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July 7, 2013 | By Bob Pool
There was shock and grief Sunday among the worshipers at a West Hills church where the two 16-year-old Chinese girls killed in Saturday's jetliner crash in San Francisco had been heading for a three-week summer camp at the church's school. The two victims, Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan, were among 35 teenagers who had been scheduled to arrive at the West Valley Christian Church's school Monday. Leaders of the 800-member church, located near West Hills' boundary with Canoga Park, said they had scheduled a prayer vigil for the survivors and the two victims' families.  Host families, church members and others from the community are being invited to the vigil, set for Thursday at 7 p.m.  In the meantime, church leaders have launched a fundraising drive in hopes of replacing the surviving teens' luggage and clothing that was destroyed in the crash and resulting fire.
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.
September 12, 1987
The Westhills Homeowners Assn. is extremely disappointed with Councilwoman Joy Picus' decision to back away from the boundaries established for the community designation of West Hills in January. We supported the creation of West Hills, but were opposed to the inclusion of even the small area of flatland between Vanowen and Victory. The proposed extension of West Hills into more of the Valley will destroy the original intention. The premise for West Hills was the creation of a small residential hillside community which could be enhanced through community action.
March 23, 1997
At the far west end of the San Fernando Valley, once part of Canoga Park, West Hills is an affluent residential community that boasts green space despite steady housing growth since it was formed in 1987. Residents are proud of the image and work to maintain the quality of the community and its separation from many of the problems of city life.
February 26, 1987
Latest joke being told around the north end of town: Q. What is "West Hills"? A. Canoga Park in sheep's clothing. TOM HARGROVE Northridge
September 23, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus angrily denounced West Hills leaders who held a demonstration Tuesday against her and against the adoption by more neighborhoods of the community name they insist should be theirs alone. More than 100 protesters chanted "Hell, no, we won't grow," and carried pickets in front of Picus' Vanowen Street office. They complained that Picus should have included residents of their area in her poll to decide where the eastern boundary of West Hills will be drawn.
August 8, 1987
I have just concluded reading Patricia Klein's interesting and informative article on Canoga Park (July 12). This article makes two factors painfully evident. First, the boundaries of West Hills, as unilaterally established by City Councilwoman Joy Picus, are not properly located and, second, her decision in establishing the boundaries was politically motivated. The homes in the area west of Shoup share one thing with the remainder of Canoga Park. These homes are in the flatlands.
April 9, 2006 | Dinah Eng, Special to The Times
Unlike many communities with busy medical centers, this one supports its hospital's presence, and the facility returns the favor in good times and bad. Add sound schools and the serenity of the nearby Santa Susana Knolls and Chatsworth Nature Preserve, and it's a prescription for a love fest of sorts. Beginnings Once home to the Chumash Indians, the area was owned by Spanish dons, and in 1854 sold to the Los Angeles Farm & Mining Co.
June 20, 1996
West Hills backup first baseman Brian Kirby normally plays in the late innings, but Wednesday he dominated his team's 13-2 victory over Valley South. Kirby, after entering the game in the third inning, was four for four, doubling twice and driving in five runs in the District 20 game at Birmingham High.
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