Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council June 2022: Issue #6
vote now through June 7
Welcome to the June 2022 edition of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council's (SONC) newsletter, the Ziff Flyer.
Message from the President
Lindsay Imber
As I enter my new role as President of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, I thank our Past President Jeffrey Hartsough, who has become Treasurer Hartsough, and under his continued leadership in that capacity, SONC will build upon our past success of utilizing funds allocated to our neighborhood for community benefit.

SONC President Lindsay Imber
Lindsay Imber
President of SONC
Residential Representative
Area 6
SONC's Movies in the Park Series
As we continue to navigate our COVID coexistence, we are pleased to announce the return of SONC's summer Movies in the Park Series, a family-friendly event held on the east side of Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, near the Hazeltine softball fields, on three summer Saturdays—June 25, July 23, and August 20. The event, organized by the Outreach Committee, will begin no earlier than 6pm and we will do our best to coordinate the movie's start time with sunset.

No RSVP is required to attend this free event and Movies in the Park is held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, and picnics if you wish to have a meal. There will be ample room for social distancing. VNSO will sell additional refreshments.

Movie Schedule
June 25 - Encanto
July 23 - Ghostbusters Afterlife
August 20 - A film to be named later

SONC Committees - Get Involved
Did you know SONC is comprised of community members seeking to get involved in local government and that committee membership is open to any Sherman Oaks stakeholder? Although board members are generally elected by the community, committee members are generally selected by each specific committee's chairperson.

If you are interested in getting involved in making a difference in Sherman Oaks, we have set up a Stakeholder Interest Form for committees and encourage you to fill out the form. SONC's committees include Education, Finance, Government Affairs, Green & Sustainability, Outreach, Planning and Land Use (PLUM) / Vision, Public Safety, and Transportation.

In addition, we are presently developing a new Human Services committee focusing on various community issues and are actively seeking new members for that committee.

June 7, 2022 Statewide Direct Primary Election
Lastly, if you have not yet done so, I encourage you to vote in the June 7, 2022 Statewide Direct Primary Election. Even if you have not yet registered or requested a ballot, voting centers will offer provisional ballots through election day. Mail-in ballots may be returned via USPS mail, or at Vote Drop Boxes, such as the collection box in the parking lot of the Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch Library (14245 Moorpark St).

In-person voting takes place at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (5056 Van Nuys Blvd) beginning May 28 and will continue through election day. Hours are 10am through 7pm daily, with extended hours of 7am-8pm on election day, June 7. Additionally, Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter (14755 Greenleaf St) will offer in-person voting from June 4-7 with the same hours. Visit for more information.

I thank you for your interest in Sherman Oaks and welcome the opportunity to serve as President of SONC. If you have any feedback or concerns regarding issues here in Sherman Oaks, I encourage you to contact one of the aforementioned SONC Committees or e-mail me at
Stay safe and be kind,
Upcoming SONC Meetings:
To view webinar details,
please visit the SONC calendar.
June 7th, 2022, 6:00pm

July 7th, 2022, 6:30pm

June 13th, 2022, 6:30pm

June 14th, 2022, 6:30pm

June 20th, 2022, 6:30pm

June 21st, 2022, 7pm
July 6th, 2022 8:00pm

June 8th, 2022 8:00pm

June 16th, 2022, 6:30pm

June 28th, 2022, 7pm

June 22nd, 2022, 6:30pm

page links for meeting agendas and to confirm dates & times.
SONC Monthly Meeting June 13th, 2022 6:30 PM
Sherman Oaks Area Map displaying 7 areas
Not sure what area you live in and who your
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council representative is? Email with your address or cross-streets with the navigational direction --
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Virtual SONC Meetings – Join Us

On March 12, 2020, the City of Los Angeles, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, suspended all meetings, activities, and events of SONC. In May 2020, SONC began to hold “virtual” meetings. These “virtual” meetings are held by way of video teleconferences using the Zoom platform. 

Information about the meetings and how to “join in” is available on the SONC website: Please give us your feedback and comments. 
June 13th, 2022 -- SONC Board Meeting

The agenda will be available on June 9th, 2022 on the SONC website, A physical copy can always be found on the bulletin board at the Sherman Oaks Public Library.

