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July 2017 Newsletter

Posted on 07/07/17

What's happening in Sherman Oaks. Get out and join in!

In the July issue:
2017 SONC Summer Movie Series
July Newsletter
New Housing & Whole Foods
Public Safety, Cert Classes
National Night Out
Marijuana Regulations
The LED Streetlight Replacement Program
Save a Dog's Life
SONC Board and Committee Meetings
About SONC Free Performances & Summer Concerts at the Skirball, Free Summer Concerts at the Getty
Special Events for Seniors (50+)
Last Chance on Potholes
Campo de Cahuenga
Sherman Oaks Calendar - Meetings and Events

2017 SONC Summer Movie Series
"SONC Summer Film Series"continues Saturday July 29 with the family movie “Moana”. The baseball diamond on Hazeltine at Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park will be the place to bring your family for a picnic and fun evening. The event starts at 6PM. The film goes on at dusk. Mark your calendar. Admission is free, no tickets needed. 350 people enjoyed a fun family evening at the park picnicking, blowing bubbles, throwing frisbees, and watching “Sing”. There are more fun activities planned for the July 29 showing of “Moana.” Mark your calendar. One more movie is planned for Saturday August 26 - “Beauty and the Beast.”

July Newsletter
This July newsletter was emailed to 14,217. 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 will see the pictures! 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 to read the full issue.”

Send any comments or questions to [email protected].

New Housing & Whole Foods
The SONC Vision Committee will continue studying new development ahead of the high density residential projects that are coming to Sherman Oaks. The State and City are pushing for greater density especially along transit corridors. These are planning issues: setbacks, open space, addressing the public right of way, pedestrian zones and traffic. For more information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected].

The PLUM (Planning & Land Use Management Committee) meets July 20 at the SO Library to consider a new Whole Foods at Beverly Glen & Ventura.

Public Safety
The SONC Public Safety Committee had a busy spring. They conducted four Map Your Neighborhood Classes and four meetings to help residents start Neighborhood Watch groups in their areas. The committee also worked with LAPD and CPAB to distribute Neighborhood Watch Manuals to Block Captains. Digital copies of our NW documents will soon be available on the CPAB website: These programs will continue in the fall. For more information contact Kristin Sales at [email protected]

Cert Classes
Be prepared for a disaster. An earthquake is coming. Will you be ready? SONC presents CERT classes Tuesdays at 6:30PM for 7 weeks beginning July 11th at 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. For more information contact Kristin Sales at [email protected]

Marijuana Regulations
The voters approved the sale of Marijuana for recreational use starting next year on the November ballot. Now the city has to decide how, when, and where it will be sold with input from the Neighborhood Councils. SONC voted on recommendations for new regulations at our June 12 meeting. You will find our recommendations on our website with the June 12 agenda. For the complete agenda go to

The LED Streetlight Replacement Program
The Street Lighting Department replaced 116 street lamps in Sherman Oaks with new LED lighting. You may have noticed the work as crews rewired the lamps in the area. The new LED’s will improve lighting, save power, and won’t burn out for years.

National Night Out
The Sherman Oaks National Night Out event will be held will be Tuesday, August 1st at Clark and Natick - 2 blocks East of Kester Ave Elementary School.

Save a Dog's Life
We hope you had a great 4th of July. Dogs are very fearful of fireworks. Please make sure that your dog is secure as the holiday period winds down, and some people are still setting off fireworks for several weeks after the 4th. Dogs often run away when they hear loud noises like fireworks. Please check your yard to make sure there is no way for your dog or cat to get away. Los Angeles City Animal Shelters receive a large temporary influx of animals from late June and continues well into July. Dogs & Cats are brought into the Shelters to care for them. Most of these animals are redeemed by their owners within several weeks. But while they are at the Shelter, they cause overcrowding. In the past, if the Shelters became overcrowded, dogs would be killed to make room for these new dogs coming in.

There is a “Temporary Animal Foster Parent Program” at the City Animal Shelters, to prevent the killing of any healthy adoptable dogs during this period. You can help out by fostering a dog or cat for a few weeks, during this July period. Just fill out the application online at and take it to the Shelter or just go to the Shelter and fill it out there. You will be able to go home with your new best friend. If you decide to keep the dog permanently, you can adopt it. Otherwise, the dog will be returned to the Shelter. More information

East Valley Shelter 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405
888-4LAPET1 (888-452-7381) (818) 756-9323

Shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays, including the 4th of July.

SONC Board and Committee Meetings
The SONC Board will be at a DIFFERENT MEETINGPLACE this month. The meeting will be at 6:30PM July 10 at the East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. We will be voting on our Annual Budget and Strategic Plan for 2017-18. For the complete agenda go to

There will be Committee meetings for Traffic & Transportation, Beautification, Vision, Planning and Land Use Management. Dates are listed below. Complete agendas can be found on our website: We need your participation and input. Would you like to serve on one of these committees or an Animal Welfare Committee or Government Affairs Committee? You don't have to be a Board member to be on a committee. Contact [email protected].

About SCNC
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 help Sherman Oaks. 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,, or call (818) 503-2399. Board meetings are 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.

