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Sherman Oaks Newsletter March 2018

Posted on 03/01/18

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Newsletter March 2018

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council proudly brings you all the news
that’s FUN to print! See what's happening and get out and join in!
PO Box 5721, Sherman Oaks 91413
(818) 503-2399

In this month’s issue:
Say Hello to Spring - Free Trees!
SONC March Meeting on Homelessness
New Law on Parties and Party Houses
SONC Committee Meetings
March Newsletter
Los Angeles Marathon
Gun Violence
Free Bulky Item and Furniture Pick Up
SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
SONC Green and Beautification Committee
Health Fair
LAFD Wound Care Class
How to Survive a Shooting
Free Tax Filing and Cash Refund
Help Pick Our New Police Chief
Trash Service at Condos, Apartments, and Businesses
About SONC
Planning and Land Use
Public Stairs
LA City Budget
Vision Committee
LA’s Top 10 Hotels
Balboa Blvd Construction
Arts Committee
Free Puppy Playtime and Dog Wash
Street Art
Campo de Cahuenga
Preventing Home Burglaries
Text to 911
Free Services from Your LA Public Library
Gateway to Citizenship
Very Eric Carle - For Pre-Schoolers
Naked Nutrition - 15 Super Foods Under $2.99
Watercolor Workshop with Makers Mess
Dave’s World of Cartoons
Theatre 40 Presents Chekhov
Veterans Resource Centers
Sherman Oaks Traffic Plan
Sign Up to be Notified About Emergencies
Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Be Prepared When a Wildfire Strikes
Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Research
New Speed Limits
Free Garden Mulch
Free Wood Chips
Free Museum Admission
Museum of the San Fernando Valley Activities
LAPD says Lock it or lose it
DACA Permits
Sidewalk repair
Potholes Need Filling?
Conserve Water – Get Paid
Senior Center Activities
Need a Ride to the Senior Center?
Daily News 8th Annual Aging Expo
Online Senior Services
Public Safety
Calendar of Meetings and Events

Say Hello to Spring - Free Trees!

Celebrate Spring 2018 with a new fruit or shade tree!
Join your neighbors and pickup your free tree, by attending the
annual "Say Hello To Spring Tree Giveaway" on Saturday, March
24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks
Recreation Center.
Hosted by the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, the tree
giveaway will feature music and an activity area for kids.
Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center is located at 14201
Huston Street. Parking is easy and available in three lots: Huston &
Tyrone by the tennis courts, off Huston, and just west of Huston
and Hazeltine.
If you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles, you are eligible to
adopt a tree and plant it in your yard! You must bring proof of
residence (photo ID or DWP bill) to the event. Supplies are
limited. Trees are donated by the DWP and City Plants and will be
given away first come first served. More information on our

Rain Barrels will also be available at the event. The barrels cost
$30 each after installation and rebate. Each home is eligible to get
two barrels at that price. For more information see the flyer on our

SONC March Meeting on Homelessness

The SONC Board meeting March 12 will feature a presentation on
Homelessness. (Re-scheduled from Feb) We get many calls on this
issue. There are 60,000 homeless in Los Angeles and many
thousands more across the country. Our guest speaker will be Gita
O’neill, Assistant City Attorney, who will speak on Mike Feuer’s
program on homelessness. The City Attorney’s program is one of
the best. This will be SONC Board’s regular monthly meeting at
Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium 14780 Dickens
Street. We will be reviewing and voting on various issues. For
more information check our website for the agenda. Do you have an opinion? There will be
time on the agenda for you to speak on what is important to you.

New Law on Parties and Party Houses

The City Council approved David Ryu’s Party House Ordinance
by a vote of 15-0. It now heads to the Mayor's desk before
becoming law. This ordinance, which was first proposed in June
2016, creates the strongest enforcement yet on loud and unruly
gatherings, and is the first time the City of LA has an ordinance on
Party Houses. It allows for escalating fines on party hosts and
homeowners to ensure that hosts who throw unruly parties in
multiple homes are increasingly cited for multiple offenses, and
that property owners remain responsible for renting out their
homes to party house operators. The fines are: $100 for the first
violation; $500 for the second violation; $1,000 for the third
violation; $2,000 for the fourth violation; $4,000 for the fifth
violation; and $8,000 for the sixth and subsequent violation. The
City Attorney's office will be tracking the success of the ordinance.
Finally, for the first time, LAPD and the City Attorney's office will
have the tools to truly enforce against party houses, and peace and
quality of life can be upheld in our neighborhoods. Read the
ordinance at:
S1_ord_draft_01-10-2018.pdf. If you have any questions, email
[email protected]

