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By Katherine Yamada | May 10, 2012
Jeraldine Saunders has many fond memories of growing up in Tujunga in the days when the foothills were filled with people who moved there for the healthful air. Early residents chose the name Verdugo Hills, but the area ultimately was incorporated as Tujunga in 1925. Saunders was part of the large Forster family, which settled there in the early 1900s. When it was consolidated into Los Angeles in 1932, everyone in her family was unhappy and they fought it, Saunders said. Her mother, Marcella, married Raymond Glynn, whose parents had come from Ireland.
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By Timithie Gould | April 20, 2007
After a tough 1-6 loss to Cantwell-Sacred Heart in the Roosevelt Tournament last Saturday, the Verdugo Hills varsity baseball team is back in league action. The Dons traveled to Van Nuys on Tuesday to face Grant High School, coming home victorious with an 8-5 win. Verdugo Hills was down by two at the top of the third inning, but after a strong showing from the offensive lineup, the inning ended with the Dons leading 3-2. Grant kept on par with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but a run for the Dons in the fourth tied the score at 5 apiece and pushed the game into extra innings.
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By Timithie Gould | October 19, 2007
The Verdugo Hills Dons are currently tied for second place in their Sunset Six League. After a 14-20 loss last week to No. 1 North Hollywood, the Dons will host 1-1 Canoga Park tonight in what could be another victory for the 1-2 Dons. Junior Matt Torres currently leades the league in passing, having completed 723 yards this season. Senior Sammy Garcia De Alba leads the league in tackles with 96, followed by teammates Anthony Gaona and James Luna. Led by first-year Head Coach Victor Castro IV, the Dons are looking to compete in post-season play in their Invitational Championship bracket.
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May 4, 2007
The Verdugo Hills Dons edged the Canoga Park Hunters 9-8 Tuesday in a see-saw battle. The Dons out-hit the Hunters 14 to eight and scored first in inning one to set the stage for their game play. Canoga Park answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, but Verdugo Hills made up for the deficit by scoring three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. Nash Hutter (shown here at right) homered, doubled and singled, while hurling a complete game victory. Daniel Carranza also had three hits, while Russell Stark, Stephen Hansen and Jeff Obar all collected two hits.
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By Parimal M. Rohit | November 9, 2007
Verdugo Hills middle blocker Lauren Lumpkin had her way with the visiting Canoga Park Hunters up front. On several occasions, Canoga Park players prepared to hit the ball over the net, only to be intimidated by Lumpkin just a few feet away on the other side of the net, getting ready to block their hit. That intimidation caused several unforced errors by the Hunters. Lumpkin should have been the least of Canoga Park?s concerns. The Hunters appeared out-of-sync all game, struggled to play consistent volleyball, and did not communicate with each other.
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November 7, 2001
Erik Boal LOS ANGELES -- Will Reinhart used every coaching tactic in the book to slow down Venice High. The Verdugo Hills girls' volleyball coach burnt his two allotted timeouts in each game, he substituted every available player off his bench and he even said a few Hail Marys, but no measure of coaching wisdom or magic would have saved his squad Tuesday night. Facing a much taller and more experienced Gondoliers' team, the fourth-year coach could only sit back and watch as his squad surrendered 23 consecutive points at one stretch in a 15-4, 15-0, 15-6 loss in the first round of the L.A. City Section championship bracket playoffs at Venice High.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | August 6, 2010
The struggling Verdugo Hills Golf Course is getting a facelift and new management, giving new hope to residents who want to save the 60-acre site from residential development. On Monday, course owners Snowball West Investors replaced the former manager and four other staffers. Plans are in the works to improve the grounds, add beer and wine at the restaurant, lower greens fees and lure tournaments to the 18-hole course. "I'd like to get the prices reduced, get people out here and get the population back up," said John Mascarenas, a longtime Verdugo Hills worker who became manager Monday.
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May 11, 2007
The Verdugo Hills Dons defeated the Poly Parrots 7-4 Monday in league play to take first place in the Sunset Six League of the Los Angeles City Section. The win gave the Dons the edge they needed to beat out Poly for the first place spot; the two teams have had identical records all season. Russell Stark homered in the win, with Stephen Hansen collecting the win. Nash Hutter closed out the game for his second save. Hutter doubled and tripled, extending his league leading average to .541, ninth overall in the Los Angeles City Section.
