Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Bush Signs Bill To Save Veteran’s Property In Los Angeles

THE ARTICLE FOLLOWS THIS EXCHANGE OF EMAILS FROM THE SPRING OF 2006-----Original Message-----
From: Kev [mailto:DELETED]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 4:24 AM
To: DELETED
Subject: Assemblymember Koretz Might Look To Block Sale Of Pubic Land

I have heard that Assemblymember Koretz is looking into stopping the auction of the 10 acres that was originally deeded to the veterans in 1888 because of possible restrictions on the property and the fact that the property was intended for Los Angeles veterans and that the swap for potential worthless desert land should be stopped.

RESPONSE
Hi,
That's a distinct possibility. All of the politicos seem to be zeroing in on the idea that the land should revert to vets. Unfortunately,
the full 10 acres was transferred to the Army (or Army Reserve?) fair and square, apparently with no clause that it should revert to the VA. So the Army is the legitimate "owner."
Don't know what you mean by "swap for potential worthless desert land." My understanding is that the winning bidder would simply have to erect some replacement buildings at one of the three other military facilities mentioned by the Army.
Anyhow, we'll see how it plays out.
May I ask who you are?
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kev [mailto:DELETED]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 10:41 AM
To: [DELETED]
Subject: RE: Assemblymember Koretz Might Look To Block Sale Of Pubic Land

Hi.
I'm Kevin Norte
www.kevinnorte.com
I think the issue is the original 1888 deed and the restrictions in it. Sure the Vets may have deeded in the the 20th century but were they allowed to without conditions? The only way is to read the original deed and I cannot locate a copy of it.

RESPONSE
I have a copy of the deed. It's not what I would call iron-clad.

Thanks for your ID

-----Original Message-----
From: Kev [mailto:DELETE]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 10:54 AM
To: DELETE
Subject: RE: Assemblymember Koretz Might Look To Block Sale Of Pubic Land

Is the deed in a PDF format? I do not know if Koretz or even Bobby Shriver in Santa Monica (or Kate Vernez his assistant) have seen it. But I would like to if possible.
RESPONSE
Don't know whether anybody has it in a PDF format. I suspect someone does. It's four legal-size pages.
I suspect that Bobby has seen it.

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From: Kev [mailto:DELETE]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 11:05 AM
To: DELETE
Subject: RE: Assemblymember Koretz Might Look To Block Sale Of Pubic Land

If you can send it to me I would appreciate it. I read these things for a living. I am at DELETE

My home address is
Kevin Norte
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Hollywood CA 90046

Thanks
Kevin

RESPONSE
OK
-----Original Message-----
From: Kev [mailto:DELETE]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 11:32 AM
To: DELETE
Subject: Thanks

Thanks.
West Hollywood City Councilmember Jeff Prang would like to see it be a Westside Transportation HUB based on the current zoning codes. It makes sense since it is near the 405 and isn't the Red Line supposed to go that way in the distant future.

RESPONSE
Well, that's an intriguing idea. But it sure wouldn't do much for the vets!

-----Original Message-----
From: Kev [mailto:DELETE]
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 11:48 AM
To: DELETE
Subject: Thanks Again

I know but you have a big story on your hands. I think it will be a page one story within a month or two.
Good luck.
I will keep reading.
Again, thank you
Kevin

RESPONSE
Keep me posted. Thanks

FF Fast Forward To Today
AFTER ALL THE HARD WORK,THE RESULT OF TODAY IS VICTORY
I laugh at how Don PDFed the Deed and then we sent is around all over Sacramento and Washington. We not only felt like we were feeling the future by converting the 1888 deed into an electronic format, but actually was like living the future as we saw up close how technology is changing our very existence as we live.
We communicated using PDFs.
IT WAS SO NICE TO FEEL THIS, WE BOTH CAN'T WAIT FOR OUR NEXT ADVENTURE.
And as for the next chapter I hear "Bells"
Now on to our lead story:


Bush Signs Bill To Save Veteran’s Property In Los Angeles

President Bush signed H.R. 2764 into law on Wednesday, December 26, 2007. One hundred ninety-four Republicans and 78 Democrats voted in favor of H.R. 2764. In its final version, 76 Senators supported it. In part it bars 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.) who did not cast a vote on the bill.

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Bush administration had favored opening the 388-acre complex to commercial business as a means of generating revenue the president did not veto the measure.

VA officials have been attempting to open portions of the property to commercial development for several years, and White House officials estimate that such a move could generate as much as $4 billion in revenue.

Those who oppose commercial development, however, said it went against the intent of donors who gave the property to the VA in the 1800s for veterans' services.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Feinstein were among the strongest critics of commercial development.

"This is not a revenue source any more than Yosemite or the Gettysburg Cemetery ," Yaroslavsky said at a news conference on December 19, 2007 outside the VA offices. The event included veterans and neighborhood groups who urged the president not to veto the measure.

Feinstein's provision bars the VA from signing long-term commercial agreements, or enhanced-use leases, to sell the land piecemeal. Several businesses already use the VA property to store rental cars and buses and to operate a laundry service, and their businesses won't be affected by the legislation, Feinstein's staff said.

Yaroslavsky was correct when he said that he was confident the provision would become law.

True, there are no major financial appropriations at either the federal or state level but there are many Veteran Based 501 ( c ) (3) charities that are willing to enter into long term leases at the property to build rehabilitation centers and new housing for veterans.
Now, with the property saved, it is time to call on the various committees and commissions that oversee Veteran’s affairs such as The Governor’s Committee on Labor for People With Disabilities (Note-one of their mandates is to set policies to help disabled Veterans get back to work), to work with the government to make the lives better for our deserving Veterans.