On Feb. 19, 1942, the Japanese American community in Southern California — the nation’s largest — was horrified by President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. It declared the government’s intent to treat some part of the West Coast as a war zone, complete with powers that suspended some constitutional guarantees.
Soon, Japanese Americans up and down the West Coast were told to pack their things, sell or give away what they could, and prepare for the unknown. What had happend a century earlier to Native Americans, and what was happening again to Jews in much of Europe, was about to happen to Japanese Americans — forced relocation.
(Video by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
These were two of the oddest press conferences I’ve ever seen.
First, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference to tell the media that he accusing County Supervisor Todd Spitzer of impersonating an OCDA assistant district attorney – Rackauckas said Spitzer failed to identify himself as a ‘former’ assistant district attorney in an automated call supporting Measure A that went out to voters last week.
Measure A calls for an ethics commission, partly prompted by Rackauckas “snitch scandal”.
The OCDA was checking media credential a the door, only allowing certain media to attend the presser.
When it was over, Shirley Grindle, the lead author of Measure A, was outside with Spitzer waiting to have their own press conference.
Spitzer, who is a former DA, held up his old business card to the media and said, “See, it says I’m an assistant district attorney”
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