Suggestions for a homeless veterans’ facility have come as little surprise to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who argued that Brentwood and New Directions already coexist peacefully — contradicting stereotypes of NIMBY Westside homeowners. Yaroslavsky said the federal government will face an environmental lawsuit if they attempt to proceed with the auction, while would-be developers will have to contend with restrictive county zoning.
Despite all the talk of homeless veterans, Yaroslavsky said his first priority is scuttling the auction itself. “That property is very deep,” he said. “There are three major buildings on or near the property, and it easily lends itself to expanded services of all kinds to veterans, or homeless veterans. But the point is that none of that is possible if they sell it off for biotech firms or hotels or movie theaters.”