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The Veterans’ Administration has finally agreed that homeless military veterans will be housed on 400 acres in West LA—land dedicated to them more than 100 years ago. An exit strategy for commercial properties that have been leasing the land will be negotiated. We’ll talk to the new VA Administrator who made the deal just six months after taking office.

Also, a fox hunted almost to extinction before Yosemite became a National Park has been spotted for the first time in almost 100 years.

Banner Image: Gary Montez, 58, sits outside his tent in the courtyard of Midnight Mission shelter on skid row in Los Angeles, California November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Jenny Hamel

VA Settles Lawsuit over West LA Land Use 18 MIN, 4 SEC

400 acres of West LA was dedicated to American veterans in 1888. Now, LA County has more homeless veterans than any place else in the country—some 4200 people. But it wasn’t until yesterday that the Veterans’ Administration announced settlement of a lawsuit demanding that they be housed on that property. The agreement is expected to produce what’s called an “exit strategy” for a hotel laundry, athletic facilities for a private school, and UCLA’s baseball field—all of which have been paying rent to the VA. Robert McDonald became Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration last July. Negotiations began last month.

Guests:
Robert McDonald, US Department of Veterans Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs)
Mark Rosenbaum, Public Counsel (@publiccounsel)
Ina Jaffe, NPR News (@InaJaffeNPR)

Rare Fox Sighting Could Help Species 5 MIN, 51 SEC

For the first time since 1915, a Sierra Nevada Red Fox has been photographed by a hidden camera. Sarah Stock is a wildlife biologist at Yosemite National Park.


The Sierra Nevada Red Fox as captured by hidden camera; Credit: NPS

Read more about the fox on the Which Way, LA? blog.

Guests:
Sarah Stock, Yosemite National Park

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