Sue Young’s Endless War on War-Injured Homeless Veterans
… by Robert L. Rosebrock
LOS ANGELES – Susan C. “Sue” Young, an affluent and influential environmental activist has long coveted the sacred land at the Los Angeles National Veterans Home, aka the Los Angeles VA Healthcare System (VA). For more than a quarter-century, Ms. Young has been armed with a pretentious and self-serving scheme to overthrow Veterans legally deeded land that is held in trust by the United States Government for war-injured and homeless Veterans … and convert it into her own fiefdom with a vast public park “for the enjoyment of the entire community.”
Decades ago, as president of the Brentwood Homeowners Association (BHA), Sue Young appointed herself as lord and master over everything she saw and wanted at the Los Angeles VA while ostracizing war-injured and impoverished homeless Veterans for whom this land was exclusively deeded 126 years ago.
In the mid-1980’s, Sue Young unilaterally founded and has been the domineering force behind a private, non-profit corporation that operates under the ruse of Veterans Park Conservancy (VPC).
Over the past quarter-century, Sue Young, who is not a Veteran, made various name changes to identify her fund-raising machine, but she always keeps the word “Veteran” at the forefront in order to attract sympathetic donations from unsuspecting Patriots.
Over the past decade, Sue Young has paid herself over $1.1 million from these private donations while successfully restricting war-injured and impoverished Veterans from accessing their rightful National Veterans Home.
Following is link to a recent article about Sue Young and her VPC charade, published by Hews Media Group that was awarded “Best Investigative Newspaper in Los Angeles – 2013,” by the Los Angeles Press Club.
The Veterans Park Conservancy Deception
In simple truth, Sue Young’s cabal is nothing more than a wealthy self-serving homeowner group that grew out of the BHA when she was president in the 1980’s, and has continuously remained in staunch opposition to emergency shelter or building new permanent housing for war-injured and homeless Veterans on these hallowed grounds …. and they have shamefully succeeded.
On March 17, 1988 the Los Angeles Times featured an article titled: “Plans to House Homeless on VA Property Dropped.” (Attached)
The article states: “A federal judge last month proposed placing 15 city-owned trailers on the 442-acre site, and neighborhood activists and leaders of various veterans groups agreed to join a task force with hospital executives, government officials and Salvation Army representatives to discuss the plan.”
This self-appointed faction purportedly discussed the 15 city-owned trailer plan on VA property and then overthrew it with their own “alternative plan” ….
The Times reported: “Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals met Tuesday with [Sara M.] Hammond and VA Medical Center Director William K. Anderson and agreed to support an alternative plan to handle homeless veterans.”
“The [alternative] plan includes an outreach program, expansion of the VA’s live-in program for elderly and mentally ill veterans, placing homeless veterans and their families in vacant apartments and houses, and consideration of locating the trailers on General Services Administration-controlled property adjacent to the VA site, Pregerson said.”
To be clear, there have never been “vacant apartments and houses” in West Los Angles.
So, how did a Federal Judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals get involved with a city-owned trailer plan to house homeless Veterans at the VA and why did he then flip-flop to house them according to the alternative plan?
And who are these self-appointed “authorities” that independently subverted an Act of Congress and legal Deed?
Why did Judge Pregerson, who is a Veteran, approve the alternative plan to house Veterans off-campus in fictionalized vacant houses and apartments, instead of on the property deeded specifically for homeless Veterans? He’s a Judge and an attorney and knows you cannot subvert a legal deed to do as anyone pleases, so why did he approve of the alternative plan that grossly violated an Act of Congress and a legal Deed?
And why did he approve using the GSA-controlled property, which is actually part of the deeded VA property that was fraudulently transferred to the GSA in 1962 and includes the Federal Building and Westwood community public park?
Moreover, how did a Federal Judge become an independent “deal maker” on Federal VA property without any known Federal Court proceedings?
Fellow Veterans have been unable to find any Court filings or reference to Judge Pregerson’s independent approval of the alternative plan he ultimately accepted, beyond this LA Times article.
Perhaps the ACLU attorneys could shed some light on this inexplicable “plan” and “alternative plan” involving a Federal Judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on what was then 442 acres of Federal VA land, which has since dwindled to 388 acres.
