The West Hills Neighborhood Council was certified by the City of Los Angeles in 2001, becoming the first Neighborhood Council in the Valley and the fourth in the entire city to incorporate under the terms of the revised City Charter adopted in 1999. West Hills was primed to take this step because it already had a leadership team in place through the West Hills Property Owners Association, which had a prominent role in the community’s separation from Canoga Park in 1987. The WHPOA’s president, Charles “Chuck” Gremer, became the WHNC’s first president. Ed Youngblood became president upon Gremer’s retirement in 2006, followed by Stephen Lenske, elected in 2008, and Daniel Brin, the current president, elected in 2012.
The WHNC’s 25-member board consists of 25 volunteers chosen directly by the people of West Hills in elections administered by the city. The Neighborhood Council’s mission, as described in its bylaws, is “To provide a forum in which West Hills stakeholders can learn about issues that affect the community and express their concerns and ideas; to recommend actions by government officials to address the needs of the West Hills community; to promote communication between Stakeholders and all levels of government; and to foster pride and participation in addressing the needs of the community.” Today, the West Hills Neighborhood Council is widely respected among the 96 Neighborhood Councils serving communities throughout the city. Its many committees encourage active involvement among many of West Hills’ 42,000 residents, who join with WHNC board members in making life in their community even more pleasant, safe and enriching than it already is.
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