February 2022 SONC Newsletter

Posted on 02/16/2022

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council February 2022: Issue 2
Message from the President
Jeffrey Hartsough
Welcome to the Ziff Flyer, the newsletter for the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC).
Thank you for being an interested and involved member of the Sherman Oaks community.
There’s lots happening this February. The Lunar New Year brings in the Year of the Tiger. A Groundhog determines the weather. We celebrate Black History Month. We get to cheer on the Rams in the LA-hosted Super Bowl. Valentine’s Day – a must. The President’s Day three-day weekend. And don’t forget the SONC board meeting on the 14th. And the list goes on.
Jeffrey Hartsough
President of SONC
Community Interest 2
I’d like you to add one more thing to your “must do” list this month. Let Metro know what you think about the subway that’s being planned for Sherman Oaks and the Valley. The subway won’t be completed until the mid-2030s, but decisions are being made now that will determine what kind of mass transit Sherman Oaks and the Valley will have in the future. The deadline for public comments on how and where the subway will be built is Friday, February 11, 2022. Just a few days away.
Please take the time to make your voice heard.
The Subway in Sherman Oaks
Metro is studying six alternatives for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project (STCP). We know it as the Sepulveda Pass Subway from the Valley to the Westside – the subway in Sherman Oaks. I encourage you to review the six alternatives that Metro is studying. You can find information about the plans for the subway in Sherman Oaks by Clicking HERE 
The Sherman Oak Neighborhood Council (SONC)
has reviewed Metro’s Alternatives
SONC supports an UNDERGROUND subway and prefers Alternative 6
> Better community access, economic development, less disruptive
SONC opposes all above ground alternatives – Alternatives 1, 2, 3, and 4.
> Noisily, ugly, traffic issues, displaces residents and businesses
SONC asks for your support by letting Metro and our representatives on the Metro Board know our community supports Alternative 6 as the best alternative for Sherman Oaks and the San Fernando Valley. Please add the following to your “must do” list for February:
1. Provide Feedback and Comments Directly to Metro
Metro is asking for your comments about the STCP – the Sherman Oaks subway. They are allowing comments from the public only during the Scoping Period which ends on February 11, 2022.
Please make your comments to Metro by email, online comment form, or telephone.
Telephone: 213-922-7375
2. Let Metro Board members representing the Valley know you are in favor of an underground subway, Alternatives 6 is best, and opposed to all above ground elevated trains.
Email: Eric Garcetti, Mayor – mayor.helpdesk@lacity
Paul Krekorian, CD2 – paul.krekorian@lacity.org
Sheila Kuehl, LA County Supervisor SD3 – sheila@bos.lacounty.gov
Subject: Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project – NO ELEVATED TRAINS
The simple message: "I am in favor of Alternative 6, the underground subway in the Valley. I don’t want elevated trains. (Please say more if you want to. An additional stop? The need for better and more mass transit for the Valley?)"
Make your voice heard. It will only take a few minutes. Please do it now.
As we continue to be challenged by the pandemic and all the daily challenges and complexities of life in Los Angeles, please be respectful and kind to others. Kindness is important.
And thank you for being an active and engaged member of our Sherman Oaks community and of the San Fernando Valley. 
Please stay safe.
Jeffrey Hartsough
SONC Monthly Meetings:
To view webinar details,
please visit the calendar.
February 1st, 2022, 6pm
February 2nd, 2022, 8pm
Please see calendar for update.
February 10th, 2022, 6:30pm
February 14th, 2022, 6:30pm
February 15th, 2022, 7pm
February 16th, 2022, 6:30pm
Please see calendar for update.
February 22nd, 2022, 7pm
February 23rd, 2022, 6:30pm
Please see calendar for update.
*=Visit Committee page to confirm date & time.
Not sure what area you live in and who your
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council representative is? Email SONC.Newsletter@gmail.com with your address or cross-streets with the navigational direction --
we will help you out!
Virtual SONC Meetings – Join Us
On March 12, 2020, the City, in response to the pandemic, suspended all meetings, activities, and events of SONC. We missed the annual Spring Tree Giveaway. We missed you at our meetings. In May 2020, SONC began to hold “virtual” meetings. These “virtual” meetings are held by way of teleconferences and video conferences. 