SONC Committee Meetings

There will be SONC Committee meetings in March. 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]

March Newsletter

This March newsletter has 57 articles and was emailed to 17,513
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]

Los Angeles Marathon

The 34th Annual Los Angeles Marathon will be held Sunday
March 18. The route will start at Dodger Stadium and go
Northwest through Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Hollywood,
Sunset Strip, Century City, Westwood, the Veteran’s Home,
Brentwood, San Vicente to Ocean Ave, and go South to finish near
the Santa Monica Pier. Starting times: Wheelchairs 6:30AM;
Handcycles 6:42AM; Elite Women 6:45AM; Elite Men and Full
Field 6:55AM. For details see

Gun Violence

State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian will host a Town Hall on gun
violence Sunday March 4 12 Noon to 1:30PM at the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark St, Studio
City. For more information or to RSVP call Assemblyman
Nazarian’s office at (818) 376-4246.

Free Bulky Item and Furniture Pick Up

The Sanitation Department will pick up your old mattress, couch,
or other bulky item. To schedule a pick up, call 311 or 1-800-773-
2489 24 hours or use the MyLA311 app or use the website or The Sanitation
Department will schedule a pick up for you. To schedule a pick up
you will need to have your DWP account number. Then click on
"Create a Service Request", use GPS to identify the location, and
receive an email confirmation and Service Request (SR) tracking
number. Did one of your neighbors put a bulky item out and forget
to schedule a pick up? Just follow the same procedure and it’ll be
gone soon!

SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee

SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee will meet March 7th,
6PM at the Sherman Oaks Library 14245 Moorpark St. As we all
know, traffic is getting unbearable in Sherman Oaks due to the
overflow from the Sepulveda Pass. Metro has funds for a public
transportation project through the Sepulveda Pass. This meeting
will be the first for a new Subcommittee: The Sepulveda Transit
Corridor Project Subcommittee. Its purpose is to gather info on the
future Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project by Metro and
disseminate it. The project is scheduled to be completed by the
2028 Olympics. Join us so we can help guide the way Metro uses
funds to alleviate Sherman Oaks Traffic issues. We are looking for
volunteers to help. Contact Avo Babian at
[email protected]

SONC Green and Beautification Committee

SONC Green and Beautification Committee will meet March 14th,
6PM at the Sherman Oaks Library 14245 Moorpark St. We all
would like to beautify Sherman Oaks, but city funds are limited.
One of the solutions is to create a Business Improvement District
(BID). A BID organizes property owners to combine their
resources and help clean up, beautify, and improve an area. This
meeting will be the first for a new subcommittee; a BID guidance
subcommittee. It will help organize, guide and shepherd the
creation of a new BID in Sherman Oaks. Please join us to help
Beautify Sherman Oaks. Volunteers are needed. Contact Avo
Babian at [email protected]

Health Fair

The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with
Westfield Fashion Square for the 4th Annual “Spring Into
Wellness” Health Expo on Sunday, March 18th from 11:00am -
4:00pm. Free and open to the public – the event showcases more
than 50 health experts and fitness professionals – as well as health
screenings, free intake sessions, specialty health clinics, and even
classes teaching effective relaxation techniques. “This year, the
Health Expo will be more family-friendly than ever before,” said
Vicki Nussbaum, Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce CEO. “As
part of our focus on improving children’s health and wellness
opportunities available within our community – we will be hosting
local children’s dance and performance studios, including ballet
recitals and karate demonstrations.”

LAFD Wound Care Class

The LAFD is giving a class on Wound Care. Red Cross guest
speaker, Bob Barocas, will be giving hands-on training on
bandaging, splinting, and sprains. You will be practicing how to
control bleeding, clean the wound, how to apply dressing and
bandages, how to use pressure points, how to make a sling, and the
kinds of splints for fingers, arms, and legs. You will learn a “head
to toe” assessment. Sunday March 18 12:30-2:30PM at the Senior
Center 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. To register go to and
search LAFD CERT Battalion 10. Questions? Email
[email protected]

How to Survive a Shooting

The LAFD is giving a class in How to Act in an Active Shooter
situation and Situational Awareness. You could be anywhere and
suddenly caught in the situation. Learn how to survive from
Retired Police Officer Dan Tomlinson. Sunday April 22 12:30PM-
2:30PM at the Senior Center 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. To register go
to and search LAFD CERT Battalion 10.
Questions? Email [email protected]

Free Tax Filing and Cash Refund

If you make less than $54,000 annually, you may qualify for up to
$6,000 cash back through the Cal EITC and Federal EITC – but
only if you file. Claim what’s yours. Why pay to file when you
may be eligible to file FREE with an IRS-certified tax volunteer?
Contact New Economics for Women 6931 Van Nuys Blvd.,
Suite 201 Van Nuys, CA 91405 or call (818) 786-4098.
Help Pick Our New Police Chief
Police Chief Beck will be retiring in June. The City of Los Angeles
will be hiring a new Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Under the City Charter, the recruitment for the Chief of Police is
conducted by the General Manager of the City Personnel
Department and the Board of Police Commissioners. The Board of
Police Commissioners will submit the names of three candidates
ranked in numerical order to the Mayor who will then appoint one
as the Chief of Police with the selection confirmed by the City
Council. What should our new Police Chief be like? Please help by
taking a brief survey. Go to the survey before it closes on March

Trash Service at Condos, Apartments, and Businesses

We have been getting numerous complaints on the city's new trash
collection franchise system for apartment buildings, condos, and
businesses. Each area has been assigned to one company for the
sole right to collect trash. The SONC opposed this ordinance
before it was passed. LA City Councilman David Ryu voted
against the ordinance.
The complaints include increased rates, skipped pick ups, added
charges and poor service. There have been thousands of complaints
and the city has now set up a system for taking complaints. There
are three ways to do it:
1. Call 311 to make your complaint or to dispute a bill.
2. Go online to and fill out the online form to make
your complaint or to dispute a bill.
3. For landlords, residents, business owners, and building
managers who have transitioned to Waste Management there
will be Waste Management office hours to meet with you at
David Ryu’s Council office. Please sign up at this link: Waste
Management will contact you separately to confirm your
appointment date and time.
Whatever method you choose to use, be sure to give facts.
How much was the increase? What date was the pick up
missed? Or what problem actually happened. They know you
are upset or angry, but they need the facts.

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 at Sherman Oaks Elementary School
Auditorium, 14780 Dickens St, 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 in our community. To check the complete
agendas and project drawings log on to our website: The next committee meeting will be
6:30 pm March 15 at the Sherman Oaks Library. The findings will
be presented to the SONC Board at a later date. For more
information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]

Public Stairs

The city of LA has public stairways in lots of places. There’s one
in downtown alongside Angel’s Flight. An old Laurel & Hardy
film shows the pals moving a piano up a staircase and having it fall
back down over and over. That famous staircase is in Los Feliz.
But, did you know we have a public stairway right here in
Sherman Oaks? Our staircase is one of our best kept secrets. It’s a
fun walk and you can visit it any day of the week. The stairs can be
found 3 blocks south of Ventura Blvd where Cedros Ave curves
and turns into Sutton St. First built in 1940, the stairs have
provided a shortcut from Valley Vista to Cedros/Sutton for the past
78 years. Generations of school kids have used them on their daily
trek to Sherman Oaks Elementary School.

LA City Budget

The City of Los Angeles Budget Advocates is a citizen group that
measures how your tax money is spent. They make
recommendations to the City Council and the Mayor. They want
your opinions to provide the Mayor and City Council a better
perspective of how well the City is performing in delivery of
services and fiscal responsibility. Go to this link to take a brief

Vision Committee

The March 1 Vision Committee meeting will continue a study of
housing for the homeless. This is a critical issue for Sherman Oaks
and all of Southern California. The Vision Committee will meet
6:30 pm March 1 at Sherman Oaks Library. For more information
contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]

LA’s Top 10 Hotels

Friends or relatives visiting from out of town? You don’t have to
have them sleep on the couch. One of LA’s top 10 hotels is right in
the area! The Garland is a 1970s bungalow-inspired boutique hotel
and has plenty of character, including kitschy decor, a full-sized
pool and an extensive complimentary guest services and amenities.
The hotel even runs a complimentary trolley to and from the
nearby complex of rides, shops and restaurants. Pool, hot tub, room
service, free wifi, restaurant, bar, fitness center, laundry service,
and concierge. Book your Universal Studios tickets through the
Garland’s concierge, and get magical perks like early-hours access
to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.The Garland 4222
Vineland Ave, Studio City 91602.

