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Greed and West Hills

August 29, 1987

West Hills is an exercise by the residents of a community in self-determination. They sought to create a hillside residential community with a small-town ambiance that encouraged involvement in civic activities which determine the quality of life in a neighborhood.

As the communities of the West San Fernando Valley grow well beyond their ability to deal with the problems and interests of their residents, smaller, manageable communities must emerge. This is why West Hills was formed.

There are now people who wish to destroy West Hills because of greed. They are not aspiring to create a better community; their desire to be West Hills is based on their belief the name will increase their property values. That is the sole motivating factor in their campaign to be West Hills. To reach this end, they have maligned Canoga Park, created hysteria with half-truths and harassed public officials.

It is unfortunate one public official, Joy Picus, has allowed a misquote in a newspaper report, that the Fallbrook area was West Hills, escalate to the point it has.

Reason has now been overcome by tactics of harassment and hysteria. The lack of moral leadership becomes more evident. There is total disregard for the fact that, on Jan. 22, 1987, West Hills became a designated community. It now has a right of its own to control its boundaries and its destiny.

RITA SEASHORE

West Hills

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