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: LABudgetChallenge.LACity.org

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.

The Public Safety Committee needs your feedback!

The SORO Public Safety Committee wants to know what safety issues you feel are most important to you. We plan to be a very active committee, and look forward to your input and involvement. Upcoming agenda issues include:
Sidewalk Repairs, Safe Traffic Intersections, Safe Pedestrian Crosswalks, Gangs/Graffiti, Identify Safety Issues, Auto Crime, Traffic Related-Speeding, Street Paving, Street Lighting, Emergency Preparedness, Dissemination of Crime/Safety Information to Community, Monitor crime statistics and identify ways to reduce them.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Robertson Recreation Center (1641 Preuss, 1 block south of the fire station on Robertson). All community residents, business owners, employees, etc. with concerns about neighborhood safety are encouraged to attend.

Our next meeting is at 7pm on Monday, December 6th.

Have questions, issues or ideas? Contact Michael Lynn, Public Safety Committee Chair michaellynn@soronc.org.

Should LA ban single-use plastic bags?

This Wednesday, November 10, the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council Green Team Committee will have an open discussion of a proposed citywide ordinance banning the use of single-use plastic bags in the County and City of Los Angeles. The Green Team has invited prominent spokespersons both for, and against, the ban. After the discussion, the public will consider a motion to recommend that the SORO NC Board either support or object to the motion pending before the Los Angeles City Council to ban single-use plastic bags. It is important to attend this meeting because this issue could impact the City for decades to come.

The agenda and meeting details are at right.

Contact Paula Waxman, Green Team Committee Co-chair at paulawaxman@soronc.org.

2010 Community Town Hall Meeting: Are You Ready?

Monday, November 8 at 7pm
Free and open to all
Shenandoah Elementary School
2450 Shenandoah Street, Los Angeles 90034 (map)

Learn what you can do in the event of a major emergency.

For all of its beauty and opportunity, Los Angeles is prone to many potentially devastating natural and man-made disasters. Are you prepared to survive "The Big One" or a bio-terrorist attack? How can you help protect your family before disaster strikes? What resources are available in our neighborhood and the city at large to help you recover? During our 2010 Town Hall: ARE YOU READY, SORO NC will help our neighbors to both prepare and recover from the unthinkable.

The program will include representatives and speakers from the City's Emergency Management team, Hatzolah, LAPD, LAFD, CalTech's Seismological Lab and Cedars Sinai, as well as free giveaways and affordable emergency kits and supplies. The evening will include mock drills, response vehicles for the kids to explore and plenty of stimulating information that will make us all safer in the event of an emergency.

Spanish translators will be available.

Click here to learn more.

Open SORO NC Board Seats

The SORO NC Board currently has a handful of open seats:
  • Zone 10 Representative (four year term)
  • Business Representative (two year term)
  • Organization Representative (two year term)

According to our bylaws, open seats can be filled by majority vote of our Board. If you're interested in being considered, please fill out the Board application form and send it back at least 7 days before our General Board meeting.

More information about serving as a SORO NC Boardmember can be found on our 2010 Election page.

2010 Peace Picnic

Join us Sunday, October 10 between 1-4 pm at the Robertson Recreation Center (map) for the Fifth Annual Peace Picnic.

This free family event celebrates the United Nations' International Day of Peace. There will be a free buffet picnic lunch (until 2pm), live music, fun activities, arts and crafts for the kids and more! (We recommend bringing a blanket to sit on.)

Visit the Picnic's website to learn more.

Lawn Watering Rules Changed

The City's Water Conservation Ordinance now allows you to water up to three days per week. If your street address ends with an odd number—1, 3, 5, 7 or 9—you can use your sprinkler system on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If your address ends in an even number—0, 2, 4, 6, or 8—you can use your sprinkler system on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. (If your address ends in a fraction, just drop it and use the whole number. For example, for 4321½, treat it like 4321.)

Normal spray head sprinklers and bubblers can water up to 8 minutes per day. Rotors and multi-stream rotary heads are allowed 15 minutes per cycle and up to two cycles per day. You can hand-water using garden hoses fitted with shut-off nozzles any day of the week.

No matter what type of watering you do, you must water before 9:00am or after 4:00pm.

Some rules haven't changed: you still can't hose down driveways and sidewalks, you have to fix all water leaks, and you can only use hoses fitted with shut-off nozzles.

For more information, visit the LADWP water conservation website or call them at 213-367-0771.

Free Movie in Reynier Park on July 9

Friday, July 9
Screening Gay Purr-ee
Reynier Park, 2803 Reynier Ave.
Festivities begin at 7:00
Movie begins fifteen minutes after sundown (approx. 8:15pm)
Free popcorn, hot dogs, candy, drinks, prizes, music and fun for all ages

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family. SORO NC and Councilmember Wesson's office are co-sponsoring a free family movie under the stars: "Gay Purr-ee," a classic animated film noted for its action, comedy, great songs (by the team that did the "Wizard of Oz"), celebrity voices (Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, and Red Buttons among others), beautiful impressionistic style, and depiction of Paris from a cat's-eye view.

This is the third year for Councilmember Wesson's Movies in the Park series, and we're proud to be able to help bring it to SORO. Our thanks to the Councilmember and his fantastic staff for their hard work in making it happen.

More information on CD 10's Movies in the Park series

2010 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Vons Supermarket

A stellar example of outstanding green citizenship, Vons Supermarket has won the first Outstanding Green Citizenship Award.

Through its workplace environment, environmental practices, educational philosophy, and environmental leadership, Vons has shown itself to be an outstanding steward of the earth. It recycles 85% of its waste.  It composts all of its vegetable matter.  It has reorganized its truck delivery systems cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 11%, which is above the mandated 7% required by law. Vons has a line of organic products that are pesticide, hormone and antibiotic free and a line of biodegradable cleaners packaged in post consumer recycled material.  Vons sells only sustainable seafood and purchases 30% of its produce from local growers.

We hope that Vons' example will inspire other businesses and schools in the community to emulate their efforts to improve the environment of the community and the planet.

2010 Susan Bursk Founder's Award winner: Jon Liberman

The Susan Bursk Founder's Award is presented each year to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is presented by SoRo Inc. at the SORO Festival.

This year's winner was past SORO NC Vice-President Jon Liberman for his longstanding service on the Neighborhood Council, Robertson Rec Center advisory board, Community Police advisory board, and many other community projects. He's long been the public face of SORO in City Hall.

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

  • Steven Coker
  • Charmaine Colina
  • Susan Gans
  • Ann Hammond
  • Saran Kirschbaum
  • Cynthia Ojeda
  • Brooke Powers

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

SoRo Fest Music Lineup

Sunday, June 6
11am – 4pm
South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway)

We've just updated our SoRo Fest page with the complete main stage lineup. Come join us for performances by the Rock Nation School, World Garden Dance and Music Studio, the Hamilton High Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Ballet Folklorico, Westside Crew, and more.