Thursday, October 30, 2014
A Step Towards a Strike Out for UCLA's Baseball Field
Mediation between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Civil Liberties Union has failed to resolve a long-running dispute over leases on the sprawling West Los Angeles campus. Tenants on the 387-acre property include a private school, a laundry service for nearby hotels, a parking lot operator and a UCLA baseball stadium. In a 2011 lawsuit filed on behalf of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the ACLU challenged the legality of those agreements, arguing that VA real estate should be used to house homeless veterans. The VA argued that the leases produce revenue for healthcare. A U.S. district court judge ruled in August that the VA had abused its discretion in issuing the leases and gave the agency six months to enforce his judgment... Both sides appealed to the 9th Circuit, which sent the parties to mediation. On Tuesday, the court issued an order calling for opening briefs in the case. Mediation was officially over...
Full story at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mediation-fails-aclu-lawsuit-va-leases-20141028-story.html
So apparently, there will be more litigation to come. In the meantime, you can go out to the ball game: