Manzanar Committee Decries Efforts To Derail Creation of Memorial at the Actual Former Site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station

Overhead view of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station
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Photo: M.H. Scott, Officer In Charge, Tuna Canyon Detention Station.
Courtesy David Scott and the Little Landers Historical Society


LOS ANGELES — On February 28, the Manzanar Committee reiterated its support for efforts by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition (TCDSC) to build a memorial on the former site of Tuna Canyon Detention Facility in the Verdugo Hills area of Los Angeles and called on the community to not be fooled by deceptive, deceitful efforts made on behalf of the developer who intends to build condominiums on the site.

On June 25, 2013, the City of Los Angeles declared an approximately one-acre size oak grove on the location of the former World War II Tuna Canyon Detention Facility as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

The land that the oak grove is on is slated for a 229-unit residential development by Snowball West Investments, who quickly sued the City of Los Angeles seeking a reversal of the Historic-Cultural Monument declaration, which would allow them to raze the oak grove and build on that land.

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Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Warns Against Signing Fraudulent Petition

The following is a statement by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition.


Overhead view of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Photo: M.H. Scott, Officer In Charge, Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Courtesy David Scott and the Little Landers Historical Society(click above to view larger image)

LOS ANGELES — Please be aware that the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is not connected to, and does not support, a petition calling for a Tuna Canyon memorial to be located across the street from the actual site of the detention station in any way, shape, or form.

This petition is being circulated by someone working for the 229-unit housing project proposed for the historic site, and not by any organization that is genuinely working to preserve the history of Tuna Canyon. We are working on plans for an on-site memorial, and other public amenities, in a regional park that would benefit the community, and the City of Los Angeles. We are hoping the owner will discuss selling the land at a fair market price to a public agency for these purposes.

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Commemorative Event To Be Held At Site of Tuna Canyon Detention Station on December 16

Overhead view of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: M.H. Scott, Officer In Charge, Tuna Canyon Detention Station.
Courtesy David Scott and the Little Landers Historical Society

The following is a press release from the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition.


LOS ANGELES — On December 16, 2013, a Shinto purification rite will be held at 9:00 AM at the site of the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station to mark the date that the United States Government began arresting and incarcerating over 2,000 people—men and several women—of Japanese Americans, Germans, Italians, and others at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Reverend Doctor Yoshi Alfred Tsuyuki of the Konko Church of Los Angeles will begin the service with the purification rite.

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