Balboa Blvd Construction

The DWP will be replacing the water main under Balboa Blvd
with a new earthquake resistant pipeline. The pipe was originally
installed in 1932. The first phase is from Burbank Blvd south to
Weddington; started in February and will be completed this
coming July. The second phase will start in July at Weddington
and go south to Otsego by October. The final phase will go south
from Otsego starting in October and ending at Ventura Blvd in
February 2019. The work will narrow Balboa Blvd to one lane in
each direction and cause traffic delays for the next year. Most of
the work will be done Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM and
Saturday 8 AM to 6 PM.

Arts Committee

Our new Arts Committee holds its meetings at the council office,
14930 Ventura Blvd #210. This committee has the exciting job of
working with the Department of Cultural Affairs to choose art
work that will grace the community of Sherman Oaks. Members of
the committee are Jeff Hartsough(chair), Jules Feir, Charles
Gherardi, Jeff Kalban, Jill Banks Barad, and Leslie Beers. The
public is welcome to attend. For more information email
[email protected]

Free Puppy Playtime and Dog Wash for Dogs of All Ages

Join free Puppy Playtime, held every weekend at our local Petco
store! This 30-minute session provides puppies ages 8 weeks to 6
months a fun environment to learn social skills. Build a lifetime
bond with your puppy while learning about puppy play and social
development from a Petco Positive Dog Trainer. Every Saturday &
Sunday 1PM, 5850 Sepulveda Blvd. For more information call
(818) 997-4009.
Self Serve Dog Wash is available for dogs of all ages. Petco will
set you up with supplies and they will even clean up the mess!
Daily 9am to 7:45pm. Call (818) 997-4009 to schedule your bath.
If you don’t have a dog or cat. You can adopt one. Petco loves to
help! Petco never sells animals, but finds homes for more than
1300 every day! Put this link in your browser and they will help
you find a companion animal to join your family.

Street Art

You may have noticed that the gray utility cabinets around
Sherman Oaks are being decorated with original artwork. This
colorful addition to the community is being sponsored by City
Councilman David Ryu. Are you an artist looking for a place to
showcase your work? You can be paid to paint one of these plain
gray boxes. Contact the Council office at (818) 728-9924.

Campo de Cahuenga

This is the place where it all began. Governor Pio Pico and Colonel
John Fremont fought the battle of Cahuenga and then signed the
treaty making California independent from Mexico. The museum
is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from noon till 4pm.
Campo de Cahuenga 3919 Lankershim Blvd, Studio City, at the
Red Line Station.

Preventing Home Burglaries

There have been a string of home burglaries starting in North
Hollywood and working west through Studio City and Sherman
Oaks. These are done by professionals. If you see a burglary in
progress, do not confront the burglars – Call 911 immediately. The
police have already made arrests, but there are more active thieves
working the area. To foil a potential burglary before it happens:
1) Homeowners should make an attempt to give the impression
someone is home at all times, which would include leaving a car in
driveway, leaving lights on in and around the home at night.
2) Noise inside the house (leave TV or radio on) to give the
impression someone is home.
3) Use one of the commercial security services that have become
popular, inexpensive and easy to use, including but not limited to
video recording devices.
4) Use pets such as a dog for property protection and
deterrence. Don’t leave doggie doors open when you are not at
5) Most importantly, make contact with your neighbors and look
out for each other’s homes.
6) Be suspicious of unusual vehicles or persons slowly traversing
through the neighborhood or strange cars parked on a quiet street
with someone sitting inside.
7) ALWAYS and IMMEDIATELY contact law enforcement when
you believe you are seeing something suspicious in the
8) Social media and NextDoor are important, but information
should not just be posted without also sharing the information with
the police.