Information about the meetings and how to “join in” is available on the SONC website: www.shermanoaksnc.org. Please give us your feedback and comments. 
February 14th, 2022 -- SONC Board Meeting
The agenda will be available on February 11th, 2022 on the SONC website, www.shermanoaksnc.org
To join SONC's virtual board meeting on
February 14th, 2022 at 6:30pm.
By Telephone:
1-669-900-6833, enter 85140543942 #
By the Internet:
(1) Follow link:
(2) Press “Enter”
Or from a Zoom “Enter the Meeting” Screen:
(1) Enter the Webinar ID: 85140543942
(2) Press “Enter”
(3) Enter your Email Address and Your Name, and
(4) Press “Enter”
Should you have technical questions or issues, please email Stacey.Segarra.Bohlinger.SONC@gmail.com.
Subscribe to SONC's 
Early Notification System via Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to receive all agendas for both board meetings and committee meetings.
What's happening in the neighborhood?
Please check out this next section as it has information from CD4, LAUSD, Sherman Oaks Library and all our partner organizations that are seeking volunteers. Stay informed and share!
Council District 4 Updates:
Provided by Alexandria Naseef
Field Deputy, CD4
Hi friends, 
Happy Black History Month!
"When we celebrate Black History Month, we recognize, honor and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of those who went before us"- author unknown.
The Sherman Oaks Homeless Count is on 2/22 at the Church of the Chimes beginning at 10:30am. All who participate must complete online training, and show proof of vaccination. We encourage volunteers to do so with family members or partners to limit exposure to others. For more information please visit this website. 
Do you know any student or youth from the age of 16-25? Please encourage them to apply to the Olivia Mitchell Youth Council (LA City Council). This youth council will give young people the chance to learn about our local government, and share solutions around City wide issues. Applications to the Olivia Mitchell Youth Council are open now through 2/28. You can learn more and sign up here.  
On 2/23, Hope of The Valley CEO Ken Craft, will embark on a 250-mile run in Death Valley to increase awareness, and raise funds for the opening of the Alex Trebek Center in the Northwest San Fernando Valley. To learn more about this project and donate, please use this link. 
The LA Department of Water and Power enables residents living in multifamily dwellings to fix a portion of their electric bill to a Shared Solar system. This shared solar program has NO enrollment fees, ongoing costs, or maintenance costs. To find out more, use this link.
If you have not done so already, you can still order a free Covid-19 test by using this link. Each home is eligible for up to 4 free at-home tests. 
Applications are still open for the third round of the "Comeback Checks" program. To see if your small business qualifies for a $5,000 grant, visit the Comeback Checks LA. Website. If you need assistance with the application process, contact your local Business Source Center. Please apply before the 2/7 deadline.
Tuesday 2/8- Join the Office of Assemblymember Nazarian for the Mortgage Relief Workshop with the California Finance Agency. If you need information on how to apply for this one-time grant, please use this link to RSVP, or contact Sophia.Soudani@asm.ca.gov
There is still time to submit your thoughts on the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. Now through 2/11, please submit your comments, and share this project information with neighbors. You can find the Metro Outreach Toolkit for this project here.  
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Public Safety, Traffic & Transportation, and Vision Sub Committee's meet next week. You can find the agendas with zoom logins here. You can also sign up for their newsletters here
Join the Valley of Change for 3 February events! See below for details. Use this link for more details.
Closures on US 101 to Replace Concrete Median Barrier
LOS ANGELES — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces continued demolition work to replace the concrete median barrier on US 101 (Hollywood Freeway/Ventura Freeway) between Winnetka Avenue and Tampa Avenue.
  • Sunday, February 6 through Thursday, February 10 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Moving forward, I will send this newsletter once a month. I will continue to send out information separately about street work, and other projects happening in the area. 
For questions, concerns, and newsletter suggestions, please email me at [alexandria.naseef@lacity.org]. 
