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November 2017 Newsletter

Posted on 11/10/17

SONC November 2017 Newsletter

What's happening in Sherman Oaks. Get out and join in!
PO Box 5721, Sherman Oaks 91413
(818) 503-2399

In this month's issue:
Honor our Veterans - Free Meals for Veterans
Other Freebies for Veterans:
Musical Veterans Salute
Veterans Resource Centers
November Newsletter
SONC Board and Committee Meetings
About SONC
Planning and Land Use
Free Admission to National Parks – 4th Grade Families
Public Safety
Fire Safety
New Speed Limits
Police Commissioners Meeting
High Density Housing
Art and Artists
Three Art Shows
Casa Vega Named LA's Best
Free Museum Admission
LA Files Charges for Unsafe Gun Storage
State Attorney General Town Hall
LAPD says Lock it or lose it
DACA Permits
Sidewalk repair
Sherman Oaks Streets Resurfaced and Potholes Repaired
College Scholarships
Conserve Water – Get Paid
Women's Self Defense Workshop
Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Fun at Woodley Park Archery Range
The Most Beautiful College Campus in California
Dept of City Planning Meetings
Thanksgiving for Seniors
Senior Center Activities
Senior Center One Time Events
Senior Day Trip
Calendar of Meetings and Events

Honor our Veterans
Are you or a family member or friend a Veteran or on active duty? Lots of restaurants are giving free meals or other perks to honor those that have served or are currently serving our country. We list what we have found. Be sure to call and check with the local branch of chains to verify that it is participating and what ID you will need. Thank you for your service!

Free Meals for Veterans at restaurants in the Valley:

Applebees - Free Entree for Veterans November 11
Bj's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Free entre November 10 & 11
California Pizza Kitchen - Free Veterans Day Meal for Veterans and Active Duty November 11
Chevy's - Free 3 item combo meal for Vets Nov 11
Chili's - Free Entre for Vets on November 11
Chipotle - Buy one get one free 5pm until close Tues Nov 7
Denny's - Free Build your own Grand Slam Breakfast on Friday Nov 10 5am to Noon
Hooters - Free meal for Veterans on Nov 11
IHOP - free red, white, & blue pancakes 7am-7pm Fri Nov 10
Little Caesar's - Free Lunch Combo for Vets 11-am-2pm Nov 11
Mimi's Café - Free entre from special menu November 11 with drink purchase
Olive Garden - free entre from special menu Nov 11
Red Robin - Free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries for Veterans and Active Duty November 11
Romano's Macaroni Grill - Free Spaghetti & Meatballs for Veterans
Sizzler - Free lunch for Vets until 4PM
TGI Fridays - Free Lunch from a special menu 11am-2pm
Weinerschnitzel - Free Chili Dog, Small Drink and Small Fries for Military November 11
Many other restaurants are giving free meals to Veterans. Check with your favorite.

Other Freebies for Veterans:
Great Clips - Vets can get a free haircut on November 11 or get a card to get a free haircut until December 31.
Sports Clips - free haircut Nov 11
Knotts Berry Farm - Free admission for the Vet and 1 guest.
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach - Free Admission Nov 11
Queen Mary - Free admission for Vets
Peets Coffee - Free Any Size Coffee or Tea for Veterans and Active Duty November 11

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. November 25, 26, 30, 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

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

November Newsletter
This November newsletter has more than 40 articles and was emailed to 16,053 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 to read the full issue."
Send any comments or questions to [email protected]

SONC Board and Committee Meetings
The SONC Board will have its regular monthly meeting 6:30 PM Monday November 13 at Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium 14780 Dickens Street. For more information check our website for the agenda. 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.

There will be Committee meetings this month. See the dates below and check the complete agendas on our website: 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]

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,, 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.

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: The next committee meeting will be 6:30 pm November 16 at the Sherman Oaks Library to consider High Density Housing Guidelines. The findings will be presented to the SONC Board at a later date. For more information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]

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 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
One of the most effective methods of disaster response is neighbors helping neighbors. Do you know your neighbors? Do you know who lives where and who knows what skills that might be helpful in a disaster situation? We'll help you put together a neighborhood disaster plan. The SONC Public Safety Committee can show you just how to do it - by using the Map Your Neighborhood tool. Contact: [email protected] for more information.

The next SONC Public Safety Committee Meeting: Monday November 27th, 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd at Hartsook. CERT1 Training Course starts on Tuesday, January 9th - for more details, contact Melissa Menard [email protected]

Fire Safety
With the recent fires in Northern California, many did not receive reverse 911 calls on their cell phones and wondered why. Your landlines are already registered, if you have one. But you need to sign up to receive a call or text on your cell. Here is the link.

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.

Police Commissioners Meeting
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners will hold its November meeting at the Van Nuys City Hall, 14410 Sylvan Street, 2nd floor Council Chambers, 6:30PM Tuesday November 7. This is a one time chance to watch this board at work in our neighborhood.

The November Vision Committee meeting will kick-off 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, 6:30pm November 2 at the Sherman Oaks Library.

Art and Artists
SONC is looking for Sherman Oaks residents or stakeholders that are somehow involved in Art. Were you an Art Majors in college, or an Art Teacher, or Artists, or something else? Do you know someone that has this experience? Contact Ron Ziff at [email protected]

Three Art Shows
The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Art Walk will take place Sunday November 12th, 12:30-3:30 on Ventura Blvd from Noble Ave to Sepulveda Blvd. The NoHo Art Walk will be Thursday, Nov 16, 6 pm to 10 pm at NoHo People St Plaza 5223 Lankershim Blvd in the NoHo Arts District.

"Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel," open Friday, Nov. 3 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.

Casa Vega Named LA's Best
Casa Vega has been named one of LA's best places by TimeOut LA This Sherman Oaks institution has served families, groups, the after-work crowd and date-night couples since 1956. The dimly lit space spans a main front bar and two separate dining rooms. Spread out on red leather banquettes and dig into Tex-Mex favorites such as sizzling fajitas, queso fundido, and Mexican pizza. The menu is vast and there's an extensive margarita selection. 13301 Ventura Blvd, open daily 11:30AM to 1AM

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.

LA Files Charges for Unsafe Gun Storage
Last month, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer filed criminal charges against a San Fernando Valley father for allegedly keeping a loaded unsecured gun in his closet, easily accessible to a ten-year-old child. Last July, a ten-year-old child in the home allegedly showed a friend the gun located in a closet. The friend later made a report to school officials after allegedly overhearing remarks about his friend using the gun. School police went to the defendant's home and recovered a loaded, unsecured and fully accessible gun in the closet. In 2015, the City Council passed a law mandating the safe storage of handguns in the home by requiring that handguns be stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock. Make sure your children are safe by securing any guns.

State Attorney General Town Hall
California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, will speak at a Town Hall on Wednesday November 8, 6:30-8:00 PM, at Reseda High School 18230 Kittridge Street, Reseda.

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.

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 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; click on "Contact us"; and type in the information.

College Scholarships LendEDU recently updated its guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities to cut some of the costs of college. The resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college: Youtube video links on the site make it easy. The site says the information is available without cost.

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.

Women's Self Defense Workshop The event is hosted by State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian Sunday, November 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mission Area Police Station, Community Room, 11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills RSVP (818) 376-4246

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 toy 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.

Fun at Woodley Park Archery Range The Woodley Park Archers is an Archery Club based at Woodley Park. The club holds a free Introductory Archery Program at the Archery Range. An Orientation Class in Safety and Shooting Technique is provided along with all equipment every Wednesday evening from 6 - 8pm and Saturdays from 9 - 11am. The Woodley Park Archery Range is located in the Sepulveda Basin on Woodley between Victory Blvd and Burbank Blvd. For those with their own equipment, the range is open from sunrise to sundown, seven days a week, except during WPA classes and events. The range has been used as a training facility for the Olympic Games, and is maintained by the Woodley Park Archers, along with the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers and Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. or email [email protected] or call WPA President, Wayne Shaphran at 818 521-1205 for more information.

The Most Beautiful College Campus in California Travel & Leisure Magazine- named the Most beautiful college campus in every state. It described Pepperdine's Malibu Campus as being like a luxury seaside resort. The school moved to its current location in 1972, and it's not hard to see why: the tiered landscape along the Pacific Coast Highway offers expansive views on the ocean.

Dept of City Planning Meetings The Los Angeles Department of City Planning's Transit Neighborhood Plans (LATNP) program will be holding two community open houses where staff will share initial concepts for the transit neighborhoods near five Orange Line stations: North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Sepulveda, Reseda, and Sherman Way. A half mile radius around each station is subject to rezoning for high density housing. The meetings will be held on November 2 from 6-8:30 PM at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center 18312 Oxnard and November 15 from 6-8:30 PM at Van Nuys City Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers 14410 Sylvan St. This is your chance to provide feedback. To learn more, visit the project website at For questions or comments, please contact David Olivo at [email protected] or (213) 978-1205.

Thanksgiving for Seniors Spend Thanksgiving with friends! Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood invites Sherman Oaks seniors to a delicious, full course, sit down Thanksgiving Day Feast. Thursday November 23, arrive between 11AM & 1PM. Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, 2 blocks west of Laurel Canyon. Absolutely FREE. Wonderful food, friendly people…Your friends!

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 Center One Time Events call for information (818) 386-9674.
Game/Karaoke Night Friday 11/17 6-9pm
New Year's Party Friday 12/29 6-9pm
Movie – The Whole Nine Yards 11/7 12:30pm
Movie – The High and the Mighty 11/14 12:30pm
Movie – Ronin 11/21 12:30pm
Movie – Dreamgirls 11/28 12:30pm

Senior Day Trip 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 Nov 2 Vision Committee Joint Meeting with Green & Beautification Committee
Nov 5 Daylight Saving Time Ends – Set your clocks back 1 hour
Nov 5 Women's Self Defense Workshop
Nov 7 LA Police Commission Meets at Van Nuys City Hall
Nov 8 Traffic & Transportation and Green & Beautification Joint Meeting
Nov 8 State Attorney General Town Hall
Nov 11 Veterans Day – Free Meals for Veterans
Nov 12 Sherman Oaks C of C Art Walk
Nov 16 Plum Committee - High Density Housing
Nov 16 NOHO Art Walk
Nov 23 Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 26, 30, Dec 21, 23, 30, 31 "We Are America" - Madrid Theater
Nov 27 Public Safety Committee Meeting
Dec 10 SOHA 19th Annual Toy Drive
Jan 9 CERT1 Training Course starts

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