Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Fitton: Judicial Watch Sues VA Again for Docs About Misuse of Veterans’ Facility

Latest news

    Judicial Watch has taken the lead in trying to highlight the government’s misconduct and misuse of a 388-acre parcel of land in Los Angeles, originally intended to serve the needs of veterans.

    In fact, we just filed a second Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for information regarding non-veteran use of this prime real estate in West Los Angeles, which was set aside nearly 130 years ago to serve as a home for disabled veterans. We filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (No. 1:17-cv- 01078)).

    We sued after the VA failed to respond to our April 14, 2017, FOIA request for:

    • Any and all lease, land-sharing, enhanced-use, or other land use agreements currently in effect for the West Los Angeles/Greater Los Angeles Campus (“GLA Campus”), including but not limited to agreements with the Regents of the University of California, the Brentwood School, the Veterans Park Conservancy, and the City of Los Angeles.
    • Any and all records concerning or relating to the review of all lease, land-sharing, enhanced-use, or other land use agreements at the GLA Campus, as referenced in Appendix H of the GLA Campus Draft Master Plan, issued January 28, 2016.
    • Any and all notifications of the Secretary’s intent to enter into or renew any lease, land-sharing, enhanced-use, or other land use agreement for the GLA Campus, as required by Section 2(j)(1) of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, 114 Pub. Law 226:

    (i) The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. Senate;

    (ii) The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives;

    (iii) The Committee on Appropriations of the U.S. Senate; The Committee on Appropriations of the U.S. House  of Representatives;

    (v) U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein;

    (vi) U.S. Senator Kamala Harris; and

    (vii) U.S. Representative Ted Lieu.

    The property at issue was deeded to the federal government in 1888 for the specific purpose of providing a home for disabled veterans. It includes a veterans’ home, but over time came to include facilities for entirely unrelated uses such as a stadium for UCLA’s baseball team, an athletic complex for a nearby private prep school, a golf course, laundry facilities for a nearby Marriott hotel, storage and maintenance facilities for 20th Century Fox Television’s production sets, the Brentwood Theatre, soccer practice and match fields for a private girls’ soccer club, a dog park, and a farmer’s market.  (We filed our first FOIA lawsuit on this issue in May.)

    Veterans sued the VA to restore the site to its proper use, and some of the non-veteran related uses have been terminated. In October 2015, former VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans reached a settlement, vowing that the campus would be dedicated to serving and housing veterans in need, particularly those who are female, aging or disabled.

    On May 29, 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported:

    It’s understandable that this project will take years to complete — that’s calculated into the master plan. It is a colossal undertaking to remake a 388-acre campus. The VA did not even receive the necessary congressional authority to enter into leases with developers and service providers until September.

    The problem is, there really is no new development yet. And now the VA says the first phase of 480 units will take four years to install, not 2½.

    [T]he VA didn’t hire consultants to implement the master plan and conduct a lengthy environmental study until almost a year after the plan was adopted. The study is expected to take two years. Until it’s done, construction can’t begin on the 150 units planned for MacArthur Field.

    View the original article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/breitbart/~3/YxgZ9V5enqw/

    The misuse of this Los Angeles veterans’ facility is a symbol of how the VA mistreats the people they are meant to serve. Our new lawsuit aims to hold the VA accountable to the rule of law and to the veterans.

    In the same category are

    Women’s March Leader Fueling Parkland Student Activist Protests A leader of the Women’s March LA Foundation filed for the permit to organize Parkland, Florida, students who are advocating for gun control. Deena Kat...
    Oxfam Faces Fresh Child Sex Abuse Allegations Among ‘Sex For Aid’ Claims JOSE CENDON/AFP/Getty Images by Breitbart London13 Feb 20180 13 Feb, 201813 Feb, 2018 Scandal-hit British charity Oxfam was reeling Tuesday after fr...
    Five of the Best Examples of Left-wing Bias on Wikipedia in 2017 Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales believes the Wikipedia model can help salvage journalistic integrity, but in the year since Donald Trump took office ...
    Hillary Clinton Pens Facebook Post to Defend Decision Not to Fire Employee for Sexual Misconduct JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images by Penny Starr1 Feb 20180 1 Feb, 20181 Feb, 2018 Hillary Clinton took to Facebook on Tuesday just hours ahead of Presid...
    Public Radio Admits: Trump Tax Cut Good for Middle & Low Income in California (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) by Chriss W. Street28 Jan 2018Newport Beach, CA0 28 Jan, 201828 Jan, 2018 A story by Southern California Public Radio stati...
    Antifa Member in Custody After Hospitalizing 56 Year Old Outside ‘Night For Freedom’ Event NATALIE BEHRING/AFP/Getty Images by Allum Bokhari21 Jan 20180 21 Jan, 201821 Jan, 2018 A 56-year-old man was taken away in an ambulance after he was...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *