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December 2017 Newsletter

Posted on 12/21/17

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

SONC December Newsletter
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
December 2017 Newsletter
What's happening in and around Sherman Oaks? Get out and join in!
www.shermanoaksnc.org
PO Box 5721, Sherman Oaks 91413
(818) 503-2399

In this month’s issue:
SONC December Meeting
Holiday Food Drive and Pet Food Drive
SONC Committee Meetings
December Newsletter
SONC Board and Committee Meetings
About SONC
Planning and Land Use
Holiday Event for Dogs and Cats
Holiday Open House – State Senator Bob Hertzberg
Holiday Open House – State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
Holiday Open House – City Councilman David Ryu
Free Admission to National Parks – 4th Grade Families
Public Safety
Fire Safety in Sherman Oaks Hills
New Speed Limits
Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?
Michelangelo Art Exhibit in the Valley
Ice Skating
Health Insurance – Obamacare
Senior Health Insurance
Free Museum Admission
Museum Holiday Party
Holiday Light Show
Luminaria Light Show
Harry Potter Light Show
Musical Veterans Salute
Veterans Resource Centers
LAPD says Lock it or lose it
Best Pies in L.A.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Rated Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S, by Food & Wine Magazine
DACA Permits
Sidewalk repair
Sherman Oaks Streets Resurfaced and Potholes Repaired
Conserve Water – Get Paid
SOHA 19th Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Senior Center Activities
Calendar of Meetings and Events


SONC December Meeting

The SONC Board will have its regular monthly meeting 6:30 PM Monday December 11 at Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium 14780 Dickens Street. This month we will be reviewing and voting on issues that affect your way of life. Do you have an opinion? There will be time on the agenda for you to speak on what is important to you. For more information check our website for the agenda. www.shermanoaksnc.org.


Holiday Food Drive and Pet Food Drive
SONC is having a holiday giving drive. Bring non-perishable food that will go to a food bank or pet food that will go to the East Valley Shelter. Bring your non-perishable food donation or pet supply donation to the SONC Board meeting 6:30PM at the Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium, 14780 Dickens Street, 
SONC Committee Meetings


There will be Committee meetings this month. See the dates below and check the complete agendas on our website: www.shermanoaksnc.org. We need your participation and input. Would you like to serve on one of these committees? You don't have to be a Board member to be on a committee. Contact [email protected].

December Newsletter

This December newsletter has 37 articles and was emailed to 16,343 subscribers. It was sent through NextDoor and through SONC's website. We recommend signing up on the website's "mailing list" and reading it with your browser. You are welcome to reprint any portion of this newsletter under one condition; reprints must include "This is reprinted from the SONC Newsletter. Go to www.shermanoaksnc.org to read the full issue." Send any comments or questions to [email protected]



About SONC

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council is the first level of your city government. We are not homeowner's association or a club; we are an important part of your city government. We are here to bridge the gap between you and City Hall. Board members are elected by the public and serve without pay. Do you have a city related question or problem? Contact us by using the contact form on our website, www.shermanoaksnc.org, or call (818) 503-2399. Board meetings are 6:30 PM the 2nd Monday evening of most months. All meetings are open to the public. The Council files "Community Impact Statements"(CIS) with City agencies and the City Council on important pending issues. If you miss a meeting you can read the CIS or the minutes on the website after they have been approved the following month.


Planning and Land Use

The PLUM (Planning & Land Use Management Committee) meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at the SO Library to consider new construction projects. Check the complete agendas and project drawings log on to our website: www.shermanoaksnc.org. The next committee meeting will be 6:30 pm December 21 at the Sherman Oaks Library to review a small lot subdivision at 5209 Saloma and a proposed car wash for the 76 station at 4822 Van Nuys Blvd. The findings will be presented to the SONC Board at a later date. For more information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]
The December Vision meeting will continue a study of the potential bikeway and pedestrian opportunities at the area of the LA River at Hazeltine and Valleyheart. This will be a joint Vision Committee and Green & Beautification Committee study, 6:30 December 7 at the Sherman Oaks Library.
Holiday Event for Dogs and Cats
Rockin Rescue will have a Holiday Event. You can change the lives of dogs or cats that are in need of a loving home. Refreshments will be served and you could make a new best friend.
Sunday December 3 11AM-5PM
Rockin Rescue
19855 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hill
No RSVP necessary – Just come!

