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Developer Sues to Stop Landmarking For Internment-Camp-Turned-Golf-Course in Tuna Canyon

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Developer Snowball West (which is a ridiculous name, by the way) has filed a lawsuit over a planned Japanese internment camp memorial in Tujunga, to the surprise of neighbors and city officials who thought they had a deal. The developer has plans to build 230 residences on the Verdugo Hills Golf Course site, but when the City Council passed the historic designation in June, it was thought that an agreement had been reached to allow both the memorial and development to proceed. A member of a Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council working group that had been planning the memorial said she was "stunned" by the suit. But maybe everyone should have seen this coming.

The Glendale News Press report from June said that while the memorial wouldn't get in the way of the development, it also called the developer "frustrated" with the process. A Snowball spokesman told the Daily News that, lawsuit shmawsuit, they don't want to hold up the memorial. They just want it to be moved. "It is not that we are stopping any plans for a commemorative site"; and they have a proposed a location in the "same general area." The Tuna Canyon Detention Center opened in 1941 and at one point housed 1,500 Americans of Japanese descent (and a few Germans, too). None of its original structures remain on the site.
· Tuna Canyon memorial to Japanese internment camp opposed [DN]
· Valley Internment-Camp-Turned-Golf-Course Gets Landmarked [Curbed LA]