Grant historical/cultural landmark status to the former site of TCDS
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LA City Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the LA City Council

Grant historical/cultural landmark status to the former site of TCDS

    1. Petition by

      Tuna Canyon Historic Designation Committee

 

We need your help to encourage the Los Angeles City Council to designate the Tuna Canyon Detention Station site as a City Historic-Cultural Monument as proposed by Council Member Richard Alarcon. A Council Committee vote is scheduled on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, followed by a full Council vote a week later.

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station was originally established as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Tujunga in the Northeast San Fernando Valley during the Great Depression. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Military bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. Within nine days, the CCC camp had been transformed into a high security detention facility with 12-foot high barbed wire fencing, flood lights and armed watch towers installed around the compound’s perimeter.

In February 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the forced removal and incarceration of all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. However, from December 1941 to April 1942, the Justice Department arrested and detained 1,490 Issei or first generation Japanese immigrants at Tuna Canyon. These innocent people were fisherman, priests and pastors, judo instructors, bankers, Japanese language school teachers, and other community leaders who were wrongly suspected of subversive activities. They were imprisoned at Tuna Canyon before being sent to other detention, internment or incarceration camps in the United States. The Tuna Canyon camp processed more than 2,500 individuals, predominantly Japanese, as well as Germans, Italians and Japanese Peruvians.

The release of records by the National Archives in 2006, coupled with research conducted by the local historical society and Asian American scholars, have shed new light on this little known episode in the history of the City of Los Angeles. Historic-Cultural Monument designation will not stop future redevelopment but will ensure that a portion of the site is set-aside to commemorate history and promote education for future generations. It would allow placement of a plaque on-site and open opportunities to pursue federal grant funds to provide other appropriate commemorative improvements.

We cannot change history but we have a responsibility to acknowledge and learn from it!

Historic Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition

 

To:
LA City Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the LA City Council
Grant historical/cultural landmark status to the former site of TCDS

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Frank Virgallito LA CRESCENTA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Traffic impact, open space

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    • Michael Shaar LA CANADA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      After 9-11, there were many people, including some of our Washington leaders, speaking of how anyone of Middle Eastern decent should be treated. Some alluded to this same type of thinking. We must learn from the past and evolve as a civilization.

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    • John Hiller COVINA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Keep our history alive

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    • Catherine Egan LA CRESCENTA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      "Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself." - Lily Tomlin

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    • Robert Schiele TUJUNGA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is an historical monument that needs to be recognized.

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