The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) is chartered and funded by the City of Los Angeles to promote citizen participation in government at a grassroots level. SORO NC is here to give you a voice in the issues, decisions and programs that affect our lives; provide a direct line of communication to the City to help address our unique needs; and build a stronger community, one step at a time. Learn more about what we do »

SORO Neighborhood Election: Voters Wanted. Sunday, May 18, 10am-4pm at Shenandoah Elementary. Click to see the candidates.

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2014 Community Town Hall Meeting: LAUSD School Board Candidate Forum

Town Hall 2014: LA School Board District One Candidate Forum

A public Q&A about the future of our schools


For the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), this is a time of unprecedented changes and challenges. Public debate continues over testing and core curricula, teacher tenure and the role of unions, the introduction of computer tablets and other technologies, breakfast in the classroom programs, student safety, and more.

At this crucial period for our schools, the School Board seat for this area—District One—is currently open. The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) and League of Women Voters of Los Angeles are co-sponsoring a candidate forum to help residents understand the issues and how each candidate would help guide LAUSD through them.

Join us for a lively and enlightening evening as the candidates respond to your questions. 

Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The event is free, and open to everyone.
 

Meet the Candidates Forum

On Sunday May 18th you have the opportunity to elect your representatives to the Board of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC). These representatives will be empowered to make votes on behalf of the community during their 2-4 year terms, so it’s really important to make sure that you are electing people who share your vision for the neighborhood you want to live in.

In order to make it easier for you, there will be a Meet the Candidates Forum where you will be able to hear from each of the candidates running for election, ask questions, and make your decisions about who should represent your voice on the NC.

SORO NC Meet the Candidates Forum

Thursday May 15th, 6pm
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035
(Northwest corner of Pico and Roxbury)

The candidate forum will run directly before a meeting of the Board at 7pm, and we encourage you to stay and see the Board in action.

Come out to vet the candidates so you can make an informed choice, and to thank them for their enthusiasm and volunteer spirit in devoting time to make SORO a better neighborhood for us all.
 

Candidate Information Session

On Thursday March 20th at 6pm, we invite you to attend a Candidate Information Session where you can hear more about what is involved in serving on the SORO NC Board, meet current Board Members, and have your questions answered. The information session will run directly before a meeting of the Board at 7pm, and we encourage you to stay and witness a Board meeting to see if it’s a fit for you.

Candidate Info Session

Thursday March 20th, 6pm
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035
(Northwest corner of Pico and Roxbury)
 

Represent Your Community

Run for a seat on the SORO NC Board


Candidate filing is now open for the 2014 SORO NC Elections to elect representatives to serve on the SORO NC Board starting in June 2014. Interested candidates have until April 3rd to file online.

So why might you want to sign up?

Serving on the neighborhood council board is a great way to give service to your community, and to plug into a city-wide movement of Angelenos who are using their time and voices to try to shape the City that we want to live in. Each neighborhood has its own particular opportunities and challenges, and nobody knows that more than the people who live, work, study, and worship there.

Serving on the SORO NC Board is definitely a commitment of time and energy, but one that pays dividends in making you feel more connected to your community of neighbors. SORO NC can be an avenue to bring your ideas for local projects to fruition, or to help shape the neighborhood that you want to see. It is a true opportunity for civic engagement.

For more information, visit our Candidates page, attend the Candidate Information session on March 20, or download the flyer.
 

Town Hall Event: Meet your Representatives

Get to know the people who make decisions on your behalf.


SORO NC is represented by two Council Members on the Los Angeles City Council.

The portion of SORO that is to the south east of our boundaries is represented by Council President, Herb Wesson (Council District 10). The majority of the rest of SORO NC is represented by Council Member Paul Koretz (Council District 5).

Town Hall: Meet Your Representatives

Tuesday, November 12 • 7:00pm
Free • Open to all
Third Floor, Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035 (map)
Free parking under the building. Enter lot on Roxbury north of Pico

In this old-fashioned, intimate Town Hall setting, you will have the opportunity to hear directly from your elected representatives about their vision for Los Angeles, and the specific issues facing our area. You will also have a chance to ask your own questions directly of your elected officials.

Don't miss this chance to participate directly in the democratic process, and meet these two gentlemen who have such a large influence over the day-to-day decisions that affect your life.

Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The event is free, and open to everyone.
 

