Protect A National Sacred Trust

Resolution Number ANAL08.01

Protect A National Sacred Trust

WHEREAS, the property on which the Los Angeles National Veterans Home is located was irrevocably deeded to the nation 120 years ago by John P. Jones and Arcadia de Baker as a place dedicated for the "sole purpose of providing veterans a place to heal from war;" and

WHEREAS, the Department of Veteran Affairs has awarded a contract for a 16-acre portion of that land to the Veterans Park Conservancy, not a veterans organization but a local community organization, for use to develop a memorial park, in the Conservancy’s words, "for the enjoyment and education of the entire community;" and

WHEREAS, a public park, despite its value to the whole community, is inconsistent with the exclusive use for veterans envisioned by the donors, and the trust conveyed in their deed to the United States;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party joins The American Legion, Veterans United for Truth, Inc., the National Veterans Coalition, the Gathering of Eagles, We the Veterans, the American GI Forum, Military Spouses For Change and Veterans For Common Sense, among others, along with hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families, to support an immediate halt to any giveaway of any of the Los Angeles National Veterans Home property, either to a non-veterans organization or for any non-veteran-related purpose; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party convey this resolution to the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D CA-30), in whose district the property falls, and Representative Bob Filner (D CA-51), the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Sponsored by Sanford Cook LTCOL US Army Ret, AD 33; Bob Handy HMC USN Ret, Chair, CDP Veterans Caucus;
Senator Art Torres (Ret.), former CDP Chair; Los Angeles Democratic Party (PARTIAL LIST)

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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