To join SONC's monthly virtual board meetings:

By Telephone:
1-669-900-6833, enter 85140543942 #

By the Internet:
(1) Follow link:
(2) Press “Enter”

Or from a Zoom “Enter the Meeting” Screen:
(1) Enter the Webinar ID: 85140543942
(2) Press “Enter”
(3) Enter your Email Address and Your Name, and
(4) Press “Enter”

Should you have technical questions or issues, please email

Did you miss a previous SONC Meeting that you wanted to attend?
SONC meetings that are conducted using the Zoom Video-teleconferencing platform are now being recorded for playback. All recorded meetings are playable by clicking the associated meeting date links found on the committee page on the SONC website.
SONC Committee Updates
SONC Outreach Committee
Harold Shapiro, Chair
The big news for June from our Outreach Committee is the return of the Summer Movie Series that will be conducted at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park. As mentioned in Lindsay Imber's President's message there will be 3 screenings taking place, open to all residents, with free admission. Since it normally does not get dark until around 7:45 PM, we are also arranging for some pre-screening entertainment and surprises. The first film to be shown is Walt Disney's 2021 animated feature "Encanto", with songs and lyrics created by composer and rapper Lin-Manuel Miranda. See the flier included above for more details.

Other projects in the Outreach Committee pipeline include pre-planning for the 2023 Neighborhood Council elections that will formally kick off this November. SONC will be seeking a slate of candidates to contend for 10 seats across areas 2, 4, and 6 as well as 1 currently vacant seat in Area 1. If you are interested in running for a seat, please watch this space, or visit our web site to keep informed of the application filing deadlines. In 2022-23, the City Clerk will be using a hybrid election model for NC elections that provides for both polling place voting as well as the option to Vote-By-Mail. Voting deadline for SONC elections will be Thursday, June 22, 2023.

SONC is partnering with the Sherman Oaks Chamber Foundation, and the LADOT to find a local artist interested in creating an original design to paint onto a utility box in Sherman Oaks located at the corner of Van Nuys and Ventura Blvd. In partnership with Council District 4, the foundation has already painted over 90 utility boxes. If you are interested, please contact Pamela Harris via email at:

The SONC Outreach Committee meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Please join us for our next Virtual meeting on June 21st to hear about the other projects in our pipeline. For the details on how to access the Virtual Meeting on the Zoom Platform, please visit the SONC Outreach Committee web page.
SONC Planning & Land Use Committee
and Vision Sub-Committee
Jeff Kalban, Chair
In May, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Planning & Land Use Committee (PLUM) reviewed the proposed request for a drive-thru fast-food restaurant at 5043 Van Nuys Blvd., the old Corky’s site. Though we recommended not approving the drive-through aspect of the Chick-fil A proposal, we do support a dine-in restaurant. Our committee has proposed to work with the applicant, the Council Office, and the community to find a solution for this site that restores the historic building and is appropriately sensitive to the adjoining residential area.

At the upcoming June 16 PLUM meeting we will be reviewing the Woodman Restaurant and the remodel and addition to the Rive Gauche restaurant site.

Please join us and attend our virtual meetings. Vision meets at 6:30 on the first Thursday of the month and PLUM at 6:30 on the third Thursday. We will be discussing topics such as the Community Plan Updates, Metro, the State housing bills and real solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

To access the next Virtual Meeting on the Zoom Platform,
please see the PLUM/Vision Committee web page for updates and agendas.
SONC Green & Sustainability Committee
Kathy Shaffer
Committee Member
Sustainable Living
YES, as individuals we CAN make a difference. This is a great time to think about what YOU can do to protect the environment. If you are new to sustainability, choose goals that are achievable and important to you. If you are a sustainability expert, share your knowledge and encourage your friends and neighbors to become more earth friendly. Living a sustainable lifestyle can help our environment AND save money.

Eliminate food waste. Thirty to forty percent of food is wasted and ends up in landfills where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas which is 28 times stronger than carbon dioxide.
  • Plan your meals and buy only what you need.
  • Donate backyard fruit to food recovery organizations, such as Food Forward.
  • Understand how much water was used to grow the food, and how much fuel was used to transport the food you throw away.

Reduce energy consumption to help limit carbon emissions in the environment.
  • Turn off lights, unplug idle electronics, and shut down computers.
  • Use programmable thermostats and energy efficient appliances.
  • Drive less. Combine trips, walk, bike, or take public transportation.

Conserve natural resources to maintain ecological balance, save for future generations and promote biodiversity.
  • Plant drought resistant, native plants and shade trees.
  • Plant bee and butterfly friendly gardens.
  • Turn faucets and hoses off when not actively using the water.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Be aware of mindless consumption! Don’t buy it unless you need it
  • Don’t buy something new if you can avoid it. Share, repair or obtain gently used items on websites such as or
  • Avoid use or purchase of articles make of single use plastic.
  • Use real dishes and utensils instead of paper plates and plastic utensils 
  • Take reusable shopping bags and produce bags to the market.
  • Store leftovers in reusable containers instead of plastic wrap
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle.

