Feinstein’s District Director with Dereliction of Duty
By Gene Simes @ 2:00 PM April 30, 2008
Veterans,” a unified alliance and fellowship with America's
military Veterans, recently was represented on behalf of
Operation Firing For Effect , a leading Veterans organization
headquartered in Rochester, NY, to file a Congressional
Complaint against California’s senior Senator, Diane Feinstein.
They demanded either the full and absolute cooperation of her
West Los Angeles staff or the immediate termination of her
District Director, Trevor Daley.
The complaint charges Mr. Daley with “Dereliction of Duty” as
the result of his refusal to work with or even respond to
Veterans and their justified complaints and concerns regarding
the ongoing abuse and outright taking of Veterans land at the
Los Angeles National Veterans Home, which completely violates
the specific purpose of the land grant Deed of 1888, “To be
permanently maintained as a National Home for Disabled Volunteer
Soldier's Duty Is Never Done
Rusty Rustan, a disabled Vietnam War Veteran and the California
Director of OFFE, officially presented the complaint during a
scheduled April 14 meeting with members of Sen. Feinstein's
Washington D.C. staff.
The complaint outlines the sequence of events during the
Senator’s Jan. 16 press conference at the West L.A. Veterans
National Home where she declared: “This property is meant to
serve veterans. That’s in the original land grant and it should
be maintained. And we're all in agreement about that.”
‘Senator, Why Do You Support a Public Park?’
After her press conference, the senator met with Robert
Rosebrock and Francisco Juarez, Co-Directors of “We the
Mr. Juarez specifically asked her why she supported a public
park on Veterans land. The senator responded that she knew
nothing about any public park. However, Mr. Trevor Daley, the
senator’s District Director, sheepishly informed her that there
was in fact a public park being planned on Veterans land. The
senator seemed bewildered and said, “I’m embarrassed.”
‘There Will Be No Park Here’
Mr. Rosebrock further informed the senator that Veterans Park
Conservancy, a non-profit special interest organization, has
plans to convert all Veterans’ land north of Wilshire Boulevard
into a Central Park West. The senator responded firmly, “There
will be no park here.”
Mr. Juarez thanked the senator for her support, and he handed
her a copy of the Veterans’ “Declaration of Enforcement,” which
he explained was written to unequivocally honor, protect and
preserve the Veterans’ land just as it was deeded 120 years ago.
The senator agreed to read the Declaration. She assured Mr.
Juarez and Mr. Rosebrock that she would respond and also agreed
to meet with them again to discuss, as she proudly stated,
“building the finest healthcare facility in the nation for
A Charge to Keep
On Jan. 29, Mr. Rosebrock and Mr. Juarez met with Mr. Daley at
the senator’s West L.A. office to discuss the public park
agreement, the Declaration, and related issues they shared with
the senator at her news conference.
Mr. Daley agreed to promptly meet again with Mr. Juarez and Mr.
Rosebrock for a detailed tour of the grounds at the National
Home so that they could show him, first-hand, where major areas
of abuse and misuse were taking place with Veterans’ land.
On Feb. 6, Mr. Daley sent an email to both Mr. Rosebrock and Mr.
Juarez confirming: “As we discussed when we met last week, the
senator has been a supporter of the Veterans Park Conservancy in
the past. However, when she met with you last month, she asked
me to please check into these agreements and closely look at the
concerns you raised. She charged me with checking with the V.A.
into the details of these agreements.”
Dereliction of Duty
Mr. Rosebrock and Mr. Juarez made repeated efforts to schedule
and engage the agreed upon tour of the V.A. grounds with Mr.
Daley. But he consistently kept putting off the tour.
The two sent Mr. Daley repeated e-mails and left phone messages
with Mr. Daley regarding his responsibility charged by the
senator to find answers and details regarding the land use
agreements, including the Ssnator's promise to read the
Declaration and to meet with them again.
