The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) is chartered and funded by the City of Los Angeles to promote citizen participation in government at a grassroots level. SORO NC is here to give you a voice in the issues, decisions and programs that affect our lives; provide a direct line of communication to the City to help address our unique needs; and build a stronger community, one step at a time. Learn more about what we do »

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Volunteer to Clean Up Pico Blvd.!

Join Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District 5 staff, and SORO NC as we help make Pico shine.

Sunday, September 25 | 9am–noon
Parking Lot at 8866 W. Pico

As they say, many hands make light work, and past cleanups have been loads of fun and a great way to show your pride in SORO. You only have to bring a reusable water bottle and a smile—we'll supply the rest (courtesy of LA's Dept. of Sanitation). Be sure to be there at 9am sharp!

Download and print the flyer to help us get the word out.

Email paulawaxman@soronc.org to let us know you're coming, and be sure to invite your friends and family!
 

Free CPR/First Aid/AED classes

The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council will again be sponsoring two FREE CPR/First Aid/AED classes. 

Saturday September 17 | Robertson Rec Center | 11:30am–3:30pm or
Sunday September 18 | New location: 1711 S. La Cienega | 12:30pm–4:30pm

This 4-hour course will train you how to provide immediate care in cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive. Instruction will be provided by Vital Training & Response. 

First Aid: Learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, including burns; cuts; head, neck and back injuries; and more.
CPR/AED: Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, infant/child including the use of automated external defibrillators (AED).

Upon completion, participants will receive First Aid, CPR and AED 2-year certification by the American Heart Association.  

SORO NC is covering the cost of instruction (participant will have option to purchase course workbook for $25). A great value, since these classes normally run $75 and up!

If you wish to participate, you must reserve your space in advance by emailing publicsafetychair@soronc.org as early as possible (classes are limited in size and expected to fill up quickly.)

Please provide full name of each participant, address, phone number and which day you wish to attend.
 

11th Annual Peace Picnic

Come celebrate the United Nations's "International Day of Peace" at a FREE neighborhood picnic for the whole family at the Robertson Rec Center, 1641 Preuss (Robertson at Airdrome).

Sunday, September 18th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Like the Peace Picnic on Facebook

  • Gourmet lunch donated by local restaurants
  • Live music by neighborhood musicians
  • Eat and relax in the shade
  • Crafts and snacks for kids

Bring a blanket to sit on. For more information, or to volunteer or to contribute, go to peacepicnic.org, or email   harsimrank108@gmail.com.

A collaboration of the Robertson Recreation Center, the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council, LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, LA City Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr., St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, and Guru Ram Das Ashram.
 

2016 Movie in the Park: The Good Dinosaur

Join Council President Herb Wesson & SORO NC at a FREE movie in the park! Fun for the whole family!

Free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and more!


SORO NC is delighted to partner again with Council District 10 and Council President Herb Wesson to bring you a family night out for free! This year marks the ninth successful MOVIES IN THE PARK event with CD10, and we hope you can come out and join the fun.

Team Wesson will be prepping in the park all day, and we invite you to join us an hour before sunset (6:30-ish) to grab a hot dog or burger, some popcorn and enter in Council President Wesson's free drawings for giveaways for the kids.

Sunset is at 7:30pm and once it gets dark, we'll start the movie on the giant screen. Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars while summer lasts. Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC table to say hi!


Friday, August 26, 6:30pm onwards
Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.)


About The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

"Antic and unexpected...rife with subversive elements, wacky critters and some of the most beautiful landscapes ever seen in a computer animated film."
—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

 

2016 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Terrence Gomes

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each June at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc.

This year's winner was Terrence Gomes.

Terry has served as the Treasurer for the Neighborhood Council for the best part of the last decade. In addition to all the regular time commitment NC members give, being treasurer requires Terry to take on significant additional work, including heading downtown to argue and advocate on behalf of SORO's interests to make sure that the community is getting the funds it deserves.

Terry has become one of the more prominent members of the City's budget advocates program, a volunteer group of Neighborhood Council leaders who painstakingly pore over the Mayor's budget each year, challenging and pushing back to make sure that our public funds across the city are spent as responsibly as possible. Terry has probably committed hundreds of hours to this role over the years, and in so doing, has not only advocated on behalf of us all, but has also helped push SORO's name and reputation up front in the minds of City partners.