Make earth-friendly investments.
  • When your current appliances are at the end of their life cycle, investigate electric appliances to replace them.
  • Purchase an electric vehicle.
  • Install solar panels and upgrade your electrical panel to accommodate electric appliances.
Our Green & Sustainability Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. Please join us for our next Virtual meeting on July 6th to help with local and city wide issues.

To access this Virtual Meeting on the Zoom Platform: please visit the Green and Sustainability Committee web page for agendas and webinar info.

SONC Public Safety Committee
Christy Adair, Chair
The May SONC Public Safety meeting featured a discussion with Patrick Botz-Forbes from the Neighborhood Team Program ("NTP") who has dedicated his efforts on setting up neighborhood Disaster Response Drills around the City and the importance of establishing these local Staging Areas before a disaster strikes.
SONC recently supported a grant to purchase a Staging Area Kit for Sherman Oaks residents and when it is operational – CERT, SONC and the NTP will host its first Sherman Oaks drill.

Our Helpful Safety Tip of the month came from Senior Lead Officer Romo who suggests:
  • Drivers entering their parking structure/garage should wait for the gate to fully close before entering/exiting.
  • Drivers take their garage remote clickers when exiting the vehicle.
  • Everyone to research ways to lock a mailbox.

LAFD CERT Class – Sherman Oaks Galleria
Sessions will be held starting Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022, 6:30 PM to Monday Aug 2, 2022, 9:00 PM PDT at the SHERMAN OAKS GALLERIA Community Room, 1st Floor (The Community Room is to the West of the Cheesecake Factory and next to the Parking Kiosks), 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

PARKING: Free parking on Sepulveda or parking at the mall is $1 with validation or $3 without validation. If parking costs are prohibitive, please email:

INSTRUCTOR: Firefighter Andrew Huang (213) 202-3136
  • Class 1 - JUN 21 (Introduction, Disaster Awareness)
  • Class 2 - JUN 28 (Incident Command Structure and Disaster Psychology)
  • Class 3 - JUL 05 (Disaster Medical Operations 1)
  • Class 4 - JUL 12 (Disaster Medical Operations 2)
  • Class 5 - JUL 19 (Fire Suppression and Hazardous Materials)
  • Class 6 - JUL 26 (Light Search and Rescue)
  • Class 7 - AUG 02 (Terrorism & CERT)

While students must attend all classes to receive a “Certificate of Completion”; the Fire Department allows for students to take a missed session with another CERT class.

To REGISTER: Go to and search “LAFD CERT Sherman Oaks”

Seating is limited to the first 50 registrants.

For more information on CERT:

If you have any questions, please email at:
The Public Safety Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting will be next Tuesday, June 14th, 2021 at 6:30pm.

For more details on how to join the virtual video tele-conference meetings, please visit the SONC Public Safety Committee web page.
Budget Advocates
Howard Katchen
Budget Day: You Are Invited!
All people residing in or doing business in the City of Los Angeles are invited to the Budget Advocates’ premier event – Budget Day 2022 on Saturday, June 18th. The time is 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the Plenary Session, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the Regional Breakout Sessions. The theme is, “Which Way L.A.?”
This is a Zoom event and you can request language interpretation when you register (at least 72 hours prior to the event). Register now at

Listen to City leaders explain the Los Angeles City Budget for the coming fiscal year and the way it will impact the services we expect the City to provide in return for our tax dollars.

Learn how the City will use these revenues to pay for public safety (police, fire, and emergency services), public works (sanitation, street services), recreation and parks, library, animal services and those taking care of our money (City Administrative Officer, Finance, City Controller).

The City plans to increase funds for Personnel and Information Technology to ease bottlenecks and improve access both to and between departments. And how the City intends to turn the tide on homelessness.

Participate in Regional Breakout Sessions to share the concerns and issues of your neighborhood so the Budget Advocates can address these in their work during the coming year and underline their importance when they meet with City Departments, the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, and with City officials.

The Budget Advocates are an elected, all volunteer, independent advisory body tasked with making constructive recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council regarding the Budget, and to City Departments on ways to improve their operations. Their mission also includes obtaining input, updating and educating all Angelenos on the City’s fiscal management. For more information on the Budget Advocates please visit the website here:

SONC Finance Committee
Jeffrey Hartsough, Treasurer
In May I stepped down as SONC president and assumed the position of Treasurer for the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC). The approach of the end of the Fiscal Year and certain administrative requirements made it essential that SONC be able to follow through with Neighborhood Purposes Grants and other disbursements approved by the SONC Board. I look forward to this new role with SONC.

