Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council April 2024: Issue #24-4

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

Message from the President

Lindsay Imber


I begin this month's newsletter with a welcome to those who attended March 23 Spring Tree Adoption. We had fun seeing you—in the late March rain and all—and hope you are enjoying your new tree and/or succulent.

SONC thanks the following Board members who participated at this event:

Brett Collier, Lindsay Imber, Howard Katchen, Kyle Peña, Neal Roden, Stacey Segarra-Bohlinger, and David Silverman. Thanks to Human Services Co-Chairs Sarah Adamski and Pamela Harris as well.

The next Sherman Oaks in-the-park community event will be Sunday, April 14's Spring Concert & Festival, presented by Council District 4 and produced by the Valley Cultural Foundation.

Our monthly board meeting for April will take place the following day, Monday, April 15, at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (5056 Van Nuys Blvd).

We also invite you to set your calendars for SONC's June 10, 2024 Board meeting, when Councilmember Nithya Raman will join us to provide updates from City Council District 4 and answer questions. As the date gets closer, we will introduce the format for this meeting, including a way for you to submit your questions for CM Raman.

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

April 4, 2024, 6:30 PM

Public Safety Committee

April 9, 2024, 6:30 PM

SONC Board

April 15, 2024, 6:30 PM

Outreach Committee

April 16, 2024, 6:30 PM

Planning and Land Use (PLUM)

April 18, 2024, 6:30 PM

Finance Committee

April 24, 2024, 6:30 PM

Human Services Committee

May 6, 2024, 6:30 PM

Government Affairs 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 for two enlightening events at the Sherman Oaks Library that will discuss things that may shape the future of our beloved community.

April 4 at 6:30 PM: Join the Vision Committee and dive into the future of Sherman Oaks with a presentation on the Community Plan Update for the northern part of Sherman Oaks between Burbank and Onard from the 405 to Woodman. This is your chance to engage with neighbors and the Planning Department as we look at the impact, discuss what we like and make recommendations that may be more community appropriate.  

May 2 at 6:30 PM: The Vision Committee meeting will be a presentation by the Planning Department of the Southeast Valley Community Plan Update incorporating 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.

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

Vision meetings: 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30PM

Planning, Land Use, and Land Management Committee (PLUM) meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month 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

Kylee Peña, Co-Chair

Brett Collier, Co-Chair



It was a wet Saturday, but our annual Hello Spring Tree Adoption Event was a success! Thanks to all the volunteers and neighbors who came out to adopt a tree. The Office of Community Beautification gave away free rain barrels, and our friends at the Cactus and Succulent Society provided free succulents. Huge thanks to the participating partners and support from The Office of Councilmember Nithya Raman, LA Rec and Parks, City Plants, and LA Beautification Team.

Coming up April 14, SONC is co-hosting another Concert in the Park presented by Nithya Raman and Council District 4, along with LA Rec and Parks and Valley Cultural Foundation. The event will open with a children's area at 4, and the live music begins at 5 including local artists and a Beatles Vs Stones tribute band. Come to VNSO Park to enjoy games, bubbles, food trucks, community booths, and more – free and open to the public! 

SONC Public Safety Committee
Susan Collins, Chair

The Public Safety Committee meeting for April will be held on:


TUESDAY, April 9, 2024, 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.

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

See you all Tuesday, April 9 2024 @ 6:30pm! 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be hosting a Youth Mental Health Summit on Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM at El Cariso Regional Park, 13100 Hubbard St, Sylmar, CA 91342. Youth attendees will receive breakfast, lunch, five community service hours, and a $25 gift card for their participation.

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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
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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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