Community News

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.

Emergency Community Meeting with the LAPD

Thursday, May 13

7pm – 9pm
Shenandoah Elementary School
2450 Shenandoah Street, Los Angeles 90034


Following the double homicide in the 1900 block of Corning Street on 5/5/10, SORO NC is organizing an emergency community meeting with West Los Angeles Police Department and Councilmember Herb Wesson from Los Angeles City Council District 10 to allow you, the immediately affected community, an opportunity to speak with Captain Evangelyn Nathan, LAPD and Councilmember Wesson about the incident and your concerns for public safety in the area.

Please attend this important community event so that you can hear directly from LAPD and we can hear directly from you.

There will be a Spanish language translator and help with childcare available at the meeting. Please join us so we can hear your voice.

Download the informational flyer in English and Spanish.

Update on the May 5 homicide

Following the homicide in South Robertson on May 5, SORO NC is working closely with West LA Police Department and CD 10 to keep the community informed. Click to download an update from Captain Evangelyn Nathan of West LAPD from Friday, May 7 in both English and Spanish. The flyer is also being distributed throughout the immediate neighborhood.

SORO NC is currently organizing a community meeting for residents to speak directly with the LAPD. Further information will be posted here.

Expo Line: Phase 2 Environmental Impact Report

The Expo Line—with a soon-to-be-built station at Venice and National—will trigger enormous and important changes in our southern area. As Phase 1 nears completion, the final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for Phase 2 has been released. (Download the shorter Executive Summary or the entire FEIR).

On Thursday, February 4 at 10am, the Exposition Construction Authority's Board of Directors will consider certifying the FEIR. If approved, the next phase (extending the line to Santa Monica) will continue with more detailed design and broader community outreach.

It's important that your voice be heard in this process. Whether you support the FEIR recommendations or have concerns, please consider attending the hearing at Kenneth Hahn Hall downtown and/or writing a letter to the Board Chair, our own District 10 Councilmember Herb Wesson:

The Honorable Herb Wesson, Chair
Exposition Construction Authority
707 Wilshire Boulevard, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(District 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz is on the Board, too, and can be reached at the same address.)

You can also email the Board of Directors directly. Now is the time to speak up.

More details on the hearing, including location address, can be found in the meeting flyer.

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.

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.

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.