Former Manzanar Incarceree Hank Umemoto Urges LADWP Board To Halt Plans For Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch
October 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Hank Umemoto, a former Manzanar incarceree, and author of Manzanar To Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker, wrote the following letter to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, regarding their proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch, which would be built east of the Owens River, but in a direct line of sight from Manzanar National Historic Site.
The Manzanar Committee announced its opposition to the construction of the solar ranch near Manzanar on August 16, 2013. Our statement: Manzanar Committee Denounces LADWP Proposal To Build 1,200-Acre Solar Ranch Near Manzanar.
October 22, 2013
RE: “Japs’ Crap” – Proposed Plan For Solar Farm On Potential National Historic Landmark Site
Dear President Mel Levine, Vice President William W. Funderburk, Jr., Commissioner Jill Banks Barad, Commissioner Michael F. Fleming, Commissioner Christine E. Noonan:
Having spent thirty-nine months during my formative years at Manzanar, I visit the Owens Valley several times a year, perhaps because it has become a part of me; and once in awhile, trespass into your DWP property across the Owens River, and through the gate to the site of the Manzanar sewage processing plant.
Hopefully, some day, this site will be designated as a National Historic Landmark, since it is an integral part of the Manzanar National Historic Site It is also in close proximity to your proposed solar farm.