Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council SONC

Next SONC Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium
14780 Dickens Street
(one block south of Ventura, just east of Kester)


* Presentation

Emergency Preparedness
Stacy Gerlich, Captain LAFD
Homeland Security Division,
Emergency Preparedness.

What Preparations Should You Have Ready for an Emergency, such as an Earthquake?
What do you need to have ready for a major disaster?

Primary Election Results…

Tuesday’s primary narrowed the field of 14 candidates down to the top TWO who will face each other in the May 19 runoff election to fill the vacancy for the seat representing CD4 on the LA City Council.

Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu received the most votes seeking to replace termed out Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Ramsay had been LaBonge’s Chief of Staff and garnered 15.3 % of the vote. Ryu,is an executive with an LA non-profit hospital and Community Health Center and received 14.6% of the vote. At this time there are provisional and mail-in ballots still to be counted.

In addition, L.A. voters overwhelmingly approved two charter amendments to change City and School Board elections to even-numbered years to coincide with presidential and statewide races in an effort to increase voter turnout.

Mark your Calendar

SONC Meeting Monday, April 13 6:30 p.m.

Candidates’ Forum
School Board and Council District 4

Tamar Galatzan Scott Schmerelson David Ryu Carolyn Ramsay

*Candidate Forum with the top TWO candidates in the runoff election for LAUSD Board of Education, District 3. Tamar Galatzan, incumbent School Board member will face Scott Schmerelson, Administrator and former teacher.

* The top TWO candidates for CD4, Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu will face off in the May 19 runoff to represent Sherman Oaks on the City Council.

* Moderator will be Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

You don’t want to miss it! **********************************************Be in the “Know”: Come to the SONC meeting March 9.
For full SONC Board agenda, go to


*Updates from LAPD Senior Lead Officers and elected official’s staff.SONC Committee updates:

*Land Use Committee: Updates on development projects in Sherman Oaks
*Next Land Use Committee meeting:
Thursday, March 19,6:30 the S.O. Public Library Agenda items;
ArcLight Cinema in the Galleria: application for a license to sell beer and wine at the snack bar and in all 17 theaters.
Presentation and discussion regarding building three rail lines across the Valley.

* Outreach Committee: Would you like to help plan events and publicize SONC to the community? Contact SONC at (818) 503-2399

* Public Safety Committee: Volunteer to serve on this important committee. Work with LAPD Senior Lead officers, Neighborhood Prosecutor issues, Neighborhood Watch Programs, and Emergency Preparedness. Contact [email protected]

*Green and Beautification Committee: Help make Sherman Oaks even more beautiful and livable. Contact Carolyn Casavan, Chair, at [email protected]

*Government Affairs Committee: What local or Citywide issue concerns you? Our mission is to bring government closer to the public. Contact us at (818)503-2399.

* Neighborhood Services: Pothole Lottery : Let us know your worst pothole, tree in desperate need of trimming, dangerous sidewalk. Contact us at (818) 503-2399


SONC in Action!

SONC Green & Beautification Committee organized the pruning of the Palm trees along a section of Ventura Blvd. Pictured (l to r) Sherry Revord and Carolyn Casavan, Committee Chair, along with tree trimming crew. The Steamer Cleaners manager was delighted to have the trees in front of his store cleaned up.

***Would you like to be on the Neighborhood Council?
We have vacancies in Areas 1,3,and 5.*
*See the Area map on the SONC website.

Contact President Jill Banks Barad at [email protected]


BE INVOLVED! You don’t have to be on the SONC Board to serve on a committee. Contact us (818) 503-2399

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council meets the second Monday of the month. Its mission is to bring government closer to the people. Visit our website at or call (818) 503-2399