Text to 911

Mobile users in Los Angeles County now have the ability to send
text messages to 911, giving hearing and speech impaired residents
or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911, a
potentially life-saving option. LAFD urges the public, “To call if
they can -- text if they can’t.” Learn more at
Free Services from Your LA Public Library
Did you know that you can use the resources of the LA Public
Library online? It's all free. Most require a library card. That's free
too! Go to
movies to:
- Watch Movies, TV Shows, Videos
- Read Newspapers, Out of Town Newspapers, Magazines
- Read eBooks
- Learn a Language
- Take a College Level Course
- Listen to Music
Gateway to Citizenship
The Sherman Oaks Library has free materials to help immigrants
gain citizenship.
Very Eric Carle - For Pre-Schoolers
Hear and join in for Eric Carle inspired stories and songs. Granada
Hills Library 10640 Petit Weds Mar 14 10:30-11AM. Panorama
City Library14345 Roscoe Weds March 28 6:30PM. Woodland
Hills Library March 22200 Ventura Blvd Weds March 14, 21, 28
12 Noon.

Naked Nutrition - 15 Super Foods Under $2.99

Mona Laru's mission is to inspire individuals to live their authentic
power by aligning to the true meaning and potential of who they
are through plant-based meals, movement, and meditation. In this
workshop she will show how to lose weight and support your
health on a budget! See the program at the North Hollywood
Library 5211 Tujunga Ave Sunday March 18 2-3PM. At the Mid-
Valley Library 16244 Nordhoff Tuesday March 20 1-2PM and
Weds March 28 1-2PM.

Watercolor Workshop with Makers Mess

In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to the basics of
watercolor. Adults & Kids will be guided through a series of
exercises to show them the many nuances of painting with
watercolor. Then, they will put their new skills into practice to
create an abstract watercolor painting! Studio City Library 12511
Moorpark Thursday March 22 6:30-7:30PM.

Dave’s World of Cartoons

Professional cartoonist Dave Boatman will teach students to draw
5 to 6 cartoon characters using a step-by-step, follow-the-leader
drawing process. The class is a fun, creative, artistic, and
interactive hour of cartoon drawing … with a few fun surprises!
Valley Plaza Library 12311 Vanowen, North Hollywood Library
Saturday March 24 11AM-12PM

Theatre 40 Presents Chekhov

Directed by Theatre 40 veteran Melanie MacQueen, this hour-long
program features actors from the renowned Beverly Hills-based
theater company. THE PROPOSAL and THE BEAR, both written
by the great playwright Anton Chekov, offer the audience two
short, comedic battles of the sexes--Russian style--performed as
fully staged readings by actors from Theatre 40, a professional
theatre company located in Beverly Hills. Encino/Tarzana Library
18231 Ventura Saturday March 24 2-3PM

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

Sherman Oaks Traffic Plan

In October there was a public meeting to discuss possible changes
to traffic patterns in West Sherman Oaks south of Ventura. There
have been surveys so members of the public could voice their
concerns. Contrary to rumors; these surveys were not a vote with
winners and losers. The surveys were a search for good options
and answers. The City Council office and the Dept. of
Transportation are currently evaluating more than 1,000 responses.
Sign Up to be Notified About Emergencies
Sign up for Reverse 911 to be notified in an emergency. 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 webpage and fill out the form. You can
choose to be notified by voice on your home or cell phone, by
email, or text.

Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Be Prepared When a Wildfire

Preparing for a wildfire starts with three simple steps: Ready, Set,
Go! Check out Cal Fire’s preparation guides to help your family
and property prepare for and survive a wildfire. The Ready for
Wildfire mobile app is also an excellent planning and notification
tool. Go to to prepare today.

Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Research

The LAFD and LAPD St. Baldricks Fundraiser to fight kids'
cancer is taking place at Fire Station 89, 7063 Laurel Canyon in
North Hollywood on Saturday, March 24th from 7:30 AM to 1:00
PM. They will be raising money with pledges for shaving their
heads to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
There will also be a Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration.
The family-friendly event features a free breakfast, magicians,
caricature and balloon artists, face painters, fire and police
apparatus displays, a silent auction, and prizes and toys for the
kids. And all of the entertainment is FREE! This will be the 16th
year. Over $1.1 million dollars has been raised to date. For more
information go to or call
Captain Danny Wu at (626) 590-6240

New Speed Limits

More than 150 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. With these changes speed limits can be enforced
with radar on 2/3 of LA's streets. The Dept of Transportation plans
to have limits that are enforceable on every street in the city by the
end of this year. There are 3 reasons for the change 1) Public
Safety will be improved 2) The police will now be able to use
Radar Enforcement. 3) The city needs money to pay for the
project. There will be lots of speeding tickets issued.

Free Garden Mulch

Garden mulch enriches your garden soil, keeps the soil from
eroding, and keeps retails moisture so the soil doesn’t dry out. The
LA City Sanitation Department makes mulch out of the garden
waste collected in green barrels. That mulch is available to Los
Angeles residents for free! There are 2 ways to get this free mulch
in and around Sherman Oaks.
1) Free. Pick up any quantity you want in Van Nuys at 15800
Victory Blvd near the Tillman Plant. The entrance is south of
the intersection of Densmore & Victory Blvd. Open Monday
through Friday 7am to 3:30pm. Mulch is delivered there on
Monday and is available until it’s gone.
2) Free. Pick up any quantity you want in North Hollywood at
the corner of Vineland and Chandler. Open Monday through
Friday 7am to 5pm. Mulch is delivered there on Monday and
Thursday and is available until it’s gone.

Free Wood Chips

Chip Drop is a free service that helps connect arborists with
homeowners and gardeners in their area who would like to receive
wood chips. They’re currently working with arborists and
homeowners in the Los Angeles area to create a list of people who
would be interested in receiving a delivery of wood chips to their
house FREE. All you need is a valid email address, and a location
that you own or manage where you’d like to have woodchips
dropped. When you sign up for an account, you’re site will be
visible to all the arborists using the service. Your contact
information will also be relayed to the crew in case there is an
issue with the delivery. You’ll get between 4 to 15 cubic yards of
wood chips delivered. So you’ll need a big enough driveway to
handle that. 15 yards is about the size of a mini-van.
Before ordering read
Order your Chip Drop by signing up at or ask questions by emailing
[email protected]

Free Museum Admission

The Skirball at Mulholland & Sepulveda (closed Mon), The Getty
on Sepulveda (open 7 days), The Fowler at Sunset & 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 any of them. Board the bus at Sepulveda & Ventura or
points north.

Museum of the San Fernando Valley Activities

New exhibit - March 1st - June 30th; The Museum presents local
artist Jodi Bonassi and her depictions of San Fernando Valley life
– from conversations that occur in the public settings of
barbershops and cafes to the ongoing freneticism of college
lifestyles in malls and on the CSUN campus. Free admission.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (beginning
March 17th) from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
On Sun., March 25th, The Museum historic walking tour of North
Hollywood (NoHo). Learn all about the history of North
Hollywood. 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm; $10/pp EventBrite link on website.
On Sat., March 31st from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, The Museum is pleased
to have Chris Lukather, founder and editor of the literary journal,
The Writing Disorder, discuss and sign copies of his new book, A
Birdhouse in Paradise: William Mellenthin and the San Fernando
Valley Ranch Homes. Author signing. $10/person; Book $30; RSV
to [email protected] or call 818-347-9665

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.

Potholes Need Filling?

Thanks to all who emailed to give us their favorite potholes. The
Department of Street Services worked on them at the end of
February. Our next pothole filling event will be in mid-August. 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.

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.

Senior Center Activities

Senior Center Activities at the East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van
Nuys Blvd corner of Hartsook & Van Nuys.
Winter Activities for Seniors, Ages 50+, include: Senior
Exercise; Tai Chi; Zither/Lap Harp Group (Limited enrollment for
this activity); Guided Meditation; Acting/Improvisation; Canasta;
Shuffleboard; Karaoke; Line Dancing; Duplicate Bridge; Tuesday
Flicks and much more!! For more info, please contact Recreation
Facility Director, Katie O'Kelley-Hendricks, by e-mail:
[email protected] or Center Staff by e-mail:
[email protected] or (818) 386-9674.
For the following Special Events, enter from parking lot on the
corner of Hartsook/Van Nuys: The center will be closed on
Monday, March 26 for Cesar Chavez Day.
Walk With Ease Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays March 4 to April
15 (no class April 1) 4:45PM-5:45PM. Presented by the Arthritis
There will be a day trip March 27 from the center to downtown to
tour the Main LA Library and Maguire Gardens with lunch at
Clifton’s. For information call the SOEVAC Trip Desk on Tues,
Weds, or Thurs between 10AM & 1PM (818) 981-1284, ext 231.
The center is looking for volunteers to help on the trip desk and
plan trips, call Yolanda, (818) 981-1284 ext 228.

