Update: LA City Council Approves Motion to Designate 1 Acre Oak Grove Landmark Status at site of former Internment Camp
June 25, 2013 UPDATE:
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support an amending motion by Council member Richard Alarcon to declare an approximate one acre live oak and sycamore grove as a historical-cultural monument at the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station in Tujunga in Southern California.
The site was the U.S. Department of Justice internment camp for Japanese, German and Italian Americans during World War II.
The live oak and sycamore trees date back to World War II when the internment camp was in operation.
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission had recommended against monument status because the original internment camp structures were removed years ago to make way for the Verdugo Hills golf course. The site is now being planned by a developer for a housing development.
Council mmember Richard Alarcon argued that Los Angeles has designated many monuments at sites where the original structures are gone, and he pointed out that trees have also been designated as historic.
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March 28, 2013
A petition has been launched by the Tuna Canyon Historic Designation Committee on Change.org to grant historical and cultural landmark status to the former Internment Camp located in Tujunga in Southern California.
The Los Angeles City Council Committee vote is now scheduled at 2:30pm On April 18, 2013, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously against granting historical/cultural landmark status to the former site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station.
DailyNews.com writer Rick Orlov reports that Fred Gaines, attorney for developers proposing to build 224 homes on the site which currently operates the Verdugo Hills golf course, says the environmental impact report being developed recognizes the camp's history and is prepared to develop signage and other items to remember its history.
"This motion is a complete waste of time," Gaines told the DailyNews.com. "We have done an environmental impact report (EIR) on the property that included a full analysis of historic issues. "We are at the end of the process and it will be a waste of time to get to the same place we are at."
Rafu.com published this article by Jean-Paul R. DeGuzman about remembering and commemorating the detention station.
Densho Encyclopedia resource describes the Tuna Canyon Detention Station as a prison camp that held The Issei men from Southern California detained by the FBI shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The camp also held local German internees and Japanese Peruvians. Internees were held there before being transferred to permanent detention camps in other parts of the country. The capacity of the camp was approximately 300. The site—a former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp that later became part of the Verdugo Hills golf course—is currently slated for residential development.
Click here to the petition on Change.org.
Read Rafu.com's in depth article by J.K. Yamamoto on the upcoming June 11, 2013 vote by the Los Angeles City Council Committee, and the April 18 vote against granting historical and cultural landmark designation by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.