Here's a thread I started some time ago that debates EC v. WC beer. I think it will help you.http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1045.msg12577#msg12577
I would say the west coast philosophy is "hops, hops and more hops."
The club, not the rapier.
If West Coast style is so distinct, will the BJCP ever start a West Coast Style category?