2013 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winners: Charmaine Colina and Castle Heights Elementary

A shining example of outstanding green citizenship, Charmaine Colina and Castle Heights Elementary School's administrators, teachers, parents and students have won this year's Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2013 SoRo Festival. They embody the three “R’s” of environmental sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Charmaine has even added a forth one, “Rethink.”

Together they have changed the environmental culture of Castle Heights School. Here are just a few examples:
  • In her first two years at Castle Heights, Charmaine expanded the school’s recycling program from 7 blue bins to over 30.
  • Charmaine created our community’s biggest annual environmental event: Earth Week and Eco Fair. She involves students, parents, and the community in sustainable practices by making them fun. For one week, kids and parents are encouraged to ride bikes to school or carpool; eat organic food; use recycled materials. Their E-waste drive is open to the entire community.
  • The administration has phased out the school’s use of paper communication by employing emails and the school’s website. When flyers are needed, they are limited to one per family. Cardboard lunch trays are recycled. Reusable grocery bags and water bottles are sold as school fundraisers.
  • She and her colleagues take their students to beach clean ups and TreePeople and use public transportation. The students have created a video about recycling and formed an environmental club.
  • The school has a learning garden where students learn that the earth is what sustains us.

We hope by honoring outstanding teachers like Charmaine, and schools like Castle Heights Elementary, it will encourage others to emulate their work by doing their part in caring for our environment.

See all the past winners of the award.
 

2013 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Paula Waxman

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each June at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc.

This year's winner was Paula Waxman. As Co-Chair of SORO NC's Green Team with Larry Hess and Saran Kirschbaum, Paula has helped spearhead some of the most dynamic programs in our area. In addition to founding the Hamilton High Garden, organizing annual fruit picks to benefit local food banks, and co-ordinating the 2012 Robertson and 2013 Pico tree plantings, under Paula's stewardship the Green Team has lead the City on policy issues like the elimination of coal burning power plants, plastic bag and styrofoam restrictions, GMO food labeling, urban beekeeping, and a moritorium on fracking.

At our June Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:

  • Charmaine Colina - Teacher at Castle Heights
  • Larry DeMers - SoRo Community Foundation Treasurer
  • Terrence Gomes - SORO NC Treasurer, President LAANC
  • Erick Morales - Hamilton Student/Former SORO NC board member
  • Aubrey Provost - Property Owner, SoRo Community Foundation board member
  • Celine Sotelo - Le Petit Jardin Restaurant/Flower shop

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

See all the past winners of the award.
 

SoRo Festival Sunday, June 2: Save the date!

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 2 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Save the date! Open to the public, the SoRo Festival features live local musical entertainment and dancing, "Camp SoRo" offering attractions and a rock-climbing wall and free arts & crafts for children, 60 vendor booths featuring neighborhood businesses and community information, and a variety of culinary delights from some of L.A.'s hottest gourmet food trucks. The theme for this year's Festival is "Sweet Sixteen." For more information, click here.
 

SORO Tree Planting: Pico!

SORO NC tackles phase 2 of our tree planting efforts with a focus on Pico Boulevard. But we need your help.

Volunteer to help beautify Pico

Sunday, April 28 • 9:30am (sharp!)

City Parking Lot on Pico Blvd. between Livonia and Robertson (map)

Bring: please bring a broom for cleanup around tree well, and camera (optional) for fun pictures. We will supply shovel, gloves, tree, tree stakes and ties, soil amendments.

  • Volunteers can be of all ages and ability levels—there will be less-physical jobs, too.
  • Each tree will require a crew of 7 volunteers to be planted, so consider organizing a small team of friends!
  • Kids are welcome, as are families and groups of friends/neighbors who would like to work together.
 

2012 Community Town Hall Meeting: Organizing Your Community

SORO may be a collection of neighborhoods, but unfortunately not all of our areas have active neighborhood associations.

Having an active neighborhood association helps develop a sense of community, a strong voice when community concerns arise, and an organized response to local emergencies. With the recent spate of break-ins, it couldn’t be more timely.

Town Hall: Organizing Your Community

Thursday, December 6 • 7:00pm
Free • Open to all
Hamilton High School Cafeteria (map)
Free parking at Kincardine & Durango

Join us for a workshop-style evening where we will help you ignite the sparks of your own local group. Get to know representatives from the City Council and LAPD, hear from other homeowner associations in the area, learn about setting up email chat, neighborhood watch, block captains and more. Whether you rent or own your home, being connected is a good idea.

Visit the Town Hall page for more information. If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in this project, email us at connect@soronc.org. You can also download a meeting flyer here.

Students and families welcome. Bring your neighbors too!