In 1933, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, named "Tuna Camp," opened for nearby La Tuna Canyon. On Dec. 8, 1941, the camp was commandeered by the Dept. of Immigration to serve as a detention area for "enemy aliens." Prisoners, mostly civic leaders, members of the clergy, teachers and martial arts instructors from the Japanese-American communities of Los Angeles, were placed in the camp beginning on Dec. 16, 1941. Los Angeles City Councilmembers said they plan to vote on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, to grant historic designation to a grove of oak trees that has stood on the property since the detention center was there.
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