Holiday Open House – State Senator Bob Hertzberg
Wednesday December 6 4-7PM
Van Nuys State Office Building
6150 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 400
RSVP 818-901-5588
Refreshments
Holiday Open House – State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
Thursday December 7 5:30-8PM
Van Nuys State Office Building
6150 Van Nuys Blvd 3rd Floor
Park free in the parking structure next door.
RSVP 818-376-4246
Light food and soft drinks will be served. Annual Food & Toy Drive. Bring no-perishable food items and unwrapped new toys. 
Holiday Open House – City Councilman David Ryu
Sunday December 10 4-6PM
Hollywood District Office
6501 Fountain Ave
Hollywood
RSVP DAVIDRYU.LACITY.ORG/EVENTS
Free Admission to National Parks – 4th Grade Families

If you have a child in the 4th grade, your family is eligible for a Free 1 year National Parks Annual Pass. The pass is good for entry of a carload of people at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, national parks, and national forests. The cost of this pass is $80 …but it’s ASOLUTELY FREE to 4th graders and their families. Go to https://everykidinapark.gov/ and sign up. You will never get a better deal from the federal government! Next year the price of entering a single park will go up to $80. But, the 4th grade families with a pass will get in free!


Public Safety

The "Map Your Neighborhood" Training Class held on November 16th and sponsored by SONC's Public Safety Committee and Assemblymember Adrian Nazarian was a great success, with 21 constituents from Sherman Oaks and neighboring communities in attendance. To attend the next class Contact: [email protected] for more information.
 
The Next CERT1 (Community Emergency Response Team, Level 1) Course will begin on January 9th, 2018 - must be registered to attend. Seats are still available. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lafd-cert-sherman-oaks-tickets-37460159345
The next Public Safety Committee Meeting will be Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center on Van Nuys Blvd. For more details, contact Melissa Menard [email protected]

Fire Safety in Sherman Oaks Hills

There is extreme fire danger in our hills for the next 45 days. In the Northern California fire last month 42 people died and 8,500 homes were burned. We can be safer here. Protect your family and your home by doing these 5 things. 
1)   Clear brush 200 feet from your house to provide a “defensible break.”
2)   Patio furniture should be stored in your garage. It can catch fire and spread it to your house.
3)   Trees should be trimmed 3 feet from the ground and 3 feet back from your house. Low hanging trees can be ignited by burning grass. The fire will leap to the crown and then your house.
4)   Sign up for Reverse 911 to be notified in a disaster. Land lines are already on the list. But, most homes now have mobile systems that are mounted on the house. They need to be registered. You can also register your cell phone. Go the the website emergency.lacity.org/notifyla and fill out the form.
5)   Have an evacuation route planned. Have two in case one is cut off.
 

New Speed Limits

Many streets throughout the city have had speed limits changed. In Sherman Oaks there are 3 streets: Sepulveda Blvd from Plummer to Valley Vista raised from 35mph to 40 mph. Burbank Blvd from the #405 to the city of Burbank raised from 35mph to 40mph. Huston from Hazeltine to Cedros lowered from 30 mph to 25mph. The big change is that there will be Radar Enforcement. Be sure to observe the speed limit. There will be lots of speeding tickets issued.
 
Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?

The City Council re-instituted the Speed Hump program after an eight-year hiatus. When LADOT opened up an on-line application process, the overwhelming response rate had some council districts hitting their request allocation within two hours of the link going “live.” Staff capped requests at 486 locations to provide adequate review, and found 117 locations feasible for installation. From those 117 locations, staff will build 30 in 2017 with the available funding. The Speed Hump Application Window opens twice annually. The next window opens February 2018. For complete instructions on how to request Speed Humps go to http://ladot.lacity.org/how-do-i/request-speed-humps. It is a 3 step process. The first step is an application that can be filed online starting 8AM February 15, 2018. We recommend that you be prepared in advance if you want to make a request. Read the information page now. You will need a person that is willing to coordinate the process as a liaison for your block. You will need to get 50% of the people on your block to agree to the installation. Get the commitments now. You will be required to do the first 2 steps online and the available applications will be filled within a few minutes. After you have done the first 2 steps the Department will do the third. Note two things 1) You are not guaranteed to have your request filled 2) The city installs Speed Humps not Speed Bumps. Speed Bumps are the small bumps used in parking lots.  

Michelangelo Art Exhibit in the Valley

“Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel,” open through Sunday, Dec. 31 at the Westfield Topanga, is an immersive pop-up gallery that features 34 nearly life-size replicas of the famed frescoes at eye level. “Michelangelo was the only person who got to see the work that close-up,” says Scott Sanders, Westfield’s Creative Head of Global Entertainment.

