SORO NC candidate registration open February 3 to March 5

2015 Community Town Hall Meeting: Save Water–Save LA

SORO NC is hosting a town hall meeting, Save Water—Save LA, on the topic of water conservation. This program will educate people about the drought and present ways to get involved in the solution including meeting the 25% water reduction mandate.

Save Water—Save LA

Sunday May 17th, 12–3pm
Castle Heights Elementary School
9755 Cattaraugus, 90034 (map)

Activities include:

  • E-waste drive: Bring all your old electronics for proper disposal and recycling
  • Town hall panel discussion followed by question and answer period
  • Swag bags for first 150 attendees and opportunity drawing for great prizes
  • Free rain barrel rebate sign-ups and installation education
  • Food trucks
  • Kids Corner sponsored by Green Beginnings
  • Tables with one on one discussions on various water saving topics and services.

Click here for more information, or download the printable flyer.

Movie in the Park: The Lego Movie

On Saturday, September 6th, Council President Wesson, his staff, and SORO NC bring the family-friendly animated film The Lego Movie to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars. 

Don't mistake this for a toy ad. Released back in February, the Lego Movie is inventive, action-packed, smart, funny—and surprisingly will make you think. It's that rare film that both kids AND adults will love. In her LA Times review, Betsy Sharkey wrote that it was "strikingly, exhilaratingly, exhaustingly fresh." We couldn't agree more.

Best part: it's free. All of it. Including the movie, hot dogs, candy, popcorn and a special raffle for the kids. (We do recommend bringing a blanket for the ground.) Festivities begin at 7pm and we'll start the movie as soon as it's dark enough.

Seating the newly elected Board

At our General Board meeting on Thursday, June 19, SORO NC welcomed its newest Board members: Giovanni Ferdinand, Beth Hirsch, Sherilyn Correa, Leo Portal, Victoria Hope Martin, and Aimee Zeltzer. Congratulations to them, and to all our re-elected members.

More information about the election—including the new 2014 Board list—can be found on our full 2014 Election page.

2014 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: The Green Truck

As the first and only environmentally sustainable Organic Gourmet Food service business, The Green Truck was this year's winner of the Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2014 SoRo Festival.

Located in Los Angeles, they operate a solar powered production kitchen and alternative fuel catering trucks. 

  • The Green Truck only uses certified organic ingredients, without harmful pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMO). Going organic also keeps these harmful pollutants away from plants, animals, and waterways.
  • To cut down on harmful transportation byproducts such as greenhouse gas CO2, The Green Truck buys locally grown ingredients whenever possible.
  • Their solar powered commissary adds whatever clean energy they don't use to the city's power supply.
  • Even cleaning products are environmentally friendly, ensuring that we are not polluting our oceans with unnecessary chemicals.
  • All of their trucks run off of vegetable oil previously used by The Green Truck and other food service companies in the Los Angeles area. By using recycled vegetable oil, they not only help to keep grease from clogging the city's drainage systems, but utilize a fuel that creates no harmful emissions to the environment and definitely does not add to our dependence on foreign oil.
  • All food packaging containers, bags, napkins, and utensils are made from bio-compostable products rather than plastics and Styrofoam. This process generates zero trash and utilizes sustainable technologies that minimize pollution in the production process.

As always, our hope is that by honoring environmentally-friendly businesses and individuals like The Green Truck, it will encourage others to emulate their work by doing their part in caring for our environment.

See all the past winners of the award.

2014 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Barbara Kaye

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 Barbara Kaye, a one-of-a-kind, phenomenal art teacher at Castle Heights Elementary School with an impact on hundreds of children, teachers, and parents. As a volunteer for many years, Barbara has donated thousands of hours in beautifying the school, teaching art of many genres, creating plays and displays, and infusing the curriculum with artistic elements.  She patiently engages children who think they can’t paint and helps them discover that they can, much to their surprise and delight.  Barbara is an inspiration to both teachers and students.

At our June Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:

  • Saran Kirschbaum — Community volunteer and docent for the Ballona Creek Wetlands
  • Karen Smith-Laramay — Head of the Science Department at Hamilton High
  • Barry Levine — Long-time Chair of SORO NC's Education Committee
  • Terrence Gomes — Treasurer of SORO NC and Co-Chair of this year's SoRo Festival
  • Doug Fitzsimmons — President of SORO NC

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.

2014 SoRo Community Festival: June 1

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 1 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

Free and open to the public, the 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.

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

Meet the Candidates Forum

On Sunday May 18th 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 15th, 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 7pm, 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.

Download the agenda

2014 Community Town Hall Meeting: LAUSD School Board Candidate Forum

Town Hall 2014: LA School Board District One Candidate Forum

A public Q&A about the future of our schools

For the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), this is a time of unprecedented changes and challenges. Public debate continues over testing and core curricula, teacher tenure and the role of unions, the introduction of computer tablets and other technologies, breakfast in the classroom programs, student safety, and more.

At this crucial period for our schools, the School Board seat for this area—District One—is currently open. The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) and League of Women Voters of Los Angeles are co-sponsoring a candidate forum to help residents understand the issues and how each candidate would help guide LAUSD through them.

Join us for a lively and enlightening evening as the candidates respond to your questions. 

The event is free and open to everyone. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The Candidates

In event seating order:

  • Hattie B. McFrazier, Retired Educator / Counselor
  • Omarosa O. Manigault, Teacher / Children Advocate
  • Alex Johnson, Education Policy Advisor
  • Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Education Consultant
  • Sherlett Hendy Newbill, Teacher / Mother / Coach
  • Rachel C. Johnson, Educator / Gardena Councilmember
  • George McKenna, Retired Principal / Superintendent

Update: Watch video of the candidate forum on the full Town Hall page, thanks to videographer Matt Klauschie. 


Candidate Information Session

On Thursday March 20th at 6pm, we invite you to attend a 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. The information session will run directly before a meeting of the Board at 7pm, and we encourage you to stay and witness a Board meeting to see if it’s a fit for you.

Candidate Info Session

Thursday March 20th, 6pm
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035
(Northwest corner of Pico and Roxbury)

Represent Your Community

Run for a seat on the SORO NC Board

Candidate filing is now open for the 2014 SORO NC Elections to elect representatives to serve on the SORO NC Board starting in June 2014. Interested candidates have until April 3rd to file online.

So why might you want to sign up?

Serving on the neighborhood council board is a great way to give service to your community, and to plug into a city-wide movement of Angelenos who are using their time and voices to try to shape the City that we want to live in. Each neighborhood has its own particular opportunities and challenges, and nobody knows that more than the people who live, work, study, and worship there.

Serving on the SORO NC Board is definitely a commitment of time and energy, but one that pays dividends in making you feel more connected to your community of neighbors. SORO NC can be an avenue to bring your ideas for local projects to fruition, or to help shape the neighborhood that you want to see. It is a true opportunity for civic engagement.

For more information, visit our Candidates page, attend the Candidate Information session on March 20, or download the flyer.