Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council March 2024: Issue #24-3

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

Message from the President

Lindsay Imber


The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council at its March board meeting will consider LA City Council's file to codify the provisions of affordable housing Executive Directive ED-1.

Be part of the conversation during our monthly board meeting tonight, Monday, March 11, 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (5056 Van Nuys Blvd).

Later this month, SONC will again partner with City Plants and Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park for our annual Free Tree Adoption event, taking place Saturday, March 23 from 10am to 1pm or until all trees are adopted.

Join us at the VNSO Recreation Center to adopt a new shade or fruit tree to plant in your yard. Only Los Angeles residents are eligible for this program, so be sure to bring your ID or DWP bill.

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.

SONC Board

March 11, 2024, 6:30 PM

Public Safety Committee

March 12, 2024, 6:30 PM

Planning and Land Use (PLUM)

March 21, 2024, 6:30 PM

Government Affairs Committee

March 26, 2024, 6:30 PM

Finance Committee

March 27, 2024, 6:30 PM

Human Services Committee

April 1, 2024, 6:30 PM

Vision Sub-Committee

April 4, 2024, 6:30 PM

Outreach Committee

See Website for Meeting Date

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

Planning Sherman Oaks: Shaping Our Future Together!

Join us on March 21 at 6:30 PM at the Sherman Oaks Library. Be part of the PLUM Committee review of upcoming projects proposed for Sherman Oaks. Your input matters as we assess these projects' potential impact on our community.

Furthermore, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Vision Committee is actively delving into the Orange Line Transit Community Plan. Save the date for April 4 at 6:30 PM at the Library, where we'll delve into proposed rezoning and its implications for Sherman Oaks.

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

Vision meetings: First Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM

Planning, Land Use, and Land Management Committee (PLUM) meetings: Third Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM

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

Kylee Peña, Co-Chair

Brett Collier, Co-Chair



Hello, Spring: on March 23rd, SONC will again be conducting the annual Spring Tree Adoption event! Between 10:00 AM and until all plants are given away (typically no later than 2:00 PM) at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, come adopt a new tree to plant in your yard. To be eligible to obtain a tree, you must provide your LA City ID or DWP bill. For more information on the types of trees provided and the details of this adoption program, please visit

With proper watering and care, these trees will grow to provide shade for your home for years to come! The Office of Community Beautification is also offering 2 foot by 3 foot rain barrels to residents who pre-register. No yard? No problem – stop by to pick up a succulent to liven up your indoor space while supplies last. Thanks to Office of Councilmember Nithya Raman, City Plants, LA Rec and Parks, LA Beautification Team, and DWP for supporting this event.

The Outreach Committee is in planning mode for this year's summer movie series in the park. Watch upcoming SONC newsletters and our social media for dates and movies, and even more events all year long!

SONC Public Safety Committee
Susan Collins, Chair

The Public Safety Committee meeting for December 2023, will be held on TUESDAY, March 12, 2023 starting at 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks Public Library, 14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 ( in the Meeting Room ).

The Public Safety Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting at 6:30pm - ending at 7:45pm in the Sherman Oaks Library.

LAPD Senior Lead Officers will be there to give us information on crime in our area and what we can do to minimize our risks.  

You can now participate via Zoom! The details to log on will be located at the top of the agenda posted on the website

BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO HELP FILL SANDBAGS! Not only did we fill hundreds of sandbags, we had a lot of fun doing it. Volunteering is a lot of fun and you're helping out your neighbors so it's really a win / win. 

We owe committee member Christy Adair a very special thanks because she volunteered to do this for several days and bagged A LOT of bags!  THANK YOU CHRISTY! 

See you all Tuesday, March 12, 2024 @ 6:30pm! 

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The Office of District 4 Councilmember Nithya Raman provides Sherman Oaks with a dedicated field deputy to handle resident and business owner issues at the city level. Ryan Ahari is the Sherman Oaks Field Deputy, and also services Van Nuys. If you need assistance with City services, agencies, and departments (graffiti, trash, abandoned properties, and more), you can reach Ryan through his CD4 web page here or call (213) 424-2412 and Ryan's email address is:

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

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

'Come to the Corner'

Email Contact:

For more information please visit:

Stay connected:
Twitter: @ValleyChange
Volunteers Cleaning Communities Come and Join Us to make a difference meet new people get some exercise and have some fun
Volunteer with NHIFP

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: 
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
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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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