Statement by Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey On Inyo County REGPA, and LADWP’s Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch
April 1, 2014 Leave a comment
The following are comments by Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey, delivered at an April 1, 2014 press conference at the Inyo County Courthouse, Independence, California, in which a coalition of organizations opposed to the County’s called for significant revisions to the proposed Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA), which would open up large swaths of land, including portions of the Owens Valley that would intrude upon Manzanar’s viewshed, to large-scale renewable energy development.
The Manzanar Committee is here today to urge the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to protect the Manzanar National Historic Site. Specifically, we hope the Supervisors will reject the false promises of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power about economic development and vote to maintain the environment surrounding the Manzanar NHS.
It took decades for our country to come to terms with the injustices visited upon the Japanese American community during World War II. But we did. America apologized and resolved to tell this story so it would never happen again. Through an act of Congress, the Manzanar NHS was created, and in 2004, a mere ten years ago, the National Park Service opened the Visitors Center at Manzanar.