House Passes Lieu Bill on VA

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5936, the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016.  The legislation incorporates the full text of H.R. 3484, a prior bill introduced by Congressman Lieu to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to use enhanced-use leases at the West LA VA campus. The legislation allows the VA to implement the campus’ Master Plan with enhanced-use leases.

Leiu said, “I am pleased the House of Representatives passed the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, which authorizes the VA to implement the Master Plan for the West L.A. VA campus.  Today represents a giant leap forward in restoring the property to the Old Soldiers’ Home it was always intended to be.  If enacted, this legislation will enable the VA to construct 1,200 units of housing for homeless veterans at the West L.A. VA and offer new robust services on the campus such as vocational training, recreation and spiritual support.  The legislation also ensures that all leases on the campus principally benefit Veterans and strengthen the partnership between the VA and leaseholders.”

The legislation is a path for certain land leases that will allow UCLA and Brentwood School to continue to use a small portion of the 350 acre property by providing beneficial services to Veterans. For now, Barrington Park will also be available for public use, but the dog park use may soon be in limbo.