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January 2018 Newsletter

Posted on 01/11/18


SONC January 2018 Newsletter

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
January 2018 Newsletter


Happy New Year to All! 2018 will be a great year for Sherman Oaks!
See what's happening and get out and join in!


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PO Box 5721, Sherman Oaks 91413
(818) 503-2399



In this month’s issue:
What to do with Your Used Christmas Tree
Where to Send Used Christmas Cards
IgniteLA
SONC January Meeting
Holiday Donation Drive Wrap Up
SONC Committee Meetings
January Newsletter
About SONC
Planning and Land Use
Vision Committee
Arts Committee
Preventing Home Burglaries
Going to Pot
Text to 911
Free Services from Your LA Public Library
Veterans Resource Centers
Re-Enactment Day
Some Historical Dates and Places in San Fernando Valley
Party Houses
Town Hall on Homelessness
Homeless in Sherman Oaks
Hello to Spring - Free Trees!
Sherman Oaks Traffic Plan
Public Safety
Fire Safety in Sherman Oaks Hills
New Speed Limits
Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?
Free Garden Mulch
Free Wood Chips
Free Museum Admission
LAPD says Lock it or lose it
DACA Permits
Sidewalk repair
Last Chance to get Your Pothole Fixed This Spring
Conserve Water – Get Paid
Senior Center Activities
Need a Ride to the Senior Center?
Safe Driving for Seniors
Calendar of Meetings and Events

What to do with Your Used Christmas Tree

There are thousands of used Christmas trees in Sherman Oaks. Now the question is what to do with them? They are an extreme fire hazard and the needles can be toxic to your pet. The answer depends on whether the tree is green or flocked. Flocked trees should be cut up and put in your black barrel or trash bin if you live in an apartment.

For green trees there are 4 choices:
1) If you live in a home LA Sanitation Department will pick up your tree at curbside.
a) Remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, and stand from the tree.
b) Cut the tree into pieces, if needed, to fit into the green bin.
c) Place the tree pieces inside the green bin or put the whole uncut tree next to the bin for regular pick-up on collection day.
                                              or

2) If you live in an apartment building:
LA Sanitation will still pick up your tree. Just put it at curbside on the same pickup day home trash is picked up in your neighborhood.

                                             or

3) On Sunday, January 7th, there will be a one day only tree drop off of green trees at Encino Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Boulevard.

                                            or

4) If you must get rid of the tree right away:
Green trees can be dropped off at Fire Station #88, 5101 Sepulveda Blvd at Otsego. (Do NOT use Waze to get there. An error in their system will send you miles away)

Where to Send Used Christmas Cards?

We have been asked where to donate used Christmas cards. Alas, after a thorough search we came up empty handed. St Jude’s Ranch for kids used to take them, but not any more. They got so many that they stopped taking them 3 years ago. We are told they have enough in a warehouse to fill their needs for several years. It appears your blue barrel for recycling is the only place for them.

IgniteLA

The young women of Sherman Oaks, ages 14 to 24, are invited to join in a new program, IgniteLA. The program will show women how to:

    • Actively engage in the political process and assert and demonstrate their beliefs in the public arena

    • Actively listen to the perspectives of people they agree with and disagree with in order to clarify their own beliefs

    • Use civil discourse as a means to understand others’ viewpoints, clarify personal positions, and advocate and lobby for issues they care about

    • Be a part of the movement toward gender parity with equal numbers of women in office across all political parties and levels of government

    • Join their Neighborhood Council Boards and Committees

There will be 6 sessions at a location in the Valley on first and second Mondays of each month, from February through April 2018 5:00pm -7:30pm.

Timeline
• January 15t?h? – Application Deadline

• January 1?9th– Decision Notification

• February 5th– Session 1

• February 12th– Session 2

• March 5th– Session 3

• March 12th– Session 4

• April 2nd– Session 5
• April 9th– Session 6
Apply now by filling out the webform at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZjzFdRc_A-j-rHmxTLWm4TpvchAyoHtVve6hMgVeNsoxusA/viewform

Questions? Email  [email protected]

SONC January Meeting

The SONC Board will have its regular monthly meeting 6:30 PM Monday January 8 at Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium 14780 Dickens Street. 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 on what is important to you. For more information check our website for the agenda. www.shermanoaksnc.org.

Holiday Donation Drive Wrap Up

SONC had a very successful holiday food and pet drive. A big load of non-perishable food was sent to the LA Food Bank and a load of pet food and pet supplies and dog beds(!) was sent to the East Valley Shelter. Thanks to all the generous people that participated and brought their donations.

Jules Feir successfully held his 19th annual SOHA Toy Drive. In 2016 the toy donations were valued at more than $45,000. We don’t have complete numbers yet, but it looks like 2017 was even bigger. Celebrities that joined Jules at the event in Gelsons’ parking lot included Zev Yaroslavsky, Michel Moore, Mike Feuer, Jim McDonnell, David Ryu, Tom LaBonge, and Bob Blumenfeld. Gelsons generously provided refreshments for all.