Free Performances & Summer Concerts at the Skirball
Skirball Cutural Center, 2701 Sepulveda, just south of the tunnel.
Performances in the Ampitheater 12 noon and again at 2PM. Included in museum admission.
Saturday July 8 - Katia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts – Choro & Samba
Sunday July 9 The Neighbor Wakers – Groove-folk quartet
Saturday July 15 Klezmer Juice - Combining Kiev with a Latin flavor
Sunday July 16 Whiskerman - Ballads & Rock&Roll
Saturday July 22 Upstream - Music from Trinindad
Sunday July 23 Fish to Birds- a capella Jazz
Saturday July 29 Malynda Hale - Soulful pop singer
Sunday July 30 Heidi Swedberg – Sing-along and dance with ukulele music

Sunset Concerts Thursday evenings. Doors open 6:30 PM. Free concert at 8:00 PM. RSVP a must. Parking $10.
July 27: Sean Watkins & Friends – Music of Paul Simon
August 3: Ibibio Sound Machine – African Electro Band
RSVP online You will receive a confirming e-mail. Or RSVP at (877) SCC-4TIX or (310) 440-4500 (press 2).
Continuing exhibition “Paul Simon: Words & Music” Through September 3. Closed Mondays.

Free Summer Concerts at the Getty
"Off The 405" Concert Series

All concerts are in the museum courtyard, Free, no ticket required. 1200 Getty Center Drive; off Sepulveda between Ventura Blvd & Sunset Blvd.
July 8 6-9PM Free - Reggie Watts, vocal artist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian
July 29 6-9PM Free – Steve Gunn, guitar-forward rock with his signature blend of country blues, underground, and psych.
August 26 6-9PM Free – Savoy Motel, '70s nostalgia with an intensely orchestrated hybrid of glam rock, soul, southern boogie, and showmanship

Special Events for Seniors (50+)
SHERMAN OAKS EAST VALLEY ADULT CENTER (SOEVAC) 5056 Van Nuys Blvd (Park in lot on the corner of Hartsook/Van Nuys) (818) 386-9674
Friday, July 14th: KARAOKE NIGHT, from 6:00-9:00 P.M., Sing Some Oldies, But Goodies.
Tuesday, July 18th: 12:30-1:30PM. LADWP Lifeline Discount Program. Join us for a free presentation provided by L.A. Department of Water & Power (LADWP), on a discount rate program that helps income-qualified senior citizens and permanently disabled customers with their electric and/or water bill. In partnership with L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks.
Friday, July 28th: GAME NIGHT, from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Choose from: Checkers, Chess, Farkle, Scrabble, Trivia Games, Backgammon, and more.
New time for CANASTA, Thursdays, 12:30-2:00PM
New! ACTING/IMPROV will begin again in July, Fridays from 11:00AM-12:00PM
Mindful Meditation/Community Group starts again on Monday, 8/7/17.
Other activities: Senior Exercise; Tai Chi; Recycled Arts and Crafts; Shuffleboard
Recreation Facility Director's e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Senior Activities by Valley Interfaith Council (VIC)
July 12 Casino Pauma Trip. For info call 818-981-1284 July 18 Skirball Cultural Center trip. Exhibition “Paul Simon: Words & Music”, Bus + Lunch + tour + Movie “April and the Extraordinary World” – All Free!.
Computer classes Mondays & Fridays; Yiddish Club Wednesdays.

Last Chance on Potholes
This is the last chance to give us your favorite potholes. Our next pothole filling event will be next month. We need your help to locate and map areas that need repair now. We can get twice as many potholes filled if crews can go directly to them instead of searching; so EXACT information is needed. At our spring event SONC worked with the Department of Street Services to get more than 100 potholes filled.

This is what we need to know:

    1. If it's in the street, we need the EXACT street address it's in front of (not just the block).
    2. If it's in an alley, we need the EXACT address it's behind plus the two streets at the ends of the alley.
    3. If it's in an intersection, we need the two streets that cross.

Campo de Cahuenga
See the place where California became a state. Colonel John Fremont and Governor Pio Pico signed the treaty right here in the Valley following the Battle of Cahuenga. Memorabilia from the time is on display. This historic site will have Open House and Picnic Day Saturday July 15 Noon to 4PM. Come and view artifacts from California’s history. Family Day Open House at Campo de Cahuenga is July 15. Call ahead for parking information (818) 623-4166.

Sherman Oaks Calendar
Meetings and events

July 5 Traffic & Transportation Committee – 6:30PM 13907 Ventura Bl #104 upstairs
July 10 Board Meeting – 6:30PM Senior Center 5056 Van Nuys Blvd
July 11 Cert Training Classes – 5056 Van Nuys Blvd
July 12 Green & Beautification Committee - 6:30PM Library
July 13 Public Safety Committee - Library
July 15 Family Day Open House at Campo de Cahuenga
July 20 PLUM Committee (Planning & Land Use Management) - 6:30PM Library
July 26 State of the County Luncheon – United Chambers of Commerce-Sportsman’s Lodge
July 29 – SONC Summer Movie Series – “Moana” 6PM VNSO Park
August 1 National Night out
August 17th State of Sherman Oaks Luncheon
August 26 - SONC Summer Movie Series - Beauty and the Beast 6PM VNSO Park
October 7 10th Annual Valley Disaster Fair
October 15 27th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair.

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