Please join me in supporting and congratulating SONC’s new President, Lindsay Imber, as she takes on the leadership role of SONC.

Thank you for being an engaged and supportive member of our Sherman Oaks community and of the San Fernando Valley.

As we continue to confront the pandemic and all the daily challenges and complexities of life in Los Angeles, please be respectful and kind to others. Kindness is important.

The SONC Finance Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be June 22 at 6:30pm. Please visit the Finance Committee web page for more details on how to participate.
Please stay safe.
Pray for Ukraine.
Jeffrey Hartsough
SONC Education Committee
Caden Kang, Committee Member
The SONC Education Committee is dedicated to establishing and supporting programs and volunteer resources related to education. The Education Committee is committed to supporting our Sherman Oaks educators, families, and community leaders. Monthly meetings provide an open, welcoming forum for stakeholders to get involved in helping the Education Committee to make a positive impact in the community and to build stronger connections.

Recently, the Education Committee has partnered with Chandler Elementary School to increase school beautification efforts. With a garden project underway, students can expect to gain access to a green space in an urban environment. Kester Elementary School has also implemented a mindfulness program for students and faculty. With weekly sessions, positive mental health behaviors are reinforced in order to meet the socioemotional needs of students. These programs are supported in part with funds provided by SONC Neighborhood Purposes Grants (NPG's).

With these two pilot programs, it is the committee's hope that these efforts will expand across the neighborhood to other Sherman Oaks schools. The mentor schools are expected to provide feedback regarding their respective programs so that improvements can be made over time. Our primary goal is to establish a collaborative network that provides access to these crucial resources to all students in the area.

Please join us at the next Education Committee meeting on Monday, June 20 at 6:30pm.
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This next section contains information from CD4, LAUSD, Sherman Oaks Library and all our partner organizations that are seeking volunteers. Stay informed and share!
Here is what's happening in the neighborhood
Senior Emergency Meal Program:
Now through June 2022, adults aged 60+ living in the City of Los Angeles can get up to 2 meals delivered per day to their home from the Department of Aging’s emergency supplemental meal program for seniors.

To sign up, please call the Senior Emergency Meal Hotline at (213) 202-5669

The meal service is as follows: 1 "meal box" is 7 meals consisting of breakfast and lunch. Meal boxes are either delivered weekly or 2 meal boxes can be delivered 2 times a week for a total of 14 meals. A robo-call, text, or email will be made to each client the day before each delivery.

For more information on the Department of Aging, please visit:

Councilmemebr Raman speaks on Zero Carbon Emissions through building electrification
Councilmember Nithya Raman is proud to virtually join Climate Reality San Fernando Valley on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00PM to discuss her motion recently passed by City Council for zero-carbon emissions through building electrification. Please register for the Zoom link here.

Homeless Clothing Drive
The Office of Councilmember Nithya Raman is hosting a Homelessness Clothing Donation Drive with NoHo Home Alliance and Hope of the Valley on Saturday, July 9 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at the Woodman Entrance of Notre Dame High. Please donate new or lightly used men's clothing (t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, underwear, socks, etc.), hygiene products, and backpacks. 
Los Angeles Unified School District Updates from Tammy Ramirez
Deputy Director of School and Community Engagement
Hello Neighborhood Leaders,

I hope you are well! Special shout out to Tara Vahdani who provided you with District updates while I was away.  Thank you Tara!

Onto some updates:

We have all been impacted by the tragic news in Ulvalde, Texas. Superintendent Carvalho announced expanded safety protocols for schools in response to the shooting. Please read more about it here. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and school community affected by this tragedy.

Summer school enrollment is currently underway and there are still spots available. Board District 3 schools offering TK-8 Summer schools are Columbus Elementary, Hazeltine Elementary, and Van Nuys Middle School. Aside from these options Beyond the Bell is offering Summer Enrichment courses as well. You can learn more about summer school here.

LAUSD is hosting a job fair to be held on Wednesday, June 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the West Valley Occupation Center (6200 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367). Interested persons may click here to sign-up.

Nate Shin from Hollywood High School is the newly elected Student Board Member for the 2022-23 school year. We are so proud to have another student representative from the Valley!