SONC Committee Meetings

There will be Committee meetings in January. See the dates below and check the complete agendas on our website: www.shermanoaksnc.org. 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].


January Newsletter

This January newsletter has 42 articles and was emailed to 16,771 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 www.shermanoaksnc.org to read the full issue." Send any comments or questions to [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, www.shermanoaksnc.org, or call (818) 503-2399. Board meetings are 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: www.shermanoaksnc.org. The next committee meeting will be 6:30 pm January 18 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]

Vision Committee

The January Vision meeting will continue previous studies of the potential bikeway, pedestrian, and traffic opportunities in SO. Vision Committee 6:30 pm January 4 Sherman Oaks Library. For more information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]

Arts Committee

Our new Arts Committee will hold its first meeting 6:30PM Weds January 10 at the Sherman Oaks Library. This committee will have 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.

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 them – 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 home.
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 neighborhood.
8) Social media is important, but information should not just be posted on social media without also sharing with such information with the police

Going to Pot

For the first time in California stores can sell M------ (The word is left out because some internet providers will not deliver this email if it contains the word.) The law passed by voters in 2016 goes into effect January 1. Previously, it was sold for medical reasons; now it can be sold for any use. These are some of the new state laws that limit what any use is. You cannot smoke it or it products made with it while driving. It is not legal to have an open bag of edibles made with it in the car; keep it in the trunk. It was already illegal to drive under the influence of it; it counts as DUI just like alcohol.


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 http://www.lafd.org/news/text-911-comes-los-angeles.

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 https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media#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

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 https://www.lapl,org/veterans.

Re-Enactment Day

The Battle of Cahuenga was fought in 1847 to decide the fate of California. California was the northern part of Mexico. Rebels had declared it an independent republic for 25 days. Two small armies led by U.S. Colonel John Fremont and Mexican Governor Pio Pico battled briefly in what is now Studio City near the corner of Lankershim and Ventura Blvd. The signing of the 1847 Articles of Capitulation ended the war and made California part of the U.S. On Sunday January 14 the signing of the treaty will be re-enacted on the original signing table at Campo de Cahuenga. The Campo is an adobe building near the entrance to the Studio City Metro’s Red Line. The celebration will take place from 11:30am to 4pm. There will be a cannon firing, music, dancing, and a fiesta. The Campo de Cahuenga can be reached easily by any of the Ventura Blvd bus lines; #150, #240, #750. Parking will be available in an assigned area in the Metro lot next door. There will be a Local Artists Village open from 11am to 4pm. Artists can register for a space in advance. For all further information email [email protected].

Some Historical Dates and Places in San Fernando Valley:

1797 - Father Fermin Lasuen built the Mission San Fernando, named for King Ferdinand of Spain. It was the largest adobe structure in California with 30,000 grape vines and 21,000 head of livestock.

1842 - California’s first discovery of gold was in Placerita Canyon, near Mission San Fernando, starting the first of Los Angeles’ population booms.

1896 - Colonel Griffith J. Griffith donated nearly five square miles of land near his ranch to the people of Los Angeles, called Griffith Park. Griffith Park is composed of 4,017 acres between Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. It is the largest city owned park in the United States.

Party Houses

The Party House Ordinance was passed by the LA City Council on December 12. The ordinance was introduced by our councilman, Councilman Ryu. It will give the LAPD greater enforcement power to control massive parties that disturb residential neighborhoods.

Town Hall on Homelessness

City Councilman Krekorian is holding a Town Hall with panel to discuss Homelessness Thursday Jan 18, 2018 6:30PM at Valley College in Monarch Hall, 5800 Fulton Ave. The panel includes Paul Krekorian, LAPD, LA Sanitation, LA Homeless Services Authority, LA Family Housing, LA City Attorney Office. You can verify parking, rsvp, and send questions in advance at (818) 755-7676 or paulkrekorian.org/cd2townhall. 

Homeless in Sherman Oaks

The SONC Board meeting on February 12 will have speakers and officials that work with homeless programs and people right here in Sherman Oaks. Mark your calendar. More info in the February newsletter.

Hello to Spring - Free Trees!

Mark your calendar! Hello to Spring, SONC’s 5th annual tree giveaway is scheduled for March 24. Look for more information in our February newsletter.


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.

Public Safety

The "Map Your Neighborhood" Training Class held on November 16th and sponsored by SONC's Public Safety Committee and Assemblymember Adrian Nazarian was a great success, with 21 constituents from Sherman Oaks and neighboring communities in attendance. To attend the next class Contact: [email protected] for more information.

