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VA Settles Lawsuit over West LA Land Use

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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.

Credits

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

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sáša Woodruff, Jenny Hamel