The 2021 monument committee led by James Okazaki and Nancy Takayama will focus on the best placement of the plaque, benches, and interpretation on the one acre site.
Wording was developed by Dr. Russell Endo, Dr. J.P. DeGuzman, H. Ernie Nishii and approved by the board of directors.
Only the Oaks Remain Plaque
The beauty of this oak grove belies a tragic history. At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Department of Justice turned Civilian Conservation Corp Camp P-223 into the Tuna Canyon Detention Station by enclosing it with barbed wire and posting armed guards.
From December 1941 to October 1943, Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, and Japanese taken from Peru, and others were imprisoned here in violation of their civil liberties.
On June 25, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council designated this site as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
The oaks, as witness to history, compel us to learn from our nation’s mistakes and stand strong against prejudice, wartime hysteria, and injustice.
What the VHGC Could Become…
The Verdugo Hills Golf Course and Regional Park concept plan is just that—-a concept of what could be if the public agencies can see their way to saving this jewel for present and future generations.
The plan follows Audubon International’s Signature plan for sustainable golf courses that promotes ecologically sound land management and the conservation of natural resources. The result is less pesticide and fertilizer use, infiltration of runoff water and rainfall, storage and re-use of runoff water, promotion of wildlife habitats, and aquifer recharge.