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.
Tuna Canyon Detention Station Mess Hall 1933. This building was torn down. Photo: Little Landers Historical Society at Bolton Hall Museum The Los Angeles City Council Committee vote is now scheduled at 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at City Hall, followed by a full Council vote a week later. 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.
A petition is launched at Change.org to designate as a cultural and historic landmark the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. A vote is scheduled June 11, 2013 by Los Angeles City Council Committee.The Densho Encyclopedia resource describes the Tuna Canyon Detention Station as a prison camp that held 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....