Mr. Daley continued to ignore Mr. Rosebrock and Mr. Juarez,
which finally prompted the filing of their Congressional
Complaint against Mr. Daley for “Dereliction of Duty.”
In addition to the aforementioned complaint, “We the Veterans”
also filed complaints with Sen. Feinstein’s office against
Veterans Park Conservancy and its executive director, Ms. Sue
Young, demanding repayment of $1 million of Veterans’ healthcare
money that was taken to help build a wrought iron fence that
serves as an entryway into Brentwood, at the expense of
Veterans’ healthcare services.
Additional complaints that were filed included a demand that
Veterans Park Conservancy immediately remove the word “Park”
that the organization had engraved in stone at the Veterans Home
and rightfully replace it with the word “Home.”
“We the Veterans” also issued a “cease and desist” order,
demanding the termination of any further land discussions about
a public park and other non-Veteran entities, as well as
“Eviction Notices” to all commercial and non-commercial entities
that currently occupy land and/or buildings on Veterans’
property that do not directly benefit America’s military
Boxer and Waxman
In addition to serving the complaints to Sen. Feinstein’s
Washington D.C. office, Mr. Rustan, a resident, California
native and disabled Veteran of Huntington Beach, delivered
copies of the complaints to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S.
Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-West L.A.) staff as well. The powerful
Congressman has held office for 34 years in the 30th District,
which is the responsible steward for overseeing the operations
and services of the Los Angeles National Veterans Home.
More Veterans Than 42
In a letter dated Feb. 11, 2007, to then-Secretary of Veterans
Affairs James Nicholson, Sens. Feinstein and Boxer and
Congressman Waxman jointly declared: “There are more veterans
living within 50 miles of the West L.A. V.A. than there are in
42 other states combined. We need a plan that effectively
focuses on their needs. We request that you take prompt action
to halt projects that are not consistent with the core mission
of the V.A. and fulfill the Congressional mandate to draft a
master plan for the V.A. land.”
Think about this: There are more Veterans living within 50 miles
of the Los Angeles V.A. than 42 states combined. That is a
phenomenal responsibility. Yet all of the emphasis has been
placed on building a public community park for Brentwood.
This begs the question: Why does Sen. Feinstein have a District
Deputy like Mr. Daley, a non-Veteran, whose jurisdictional
responsibilities encompass this great National Home that 26
million Veterans nationwide have access to? But he doesn’t even
have the time or decency to respond to Veterans’ inquiries, even
after he was specifically charged by the senator to find answers
to their serious claims and concerns.
And why is it that Mr. Daley knows about a public park and the
There’s just way too much at stake here to allow any more
neglect and abuse against our Veterans and their deeded
property, while the local community gets priority attention for
a public park.
It all boils down to the necessity of new leadership at the
Senator’s West L.A. office.
Let’s Build the
Fellow Americans, it’s time for our elected public servants to
fully protect and preserve the Veterans hallowed land just as
other generations have for the past 120 years.
This great Veterans’ healthcare and rehabilitation center is far
too important to be dealing with non-Veteran issues and
commercial leases including some public park that unnecessarily
distracts from the paramount responsibility of the Veterans
Administration to provide healthcare and rehabilitation
Sens. Feinstein and Boxer, along with Congressman Waxman, need
to take a responsible and positive leadership role by hiring new
staff members that fully understand the needs of America’s
military Veterans and possess the ability to work constructively
with them, not against them, or to ignore them.
This Congressional delegation must take full responsibility and
work cooperatively with all Veterans to plan and immediately
implement Sen. Feinstein’s vision of “building the finest
healthcare facility in the nation for America’s veterans.”
Mr. Simes served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Vietnam War
combat Veteran, and he was awarded the Purple Heart. He is CEO
of Operation Firing For Effect, (www.OFFE2008.org),
which is headquartered New York and represents and assists
America’s military Veterans nationwide. He is a popular and
respected talk show host on Stardust Radio (www.StarDustRadio.com)