The Next CERT 1 (Community Emergency Response Team, Level 1) Course will begin on January 9th, 2018 – you must be registered to attend. Seats are still available. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lafd-cert-sherman-oaks-tickets-37460159345

The next Public Safety Committee Meeting will be Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center on Van Nuys Blvd. For more details, contact Melissa Menard [email protected]

Fire Safety in Sherman Oaks Hills


There is still extreme fire danger in our hills for the next 45 days. The brush is dry and there is little rain predicted. But, we can be safe. Protect your family and your home by doing these 5 things.

1) Clear brush 200 feet from your house to provide a “defensible break.”

2) Patio furniture should be stored in your garage; not leaning against the wall where it can catch fire and start the house on fire. 

3) Trees should be trimmed 3 feet up from the ground and 3 feet back from your house. Low hanging trees can be ignited by burning grass. The fire will leap to the crown and then to other trees and the roof of your house.

4) 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 emergency.lacity.org/notifyla and fill out the form. You can choose to be notified by voice on your home or cell phone, by email, or text.

5) Have an evacuation route planned. Have two in case one is cut off.


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 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.

Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?


The City Council restarted the Speed Hump Program after an eight-year pause. When LADOT opened up an on-line application process last fall, the overwhelming response request allocations filled within two hours of the link going “live.” Staff capped requests at 486 locations to provide adequate review, and found 117 locations feasible for installation. From those 117 locations, staff will build 30 in 2017 with the available funding. The Speed Hump Application period opens twice a year. Applications can be filed online starting 8AM February 15, 2018, Get your information ready now so you can file in the first few minutes. For complete instructions on how to request Speed Humps go to http://ladot.lacity.org/how-do-i/request-speed-humps. It is a 3 step process. Read the information page now. You will need a person that is willing to coordinate the process as a liaison for your block. You will need to get 50% of the people on your block to agree to the installation. Get the commitments now. You will be required to do the first 2 steps online and the available applications will be filled within a few minutes. After you have done the first 2 steps the Department will do the third. Note two things 1) You are not guaranteed to have your request filled 2) The city installs Speed Humps not Speed Bumps. “Bumps” are the small bumps used in parking lots; “Humps” are the larger things you see in a street. 

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 3 ways to get this free mulch in and around Sherman Oaks.

1)    Free. Call the Dept of Sanitation and get free delivery of free mulch. Call 800-773-2489. You can order a full load of 5 cubic yards that covers 500 square feet with a layer3-4 inches thick or a ½ load of 2 ½ cubic yards that covers 250 square feet with a layer 3-4 inches thick. You need a place for them to dump it and someone must be present to sign for it.

2)    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.

3)    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 https://getchipdrop.com/expectations/.
Order your Chip Drop by signing up at https://getchipdrop.com/signup/ 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. Pick up the bus at Sepulveda & Ventura or points north.



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 http://www.sidewalks.lacity.org/ click on "rebates." Be sure to do this before you start work to get the details and qualify to get your rebate.


Last Chance to get Your Pothole Fixed This Spring


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. Our next pothole filling event will be the end of February. We are collecting locations that need work now. The deadline to report a pothole that needs filling is January 20. 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. What is most important is getting all the information about the needed repair. We want the crew to spend their time fixing it, not searching for it. Go to our website www.shermanoaksnc.org; 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+, begin on Tuesday, 1-02-18, and 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:

Friday, 1-12-18: Karaoke Night 6:00-9:00 pm (for Seniors Ages 50+) Suggested donation: $2.00/person.Join us for fun at Karaoke Night. Choose from a wide variety of song selections. Sing some oldies, but goodies, and some newer ones too. Individual and group singing. Light Refreshments. Please call to reserve a space.

Monday, 1-15-18: the Center will be closed for Martin Luther King Day.

Friday, 1-26-18: Game Night 6:00-9:00 pm for Seniors Ages 50+. Suggested donation: $2.00/person. Join us for a fun-filled evening filled with games, food, contests and prizes. Favorite games, including: Checkers, Chess, Farkle, Scrabble, Trivia Games, Backgammon, and more will be played. Please call ahead to reserve a space.

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.

Safe Driving for Seniors

The Senior Ombudsman Program will help you maintain your license and independence. Learn about renewing your license, how to study for the tests, who needs to take the tests, and how the new systems test you. Weds Jan 10 12 noon at the East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd.

Calendar of Meetings and Events

Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 3 SONC Traffic Committee
Jan 4 SONC Vision Committee
Jan 8 SONC Board Meeting
Jan 9 CERT1 Training Course starts
Jan 10 Sherman Oaks Arts Committee 1st meeting
Jan 14 Re-Enactment Celebration at Campo de Cahuenga
Jan 15 Martin Luther King Holiday
Jan 18 SONC Planning & Land Use Committee
Jan 18 Town Hall on Homelessness
Jan 20 Deadline to Report Potholes
Jan 22 SONC Public Safety Committee
Feb 12 SONC Board meeting on Homeless
Feb 15 Speed Hump Applications start 8AM
March 5 DACA Application Deadline
March 24 Hello to Spring Tree Giveaway

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