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The Veterans' Administration has six months to decide if part of its 387 acres in West LA should continue to house the UCLA Baseball stadium, sports facilities for a private school and a hotel laundry, or make way for America's largest contingent of homeless, often disabled veterans. Is it just a battle between the veterans and the VA? Are Brentwood Homeowners also involved? Also, UC Riverside is developing a transparent skull implant in hopes of providing a "window to the brain."

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, as President Obama heads for the G-20 in Russia, debate about his proposal to punish Syria continues on Capitol Hill. We hear about that and the common goals of Israel and Saudi Arabia as they work behind the scenes.

 

Banner image: Erik Kurtz

 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Gideon Brower

Reporter's Notebook A Window on the Brain? 6 MIN, 48 SEC

The ceramic material now used for dental crowns and hip implants can be made transparent. That's according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside. Since they know that the body will tolerate it in various applications, they're now working on making it into a "window to the brain." Masa Rao is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, part of the UC Riverside team.

Guests:
Masaru Rao, UC Riverside

Main Topic Should VA Property Be Used for Veterans Only? 17 MIN, 51 SEC

Los Angeles County has the most homeless veterans of any place in the country: 6,300 by the latest count. It also has 387 highly valuable acres of property in West Los Angeles, on the fringe of Westwood near UCLA. They are supposed to be used for veterans' healthcare — and they do include a big hospital. But other parts of the property are in dispute, and a federal judge has ruled that the VA has leased them for purposes "totally divorced from the provision of healthcare."

Guests:
Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times (@geholland)
Mark Rosenbaum, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)
Rodney Liber, Brentwood Homeowners Association

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