Quality of Life

Pertaining to the committee, or general community quality of life issues.


This week, we marked the first day of fall –– and with the new season comes a new chapter in our fight against COVID-19.

Flu season threatens to increase the number of people in need of medical care. That can lead to what experts are calling a “twindemic” –– seeing our community and economy overtaken by both the flu and COVID-19, and placing a strain on our hospitals that they simply can’t handle.

We must do everything we can to avoid this worst case scenario, keep our health care system from getting overwhelmed, protect Angelenos’ health, and save lives.

Getting your flu shot should be part of everyone’s annual routine. But this year, it’s more important than ever. Anybody can –– and should –– call your doctor, visit a pharmacy, or use VaccineFinder.org to track down resources and make an appointment to get vaccinated.

This year, though, the stakes for flu season are higher than before, and we are leaving no stone unturned. That’s why, this week, I launched a pilot program with the USC School of Pharmacy to bring flu shots directly to more Angelenos across the city in the weeks ahead. 

Residents will be able to get their shots free of charge, with no appointments necessary. We kicked off this program at the Weingart East L.A. YMCA, and will have more sites coming soon.

Anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 case should wait to get a flu shot and stay in isolation. Those with COVID-19 symptoms should consult a medical professional before getting a flu shot.

To learn more about the program or find a location, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/FluShot

Please do your part to keep our city safe and get your flu shot as soon as possible.

There’s another critical way to support our city, our health and safety, our families and our neighborhoods: fill out the 2020 Census. 

The deadline is fast approaching to fill out the census. All Angelenos need to be counted and make our voices heard. 

The census count couldn’t be more important. The final tally shapes what L.A. will look like for the next decade. It determines how many representatives we send to Washington D.C. to fight for our interests –– and how much funding we bring home for our roads, schools, health care, unemployment benefits, and other essential programs. 

If we don’t respond, those resources go somewhere else. We can’t let that happen. And all it takes is ten minutes of your time. Ten minutes to secure L.A.’s future for the next ten years. The power is in our hands.

You can fill out the census online by going to My2020Census.gov, or you can complete it over the phone in a variety of languages. A list of phone numbers by language can be found here. As a reminder, you will never be asked about your immigration status.

If you’ve already filled it out, your job isn’t done. Check in with five friends to make sure they’ve done it, too.

There’s one more date coming up that everybody should circle on their calendars: Election Day –– November 3, 2020. 

This year’s election is more important than ever, and our job is simple: cast a ballot. The last day to register to vote and receive a Vote by Mail ballot is October 19th. If you miss that deadline, you can register and vote in-person at any Vote Center up until November 3.

And remember, there are three ways to cast your vote: you can mail in your ballot, place it in a drop box, or show up in-person from October 24th through on Election Day. Voting is our civic duty, and everyone should have their say.

Even if you think you’re registered to vote, double check your status and verify that your information is correct. To do that, and get more information on voting in Los Angeles, visit LAMayor.org/LAVotes

Together, we can build a stronger, healthier, safer, more equitable Los Angeles.

Thanks for doing your part, Martin.

Eric Garcetti
Your Mayor

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Good Morning!

The Pico Robertson Senior Community (8866 W Pico Blvd, LA, CA. 90035) is currently under construction with completion anticipated in July, 2020.  The community is for seniors, with 12 units set aside for homeless senior veterans.

·      Low-Income Seniors:  Applications for entry into the lottery will be accepted from June 12th- June 26th, 2020 and the lottery will be held virtually on July 6th, 2020.  
·      Homeless Senior Veterans:  We’ll be using the Coordinated Entry System.  If folks have questions about eligibility, they can contact New Directions for Veterans, our service provider for these 12 units.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the lottery will not be open to the public.  
FORMS:  Interested applicants may submit an application for the lottery on accesshousingla.org.  Applications will also be available for download here on the website.   To have an application emailed, please send your request to pico.robertson@mercyhousing.org.  Applications may be submitted at accesshousingla.org, via email to pico.robertson@mercyhousing.org, or mailed to 8906 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035.
All applications must be received no later than June 26th, 2020.
Accessible Units are available and individuals with a disability may also make a request for reasonable accommodation.
Click here to see a copy of the flyer for more information.
Click here to download a copy of the application.

Amenities and Services
·       Laundry Rooms on Each Floor
·       Community Room
·       Recreational Room
·       Two Courtyards with Views of the Hollywood Hills
·       On-Site Service Partner New Directions for Veterans

LAHSA Homeless Count Kick-Off

As a follow-up to our successful Town Hall on Homelessness and co-sponsored with Palms Neighborhood Council, SORO NC will hold a kick off for the 2017 Homeless Count at the IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Ave. from 2–5pm on January 8th

We'll have speakers from the LA Homeless Services Authority talking about the homelessness crisis in the City and the importance of the annual Homeless Count, held this year in our area on January 25. (SORO and Palms NCs are both participating in the count.)

The program will also include stories from homeless individuals, an update on homeless solutions in the wake of the passage of Measure HHH, and three steps you can take beyond the homeless count to help out.

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering for the Count, or just want to learn more about how you can help homeless people in your community, this is a perfect opportunity. 

2016 Community Town Hall Meeting: Homelessness

Town Hall 2016: Homelessness

How can you be part of the solution?

Solutions to LA's homelessness crisis call for compassion—and urgency. Focused on the tangible, positive actions community members can take at every level, SORO NC's 2016 Town Hall seeks to foster empathy and understanding for a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Thursday, October 27 | 7pm

The Museum of Tolerance Hertz Theater | 9786 W. Pico Blvd. at Roxbury Dr. (map)
Free underground parking via entrance on Pico Blvd.

Limited seating available for this special event 
Please RSVP to secretary@soronc.org (or call 310-295-9920) and plan to arrive early. Doors close promptly at 7pm. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names at the email above.

The Town Hall will include a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by KCRW's Anna Scott with experts and leading elected officials. The event is free and open to everyone, although space is limited and RSVPs are recommended. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names only.

Volunteer to Clean Up Pico Blvd.!

Join Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District 5 staff, and SORO NC as we help make Pico shine.

Sunday, September 25 | 9am–noon
Parking Lot at 8866 W. Pico

As they say, many hands make light work, and past cleanups have been loads of fun and a great way to show your pride in SORO. You only have to bring a reusable water bottle and a smile—we'll supply the rest (courtesy of LA's Dept. of Sanitation). Be sure to be there at 9am sharp!

Download and print the flyer to help us get the word out.

Email paulawaxman@soronc.org to let us know you're coming, and be sure to invite your friends and family!