On January 16, 2008, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky discussed the future of the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus. Feinstein admonished Veterans to not 'rock the boat' when it came to future West LA VA planning saying that saving the place from Bush Administration privatized development should be enough to satisfy the former soldiers. Reporter Michael Collins tells Sen. Feinstein and her district director, Trevor Daley, of veterans' tombstones in old nuke dump and offers to show them to the two. Feinstein asks Daley to take a "look at it" which Daley never does.
Nearly 100 veterans staged a spirited rally at the corner of Wilshire and San Vicente in Brentwood on Sunday, March 9, 2008 to protest what they see as land grab by affluent and influential Brentwood community members for a "National Veterans Park." Those demonstrations have continued every Sunday ever since and, according to protesters, they have been harassed by VA police several times.
Sixteen acres on VA property in west Los Angeles sit at the corner of Wilshire and San Vicente boulevards in Brentwood. The property, appraised at $1 billion, has been the battleground between the Veterans Park Conservancy and Veterans over a park that is on land that was deeded in perpetuity to Veterans in 1888.