Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council January 2024: Issue #24-1

Welcome to the January 2024 edition of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council's (SONC) newsletter, the Ziff Flyer.

Message from the President

Lindsay Imber


I was pleased to see strong community turnout and participation at last week's Vision Committee meeting pertaining to Metro's Sepulvelda Transit Corridor (STC) mass transit proposals.

For those seeking a copy of my November 2023 letter to Metro regarding SONC's voted-upon position regarding the STC, featuring our support for fully-underground heavy rail proposal Alternative 6 and our strong opposition to Alternative 4 which would require destroying several homes, apartments, and businesses to construct the mid-route tunnel exit, please click here.

In celebrating the new year, SONC at its January meeting will review several items which all pertain, in some form, to transparency.

The City Controller recently completed an audit of the LAPD Air Support Division, looking into the costs and operations of police helicopters, finding that in its nearly $50-million annual operating cost, helicopters spend just 39% of flight time dedicated to "high priority crime."

The Government Affairs Committee reviewed this audit and opted to forgo the more complex analysis of public safety strategy, and instead honed in on an issue we have spent a number of years addressing—air traffic that negatively impacts our community.

Our motion at the January 8 board meeting will propose several methods of addressing this issue of harmful air traffic relative to LAPD helicopters not engaged in priority incidents which sometimes see these aircraft at altitudes of less than 1,000 feet above Sherman Oaks residences. This is not healthy nor safe and must be addressed.

SONC will also take up the issue of General Public Comment at City Hall after noticing that City Council has opted to move General Public Comment from the beginning of meetings to a time significantly later on the agenda.

Several years ago, the SONC Executive Committee rearranged our own board agenda to move General Public Comment from its prior position after ordinary business to an earlier time in our meetings and our current motion will similarly propose City Council take a like action.

Finally, as we have previously done with Van Nuys Airport, SONC will consider a motion relative to an environmental assessment at Burbank Airport and a desire to extend the public comment period so the community has sufficient time to review proposed actions.

Please see the below calendar for a list of upcoming SONC meetings and events. Always refer to the SONC website's calendar for up-to-date details, including a meeting location or virtual meeting information.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Sherman Oaks community. Stay safe and be kind to one another.

With Pride and Determination—


📅 Upcoming SONC Meetings:

To view up-to-date details, please visit the SONC calendar.

SONC Board

January 8, 2024, 6:30 PM

Outreach Committee

January 16, 2024, 6:30 PM

Airport Committee

January 17, 2024, 6:30 PM

Planning and Land Use (PLUM)

January 18, 2024, 6:30 PM

Government Affairs Committee

January 30, 2024, 6:30 PM

Finance Committee

January 31, 2024, 6:30 PM

Vision Sub-Committee

February 1, 2024, 6:30 PM

Public Safety Committee

See Website for Meeting Date

Human Services Committee

See Website for Meeting Date

Executive Committee

See Website for Meeting Date

Green & Sustainability

See Website for Meeting Date

Traffic & Transportation

See Website for Meeting Date

Please visit the committee

page links for meeting agendas and to confirm dates, times and locations.

How to Attend SONC Committee Meetings

Whereas the monthly Board meeting takes place at the larger Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (5056 Van Nuys Blvd), in-person SONC committee meetings are generally held at Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch Library, 14245 Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Meeting locations, formats (in-person vs virtual), dates, and times are listed on the applicable agenda, so be sure to double check before attending.

For information on specific times and locations for each meeting please consult the SONC website calendar page:

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SONC Committee Updates
SONC Planning & Land Use Committee
and Vision Sub-Committee
Jeff Kalban, Chair

At our January 4 Vision Committee meeting, we had a presentation by the CEO of SkyRail, the consortium that is proposing a monorail down the 405 Freeway as an alternative to a traditional subway solution for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, and learned about their system, the route, the proposed stations, the costs, etc.

If you missed this meeting you can still participate in the discussion of local mass transit, affordable housing and community parking at our February 1 Vision meeting.

We meet at the Sherman Oaks Library for Vision 6:30 the first Thursday of the month and the Planning, Land Use and Land Management Committee (PLUM) 6:30 the third Thursday of the month.

SONC Outreach Committee

Kylee Peña, Co-Chair

Brett Collier, Co-Chair



Our next committee meeting will be held at Sherman Oaks Public Library on January 16, the third Tuesday of the month.

Have suggestions for how you'd like to see us show up in our neighborhood? Reach out!

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SONC Human Services Committee

Pamela Harris, Co-Chair

Sarah Manuel, Co-Chair



Happy New Year! 

The Human Services Committee would like to thank everyone who donated items to our 4th Annual Holiday Drive that was co-sponsored by CD4 and NoHo Home Alliance. NoHo Home Alliance was very grateful to be able to help the undeserved community members with our donations. 

Human Services will be doing a series of in-person and virtual meetings - below is our calendar for 2024. We want to increase community involvement and feel virtual meetings will help propel this. 

2024 Meetings:

Virtual: Feb 5

March 4

May 6

June 3

October 7

November 4

In-Person: April 1

August 5

December 2

No Meeting: July

The SONC Human Services Committee is looking to expand our membership in 2024! Please join us at our next meeting to learn more about how we serve our most vulnerable community with compassion and understanding.

SONC Public Safety Committee
Susan Collins, Chair

The Public Safety Committee meeting for December 2023, will be held on: TUESDAY, February 13, 2023, starting at 6:30pm at the Sherman Oaks Public Library, Meeting Room, located at: 14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

The Public Safety Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 6:30pm - 7:50pm, in the Sherman Oaks Library.

If you have questions or concerns about the safety of your neighborhood - this meeting is a great resource to find solutions. Hope to see you there!

Wishing you and yours a safe & joyful New Year!

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The Office of District 4 Councilmember Nithya Raman provides Sherman Oaks with a dedicated field deputy to handle resident and business owner issues at the city level. Ryan Ahari is the Sherman Oaks Field Deputy, and also services Van Nuys. If you need assistance with City services, agencies, and departments (graffiti, trash, abandoned properties, and more), you can reach Ryan through his CD4 web page here or call (213) 424-2412 and Ryan's email address is:

In addition to contacting Ryan, for any issues related to homelessness anywhere within Council District 4, you can contact Senior Homelessness Deputy Sarah Tanberg ( or Homelessness Deputy Josh Scarcella (

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Mariana Romo


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