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
(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


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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Proposed Solar Ranch Near Manzanar: Another Threat To Japanese American Historic Sites

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey
spoke out against LADWP’s proposed
solar farm near Manzanar at a
meeting in Downtown Los Angeles
on November 16, 2013.
(click to view larger image)
Photo: Ellen Endo/Manzanar Committee

by Bruce Embrey

LOS ANGELES — After decades of annual Pilgrimages, lobbying and finally, an act of Congress, the Manzanar National Historic Site was created in 1992. The first of ten War Relocation Authority concentration camps built to incarcerate more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, Manzanar became the first site of conscience that tells the story of this shameful chapter of American History.

But not even ten years after the grand opening of the visitor’s center at Manzanar National Historic Site in 2004, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) wants to build a 1,200-acre, 200-megawatt industrial solar facility within a stones throw of Manzanar. This industrial energy plant is widely opposed by many in Owens Valley, including the Big Pine Paiute Tribe, the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, the Owens Valley Committee, and other concerned organizations, individuals and businesses. All have called for LADWP not to build the power plant next to the Manzanar NHS.

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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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Historic Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Responds To Developer’s Lawsuit Against City, Details Mission, Goals, Vision For Monument

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

LOS ANGELES — On June 25, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to declare 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 (see Los Angeles City Council Supports Motion To Declare Location Of Tuna Canyon Detention Station A Historic-Cultural Monument)

The land that the oak grove is on is slated for residential development, and the developer expressed support of the compromise that specified that the oak grove, not the entire site, would be declared a Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles.

But on August 7, 2013, Snowball West Investment, the developer, did an about face, filing a lawsuit against the City, seeking a reversal of the Historic-Cultural Monument declaration (see Developer Fights Landmark Status For Site of WWII Detention Camp).

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