What happened to the 54 acres, who got them and how much was paid and where did the money go?
It’s beyond questionable how a principled plan initiated by the then VA Administrator, Major General Thomas K. Turnage (Ret-USA) and a Federal Judge, to place 15 Los Angeles city-owned housing trailers on VA property was abruptly replaced by an alternative plan orchestrated through Sue Young and a group of neighboring homeowners to disenfranchise disabled homeless Veterans that would exile them from this land, and then 54 acres mysteriously disappeared while Los Angeles became our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans?
Lest we forget, the ACLU’s landmark lawsuit against top VA bureaucrats that resulted in a subsequent Federal Judgment adjudicating nine real estate deals between the VA and non-Veteran entities as “unauthorized by law and therefore void,” has been Appealed by the VA in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Make no mistake, the VA’s Appeal is “legally and morally indefensible.”
One of those nine illegal real estate deals is with Sue Young’s Veterans Park Conservancy homeowner group, of which she is a signatory with Ralph Tillman of the VA who immediately “retired” after a recent Government Accountability Office report revealed widespread mismanagement at the VA including misappropriation of funds from the nine illegal real estate deals.
In the 1988 LA Times article, Ms. Young pontificated: “The neighborhood groups will organize the program to house veterans’ families in the community, Young said.”
Incredulously, Sue Young, without any government authority except from her own self-appointment and self-aggrandizement, helped organize a program (alternative plan) to warehouse disabled homeless “in the community” – not Sue Young’s neighboring community of Brentwood — but far away in ramshackle apartments in seedy neighborhoods run by slumlords.
Then Sue Young brazenly proclaimed: “We know there is a homeless problem out there, but the Veterans Administration property is not the place to solve it.”
Au contraire Ms. Young, it’s the only place for homeless Veterans living “out there,” so sayeth the Congressional Act of 1887 and the legal Deed and Charitable Trust of 1888.
But there you have it … a quarter-century ago, non-Veteran Sue Young unilaterally organized neighborhood factions that blocked a plan to house homeless Veterans on VA property. This resulted in the ultimate disenfranchising of tens of thousands of war-injured homeless Veterans from their legally deeded National Home, while in 2007, Ms. Young finagled a rent-free agreement on a billion-dollar parcel of VA property to build a public park, albeit an illegal agreement.
Nevertheless, while paying herself more than a million dollars over a decade from private donations, Sue Young has waged a relentless war against war-injured and impoverished Veterans while unlawfully undermining the moral and legal authority of the of the Congressional Act and legal Deed.
Veterans Keep Out!
VPC’s self-serving scheme has caused Los Angeles to become our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans with more than 20,000 who are left destitute and hungry on skid row and back-alley squalor, while Ms. Young and her wealthy cronies live safely in multi-million dollar mansions.
Subsequent to the 1988 plan that Sue Young helped block that would’ve provided 15 city-owned trailers for homeless Veterans, the City of Los Angeles manipulated an illegal rent-free occupation of 12 acres of Veterans land for a public dog park, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and a large pubic parking lot. Even more suspicious, there is no written agreement between the VA and the City of Los Angeles for this 12-acre heist.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is a Veteran, has promised to end Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles by the end of 2015, but like Sue Young, he apparently believes that “the Veterans Administration property is not the place to solve it.”
Like Sue Young and her VPC cohorts, the City is illegally occupying a half-billion dollar parcel of land on VA property – rent free – for a public community park when it is deeded exclusively for disabled homeless Veterans.
If Mayor Garcetti is to be taken seriously about ending Veteran homelessness in 14 month, he needs to declare Los Angeles in a state of emergency for homeless Veterans and immediately vacate the public dog park and baseball diamonds and bring in a large fleet of city-owned trailers to house homeless Veterans, and open the public parking lot for Veterans who live in their vans, campers and RV’s.
