Copies of Settlement Agreement(s) of Valentini v. Shinseki / McDonald (Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General)

Ryan Thompson filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.
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Multi Request Copies of Settlement Agreement(s) of Valentini v. Shinseki / McDonald
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From: Ryan Thompson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any and all Settlement Agreement(s) of the Valentini v. Shinseki Federal Court Case(s) and its related Action(s), that were entered into by and between the Plaintiff(s) and Defendant(s) in that Case; wherever such Agreement(s) to any of the aforementioned Case(s) and Action(s) exist, if any.

I'm providing you the following information in any event you find it helpful to discover and / or produce Responsive Documents to this Request:

I have diligently researched and pursued this matter without discovering any Settlement Agreement of Valentini. The extent of such inquiries include those I've made to the Valentini Court on Record by Federal sworn Declaration and entirely unanswered correspondence with every single registered member of Counsel for All Parties to that Case; the exception being one caveat: Former Member of Counsel Ronald L. Olson personally responded to my inquiry of 2021, as to whether he believed Valentini v. Shinseki was ever Settled by the Plaintiffs he'd Represented, to which Mr. Olson directly responded to me with only, "Direct inquiries to Dan Garcia." Mr. Garcia is an executive of the private non-profit corporation Vets Advocacy Inc., that Mr. Olson and UCLA Attorney Gary Blasi founded and remain Officers of. As expected, Mr. Garcia never responded to my follow up inquiry, despite notifying him that Mr. Olson requested my outreach.

Valentini v. Shinseki is a Civil Rights Case filed in the Federal Court for the Central District of California in 2011 under Case Number 2:11-cv-04846. The Congressionally Chartered Veterans Service Organization Vietnam Veterans of America, a group of disabled and homeless U.S. Military Veterans and a Class of Disabled and homeless U.S. Military Veterans are Plaintiffs in that Case. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (including Eric Shinseki and Robert McDonald over certain time periods) and Directors of the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System at the West Los Angeles VA Soldiers Home (including Donna Beiter over a certain time period) are the Defendants in that Case. The U.S. Department of Justice Represents all Defendants in that Case; however there were once Intervenor(s) and / or Appellant(s) to that Case; which Dismissed their own Participation in that Case pursuant to a Court Order, prior to and without any Judgment on their respective Intervention(s) and / or Appeal(s).

No Settlement Agreement is Entered, nor Noticed to the Valentini Court and / or Entered upon it's Docket(s). Contrarily, the Final Judgment Order of February 17th, 2015 in That Case expressly Orders "Should this matter fail to resolve itself, the Court shall reinstate all previously issued orders."

On March 26th, 2015 - Attorneys for Plaintiffs, along with attorneys for entities that oppose the Plaintiffs, yet since March 23rd, 2015 were no longer Parties to the Case; as well one attorney Representing one or some, but not all Plaintiffs in Valentini - purportedly Stipulated to Dismiss that Case. Such purported Stipulation was not Declared under Oath. In accordance with the Judge's standing, conditional Order of February 17th, 2015; the purported Stipulation was not Ruled, Adjudged nor Ordered by the Court on Record in the Case Docket. Furthermore, the purported Stipulation states it "... is signed by all parties who have appeared in this case"... Yet in Fact, not a single Plaintiff signed the purported Stipulation document filed on Case Record / Docket; only attorneys, nearly all of whom Represent the losing Defendants in that Case.

