SORO NC updates

COVID-19 Resources

This blog entry provides links to helpful resources assembled by various City of LA staff and entities. This list is by no means comprehensive, however, it should provide you with guidance about where to go for information about everything from legal resources to job opportunities to food resources to volunteer opportunities.

  • Official City of LA COVID-19 page: Check out the latest updates about COVID-19 orders from the Mayor's Office, read an FAQ about COVID-19, register for COVID-19 testing, and more.

  • LA Community Resources Guide—COVID-19: Living document with tons of information abou financial, health, food, educational, housing, and otehr resources provided by various LA organizations. Compiled by Jessica Caloza and Shekinah Deocares of the LA City Board of Public Works with support from the Scott Chan of the LA County Department of Public Health and Sarah Lee of Pepperdine University.

  • Resources for Families During School Closure: Run by LAUSD. Find information about student health and human services, where to get free meals for families, free education resources, and more. Note that the closest Grab & Go Food Centers to SORO are located at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School (3537 Farmdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016) and Daniel Webster Middle School (11330 Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064). Both centers are open Mondays–Fridays, 8:00–11:00 a.m.

  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network is made up of different grassroots organizations, movements, and organizers committed to organizing mutual material support in the community. They provide grocery and supply deliveries and are preparing to expand this to other community support services.

  • Shoppers Helping Shoppers: Vulnerable populations who are unable to do their grocery shopping safely can request assistance from this organization.

Have a resource you'd like to share? Email lindatheung@soronc.org.

Note that SORO NC is sharing these resources for informational purposes only; SORO NC does not promote or endorse any specific organization or service.
 
Posted Apr 20, 2020
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Council District 10 Offering Free Face Masks (First Come, First Served)

Council District 10 has a limited supply of face masks for residents!

Request your free face mask on a first-come, first-served basis by filling out this form. Limit two per household; note that filling out the form does not guarantee that you will receive masks.
 

Information About Safer at Home

For everything related to the COVID-19 response in the City of Los Angeles, visit corona-virus.la.
 
Safer at Home Order
 
In summary, the City of LA’s Safer at Home order is in effect from March 19, 2020, until April 19, 2020, and “may be extended prior to that time.” Read the full public order here.
 
What Essential Business and Activities Are Allowed to Stay Open?
 
The list below includes essential businesses and activities are allowed to remain open during this time.
 
·       City and County government services
  fire stations
  police stations
  jails
  courts
  garbage/sanitation
  public transportation
  water, power, and gas utilities
  public works construction, including construction of housing
  airport and port operations
 

·       Health care operations

  hospitals

  clinics

  dentists

  pharmacies

  pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies

  medical and scientific research

  laboratories

  health care suppliers

  home health care services providers

  veterinary care providers

  mental health providers

  physical therapists and chiropractors

  cannabis dispensaries or any related and/or ancillary health care services

  manufacturers and suppliers

  Note that health care operations do not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.

 

·       Food providers

  restaurants offering take-out, delivery, or drive-thru (dine-in service is not allowed)

  grocery stores

  water retailers

  certified farmers’ markets

  farm and produce stands

  supermarkets

  convenience stores

  warehouse stores

  food banks

  convenience stores

  pet supply

  food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing.

 

·       Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence, and homeless services agencies)

·       Hardware and building supply stores and nurseries

·       Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial and janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities

·       Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies

·       Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes

·       Laundromats/laundry service

·       Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services

·       Educational institutions, including public and private K–12 schools, colleges, and universities (for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible)

·       Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home

·       Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained

·       Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages, or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking

·       Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in the order

·       Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children

·       Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children

·       Professional services, such as legal, payroll, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities

·       Hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities

·       Military, defense contractors, and federally funded research and development centers

·       Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the order.

 
Individuals may leave their residences to provide any services or goods or perform any work necessary to the operations, maintenance and manufacturing of essential infrastructure, including without limitation:
 

·       Construction of commercial and institutional buildings, and residential buildings and housing

·       Airport operations, food supply, concessions, and construction

·       Port operations and construction

·       Water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil extraction, and refining

·       Roads, highways, public transportation, and rail

·       Solid waste collection and removal

·       Flood control and watershed protection

·       Internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)

·       Manufacturing and distribution companies deemed essential to the supply chains of the above industries.

 

2019 NC Board Election

Come out and vote!

Help choose the community members who will represent SORO within the City. As always, SORO NC stakeholders over 15 years can register and vote in person on election day. Learn more about the candidates on our election page.

2019 SORO Neighborhood Council Election

Sunday, May 19th from 11am-5pm
Shenandoah Elementary
2450 S. Shenandoah St., Los Angeles

This year, the NC has seven residential district seats, two at-large seats, three business seats, two organization seats, and one school seat open. You can see the SORO NC zones on our Mapping SORO page.

 
Posted May 12, 2019
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Meet the 2019 Board Candidates

This is your chance to meet and ask questions of the 2019 Board candidates before the election. 

Meet the Candidates

Thursday, May 16th 6pm (before the General Board meeting)
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1999 S. Roxbury Dr. at Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

Underground parking is available via Roxbury.
 
Posted Feb 3, 2019
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2019 NC Election Candidate Information Session

On Sunday, February 10 from 4-7pm, we invite you to attend a Candidate Information Sessionswhere 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

Sunday, February 10th from 4-7pm
8824 David Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

 

SoRo Festival 20th Anniversary: June 4, 2017

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 4 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Cattaraugus and Cadillac (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Free and open to the public, the 20th Annual SoRo Festival features food trucks, a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children.

It's truly a fun-filled family day in the community and we hope to see you all there. Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC booth and say hello!

For more information, visit the SORO Festival website.
 

Coffee and conversation with our new Senior Lead Officer

Enjoy a free cup of coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf with SORO NC's newest Senior Lead Officer, Matt Kirk.

Come join us on Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 9-11am, as SLO Matt Kirk talks with local neighbors and business owners. The coffee is free, courtesy of our hosts at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 1845 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Download a flyer here.
 

LAHSA Homeless Count Kick-Off

As a follow-up to our successful Town Hall on Homelessness and co-sponsored with Palms Neighborhood Council, SORO NC will hold a kick off for the 2017 Homeless Count at the IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Ave. from 2–5pm on January 8th

We'll have speakers from the LA Homeless Services Authority talking about the homelessness crisis in the City and the importance of the annual Homeless Count, held this year in our area on January 25. (SORO and Palms NCs are both participating in the count.)

The program will also include stories from homeless individuals, an update on homeless solutions in the wake of the passage of Measure HHH, and three steps you can take beyond the homeless count to help out.

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering for the Count, or just want to learn more about how you can help homeless people in your community, this is a perfect opportunity. 
 

2016 Community Town Hall Meeting: Homelessness

Town Hall 2016: Homelessness

How can you be part of the solution?

Solutions to LA's homelessness crisis call for compassion—and urgency. Focused on the tangible, positive actions community members can take at every level, SORO NC's 2016 Town Hall seeks to foster empathy and understanding for a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Thursday, October 27 | 7pm

The Museum of Tolerance Hertz Theater | 9786 W. Pico Blvd. at Roxbury Dr. (map)
Free underground parking via entrance on Pico Blvd.

Limited seating available for this special event 
Please RSVP to secretary@soronc.org (or call 310-295-9920) and plan to arrive early. Doors close promptly at 7pm. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names at the email above.

The Town Hall will include a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by KCRW's Anna Scott with experts and leading elected officials. The event is free and open to everyone, although space is limited and RSVPs are recommended. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names only.