LADWP’s Solar Ranch Proposal: “A Display Of Cultural Insensitivity To The Japanese American Community”
December 18, 2013 17 Comments
Here is another letter, this time, from a resident of the Owens Valley, to Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, opposing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s plan to build a 1,200-acre solar energy generating facility that would be built in close proximity to the Manzanar National Historic Site.
December 17, 2013
Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles
Dear Mayor Garcetti:
I am a resident of the town of Independence in the Owens Valley. Along with many other residents of Owens Valley, I am deeply concerned about the proposal by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to construct a 1,200-acre industrial solar installation known as the Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch (SOVSR) in an area rich in cultural resources and in the viewshed of the Manzanar Historical Site. Our concerns include:
- A precedent-setting change in LADWP land management focus in Owens Valley from watershed management to industrial development;
- The approval process for this development;
- The destruction of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, and;
- Degradation of the visitor experience and integrity of the Manzanar National Historic Site.