive “Promise Zone” designation, a move that pushes the neediest neighborhoods to the top of the list when applying for competitive federal grants to tackle issues related to poverty.

Federal and local leaders made the announcement Monday at a news conference, flanked by college and high school students from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. They hugged and cheered over an accomplishment that had become something of a mission.

“We have been able to clear the mission to improve the lives of brothers and sisters in need,” said Councilman Curren Price, who...