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.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Veternan’s Property Along the 405 Saved From Being Sold Off or Converted To Other Uses

December 21, 2007

After a long battle, the property along the 405 in Los Angeles that was originally deed for the use of retired and disabled Veterans FOREVER in 1888 as been saved by an Act of Congress and signed into law by the president.

Since W. took over the administratin was trying to figure out ways of selling or transferring some or all of the property to the private sector even though it violated a deed restriction.

Many support Veteran’s Rights and this week, Veteran’s and their supporters won.

At a breackfast with the Governor on November 9th of this year,Don and I received Arnold's assurance that California would step up to the plate to help our Veterans at the site if the property was saved. Well it has been saved.

Everyone in Sacramento and Washington who helped us one the project were wonderful. To see politics in action is fascinating. DiFi amends the War Appropriations Act that has to be signed by the end of the year. She amend it by adding a paragraph on a page close to 300 that the property can't be sold. DiFi, however, opposing the war, votes no. Waxman, however is in on it, and he votes yes. Arnold is happy. Maria is very happy. and Bobby Shriver is extremely happy. But the best part is seeing how we actually made a difference. I actually have had second thoughts about marriage but knowing what we can do, well, the tickets are booked and we will be in P-Town for July 7.
I know we have a looning deficit but we are taliking about people who were willing to give their lives for this country. If we do not have the money, them we must look at 501 (c)(3)s dedicated to Veteran’s affairs for help and guidance. For instance, they could build a shelter or rehap center there. The issue is we own a responsibility to the BRAVE MEN AND WOMAN.

Bill OKd to bar development of VA site
Feinstein measure on the West L.A. campus is approved by both houses of Congress despite a White House veto threat.
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

December 20, 2007

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.

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, backers of the prohibition say it is unlikely the measure will now be vetoed by the president.

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, say it goes 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 Wednesday 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.

Despite the White House’s support for development of the campus, Yaroslavsky said he was confident the provision would become law.

“I can’t imagine that [the president] would veto this omnibus appropriations bill over this one provision,” Yaroslavsky said.

At the White House, spokeswoman Christin Baker said Wednesday that the staff there were still evaluating the bill. She said that they considered the West L.A. VA property, “a pretty large provision” because of the potential lost revenue.

molly.hennessy-fiske @latimes.com
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