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Aug 30, 2013 1:58 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Judge says LA land meant for veteran use

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a large tract of land in West Los Angeles should be used to help homeless veterans and not for other outside interests.

City News Service says U.S. District Judge S. James Otero made his ruling Thursday saying that the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is in violation of an 1888 deed of land to the U.S. which guarantees assistance to veterans who need it.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a lawsuit two years ago, claiming the land leased for a baseball stadium, film studio storage lot and other businesses is illegal.

Otero said the agency abused its discretion by leasing land for purposes other than helping veterans.

Officials say Los Angeles County has more than 6,000 homeless veterans.

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