My best, 
Alex Naseef
→ Follow us on social media! @cd4losangeles
LAUSD Updates from Tammy Ramirez
Deputy Director of School and Community Engagement
Hello Neighborhood Leaders, 
I hope your 2022 is off to a positive and healthy start. I’m happy to share that Mr. Alberto Carvalho will assume the LAUSD Superintendent of Schools position on February 14. For thirteen years now, Mr. Carvalho has served as the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and we look forward to having him formally begin his tenure at LA Unified next month. 
In other updates – Please save the date for Wednesday, February 15th from 5pm to 7pm for a free FASFA workshop hosted by Jesse Gabriel in partnership with Mr. Schmerelson . Please remind the high school seniors in your life to submit their respective financial aid form by March 2nd. Flyers and registration link will be sent as the date gets closer.  
The Office of Government Relation’s Legislative Learning Group will reconvene on Monday, January 31, from 5 to 7 PM. Parents and community members are invited to learn more and provide input on LAUSD’s 2022 advocacy priorities. Here’s the link to register: https://bit.ly/registrationLLG
The annual African American Parent Empowerment Summit will be held virtually this year from 9 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 5. Families may register for the workshops by visiting: https://bit.ly/SummitTVNP2022
Beginning today (1/24), mobile vaccination teams will again travel to local secondary schools to provide families with easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine. First, second, and booster shots are available. Families may make appointments for any student 5 and above by visiting http://dailypass.lausd.net/. Please refer to the attached flier to see when the teams will be visiting your local schools. 
Free COVID-19 testing (for LAUSD students and staff) continues to be available at Pacoima MS (9919 Laurel Canyon Blvd) and Monlux Testing Center (Bluebell Ave and Erwin St). The new hours are 7:15 AM to 4:30 PM M-F, and Saturdays from 8 AM to 4 PM. Appointments can be made at http://dailypass.lausd.net/. The West Valley Occupational Center also offers rapid antigen testing to students who are seeking approval to return to campus after testing positive for COVID-19. Further details on testing timetables are available at https://achieve.lausd.net/covidtestingappt
Moreover, Board Member Schmerelson is introducing a resolution focused on building climate literacy among LAUSD stakeholders. Please see attached for the language of the resolution. It will be noticed at the 1/25 Board meeting and voted on at the 2/8 Board meeting. 
For additional updates, you may sign-up for Board District 3’s newsletter, in English or Spanish. You can also follow us on social media, where we post daily. Our handles are: Facebook - @ ScottAtLAUSD (English) & @ScottenEspanol (Spanish); Twitter - @ScottAtLAUSD; Instagram - @scott_at_lausd.
Were you to have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
Tammy Ramirez
Deputy Director of School and Community Engagement
Office of Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson
Los Angeles Unified School District
Office: (213) 241-8333
Subscribe to Schmerelson News: https://bd3.link/news
Subscríbase a Schmerelson en Español https://bd3.link/boletin
Facebook: ScottatLAUSD, Schmerelson en Espanol
Twitter: @ScottatLAUSD
Instagram: @Scott_at_LAUSD
Sherman Oaks Branch Library Updates:
Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer with NHIFP
Take advantage of helping out your community.
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry is looking
for volunteers.
To sign up, please visit: https://nhifp.org/volunteering/
LA Food Bank Pantry
If you are interested in volunteering with the
LA Regional Food Bank, please visit this link here.
Questions, concerns, please email: 
L.A. Works
Join L.A. Works and learn about all the volunteer opportunities available here in our great City of Los Angeles!
Facebook - @laworks 
Twitter - @LAWorksNow 
Instagram - @laworksnow 
Please visit LAWorks.com
Volunteer with
The Valley of Change
The Valley of Change offers many volunteer opportunities throughout the month. Including the Second Saturday of the month from 8:30 - 11:30 AM.
For more information please visit,
Stay connected:
IG: @TheValleyofChange
Twitter: @ValleyChange
Interested in joining the LAPD Volunteer program?
Please contact Alan Scher for more information.
For more information about Van Nuys Neighborhood Watch News please visit this link.
Get Involved!
What interests you?
If you live, work, own property, own a business or belong to a non-profit organization, school or religious institution in Sherman Oaks, you are a stakeholder in Sherman Oaks. We hold monthly Board of Directors and various committee meetings which you are invited to attend to learn about and participate in your community. Join SONC's Mailing List today.


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