2009 Susan Bursk Award winner: Susan Strick

The Susan Bursk Award is presented each year to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods Community. This year's winner was Susan Strick for her outstanding service as both a private citizen and as a Neighborhood Prosecutor in the City Attorney's office.

SORO NC will be publicly recognizing Susan and all the 2009 nominees at the August General Board meeting:

  • Carmen Dominguez
  • Doug Fitzsimmons
  • Susan Gans
  • Gary Garcia
  • Rabbi Kanefsky
  • Penny Mehra
  • Cynthia Ojeda
  • Jane Rogers
  • Daniel Rojo
  • Baila Romm
  • Marjan Safinia

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

2nd Annual CommUnity Walk

Sunday, June 14th, 3 to 5pm

Meet at Warehouse Shoe Store parking lot 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd. LA 90034 (Corner of Cadillac and S. La Cienega Blvd.)

SORO NC is proud to co-sponsor this year's CommUnity Walk with the Community Police Advisory Board, the West Los Angeles Community Police Station, and the Westside Neighborhood Council.

Come join us as we walk together through our neighborhood and discuss ways to make it safer for all of us. Other participants include the Office of the LA City Attorney, LA Fire Department Station 58, the Community Emergency Response Team, Hatzolah Emergency Rescue Team, the Crestview Neighborhood Association, and Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Jack Weiss.

Download the flyer with more information in either English or Spanish versions.

12th Annual SoRo Community Festival

The 12th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 5 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School).

The goals of the SoRo Community Festival are to build bridges amongst our neighbors, local businesses and public service organizations and to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. The Festival will include ethnic, vegetarian and kosher foods, a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths. Plus, tons of activities for kids of all ages at Camp SoRo. There is no admission fee. Street parking is available.

Festival Music Line Up

12:00 - 12:45   |   Island Rhythms (Caribbean Steel Drum Band)
12:45 - 1:10   |   Rock Theatre (Live Dance & Vocal Performance)
1:15 - 1:30   |   Susan Bursk Founder's Award Presentation
1:30 - 2:00   |   Santa Monica Oceanaires (A Cappella Men's Chorus)
2:00 - 2:30   |   Pat Gorman (Country/Folk Singer/Songwriter)
2:30 - 3:15   |   Hamilton High School Jazz Ensemble (Directed by John Hamilton)
3:15 - 3:40   |   Rock Theatre (Live Dance & Vocal Performance)
3:45 - 5:00   |   Westside Crew (Top 40/Latin Soul)
Master of Ceremonies: Michael Cladis
Sound Master: John Lackner

Please check out the PSA on YouTube, which highlights the SoRo Festival in detail. You can also download a printable PDF of the Festival's music line up.

UPDATE: This year's festival was huge success. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to pull it all together, particularly our friends at SORO, Inc.

Hamilton High Incidents

The press is reporting that two youths (not Hamilton students) were detained yesterday trespassing at Hamilton High. They were taken to the West LA police station by School Police after refusing to cooperate.
Threatening messages, warning of violence on 4/24 (today), were also found in the boy's bathroom, although it is not clear whether they were linked to the trespassing incident. The school administration has beefed up security and is actively working with LAPD on their investigation. A reward has been offered for information resulting in a conviction.
Hamilton administration acted promptly, the school remains open, and classes are proceeding as usual.
You can find more details at the links below; we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

2009 Community Town Hall Meeting: CD-5 Candidates Forum

7pm on February 5, 2009 at Hamilton High School Cafeteria (map)
Co-sponsored by Palms Neighborhood Council

Come listen to the candidates for Council District 5 discuss the issues facing our city and our neighborhood. Moderated by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles.

Click here to learn more.

UPDATE: Thanks to the candidates, the moderator, the many volunteers, our partners at Palms NC—and especially to all who attended and made the Candidates Forum such a success.

2008 Community Town Hall Meeting: Living Green

Each year, SORO NC hosts a Town Hall where our stakeholders have the opportunity to speak directly with city officials. With the recent election campaigns so focused on energy dependence, climate crisis and the economy, we decided it would be appropriate to focus our 2008 Town Hall on LIVING GREEN.

UPDATE: Although the Town Hall has already happened, we have compiled resources here on our website that hopefully will help you Live Green. Together, our communities can build a greener future.

Click here to learn more.

2008 SORO Award Winners: Michele Wytko and SLO Rashad Sharif

The newly-renamed 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. and SORO NC at the SORO Festival.

This year's winner was community activist Michele Wytko for her tireless efforts to improve her La Cienega Heights neighborhood.

A special Service Award was also presented to Senior Lead Officer Rashad Sharif for his work in La Cienega Heights and in helping to establish the Robertson Activities League anti-gang program.

We're deeply grateful for the work Michele and SLO Sharif have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their awards.

Introducing SORO Walks at 7

Starting this summer, SORO NC invites you to join the neighborhood as we launch SORO Walks at 7.

This isn't a one-time event: every evening at 7pm, neighbors and residents are encouraged to get out and walk. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, meet new friends and spend time with old ones. SORO Walks at 7 is the perfect chance to get the exercise we all need, spend quality time with those you love and enjoy our beautiful neighborhood.

Together we can build a stronger, safer, healthier and more connected community. One walk at a time.

2007 Founder's Award Winner: Susan Bursk

2007 marks the 10th annual SoRo Festival. To celebrate the occasion, the SORO Founder's Award has been created to recognize an individual's dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award will be presented by SoRo Inc. and SORO NC at the June SORO Festival.

This year's inaugural winner is Susan Bursk, who played an instrumental role in the creation of SORO NC and the SoRo Festival itself.

We're deeply grateful for the work Susan's done within SORO, and congratulate her on the award.