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SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Yes, it looks a little silly when a 5-5 or 4-6 team is selected over an 8-2 or 7-3 team for an at-large playoff berth. Coaches, players and fans start getting upset, but win-loss record should never be the determining factor when teams play in different leagues and face different nonleague opponents in a vast and diverse Southern California high school sports scene. That's why the Southern Section has a specific criteria and point system based on win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, strength of league and strength against commmon opponents.
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July 16, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
The University of Southern California has purchased Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, one of numerous mergers occurring around the country as hospitals prepare for the national healthcare overhaul. Keck Medicine of USC, which already had two hospitals, a medical school, a physician group and numerous clinics, wanted to expand its reach into the foothill communities and add an emergency room to its network. For its part, Verdugo Hills, a community hospital, wanted to become more competitive and gain access to the expertise and specialized services offered through USC. USC will invest $30 million in the 158-bed Verdugo Hills Hospital, expanding its obstetrics department and renovating and upgrading the ER. USC is also considering adding a special center for cardiac patients and adding to the general surgery options.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Motorists whizzing by an oak-studded canyon off the 210 Freeway near Tujunga might know it as the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. But to Lloyd Hitt, 81, a retired Sunland pharmacist who fights to preserve the area's historic structures, it's his toughest battleground ever. During World War II, part of the 30-acre golf course housed more than 2,000 "enemy aliens," mostly adult male Japanese immigrants taken from their homes after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. They were temporarily housed in what was known as the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, before being sent to internment camps.
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October 29, 2012 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon is hoping to save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course from residential development by adding it to the city's list of historic and cultural monuments, citing its history as a detention center for Japanese Americans during World War II. Residents contend the planned housing project would bring a torrent of vehicle traffic to the urban-rural area and get rid of a long-standing recreational resource. Other efforts to prevent development on the land have included failed attempts to rezone it or cobble together enough grants and government funding to buy it outright.
SPORTS
March 29, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Someone should give 16-year-old sophomore pitcher Alonzo Garcia of San Fernando a psychological test to understand how he's able to deal with pressure and distractions so effortlessly. In his first varsity baseball game last month, he was sent to the mound in the alumni game. If you don't know anything about San Fernando alumni baseball players, they can be loud, a little obnoxious and don't care whether they say something that might make a varsity player cry. "Hey, Gomez, is this your ace?"
SPORTS
November 10, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
Senior running back De'Jon Coleman of Arleta tied a City Section record Thursday when he scored his 46th touchdown of the season in a 40-6 victory over Verdugo Hills. He scored four touchdowns and tied the season touchdown record established by Marlon Lucky of North Hollywood in 2004. Coleman, who rushed for 141 yards in 19 carries, had touchdown runs of one, 13 and nine yards. He also returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown. Arleta (9-1) won the East Valley League championship and clinched a City Section Division I playoff berth.
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August 9, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines agreed last year to let teachers and parents at Verdugo Hills High School implement their own reform plan, which included hiring their own principal. But Cortines' successor, current Los Angeles Unified School District chief John Deasy, has not approved the school's top choice for principal. Instead, district officials appointed an interim principal at the Tujunga campus. Deasy said that because he evaluates the district's principals, he should have a say in hiring.
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August 14, 2010 | By Bill Kisliuk, Los Angeles Times
Residents fighting to save the struggling Verdugo Hills Golf Course are hoping a new face-lift will help save the 60-acre site from residential development. Residents have launched a campaign to keep the golf course open and stop the former management's proposed housing development, which they claim would cause congestion, ruin views and take away recreational opportunities. Last week, course owners Snowball West Investments replaced the former manager and four other staffers.
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May 19, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Verdugo Hills High School has abruptly canceled a three-day "stay at home" field trip for seniors after a parent and officials questioned it. The idea was to get seniors off campus during the three days of annual standardized testing of underclassmen. Other schools fill the seniors' time with prepping for graduation ceremonies, special assemblies, senior picnics, career days, class photos, movies, make-up work — you name it. The academic rigor varies. Field trips during this period also are popular, but students elsewhere typically go somewhere.
SPORTS
May 12, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Nine-time champion Chatsworth (23-4) has been seeded No. 1 for the 16-team City Section Division I baseball playoffs that begin May 19. The championship game will be played May 29 at 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. Wilmington Banning (20-8) is seeded No. 2, followed by Woodland Hills El Camino Real (15-11) and Arleta (23-4). As the top-seeded team, Chatsworth has the opportunity of playing host to three playoff games, and the Chancellors haven't lost a playoff game at home since the 2000 season — a streak of 22 victories.
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