Ice Skating
Beat the heat in the Valley with a 90-minute ice skating session in Downtown Burbank. Winter sports aren't exactly a pastime in L.A., so little ones—and those of us who look helpless on the ice—can rent Bobby the Seal, an adorable, plastic skating aid. Show up early on Saturdays for skate lessons. You'll find the rink near Burbank City Hall, on the corner of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue.
275 E Olive Ave
Burbank 91502
818-806-8551
$10 general admission; $6 skate rental; $8 skating aid Dec 14-Jan 7
Health Insurance - Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act is still in effect, but the enrollment period has been shortened. Enrollment is open until December 15. For more information go to HealthCare.gov. If you need help finding which plan suits you, go to http://localhelp.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
 
Senior Health Insurance
The annual enrollment period for Medicare Health Plans and Medicare D ends December 7, 2017


Free Museum Admission


The Skirball at Mulholland & Sepulveda (closed Mon), The Getty on Sepulveda(open 7 days), The Fowler at Sunset and Westwood Blvd at UCLA(closed Mon & Tues), & the Hammer at Westwood Blvd & Wishire(closed Mon) all have free admission. Make it easy. Park here in the Valley and take the Metro bus #734 or #234 direct to all of them. Pick up the bus at Sepulveda & Ventura or points north.
 

Museum Holiday Party


Holiday Party at Museum of the San Fernando Valley with Special Guest Artist Stan Cline. You must RSVP to receive your free admission ticket which will also be used to enter a drawing for some great prizes. Space is limited, so RSVP soon at https://holidayparty-12-16-17.eventbrite.com 
Dec 16 5-9PM
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff Street #204
Northridge

 
Holiday Light Show
 
This holiday season, bring your family to a local 2015 winner of ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight in Sherman Oaks. The 11 minute show runs continuously 6-10pm M-F, and 5-10pm on the weekends, weather permitting through New Year's Day. It features handmade animatronics, over 50,000 LEDs, and falling snow. Check out http://www.lightsondisplay.com for more info, and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LightsonDisplay/ for any changes in time and weather closures. The display is located at 3901 Longview Valley Rd. in Sherman Oaks. This display is a 50+ year family tradition. Thanks to Mike Ziemkowski and family.

Luminaria Light Show
Free Candle Light Luminaria Light Show, Arts & Crafts, History, Live Music. 
Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd
December 3 3-7 PM.
Parking arranged by Studio City Neighborhood Council in the north portion of the Metro Red Line parking lot.
Harry Potter Light Show
Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a huge light show at Universal Studios. Harry Potter Land is all decorated in holiday themes. But by far the biggest addition to the land is “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts,” an approximately seven-minute projection show that illuminates Hogwarts Castle with dancing lanterns, colorful banners and a Christmas tree, all set to a swelling score. Universal Studios through January 7

Musical Veterans Salute

Pink Lady presents a musical salute to our veterans “We are America” at the Madrid Theater 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303. December 21, 23, 30, and a gala New Years Eve performance and Cast Party December 31. Tickets at Brown Paper (800) 838-3006, Group tickets at (818) 400-2701. All actors and singers are seniors. See a rehearsal prevue at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYBA8fm3Tws&feature=youtu.be

Veterans Resource Centers

The Los Angeles Public Library has received a Grant from the California State Library to establish four Veterans Resource Centers, a resource dedicated to helping Veterans and their families. Two Centers are located right here in the Valley at the Mid Valley Regional Library, and the Van Nuys Branch Library. Also online at https://www.lapl.org/veterans.

LAPD says Lock it or lose it

Most cars that had items stolen were not broken into. They were left unlocked and became victims of opportunity. We've not heard one report of a car whose window was smashed or their lock tampered with. Leaving your car unlocked is just like putting something out on the street that you hope a scavenger will collect so you don't have to get rid of it. The difference is that you have things of value in your car such as your name, address, insurance info, and registration. You might even have an electronic garage door opener that will let them into your house.


Best Pies in L.A.
Timeout LA ranks The Republic of Pie as the best place in Los Angeles to get pies. It is nearby in North Hollywood at Magnolia just east of Lankershim. Among the best: Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding Pie, Cookies & Cream, or Coconut Cream. Dinner pies include Mac & Cheese and Ham & Swiss Quiche. Open Mic sessions with local musicians from 6PM weekdays, 3PM weekends. 11118 Magnolia, open Sun-Thurs 8AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 8 AM-11Pm.
 