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October 25, 2000
Erik Boal LOS ANGELES -- The Verdugo Hills girls' volleyball team didn't get much of a workout in its Sunset Six League match Tuesday at Hollywood High. But that's what happens when you're on the court for a grand total of 37 minutes. The Dons served 26 aces and was rarely involved in a rally longer than three hits on either side as they swept Hollywood, 15-5, 15-3, 15-4. "I don't know what to say about the psychology of 15-year-old girls," Verdugo Hills Coach Will Reinhart said.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
Registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital on Wednesday voted in favor of joining one of California's largest nursing unions in hopes, they said, of securing better retirement plans, improved staffing and other additional benefits. Ninety-six nurses, or 72%, voted to join the California Nurses Assn./National Nurses United while 38 cast their ballots in opposition. There are 150 nurses overall at the hospital. The vote aligns Verdugo Hills staff with approximately 800 nurses at USC's other Southland medical centers, including Keck Hospital and the Norris Cancer Center and Hospital.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 11, 2013
LA CRESCENTA - At halftime, Eric Patten had a message delivered to him. The Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball senior forward was told by coach Shawn Zargarian that he had registered just three first-half rebounds and he would need to show vast improvement in the second half. PHOTOS: Crescenta Valley wins 80-61 pool-play victory against La Salle Patten got the memo and enjoyed a quick turnaround, as he collected 11 of his 14 rebounds in the second half to help host Crescenta Valley to an 80-61 pool-play victory against La Salle on Wednesday night in the Falcon Classic.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | November 2, 2013
LA CRESCENTA - The Crescenta Valley High girls' volleyball team found itself among talented competition Saturday in the second day of the Crescenta Valley High Girls' Volleyball Varsity Tournament. Among the entrants in the 16-team event were South Pasadena, ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division II-AA, Village Christian (No. 5 in Division II-A) and Sierra Canyon (No. 6 in Division III-A). “We were in a pretty tough bracket,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Jen Ku Lee, who didn't keep stats for the tournament.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 10, 2013
GLENDALE - The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 71st year, normally meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the first meeting of the year, which was held at Oakmont Country Club. GADSBY STANDS TALL FOR FALCONS After Crescenta Valley High junior quarterback Brian Gadsby threw a career-high six touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a season-opening 54-20 intersectional road victory against Verdugo Hills, Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling did some research.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 6, 2013
TUJUNGA - Things are certainly coming along fast early in Brian Gadsby's football-playing days. The Crescenta Valley High quarterback was called up for the last two games of last season, leading the Falcons to a pair of victories. Gadsby kicked off the new season with an impressive outing Friday night, as he tossed a career-high six touchdowns passes to power visiting Crescenta Valley to a 54-20 intersectional victory against Verdugo Hills. “The learning process has been good and you try to just go out there and pick up different things,” said Gadsby, who completed 13 of 23 passes for 174 yards.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 21, 2013
In a symbolic move, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution supporting the historic designation of a portion of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, a Los Angeles site considered a Crescenta Valley resource. The designation refired a previously calmed controversy regarding the site, home to one of the first Japanese detention centers during World War II. Historic preservationists, who have long fought to block a proposed 229-unit residential project, were partly mollified when the developer, Snowball West Investment, agreed to set aside a one-acre plot as a memorial .  The Tuna Canyon Detention Center opened in 1941 and housed as many as 1,500 Japanese Americans.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
For the past dozen years, Len LaBella has led the administration at Verdugo Hills through the choppy seas of a changing healthcare business as the hospital's chief executive.  Now, having guided the 158-bed hospital into an acquisition by Keck Hospital of USC, LaBella is moving on. The 73-year-old LaBella, who has officially stepped down from the top role, will stay on a bit longer to help new Chief Executive Debbie Walsh transition into the...
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August 13, 2013
Longtime chief executive of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Len LaBella is stepping down , to be replaced by new executive Debbie Walsh. The 158-bed hospital, which finalized its acquisition by Keck Hospital of USC earlier last month, announced the switch on Tuesday, and Wednesday announced the appointment of its first-ever chief medical officer. Walsh, who most recently was president and chief executive of Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center and was chief executive of the former USC University Hospital, now Keck Hospital, from 2006 to 2009.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 10, 2013
The owner of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course is suing the city of Los Angeles to halt the designation of part of the property as historically significant, but the suit may not gain traction if a residential development on the site can proceed as planned. The L.A. City Council designated roughly 1 acre of the golf course as historically significant in June in a move meant to commemorate the history of a World War II detention center that occupied the site. However, during talks about a specific plan for the memorial, there was discussion about expanding the memorial site, which could impact a planned 230-home residential development.
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July 17, 2013
Thank you for covering the story of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, the World War II temporary detention facility located on what is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. I am writing in response to a June 22 article, “Deal reached for golf course.” Those of us who have followed this story applaud the L.A. City Council for voting to recognize the historic significance of the detention station. It should be noted, however, that the campaign for historic recognition for the detention station is a separate issue from community efforts to preserve the Verdugo Hills Golf Course.
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