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Judge approves new visitation dates for troubled cemetery

June 03, 2010|By Melanie Hicken
(Alex Collins )

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr this week approved a series of additional public visitation dates for Grand View Memorial Park, which has had limited public access for years.

In March, Mohr finalized a $3.8-million settlement in the long-standing class-action lawsuit against the cemetery, which had fallen into disrepair and prompted officials to curtail public access in response to fears that the property wasn’t safe for visitors.

The judgment included $500,000 for restoration of the cemetery and $1.1 million in attorney compensation, with the rest set to be divided among the estimated 2,500 to 3,000 claimants, who have direct relatives buried in the cemetery.

On Tuesday, he signed an order allowing the cemetery to open for public visitation on the following Sundays and holidays in 2010. The cemetery will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on the following days: June 6, 13, 20 and 27; July 4 and 18; Aug. 1, 15 and 29; Sept. 12 and 26; Oct. 10 and 24.

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