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By Ryan Vaillancourt | December 19, 2007
GLENDALE — The attorney representing Grand View Memorial Park stakeholders will ask a judge today to modify a city order that has prohibited maintenance and clean-up work, officials said. The cemetery, which is embroiled in a series of lawsuits stemming from October 2005 when state inspectors found the remains of about 4,000 people that were never buried or properly disposed of there, has been closed to public visits since June as part of an evidence preservation order. The city attorney’s office filed a public nuisance abatement action in September against cemetery operator Moshe Goldsman and the estate of former cemetery owner Marsha Lee Howard, who died in November 2006, ordering the defendants to bring the cemetery and its grove of brittle, flammable trees up to safety standards in order to reestablish a limited public visitation schedule.
By Anthony Kim | July 16, 2007
GLENDALE — Lawyers will gather facts from the people suing Grand View Memorial Park at a meeting Tuesday, to help them determine what a fair settlement would be. About 140 people suing the owners of the cemetery are invited to come to the Pacific Community Center Tuesday, said attorney Mary Der-Parseghian, whose firm Aroustamian & Associates filed the lawsuit. "It's an opportunity to tell us their individual stories because up to right now we've had just one story, but each of these clients have their own set of facts," Der-Parseghian said.
By Robert S. Hong | June 25, 2007
CITY HALL — Council members are slated to weigh the pros and cons Tuesday of having the city continue to pay to open Grand View Memorial Park to visitors a couple of times a month. For nearly a year, the city — which has no legal or financial obligation to operate the privately owned cemetery — has opened Grand View to visitors on select Sundays since its operators closed the cemetery because they could no longer afford to sustain it. But opening the cemetery, even a couple of times a month, means the city is paying to maintain and staff it. Tuesday night, anxious family members and friends will find out if, and how often — if at all — they will be visiting their departed loved ones in the future.
By Anthony Kim | January 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES — Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr gave attorneys in the Grand View Memorial Park civil case two weeks on Friday to flesh out protocols that would allow deceased persons with previously purchased plots to be buried at the cemetery, which remains closed. "Let's put it this way, after two weeks submit to me any orders in which you agree and I'll just get them signed," Mohr said. Mohr ordered the attorneys to submit the agreed-upon protocols by Jan. 19. Disputed items will be discussed at a hearing at the courthouse on Jan. 31. "Within the next two weeks, we're going to be meeting with all of the parties, as well as the state, trying to come up with a consensus approach to those issues — everything from burying people, disinterring people and putting headstones on graves," said Paul Ayers, an attorney who represents families suing the cemetery, its deceased owner Marsha Lee Howard and its former temporary operator Moshe Goldsman.
By Robert S. Hong | December 5, 2006
GLENDALE — Attorneys for the owner of Grand View Memorial Park withdrew their motion on Friday to place a gag order on attorneys for plaintiffs filing a civil suit against the cemetery. The motion, filed Nov. 2, would have come before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr on Jan. 5. Had the judge imposed the order, it would have kept attorneys from speaking publicly about the case, in which cemetery patrons claim the business provided improper care for human remains.
By Veronica Rocha | January 2, 2009
GLENDALE — Burbank resident Linda Mustion does not have a relative buried at Grand View Memorial Park, but she went to Thursday’s opening to trim overgrown bushes, clean up the grounds and help families find graves. Mustion, 59, became interested in volunteering at the cemetery when she discovered that after the cemetery closed, many families didn’t know where their loved ones were buried. She uses charts that have names of the deceased, along with information about their grave marker, to help families find loved ones’ burial spots.
By Veronica Rocha | July 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES — A judge on Tuesday approved the reopening of Grand View Memorial Park for two days in August and two days in September. Judge Anthony Mohr signed court orders at a hearing at the Central Civil West Courthouse in Los Angeles to have the cemetery open Aug. 10 and 24 as well as Sept. 15 and 28. The cemetery has been under scrutiny since October 2005 when state investigators found that the remains of 4,000 people had not been properly buried or disposed. Visitation to the cemetery has been limited, but it reopened on March 30, May 25, June 19 as well as July 13 and Sunday.
By Jason Wells | January 21, 2010
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved a public visitation schedule for the troubled Grand View Memorial Park, which has been closed for the better part of the decade after state inspectors discovered improperly buried remains at the cemetery. Attorneys representing plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the cemetery’s owners won a $3.87-million settlement late last year, an agreement that was also approved Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr. The visitation schedule essentially mirrors that of the same period last year, with allowances for Armenian Genocide commemoration, Good Friday, Mother’s Day and other holidays.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | April 11, 2008
GLENDALE ? Less than two weeks after hundreds of mourners were granted access to Grand View Memorial Park for the first time in 10 months, stakeholders in the troubled cemetery are planning another opening in late May. The March 30 opening drew hundreds of people from Glendale and beyond to visit the graves of loved ones; some brought flowers, while others brought gardening tools and cleaning equipment to remove accumulated debris from headstones....
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