Need a Ride to the Senior Center?

The center offers door-to-door service to get you to the Center or
to Medical Appointments. The LA CityRide program will provide
the ride. You have to be a LA resident, 65 or older, disabled. Rides
are given Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm. Usually 2 weeks notice is
required; so call as so as you make your doctor’s appointment
(818) 981-1284 Ext 223.

Daily News 8th Annual Aging Expo

The Los Angeles Daily News will host the 8th annual Successful
Aging Expo designed especially for people ages 40 and above.
This FREE one-day event will be held on Saturday, April 14th at
the Sportsmen’s Lodge Events Center and will be rich in resources
and information. Over 40 booths from companies and
organizations will offer something of value to young and middleaged
adults to baby boomers and beyond. Saturday, April 14 from
9 AM to 2 PM at the Sportsmen's Lodge 12833 Ventura Blvd,
Studio City As a special preview to the Expo, the Daily News will
publish a “Successful Aging” program on Thursday, April 12th
that will include a list of exhibitors, the scheduled events, speakers
and their topics, and activities.

Online Senior Services

Enabling seniors to age in place increases quality of life and
The Checklist for Aging in Place
Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things
You Should Know
Emergency Preparedness Guide for the Elderly and Disabled
Home Modifications Increase Senior Safety
Assistive Technology Buying Guide for Seniors and their
Peaceful Passing: How to Make a Loved One's Final Days at
Home Comfortable
Substance Abuse and Caregiving: When to Ask for Help for Your
Own Health and Well-Being
Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home for Seniors

Public Safety

- The next meeting of the Public Safety Committee will be held
March 26th at 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult
Center 5056 Van Nuys Blvd
- On February 20th SONC Public Safety Committee sponsored
CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) class ushered in
50 new graduates. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
- Have you taken one of our Map Your Neighborhood classes?
And have you meet with your neighbors and created a
neighborhood disaster plan? If so, let us know! We have a
SPECIAL gift for each block to keep at their neighborhood
gathering site. The kit includes items you would use in the event of
a disaster on your block: emergency radio, gas shut-off tool, 5
pairs of leather gloves, 5 dust masks, crowbar, mini first aid kit and
a drawstring bag. Stop by our Public Safety Committee meeting or
email us for more information: [email protected]
- Do you know how Neighborhood Watch works? Did you know there are
some simple steps we can all be doing TODAY that will help keep our
blocks safer? Stop by our Public Safety Committee meetings to learn more
about Neighborhood Watch and to pick up some NW tips and best practices.

Calendar of Meetings and Events

March 1 SONC Vision Committee
March 4 Gun Violence Town Hall
March 5 DACA Application Deadline
March 7 SONC Traffic & Transportation Committee
March 12 SONC Board Meeting
March 14 Very Eric Carle for Pre-Schoolers
March 14 SONC Green & Beautification Committee
March 15 SONC PLUM Committee
March 18 LA Marathon
March 18 Health Fair Fashion Square
March 18 Naked Nutrition
March 18 LAFD Class on Wound Care
March 18 Spring Into Wellness Health Fair
March 20 Naked Nutrition
March 21 Very Eric Carle for Pre-Schoolers
March 22 Watercolor Workshop
March 24 Hello to Spring Tree Giveaway
March 24 LAFD & LAPD St. Baldricks Fundraiser
March 24 Theater 40 Presents Chekhov
March 24 Dave’s World of Cartoons
March 26 Public Safety Committee Meeting
March 28 Naked Nutrition
March 28 Very Eric Carle for Pre-Schoolers
April 9 SONC Board Meeting
April 14 Daily News 8th Annual Aging Expo
April 22 How to Survive a Shooting

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