(L-R) Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor of the Third District; Sue Young, executive director of Veterans Park Conservancy, which is not a Veterans organization but a wealthy and politically powerful homeowner group; Henry Waxman, U.S. Congressman of the 33rd District; and Flora Gil Krisiloff, Westside Senior District Deputy to Yaroslavsky and the vice president and board member of Veterans Park Conservancy, together hold a rendering of the proposed 16-acre rent-free public park on Veterans sacred land. The rendering shows the “majestic wrought iron fence” to beautify the entryway into Brentwood, which the VA was hoodwinked into donating $1 million of Veterans healthcare money. The concrete base of the fence included the denigrating slur of “Beauty, Honor, Country” instead of the Military’s noble creed of “Duty, Honor, Country.”
Note: None of the four in this photo are Veterans.
This is just one of many of Sue Young’s frequent private party tents where her elitist homeowner group gathers on VA property while frequent requests by Veteran advocates to have emergency tented shelter for disabled homeless Veterans have been repeatedly denied. These lavishly catered feasts are held exclusively for Sue Young and her wealthy homeowner friends, while war-injured and impoverished Veterans are forced to live homeless and hungry in degrading and inhumane conditions.
Sue Young, who has made more than $1.1 million over the past decade from private donations as director of a bogus Veterans organization, waved off Stephen Sherman, a 93-year old, Disabled World War II Veteran, denying him entrance to her private party that was held on land deeded in Stephen’s behalf.
What has taken place on these sacred grounds at the expense and mockery of war-injured and impoverished homeless Veterans is illegal, immoral, unpatriotic and sacrilegious. It’s beyond criminal!
It shall be interesting to see how the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the VA’s Appeal of the Federal Judgment, which includes Sue Young’s illegal billion-dollar real estate deal that she got rent-free to benefit her fellow wealthy homeowners in neighboring Brentwood.
QUESTION: Will the Federal Judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stand up for disabled homeless Veterans and evict the illegal occupants on this land and mandate the VA to build emergency shelter in addition to a new, modern and permanent National Veterans Home for disabled homeless Veterans, or will they bow down to the illegal occupants with an alternative plan that continues to disenfranchise homeless Veterans and warehouse them far away from Sue Young and her fat-cat friends in Brentwood, and allow her to turn this sacred land into a public park for the enjoyment of the entire community?
ANSWER: History tells us that when it involves Judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Sue Young, bet the family farm on the alternative plan.
Join us every Sunday – 1:00 – 4:00 PM — at the northeast corner of Wilshire and San Vicente Boulevards, west of the 405 Freeway adjacent to the community of Brentwood, to protest the biggest and most shameful land-fraud scandal in American history.
God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!
Plans to House Homeless on VA Property Dropped
By Sheldon Ito
A proposal to house homeless veterans and their families in trailers on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Medical Center near Westwood has been dropped because of opposition from area homeowners and veterans groups, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Instead, the homeless veterans may be housed in vacant homes or apartments spread around the area, spokeswoman Sara M. Hammond said.
A federal judge last month proposed placing 15 city-owned trailers on the 442-acre site, and neighborhood activists and leaders of various veterans groups agreed to join a task force with hospital executives, government officials and Salvation Army representatives to discuss the plan.
Plans Moved Ahead
Although the task force had not yet decided whether it approved of the proposal, VA
The order from Turnage “made them think their efforts were futile, that a decision was already made and that it was being crammed down the throats of the hospital and the community,” Hammond said.
Several homeowners’ groups held emergency meetings over the weekend to mobilize letter writing and advertising campaigns against the plan, said Sue Young, president of the Brentwood Homeowners Assn.
Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals met Tuesday with Hammond and VA Medical Center Director William K. Anderson and agreed to support an alternative plan to handle homeless veterans.
The plan includes an outreach program, expansion of the VA’s live-in program for elderly and mentally ill veterans, placing homeless veterans and their families in vacant apartments and houses, and consideration of locating the trailers on General Services Administration-controlled property adjacent to the VA site, Pregerson said.
The neighborhood groups will organize the program to house veterans’ families in the
community, Young said.
“We know there is a homeless problem out there, but the Veterans Administration property is not the place to solve it,” she said.
U.S. Army, 1965-67, Schofield Barracks, Hqs., U.S Army, Hawaii. Director, The Veterans Revolution, Captain, the Old Veterans Guard, and Director, We the Veterans.