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By Gary Huerta | March 16, 2010
It took only 46 years for curiosity to get the better of me. I?ve lived my entire life here, and I?d be hard pressed to remember a day when I didn?t look south and see the big white building with the enormous crucifix sitting on the hill. I see it almost every day as I wind down the freeway on my daily commute. And even though it has literally been a part of my everyday landscape, I had no idea what it was. Knowing it sat atop Forest Lawn in Glendale, I figured it was one of the mausoleums.
By Melanie Hicken | March 10, 2010
GLENDALE — A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge approved a $3.8-million settlement in the long-standing class-action lawsuit against Grand View Memorial Park, which has had limited public access for years. Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr on Friday finalized the preliminary agreement reached last year, including $500,000 for the restoration of 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.
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.
October 24, 2009
It’s been four years since the public learned of the gruesome state of Grand View Memorial Park. Improperly stored remains, intermixed burials and general disrepair were just a few of the headline-grabbing revelations in 2005 that launched a wave of lawsuits. Now it appears an end to the legal morass is in sight. A $3.8-million settlement agreement is likely to be approved by a Superior Court judge, opening the way for a restoration of the cemetery and, finally, peace of mind for families with loved ones buried there.
By Veronica Rocha | October 15, 2009
GLENDALE — Those with loved ones buried at Grand View Memorial Park will be able to visit graves through the holiday season after a judge ordered the cemetery open for another nine days. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John Wiley ordered the cemetery be opened Nov. 1, 15 and Thanksgiving Day; Dec. 13 and Christmas Day; New Year’s Day and Jan. 6, the day many Armenians celebrate Christmas; Jan. 10 and 24. Visitations are from noon to 4 p.m. Attorney Paul Ayers, who represents a group of plaintiffs suing the former operators of the cemetery for mismanagement, suggested that if friends and family wanted to keep the cemetery open, they should volunteer to help at openings and obey all court-ordered rules.
By Jason Wells | August 19, 2009
GLENDALE — Michael Jackson will be buried Aug. 29, his birthday, at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park, city officials said Tuesday. The late pop star’s family released media statements confirming plans to inter Jackson at Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum on what would have been his 51st birthday. Media vans had already begun staking out their spots Tuesday at the South Glendale Avenue entrance to a cemetery that already claims the likes of Gene Autry, George Burns and Humphrey Bogart.
By Veronica Rocha | April 2, 2009
GLENDALE — Police dogs from 10 law-enforcement agencies scoured pockets of Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Wednesday, searching for people hiding out and sniffing trucks for drugs during training scenarios. Caila, a Belgian Malinois from the Burbank Police Department, climbed up and down trucks and sniffed for drugs that were hidden in various compartments. She found all the drugs, which include methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and cocaine. As a reward for finding the drugs, Burbank Officer Theresa Geier allowed her to play with a green tennis ball.
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.
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