Speaking of student representatives, Board Member Schmerelson’s Student Advisory Council had their last meeting of the school year in May. Students worked in groups on Capstone Projects. They had the opportunity to present their Capstone to Superintendent Carvalho and Local District Superintendent Chait. If you know of any LAUSD high School students in Board District 3 who would be interested in applying for the 2022-23 Student Advisory Council, the application will be available in August.

Board Member Schmerelson’s Family and Community Engagement Committee (FCE) will convene their last meeting on Thursday, June 16th at 5pm. The FCE committee will be learning more about the Fareless System Initiative, a relatively new partnership between the LA Metro and LAUSD, that allows our students to ride the Metro for free. They are also going to be joined by the Food Services Division to discuss what works and what can be improved in the cafeteria. If either of these topics are of interest, I encourage you to tune-in. The livestream information is available on the Board of Education website -

Please allow me to share some personal news. I gave birth to my son, Josiah Camarillo Ramirez on March 31st at 11:55pm. At birth he weighed 7lb 4.5 oz and was 19 inches long. Thank you for all your well wishes!

Lastly, I would like to announce that I will be transitioning out of this position at the end of the month. It truly has been such an honor to serve and work with you in my role as field representative for Board District 3.  I admire the passion you hold for your respective communities. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your community. In the meantime, please expect updates from me through June.
 My best,
Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch Public Library Updates:
Highlights for June:

The Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library will host a book sale on Saturday, June 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the branch.

Online storytime continues each week at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. Please email to request the link.

Teen Council resumes in-person starting Tuesday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. Join for a perfect way to get volunteer hours at the Library!

Here is the link for our branch happenings:

Los Angeles City Planning
Upcoming Workshops for Southeast Valley Community Plans
The Southeast Valley Community Plans Team is hosting 3 webinars this summer where planning staff will share initial land use concepts for the Ventura-Cahuenga Corridor in the Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Cahuenga Pass neighborhoods.

These webinars are open to all, but will focus on the Ventura-Cahuenga corridor.

Join @planning4la to plan the future of the Ventura-Cahuenga corridor in Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Cahuenga Pass neighborhoods on 6/14, 6/15 and 6/16. For more information, visit:
Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
Community Update Webinar Thursday, June 16, 2022
Metro invites you to attend a virtual community meeting where they will provide an update on the recently completed public scoping period for the Sepulveda Pass Rapid Transit project, which was the first step in the environmental review process. They are finalizing the Scoping Summary Report and will release it prior to the meeting where the findings will be discussed. Metro will also provide an update on the status of the environmental study, next steps, and respond to questions.
Thursday, June 16, 2022 6:00pm-8:00pm
Telephone: (213) 338-8477
Webinar ID: 870 2914 9139
Passcode: 039512
Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
Habrá interpretación simultánea en español.
Registration for the meeting is not required. By registering, you’ll receive a meeting reminder, a link to the video recording of the meeting, and future project updates.
Free Sustainability Webinars From
the Los Angeles County
Dept. of Public Works
A series of free webinars to beautify your home and garden is being offered during the month of June by the LA County Dept. of Public Works. The Smart Gardening Webinars are approximately 45 minutes long followed by a 15-minute period to answer questions and take orders for compost bins. For those who are unable to attend, they have posted videos of the sessions. There are four core subjects being offered:

Intro to Composting: Learn about backyard and worm composting to create a rich soil amendment to nourish your garden.

Water-wise Gardening: Create a beautiful drought-tolerant landscape and learn about grasscycling to fortify your lawn.

Organic Gardening: Build healthy soil, grow herbs and vegetables, and address plant pests and diseases using organic methods.

Small-space Gardening: Learn to grow plants in containers and set up a small-space worm composting system.

For more information and to register on-line, visit their website:
Masks are still required on public transit in LA County:
In a press release shared April 21, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that masks will continue to be required on any public transportation within Los Angeles County. This includes buses, subways, trains, taxis, and ride-shares. Masks will also continue to be required within transit stations, airports, terminals, and any other indoor area serving as a transportation hub.
Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power is Offering Free Landscaping Design Services to Transform Your Turf
Are you interested in saving water and money on your bill? As an LADWP customer, you can get free landscape design services for transforming your landscape to be more drought tolerant. The design can be submitted along with your turf replacement rebate application. Planting and irrigation plans are provided at no cost to LADWP customers who wish to remove turf and replace it with low water use California Friendly® and native plants. The rebates for removing lawns and water hungry plantings are still in effect. With the coming hot summer months, and new watering rules going into effect, the time is right to replace.

