Mr. Trevor Daley
U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein
Los Angeles Office
Congratulations on facilitating the AIDS LifeCycle event at the National Veterans Home on Saturday. It was a rip-roaring success and the Senator must be very proud of you and should give you a pay raise.
Yes, it was very noble of you to use this deeded Veterans land for a private carnival. Still don't understand why Ms. Caroline Barrie insists that the deeded Gift was for the “sole purpose of providing veterans a place to heal from war." (January 2008 issue of the Brentwood News) Could you bring her up to speed at what you are really doing with this land?
Mr. Daley, you are a very intelligent man, so why do you suppose Senator Jones and Arcadia de Baker included the sentence "to be permanently maintained as a National Home for Volunteer Disabled Soldiers" six different times in the Deed of 1888?
Now, I'm certainly not a very bright person, but I always thought "permanently maintained" meant, well .... permanently maintained. But why would Senator Jones and Ms. de Baker have included that sentence six different times? You don't suppose they did it just in case 120 years later, a young Senator's aide would think "permanently maintained" meant whatever he wanted it to mean for the benefit of the wealthy neighbors, do you? Naw .... surely not that reason. But since you're smarter than everyone else, particularly Veterans, why did they repeat it six different times?
The foregoing notwithstanding, and on behalf of Francisco and Clara Juarez, I would like to apologize for our selfishness in asking for your extremely valuable time to meet with us for a tour of the National Veterans Home to discuss simple land and building leases and unimportant Veterans healthcare issues. We had no idea you were so busy orchestrating all these major public events on Veterans property.
Furthermore, we finally realized that Senator Feinstein was just joking five months ago, when you said that "she charged me [you] with checking with the VA into the details of these agreements."
We're also relieved to know that the Senator was just kidding around with Francisco and myself on January 16th when she promised to meet with us again to discuss her vision of "building the finest healthcare facility in the nation for America's veterans." This is hilarious!
We're also in stitches that Senator Feinstein accepted the Veterans "Declaration of Enforcement" and said that she would read it and get back to us. That is sooooo funnnny!
And when she said "There will be no park here," that has to be one of the funniest punch lines we've ever heard. And coming from a 75 year-old Senator --- who would've thought she had such a playful side to her?
And silly us to think that you were being honest and serious, but just joking, when you wrote us on February 6th: "Please know the door to our office is always open to the both of you, and anyone else who wants to share their concerns on this issue or any other." That is a real knee-slapper! You're a hoot and sure have a great sense of humor.
Mr. Daley, Please forgive our naivete because we're just a couple everyday Veterans who overstepped our place in society when we wrongfully decided to help protect this land and pass it on to future generations, just as previous generations of Veterans had always done.
We're truly sorry for protesting against your boss and the honorable Henry Waxman for facilitating the giving away of a billion dollar parcel of Veterans land for a public community park. That was wrong of us because the Senator and Congressman worked so hard with their legislation to protect this land from being sold to developers so that they could give it away to their campaign donors. Talk about funny!
We had no idea the Congressman was also such a jokester -- he and the Senator sure got us on that one. I'm laughing out loud right now. Brilliant -- absolutely brilliant. Why sell land for billions of dollars that could go to Veterans healthcare services when you can give it away to your friends for their personal playground.
As a side note, Mr. Daley, did you and the Senator and Congressman know that approximately 20,000 Veterans are homeless in Los Angeles? No kidding, and a lot of our fellow Veterans were under the false impression that this land was a Home for Veterans and therefore they should be entitled to some shelter and warm meals, just like was provided for our country's brave defenders for more than a century. Kind of funny to be thinking that way, huh?
We also wrongly presumed that our ever-grateful government would provide our homeless Veterans with some guidance and rehabilitation to help them re-enter into society and perhaps become as important, successful and well-paid as you. That was very foolish on our part, and we do apologize for being so presumptive. We're just not as funny as you, the Senator and the Congressman, but we're getting the hang of it.
Mr. Daley, we wish you all the best in subverting the Deed that Senator John P. Jones and Arcadia de Baker reverently Granted to the U.S. government 120 years ago on behalf of America's Military Veterans. You must feel like a real patriot in facilitating Ms. Sue Young to help create her coveted "central park west" as a personal playground for her wealthy friends and the Senator's campaign donors.
And what a prankster Ms. Young is, saying that her Brentwood public park group was dedicating the park to "honor our veterans." I get tears in my eyes from laughing so hard at that one.
And taking $1 million of Veterans healthcare money to build her pretentious fence to beautify the entryway into Brentwood. Veterans will be laughing at that one for decades.
How about the time Sue Young, the VA, your boss, Henry Waxman, Zev Yaroslavsky and so many others, including retired Generals, all got together and changed "Duty" to "Beauty, Honor, Country" and then engraved it on stone on the hallowed grounds of the Veterans Home. That joke was so funny that they had to take it down.
Mr. Daley, trust us, we will never trouble you again as you are far too important and so very busy doing great and wondrous things for the community to be wasting your time on Veterans who only want to save this land for "building the finest healthcare facility in the nation for America's veterans."
Be advised Mr. Daley, the fun and games are over; you and your ilk messed with the wrong Veterans.
Robert L. Rosebrock
Co-Director, We the Veterans