UCLA, Brentwood School Accused of Shortchanging Veterans at West L.A. Property

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The Brentwood dog park, seen in this undated photo, is a flashpoint in the ongoing debate about development of the VA's West Los Angeles campus for hundreds of homeless veterans. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

The Brentwood dog park, seen in this undated photo, is a flashpoint in the ongoing debate about development of the VA’s West Los Angeles campus for hundreds of homeless veterans. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

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UCLA and the Brentwood School are under fire from advocates who say that neither institution is providing the veteran services they agreed to under their leases on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ West L.A. property.

UCLA, whose Jackie Robinson baseball stadium sits on the sprawling, 388-acre federal land tract, promised veterans a legal clinic, a family welfare center and game tickets. The Brentwood School pledged to share its 22-acre athletic complex on the property with veterans and to give their children 150 scholarships to its summer day camp.

But in September, then-Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) accused the Brentwood School of making it difficult for veterans to use the athletic facilities.

“It appears that veterans face an onerous process to access the facility,” Knight, who was defeated by Democrat Katie Hill in November’s election, said in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “And the process is designed to discourage veteran usage of the leased land.”

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