Manzanar Committee Calls On Huntington Beach City Council To Act To Preserve, Protect Historic Wintersburg

The congregation of the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, March 8, 1910.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo courtesy Wintersburg Presbyterian Church

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee, sponsor of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with the Manzanar At Dusk program, for the last 21 years, calls on the City Council of the City of Huntington Beach to act to preserve and protect the site of Historic Wintersburg, which is currently threatened by the proposed sale of the land by Republic Services, Inc. to Public Storage.

Historic Wintersburg is the former site of a late 1800’s Japanese American farming community which was named as one of America’s Most Endangered Places in 2014, and as a National Treasure in 2015. Both designations were made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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LADWP Clinging To Old Model For Building Infrastructure: It’s Time For A Mindset Change

We continue to get letters opposing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch, a 1,200-acre solar energy generating facility that would be built adjacent to Manzanar National Historic Site, in California’s Owens Valley. In this letter, Mary Adams Urashima, Chair of the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force, provides a strong argument against the LADWP proposal.


Mary Adams Urashima, Chair,
Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force
Photo courtesy Mary Adams Urashima

December 20, 2013

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Environmental Planning and Assessment
111 North Hope Street, Room 1044
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR)

I urge you to consider alternatives to the installation of a large solar array in the Owens Valley, near Manzanar, a heritage site on the National Register of Historic Places. Please do not certify the draft EIR and declare it inadequate in its analysis of the cumulative impacts and project alternatives.

Cumulative Impacts

The draft EIR does not adequately consider state and national impacts with the loss of historic and cultural resources relating to Manzanar and the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley.

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Manzanar Committee Supports Preservation Of Historic Wintersburg

The congregation of the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, March 8, 1910.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo courtesy Wintersburg Presbyterian Church

LOS ANGELES — On July 23, the Manzanar Committee announced its support of the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force’s efforts to preserve, protect and interpret the history of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California.

Historic Wintersburg’s history dates back to the late 1800’s, as an agricultural community that was once known as the “celery capital” of the United States. In its earliest days, Issei (first generation Japanese Americans—immigrants from Japan who were denied citizenship until 1952 due to racist laws), worked the fields and eventually, families established roots, and built a Nihonmachi (Japantown) that thrived.

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