Resolution Passed Opposing Two 75-year Leases at Sepulveda VA


by Peggy Burgess
Stakeholder Member North Hills West Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee

The Veterans and their supporters are happy to announce, that on April 8, 2010, the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) joined the Coalition of Opponents to the Sepulveda VA Leases between developers New Directions and A Community of Friends and their proposed conversion of medical buildings 4 and 5 into a 149 unit apartment complex.

RPLAC leadership voted on and signed the attached agendized Resolution standing in opposition to the Enhanced Use Leases (EULs) the VA has negotiated at the Sepulveda facility in North Hills (San Fernando Valley), CA.  The vote was unanimous in support of the resolution, which was immediately signed.
The RPLAC Resolution calls for immediate Rescission of the two 75-Year Enhanced Leases, that Sepulveda VA  buildings 4 and 5 be immediately restored to fully functioning medical facilities seeing and treating Veteran patients; and that a full service inpatient medical center be rebuilt on the Sepulveda VA property in North Hills, CA.
The resolution was introduced by Mark Reed, Republican Candidate for Congress in the 27th District which includes the Sepulveda VA Medical Center, also known as the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (SACC).
The RPLAC body of the whole represents 1,150,000 Republican Voters in Los Angeles County and brings the total number of Veterans and citizen opponents to the Sepulveda project to over 4,375,565.  Attached also is the updated list of Opponents to the project.
The issue of Enhanced Use Leases and VA, whether at Sepulveda VA or elsewhere across the country, is a non-partisan/non-political issue.  Our goal is to stop the giveaway of Veterans sacred lands going on across the country via the VA’s use of Enhanced Use Leasing as a tool to dispose of Veterans’ Lands starting with Buildings 4 and 5 at the Sepulveda, VA.
Saving Sepulveda from encroachment by private sector developers is vital to the over 310,000 Veterans currently in the Sepulveda service area who will soon be joined by thousands more from Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Sepulveda service are includes the entire San Fernando, Simi, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, north to San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria and east past Lancaster-Palmdale to California City.
Veterans are entitled to receive medical care and treatment in their immediate area. That’s why VA hospital medical centers were established in San Diego, Long Beach, West L.A.. and the San Fernando Valley.
However, in 1996 the hospital was demolished and not rebuilt. Since then the VA has systematically downsized and gutted the once thriving full service Sepulveda hospital medical center and moved all major medical services to the VA in West Los Angeles.  Our aging and disabled Veterans are now forced to travel 2 to 4 hours one way to West L.A. or Long Beach for their medical care. The Veterans want the Sepulveda leases rescinded, buildings 4 and 5, which are well maintained and in good condition, immediately refurbished and staffed for medical use, a new hospital built and Sepulveda restored to the full service medical center it was designated to be.  Saving Sepulveda will assure medical care and treatment in their immediate area for all those who have fought, are fighting now and will do so in the future to protect our freedom.
Save Our Veterans Land!

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