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September 10, 1995 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a bread-breaking event, a chance for soldiers from two vastly different cultures who fought together in the same war to reflect on their common experiences. But the invited Vietnamese group from a Baptist church in Pacoima never made it Saturday to the second annual barbecue of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
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September 10, 1995 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a bread-breaking event, a chance for soldiers from two vastly different cultures who fought together in the same war to reflect on their common experiences. But the invited Vietnamese group from a Baptist church in Pacoima never made it Saturday to the second annual barbecue of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1995
Santa Monica joined other Westside cities this week in approving money for a proposed 156-bed facility for homeless veterans on federal land in West Los Angeles. The Santa Monica City Council agreed Tuesday to contribute $400,000 toward the $5.2-million project. Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles and several federal agencies have pledged loans and grants for the regional facility.
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May 31, 2006 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County plans today to file suit in federal district court in an attempt to block the proposed June auction by the U.S. Army of a prime 10-acre parcel at Wilshire Boulevard and Federal Avenue that is now used as the West Los Angeles U.S. Army Reserve Center.
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August 29, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A federal judge ruled Thursday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its sprawling West Los Angeles campus by leasing land for a hotel laundry, a film studio storage lot and UCLA's baseball stadium, but stopped short of ordering the tenants off the property. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said the agency had abused its discretion by leasing land for purposes "totally divorced from the provision of healthcare," but delayed enforcement of his order so the government could appeal.
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November 6, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The Sepulveda VA Medical Center will recognize the contributions of women veterans Thursday, with a special event featuring speakers, health information and medical screenings. "This is a great opportunity for us here in the hospital to reach out to women veterans," said Kallie Wight, a counselor in the Women Veterans Health Program.
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December 20, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Federal lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday that would bar commercial development on the sprawling West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus in Brentwood and Westwood. The measure had been inserted into a larger appropriations bill by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and was passed by both the House and the Senate.
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April 8, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials are considering mandating that veterans make up a significant percentage of workers hired for most county construction projects. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who proposed the requirement, said it's a needed step to reduce unemployment and homelessness for veterans who live in the county. "The most potent antidote to homelessness, to mental illness, is a job and housing," he said. He said he had chosen veterans as the targeted group because the population includes people from across the spectrum in age, gender and ethnicity.
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July 2, 2009 | Sherine El Madany
A veterans outreach organization in Long Beach was named one of 17 groups nationwide Wednesday to receive a share of $7.5 million to train veterans for green jobs. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the agency grants to provide about 3,000 veterans with training and employment in green jobs. In California, the Long Beach site will get $500,000 to train more than 100 veterans in Los Angeles County and find work for them.
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September 5, 2013 | By the Times Editorial Board
A federal judge made the right decision when he ruled last week that the Department of Veterans Affairs had misused its West Los Angeles campus by leasing land to the private Brentwood School, a hotel laundry service, UCLA (for the use of Jackie Robinson Stadium by the UCLA baseball team) and a soccer club, among other entities. The VA is authorized by Congress to enter into agreements to share land or facilities with organizations that provide healthcare for veterans. The VA had argued that it used the revenue generated by leasing land to help fund its programs, but District Judge S. James Otero voided nine active lease agreements, covering about 20% of the VA's 387-acre campus, ruling that they did not directly involve healthcare.
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February 16, 2011 | Steve Lopez
White male, age 69. Homeless for 15 years and three months. Usually sleeps at the beach or along a riverbed. Has hepatitis C and suffers from mental illness. Has no health insurance. Has been incarcerated. African American male, age 61. Homeless for seven years and nine months. Usually sleeps at the beach. Has cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, hepatitis C, tuberculosis. Suffers from mental illness. Has been to the emergency room three times in the last three months.
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