Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County

Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Sentinel-News, Evening Edition. April 17, 1942. p. 1


New regulations to assure fair disposal and continued productivity of approximately 15 farms still operated by Japanese-Americans in the Watsonville and Santa Cruz area were announced today by Mr. Oscar W. Dennis, special farm security representative of the Wartime Civilian Control Administration "service center" at the U. S. Employment Service office, 21 West Lake avenue, Watsonville.

The new regulations grant the farm security administration, under certain conditions, the authority to freeze and temporarily operate Japanese-operated farms when crop losses are threatened.

The authority permits freezing of farm property and interests involved in transactions when Japanese farm owners or tenants are unable to make reasonable arrangements to transfer their farm operations, and when as a result continued farm production is threatened.


Property frozen under the new regulations will be declared Special Blocked Property and will be subject to disposal or temporary operation by farm security. Any farms so operated will be disposed of as soon as fair arrangements can be made.

Japanese who have not disposed of their farming interests are urged to do so as soon as possible for their own benefit.

Eligible operators desiring to farm the land to be evacuated are urged to make arrangements as soon as possible to eliminate the necessary use of the freezing power. By so doing they will save the government expense and aid in food production.

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