The provided plans can be given directly to a licensed contractor for installation and also included is a simple guide on how to best hire a landscape contractor. The plans will include a storm water capture feature, such as a rain garden, in the design. Irrigation plans include use of water efficient drip irrigation systems.

Your newly installed garden will capture and reuse stormwater, recharge groundwater, prevent polluted runoff from flowing to the rivers and ocean, and provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Once your newly installed plants have been established, you will see the savings on your water bill.

To learn more about this free design program and to apply, visit the LADWP web site at:
Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers Cleaning Communities June 11th event - Cleaning Sherman Oaks
Volunteer with NHIFP

Take advantage of helping out your community.

North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry is looking for volunteers.

To sign up, please visit:
LA Regional Food Bank

If you are interested in volunteering with the LA Regional Food Bank, please visit this link.
Questions, concerns, please email: 
L.A. Works

Join L.A. Works and learn about all the volunteer opportunities available here in our great City of Los Angeles!

Facebook - @laworks 
Twitter - @LAWorksNow 
Instagram - @laworksnow
Please visit
Volunteer with
The Valley of Change

The Valley of Change presents a volunteer opportunity on the Second Saturday of the month from 8:30 - 11:30 AM.

For more information please visit:

Stay connected:
Twitter: @ValleyChange
Van Nuys Neighborhood Watch news
Get Involved In Your Community
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain and starting a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood, please contact your Senior Lead Officer at the email addresses or phone numbers listed below to obtain further details. There are 4 senior lead officers assigned for all of Sherman Oaks:

Jose Saldana
(818) 731-2565

Mariana Romo
(818) 731-2563

Robert Sewell
(818) 731-2562

Kristan DeLatori
(818) 731-2560

Please sign up on to receive current updates about crime trends and events in your community.

You can contact Alan Scher for more information about the Neighborhood Watch Program.

The June edition of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Watch News is available to read online here.
Interested in Joining the LAPD Volunteer Program?

Make a difference as an LAPD volunteer and be the change you want to see in your community. Volunteers represent a broad range of ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. As a volunteer, here are some of the available opportunities:

  • Promoting Safety with business communities
  • Front Desk Operations
  • Traffic Safety Outreach
  • Clerical and administrative support
  • Safe Passage to Schools
  • Community Members on Patrol
  • Vacation Checks
  • Detective Support
  • Variety of other important functions

For information on volunteer opportunities with the LAPD, email Officer Jason Jimenez in the Community Relations Office at, or call (818) 374-5420. You can also get more information about the LAPD Volunteer Program by visiting this link.
Then and 1959 Rondelli's restaurant occupied the space at 13359 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Today Wood & Water Restaurant exists in that same space.
Then & Now... the Changing Face of Sherman Oaks
Our neighborhood's history is filled with notoriety. Some good, some bad. In 1957 Rondelli's Neapolitan style restaurant opened in the space located at 13359 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Today that same space houses the California style restaurant Wood & Water Kitchen. Over the years, the location hosted several eating establishments including a European style restaurant called Le Fondue Bourguignonne, and for a brief time an eatery named Stir.

When Rondelli's was there, many famous Hollywood actors and actresses frequented the establishment, including Academy award winner Ernest Borgnine, Jane Withers…and others. Rondelli's also had a reputation for being a mafia hangout, and in 1959, became notorious when a bookie named Jack "The Enforcer" Whalen took a bullet between the eyes at mobster Mickey Cohen's table. Then Chief of Police William Parker took personal charge of the Whalen murder investigation, which turned up evidence including a gun belonging to Cohen bodyguard Johnny Stompanato in a trash bin behind the restaurant.

Yes, that Johnny Stompanato! If the name sounds familiar, it's because Johnnie Stompanato was also the boyfriend who was stabbed to death in the boudoir of actress Lana Turner, allegedly by her 14-year old daughter Cheryl Crane.

Although Mickey Cohen was booked for the Whalen murder, he was released when an associate copped to the deed, but later he was indicted on new evidence. Cohen's trial ended in a hung jury. Rondelli's closed shortly after the shooting.

1959 photo courtesy of Valley Times Photo Collection/Los Angeles Public Library. Current photo courtesy of Google Maps.
Get Involved!
What interests you?

If you live, work, own property, own a business or belong to a non-profit organization, school or religious institution in Sherman Oaks, you are a stakeholder in Sherman Oaks. We hold monthly Board of Directors and various committee meetings which you are invited to attend to learn about and participate in your community. Join SONC's Mailing List today.