Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council June 2024: Issue #24-6

Welcome to the June 2024 edition of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council's (SONC) newsletter, the Ziff Flyer.

Message from the President

Lindsay Imber


Of special note this month, on Monday, June 10, SONC will welcome Councilmember Nithya Raman to our monthly Board Meeting. An agenda for Monday's meeting will be posted to the SONC website shortly.

The community is encouraged to attend and submit questions ahead of time, electronically, for the Councilmember.

Click here to submit a question.

On June 22, SONC will hold its first of three Free Movies in the Park events with a twilight screening of Disney-Pixar's Elemental. The movie begins at dusk along the Hazeltine softball fields at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, but feel free to arrive early for family friendly activities and giveaways. Be sure to pack a chair or blanket and picnic dinner. We'll see you there!

I would also like to thank and recognize the service of SONC's Youth Representative, Elias Fenig, who will be leaving the board this summer. Elias has served on the Board and Human Services Committee with great passion and insight and we wish him well as he graduates from this role.

The SONC Youth Representative is selected by an ad hoc Selection Committee, appointed by the Board, and serves a one-year term. 1st Vice President Howard Katchen is chairing our current year's Selection Committee. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Council as a Youth Representative, please e-mail Howard at

Thank you for your continued interest in and dedication to the Sherman Oaks community. Please stay safe and be kind to one another.

With Pride and Determination—


📅 Upcoming SONC Meetings:

To view up-to-date details, please visit the SONC calendar.

Vision Sub-Committee

June 6, 2024, 6:30 PM

SONC Board

June 10, 2024, 6:15 PM

Public Safety Committee

June 11, 2024, 6:30 PM

Outreach Committee

June 18, 2024, 6:30 PM

Planning and Land Use (PLUM)

June 20, 2024, 6:30 PM

Government Affairs Committee

June 25, 2024, 6:30 PM

Finance Committee

June 26, 2024, 6:30 PM

Movie in the Park - Elemental

June 22, 2024, 6:00 PM

Human Services Committee

July 1, 2024, 6:30 PM

Executive Committee

See Website for Meeting Date

Airport Committee

See Website for Meeting Date

Green & Sustainability

See Website for Meeting Date

Traffic & Transportation

See Website for Meeting Date

Please visit the committee

page links for meeting agendas and to confirm dates, times and locations.

How to Attend SONC Committee Meetings

Whereas the monthly Board meeting takes place at the larger Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (5056 Van Nuys Blvd), in-person SONC committee meetings are generally held at Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 while virtual committee meetings are held via telephone or Zoom. Each Committee Chair is empowered to select a meeting format that works best for their committee. Meeting locations, formats (in-person vs virtual), dates, and times are listed on the applicable agenda published before the meeting.

For information on specific times and locations for each meeting please consult the SONC website calendar page:

How to Receive Agendas When They Are Posted

Subscribe to LA City's Early Notification System (ENS) to be notified via email of all upcoming Board & Committee Meetings and to receive meeting agendas.

SONC Committee Updates

SONC Ad Hoc Youth Representative Selection Committee

Howard Katchen, Chair and Budget Advocate


SONC is seeking candidates to fill the Youth Representative Board Seat for a one year term, July 1, 2024 until June 30, 2025. Candidates are to be full time high school students, 14 – 17 years old, reside within

the SONC boundaries, and be able to attend and actively participate in all Board meetings and to serve

on at least one SONC committee.

Why join SONC’s Board: You will participate in civic leadership and learn about government. Possibility

to initiate, participate and support various community projects throughout the year. Add a student

perspective to community concerns and issues.

All interested candidates are requested to submit information including school currently attending,

which grade, extracurricular and community involvement activities.

Candidates are requested to submit their information via email by Friday, June 21, 2024 to: Howard

Katchen, First Vice President, Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council at:

Register to attend Neighborhood Council Budget Day 2024 (June 15, 9am, City Hall):

SONC Planning & Land Use Committee
and Vision Sub-Committee
Jeff Kalban, Chair

June 6 (6:30PM at the Library), the Vision Committee will be reviewing the draft Southeast Valley Community Plan Update that incorporates all of Sherman Oaks. This is the first time we will be seeing what the city is proposing for this 20-year plan of our community. We will delve into the proposed rezoning and its implications for the future of our community. Here is the link to the Southeast Valley Community Plan: These are the land use maps for the various communities. Scroll down to the Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake-Cahuenga Pass map and immediately following that is the Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks map.

On July 18 there will be a joint PLUM and Vision Committee meeting. At that time, the Planning Department will present a revised Southeast Valley Community Plan.

Don't miss out on our regular community engagement opportunities at the Sherman Oaks Library:

Vision: First Thursday of every month at 6:30pm.

Planning, Land Use, and Land Management Committee (PLUM): Third Thursday at 6:30pm.

Your participation is crucial in shaping the vibrant future of Sherman Oaks. Together, let's build a community we're proud to call home!

SONC Outreach Committee

Kyle Peña, Chair


As we head into summer, we're excited for all the outdoor events happening in Sherman Oaks! On June 2nd we co-sponsored another Concert in the Park alongside Valley Cultural Foundation and Council District 4. Councilmember Nithya Raman and Congressman Brad Sherman were in attendance alongside dozens of vendors, hundreds of neighbors, and a battle between Beatles and Rolling Stones cover bands. Thanks for coming out!

Our next event is a free movie on June 22nd in VNSO Park. Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy sunset in the park before Elemental begins at dusk. We'll be back July 20th with Barbie and August 17 with Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse! 

SONC Public Safety Committee

Susan Collins, Chair


The Public Safety Committee meeting is hosting a Special Event held on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Pineapple Hill Grill 4454 Van Nuys Blvd N, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (we'll be on the back patio)


Come hear informative presentations from: 

The CIRCLE Team on addressing the homeless

Christy Adair, C.E.R.T. Expert Instructor: What to do after a natural disaster

VECTOR Control - Mosquito control 

See you Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 10:00am-12:00pm

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If you need assistance with City services, agencies, and departments (graffiti, trash, abandoned properties, and more), you can contact the Office of District 4 Councilmember Nithya Raman here or via (213) 473-7004.

In addition to contacting the office, for any issues related to homelessness anywhere within Council District 4, you can contact Senior Homelessness Deputy Sarah Tanberg (

Click here to download the SONC Guide to Free Resources in the Sherman Oaks area
Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer with

The Valley of Change

Feed Our Friends In Need

Second Saturday of Month

Community Cleanup

Second Sundays

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Take advantage of helping out your community.

North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry is looking for volunteers.

To sign up, please visit:
LA Regional Food Bank

If you are interested in volunteering with the LA Regional Food Bank, please visit this link.
Questions, concerns, please email: 
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Get Involved In Your Community

If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain and starting a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood, please contact your Senior Lead Officer at the email addresses or phone numbers listed below to obtain further details. There are 4 senior lead officers assigned for all of Sherman Oaks:

Jose Saldana


(818) 731-2565


Mariana Romo


(818) 731-2563


Joel Gutierrez


(818) 731-2560


Kristan DeLatori


(818) 731-2562


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