While readily apparent and substantially evident that Valentini v. Shinseki / Mcdonald was never Settled, I'm making this Request for Good Reasons and Ethical Intent in abundance of caution; because on a frequent and consistent basis since January 28th, 2015 - Directors of the West Los Angeles VA Soldiers Home, Medical Center therein, non-profit organizations asserting controls over land-use policies thereat and Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs all Declare; in Official published writings addressing the Public, sworn testimony before Congress, Official Public Statements to the Press and while providing Guidance to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees and contractors on land use policies - that the Valentini v. Shinseki Case (aka Valentini v. McDonald) was Settled by a Written Agreement; and they expressly Declare that purported agreement, is a document of January 28th, 2015 that was made by former U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Ronald L. Olson (one of many former members of Counsel to one or more Plaintiffs in Valentini v. Shinseki); entitled "Principles for a Partnership and Framework for Settlement By and Between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Representatives of the Plaintiffs - Valentini v. McDonald". Beyond the Fact the memorializing memorandum between the aforementioned two persons never mentions the word "settlement" below the title they gave it; the Term of that memorandum printed above their signatures Declares "The Principles Document is not intended to be enforceable in any court."

Given the foregoing Facts while considering that since January 28th, 2015: Los Angeles County remains our Nation's Capital of Veteran homelessness, at least one disabled Veteran in Los Angeles County is dying homeless every single day, None of approximately 500-mandated units of housing for homeless Veterans at WLA VA Soldiers Home were built by secretively awarded private developers with hundreds of millions of dollars in Public Funds to do so, VA GLAHS Directors and private contractors systematically evict disabled homeless Veterans from WLA VA Soldiers Home, VA GLAHS Directors intentionally refuse to directly contract with developers to build housing for homeless Veterans at WLA VA Soliders Home, VA GLAHS Directors claim any and all housing for homeless Veterans at WLA VA Soldiers Home must be developed via an Enhanced Use Lease providing private developers land, management rights, full operational control and large amounts of Public Funds in lump sum cash payments for up to 99-years without satisfying the most basic Federal Mandates of Transparency; and that current U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough has Declared to the Public, many times On Record, that he Intends to approve both a Master and Community Plan developed by private entities including non-compliant, third-party WLA VA Soldiers Home land users - to Declare most of the WLA VA Soldiers Home as Open Space and Park Space under Los Angeles County and City authority; and delaying indefinitely funded yet non-existent housing for homeless Veterans within a small commercial retail "Town Center" district until around the year 2035 (if ever). Beyond such, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System / U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has expensed hundreds of millions of dollars of Public Funds via lump-sum cash payments to Concourse Federal and the Craddock Group; which in Fact are no more than U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs land use reform lobbyists and Public-to-Private consultants with declared intent to obtain concessions of Federal Public Lands for private, for-profit entities in non-Veteran related business.

I'm unsure you can imagine the disappointment I, so many of my neighbors and U.S. Citizens accross this Country have in knowing of these corrupt Facts while bearing the cost and labor of fighting for years, literally years, just to get fully entitled, disabled and homeless Veterans inside their Soldiers Home... Yet only in the tents we must procure for them... And when we demand, in accordance with Public Law that those Veterans be housed in WLA VA Soldiers Home Buildings constructed as housing for them; such as Building 220 that UCLA "acquired" in a 2016 Baseball Field "Lease" yet hasn't used since March 16th, 2020 - we are not even granted the respect of any response whatsoever.

Compounding the foregoing Facts of Grave and Urgent Concern to the People of the United States of America, especially those disabled and homeless Veterans who will continue dying by such oft-Found-illegal land use policies - is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs primarily bases such mortal fate upon a Settlement Agreement to Valentini that no U.S. Citizen can locate.

I sincerely hope for the sake of According prevailing Authorities at Public Law, Ethics, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Mission, Good Faith in Our Department of Justice and integrity of our Executive Branch - that you will demonstrate great respect for the urgency of this Request and the critical necessity your Response is truthful, transparent and accurate; given its impact upon the lives on entitled homeless Veterans and the General Welfare of U.S. Taxpayers. As we once learned upon prosecuting the Oregon Federal Timberland Scandal and recently witnessed upon convicting Bernard Madoff - upholding such values may ultimately not be such a challenge, amid what may inevitably come by the People of the United States in this Matter.

Ryan Thompson, U.S. Citizen
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Ryan Thompson

From: Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General


Attached is the OIG's response to your FOIA request.

Thank you.