2016 marks the third year that Terry and past Bursk Award winner Jon Liberman have taken over implementation of the SoRo Festival. As the folks on the panel know all too well, this is an enormous commitment of energy and time which Terry takes on in addition to all the other commitments of community service he takes on. And on festival day, he's the first to show up at dawn and help build, and the last to go home in the evening hauling trash and doing whatever needs to be done to make the event a success.

Terry epitomizes the idea of community service. Whether it's working with local businesses to resolve community issues, organizing SORO's annual homeless count, or slinging burgers and hot dogs all day long at Council President Wesson's Movies in the Park event, he never misses an opportunity to give service.

At our July Board meeting we also recognized the other community members nominated this year:

  • Michoel Bloom — volunteer with the LAPD Counter Terrorism Liaison office, EMT responder for Hatzolah (the Jewish communities all volunteer emergency medical services), and SORO NC Public Safety Vice Chair
  • Doug Fitzsimmons — long-time SORO NC President

We're deeply grateful for the work all the nominees have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their nominations.

See all the past winners of the award.
 

2016 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Saran Kirschbaum

Saran Kirschbaum was the 2016 winner of the Outstanding Green Citizenship Award presented at the SoRo Festival.

Saran Kirschbaum was the first member of the new South Robertson Neighborhoods Council Green Team in 2009. In the 1970’s, she joined Wattle’s Farm, an early organic community farm in Hollywood. By 1995, she co-founded The Coalition of the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California, which became a founding member of the LA Interfaith Environmental Council, a coalition of religious institutions charged with making environmental issues a focus of life in Southern California. A writer and docent for the Ballona wetlands, she has served on the Environmental Advisory Committees to State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and State Senator Holly Mitchell. If you don’t know Saran, you’ve probably seen her walking our neighborhood, picking up litter and recyclables which she turns in for money for the Hamilton High School Garden. 

For a lifetime of walking the ”green walk,” Saran Kirschbaum is honored for her “Outstanding Green Citizenship.” As always, our hope is that by honoring environmentally-friendly businesses and individuals like Saran, it will encourage others to emulate her work by doing their part in caring for our environment.

See all the past winners of the award.
 

2016 SORO NC Election

Come out and vote!

For the first time, our Neighborhood Council election will be held during the annual SoRo Festival on Robertson Blvd. As always, SORO NC stakeholders over 15 years can register and vote in person on election day.

The NC has five residential district seats, three at-large seats, two business seats, two organization seats (one with a partial term), and one school seat open. You can see the SORO NC zones on our Mapping SORO page.

In addition, this year SORO NC is proud to be one of 35 Neighborhood Councils in the City to pilot Online Voting in Los Angeles. This provides an opportunity for voters to register in advance of the election day and vote from a desktop computer, a tablet, or a smart phone. Registration is open now through May 29 and online voting opens on May 15.

 

Meet the NC Candidates Forum

On Sunday, June 5th, you have the opportunity to elect your representatives to the Board of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC). These representatives will be empowered to make votes on behalf of the community during their 2-4 year terms, so it’s really important to make sure that you are electing people who share your vision for the neighborhood you want to live in.

In order to make it easier for you, there will be a Meet the Candidates Forum where you will be able to hear from each of the candidates running for election, ask questions, and make your decisions about who should represent your voice on the NC.

SORO NC Meet the Candidates Forum

Thursday May 19th, 6pm
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035
(Northwest corner of Pico and Roxbury)

The candidate forum will run directly before a meeting of the Board at 7:30pm, and we encourage you to stay and see the Board in action.

Come out to vet the candidates so you can make an informed choice, and to thank them for their enthusiasm and volunteer spirit in devoting time to make SORO a better neighborhood for us all.
 

Candidate Information Session 2

On Wednesday, March 30th at 7pm, we invite you to attend our second Candidate Information Session where you can hear more about what is involved in serving on the SORO NC Board, meet current Board Members, and have your questions answered. Note that this will cover the same information as the first session.

Candidate Info Session 2

Wednesday, March 30th at 7pm
Robertson Recreation Center
1641 Preuss Rd.

Download the flyer for more information (also in Spanish)
 

Candidate Information Session 1

On Sunday, March 6th at 4pm, we invite you to attend the first of two Candidate Information Sessions where you can hear more about what is involved in serving on the SORO NC Board, meet current Board Members, and have your questions answered.

Candidate Info Session 1

Sunday, March 6th at 4pm
The Relational Center
2717 South Robertson Blvd.

Download the flyer for more information (also in Spanish)