August 19, 2014
For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to send a five-signature letter to the Veteran’s Administration supporting a federal judge’s ruling which states that V.A. property is to be held exclusively for veteran use. For the past 20 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been supplementing its operating income by leasing the V.A. property in West Los Angeles to various entities for non-veteran use. In August 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Otero declared nine of these lease agreements to be illegal.
“This motion supports Judge Otero’s ruling and calls upon the V.A. to honor sacred land that was deeded more than 125 years ago to exclusively house and care for disabled and homeless veterans,” said Antonovich. “This property at the West Los Angeles V.A. belongs to our veterans and we have a responsibility to ensure that it is being used appropriately.”
Currently, non-veteran related businesses and non-profit organizations occupy nearly one-third of the California Veterans Home Campus, which is in direct violation of the deed for the property which states the property is to be held exclusively for veteran use.