Twelve years ago, my husband and I moved to the wonderful neighborhood of West Hills for the excellent schools. Our children thrived in these schools and grew to young adulthood in this safe and lovely community. I am especially grateful for the exceptional teachers and schools that provide our children with an education that fosters academic achievement, fantastic extra-curricular activities, and citizenship.
Through the years, however, we grew to appreciate and love much more about West Hills. From our weekly hikes on the Victory Trailhead to frequent trips to the Platt Village, this became our home. Los Angeles can feel like an isolating city, but the West Hills community is welcoming and supportive. We know our neighbors and even go out to breakfast together. I hope to extend this good will, communication, and sense of community to all in West Hills.
As a public high school U.S. history teacher, I teach that it is not enough to want change, but to actively participate in that change. To maintain our neighborhood excellence takes hard work, perseverance, and collaboration. This led me to run for the West Hills Neighborhood Council this spring to specifically address concerns around educational equity, traffic safety, neighborhood beautification, and homelessness. I firmly believe in democracy, and hope to listen to all West Hills’ constituents’ concerns to earn their trust and support. I welcome concerns, ideas, or just a hello from veteran and new residents to strengthen our West Hills community. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.