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Rated Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S, by Food & Wine Magazine
This national chain keeps its menu spare with messy burgers and fries cooked in peanut oil. As an outlier, its grilled cheese makes innovative use of ingredients on hand. A hamburger bun is inverted, so it's flat-side out, coated with mayo, and stuffed with Kraft American cheese before getting smashed until golden and seriously melty away from the burgers on the bread-only griddle (so it's still vegetarian). 12930 Ventura in Studio City



DACA Permits

If you or someone you know has a DACA Work Permit that will expire on or before March 5, 2018 you can contact Congressman Brad Sherman's office for assistance and advice; (818) 501-9200.



Sidewalk repair

Does the sidewalk need repair in front of your home or business? The city is fixing sidewalks, but it’s a 30 year program. If you want to repair the sidewalk now, the city will share the cost and give you a rebate of up to $10,000 for residential & commercial properties. Get the info at http://www.sidewalks.lacity.org/ click on "rebates." Be sure to do this before you start work to get the details and qualify to get your rebate.



Sherman Oaks Streets Resurfaced and Potholes Repaired



Councilman David Ryu arranged the resurfacing of 53 streets in Sherman Oaks the past few months. More streets are scheduled in the next couple of months. Thanks to all who emailed to give us their favorite potholes. The Department of Street Services worked on them at the end of August. Our next pothole filling event will be the end of February. We are collecting locations that need work now. In order to get right spots fixed we need the address in front of the pothole, for intersections – the names of both streets, for alleys – the names of all 4 surrounding streets. Send us the locations – we'll get the holes fixed. Go to our website www.shermanoaksnc.org; click on “Contact us”; and type in the information.




Conserve Water – Get Paid


Last year may have brought plenty of rain to our city, but make no mistake — saving water is as important as ever. That’s why LADWP will now offer even higher rebates to people who want to conserve water by removing turf from their yards. Take advantage of the fall planting season, the turf removal rebate will increase for the next three months from $1.75 to $2 per square foot up to 1,500 square feet — as much as $375 more per customer.



SOHA 19th Annual Christmas Toy Drive

The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association will have its 19th Annual Toy Drive Sunday December 10, 11AM-2PM at the parking lot in front of Gelsons at 4520 Van Nuys Blvd. Bring new unwrapped toys. Any new toy will be appreciated including Lego, building Blocks, Dolls, Action Figures, Books, Puzzles, Games, or even a Gift Certificate. Your toy could be the only gift a child gets this Christmas. Last year Sherman Oaks residents gave $45,000 in toys!



Senior Center Activities
East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd corner of Hartsook & Van Nuys.
Every Week Shuffleboard, Walk with Ease, Acting/Improvisation Group, Karaoke, Guided Meditation, Zither/Lap Harp Group, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Senior Exercise, Current Events, Chair Yoga, Line Dancing, Games/Puzzles, Duplicate Bridge, Men’s Rap, Women’s Friendship, Pan, Poker, Yiddish Club, Mah Jong, Canasta, Creative Writing. For these and other activities call for day & time (818) 386-9674.


Senior Day Trip call for information (818) 386-9674.
Holiday trip to the Queen Mary Weds, Dec 13 9:30-5:30
Call 818-981-1284 (call only Mon-Tues-Weds 10am-1pm)


Calendar of Meetings and Events

Dec 3 Rockin Rescue Holiday Party 11AM-5PM
Dec 3 Luminaria Light Show 3-7PM
Dec 6 State Senator Hertzberg Holiday Open House 4-7PM
Dec 6 Traffic & Transportation Committee 6:30Pm
Dec 7 State Assemblyman Nazarian Holiday Open House 5:30-8PM
Dec 7 Vision Committee 6:30PM
Dec 7 Medicare Deadline
Dec 10 SOHA 19th Annual Toy Drive 11AM-2PM
Dec 10 City Councilman Ryu Holiday Open House 4-6PM
Dec 11 SONC Board Meeting 6:30PM
Dec 13 Senior Day Trip 9:30AM-5:30PM
Dec 13-20 Hannukah
Dec 15 Obamacare Deadline
Dec 16 Museum of SF Valley Holiday Party 5-9PM
Dec 21 Planning and Land Use Committee 6:30 PM
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 8 SONC Board Meeting
Jan 9 CERT1 Training Course starts
Feb 15 Request Speed Humps 8AM

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