SORO NC candidate registration open February 3 to March 5

Grow LA Victory Garden Classes

SORO NC Green Team For four consecutive Sundays (May 1–22) at the Hami Garden, the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative will help new gardeners start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, in the backyard or at a community garden. Participants are able to turn their interest in gardening into successful, productive gardens that will generate positive changes in their homes by helping to lower grocery bills and enhance opportunities to eat healthy food.

The Grow LA Victory Garden classes are organized and led by UC California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Those who complete the 4-week training will become UC-Certified Victory Gardeners.

List of topics include the following:
  • Week 1: Planning, tools, containers, building raised beds, seed starting, plant selection 
  • Week 2: Soil preparation, soil properties, transplanting, irrigation, and mulching
  • Week 3: Composting, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), beneficial insects, organic pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Week 4: Harvesting, pollination, seed saving, fruit trees, recipes, review, graduation 

Visit our event page for more information about the program and registration.

Castle Heights Earth Week & Eco-Fair

Castle Heights Elementary School will be holding a full week of events to celebrate Earth Day. Co-sponsored by SORO NC, the week includes recycling and e-waste drives and culminates in an after-school (2:34 to 4:30 pm) Eco-Fair on Friday, April 29. The Fair will include Earth-friendly crafts, games, music, demonstrations and food. 

For more information, see our Eco-Fair event page.

2011 Susan Bursk Community Service Award Nominations

Submit your choice for this year's winner

Nominations due May 6

It's time to nominate a worthy recipient of the Susan Bursk Community Service Award for 2011. Each year, SoRo, Inc. and the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community. Your neighbor, friend, colleague—even someone you've admired from afar—could be the recipient this year.

Think about who's helped the community that you know. Perhaps an un-sung hero...

Submission instructions are on the form, which is available for download in either MS Word or PDF format.

Welcome to our new, improved website

More information and better ways to stay in touch

At first glance it might look like the old site, but under the hood it's completely different. 

We've rolled out deeper and easier top-of-the-page navigation. We've added pages for each of our committees and major programs. There's now a community calendar that will include events within SORO. We've made it easier to stay in touch with us by adding a contact form and a better topic-based email announcements. And the new Resources section has links to useful City and neighborhood organizations.

Like any new site, it'll continue to improve over time. If you have suggestions on how we can make it better, please let us know.
Posted Feb 20, 2011

SORO NC Bylaws Revision Project

In late 2010, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners approved a measure requiring all Neighborhood Councils to adopt a common Bylaws structure, including a standardized table of contents. BONC also included language suggestions in their template to help NCs develop consistent and legally valid policies.

Based on this, the SORO NC ad hoc Bylaws Committee has developed a draft revision to the Council's bylaws. This version has been completely restructured by the working group to conform with BONC's template. Throughout, many small changes have been made to the language in our old bylaws, and in some cases, the working group has opted to use phrasing and content suggestions from the BONC template.

The SORO Council will address this proposed draft at its March 2011 meeting. To learn more about the proposed changes, visit the Bylaws Updates page.


Take the LA Budget Challenge: Extended to March 4

The Mayor's Los Angeles Budget Challenge is an interactive tool that gives you the chance to help balance the budget yourself, deciding where to shift priorities, cut expenditures and increase revenue sources. The Budget Challenge is loaded with information so you can learn more about the City's budget, where money comes from and goes, the process of budget-building, and the ramifications of budget cuts.

Your responses will help the Mayor make the difficult decisions necessary to continue to move Los Angeles toward better financial health, while protecting our City's most essential services.

Take 15 minutes right now to take the Challenge:

Be sure to tell your LA friends and neighbors about it, too. The survey will be open until March 4. The Mayor will reveal the responses to the Challenge on March 12 at City Hall during his Regional Budget Day.


Help Hami Students Choose a Career

You are cordially invited to participate in the Hamilton High School Career Symposium, Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9.

Come invest in the lives of our youngsters by assisting students explore a variety of career options. This exciting event allows you the opportunity to interact with students and a variety of professionals in various fields. In addition to providing students a valuable opportunity to network and actively engage in career planning, the symposium seeks to strengthen connections between Hamilton High School and the surrounding community.

This year's symposium will offer three main platforms:

  • A Career Fair in the Small Gym
  • Classroom Speakers
  • Speaker Panels in the Auditorium

If you're interested in participating, complete and return the application form as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, February 11.


CD-10 Candidate Meet and Greet Event

February 17, 2011
Hamilton High School Cafeteria (map)
Event starts promptly

The March 8th election for the City's Council District 10 seat is just around the corner.

Neighborhood leaders have organized an informal meet and greet session for the candidates on Thursday, February 17 from 6:30-7:30pm. It'll be held in the Hamilton High School Cafeteria. Although this is not an official SORO NC event, we're pushing back our General Board meeting by half an hour to make room.

About half of SORO NC falls within CD-10, including the areas east of Robertson and south of 18th Street as well as the area between National and Exposition.

Each of the 6 candidates will have 5 minutes to present, then during the last half hour they'll take brief questions from the audience. While it'll be informal, the event will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 7:30.

Download the flyer for more information, or register to vote online.

Update: Neighbors United will also be hosting their own candidates forum on Monday, February 14 from 7-8pm. It will be held at the Claude Pepper Senior Center (map).


Second Annual Electronic Waste Drive

On Saturday, January 29 from 10am to 2pm, students from S.A.F.E. (Students Assembled for Earth, a Hamilton High School Club) and SORO Green Teamers will be collecting electronic waste at Hamilton (map) to ensure that our environment stays green and healthy.

Last year's electronic waste collection was extremely successful, packing a huge truck to the brim. Let's make this year's even better.

What is "electronic waste"? Any no-longer-usable piece of equipment with a cord (except bulky items like refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers). Bring your computers, monitors, mice, keyboards, hard drives, printers, scanners, fax machines, stereos, radios, hair dryers, VCRs, blenders, TVs, monitors, electronic games AND CELL PHONES. Please, no hazardous waste.


Land Use Committee meeting location change

Beginning in January of 2011, the SORO NC Land Use and Economic Development Committee will meet on the third floor of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 S. Roxbury Drive (map). The building is across from the Museum of Tolerance on the corner of Pico and Roxbury. The meeting time won't change, however: it'll continue to be at 6:30pm.