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By Jason Wells | May 20, 2008
GLENDALE — Grand View Memorial Park will open for four hours Sunday after a Superior Court judge on Friday signed off on the order more than a month after mourners last had access to the troubled cemetery. The visitation period between noon and 4 p.m. will be similar to the opening on March 30, which saw hundreds of visitors descend on the long-closed cemetery to clear off headstones and mourn loved ones. The cemetery had been closed for seven months before that opening. “We’re trying to do whatever we can for the local community,” said David Baum, an attorney representing Grand View operator and co-owner Moshe Goldsman.
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....
By Chris Wiebe | April 5, 2008
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Police shot and wounded a man after a three-hour standoff Friday at Forest Lawn Glendale, where he fled after fatally shooting a woman in Los Angeles, police said. Glendale officers responded to reports of gunshots and a suspicious vehicle on cemetery grounds on South Glendale Avenue at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Officer John Balian said. Officers saw a black Cadillac Escalade parked on the grass near the top of the memorial park, he said. When officers approached the man in the vehicle — who was subsequently identified as Rene Munoz, 38, of Los Angeles — he began firing a shotgun in their direction, but no one was hit, he said.
March 15, 2008
It was great to hear that Grand View Memorial Park will open again ? even if for one day. And the 40-or-so community volunteers, including Boy Scouts, who rallied behind the cause and volunteered to staff the park are to be commended for their efforts. But the cemetery?s operators can?t stop there, and expect that the city, or anyone else, is going to come to the rescue this time to keep it open longer. Cemetery operators say there are three obstacles to opening the gates on a regular basis: staffing, which volunteers are now taking care of; maintenance, which they say they can pay for with the monthly income from rental properties in the site; and irrigation, which they want the city to pay for by forgiving their water bills.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Friends and family members of those buried at Grand View Memorial Park will soon have their first chance in more than seven months to visit their loved ones at the troubled cemetery after a Superior Court judge on Monday approved a tentative public access plan. The plan, which attorneys involved in a series of legal actions against the cemetery signed off on, envisions up to 40 volunteers staffing the park from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Composed of members from various community organizations, including the Boy Scouts, the tentative volunteer corps will help distribute information regarding cemetery rules and guide visitors around the site, attorneys said.
By Ryan Vaillancourt | February 7, 2008
LOS ANGELES — A judge on Wednesday ordered attorneys to escort a former Grand View Memorial Park employee onto the cemetery grounds today so he can collect personal belongings that have been locked up at the site for more than a year. Burbank resident Richard Beaudoin had been storing a collection of personal items at the site, including his 1963 Chevrolet Corvair convertible, when former cemetery owner Marsha Lee Howard died in November 2006. An evidence-preservation order related to lawsuits now targeting the cemetery has since barred Beaudoin from retrieving his belongings, which he said also include his general equivalency diploma, tools and pictures of his children.
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