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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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By Ryan Vaillancourt | February 2, 2008
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — City fire and legal officials who toured Grand View Memorial Park on Thursday to inspect fire safety conditions said more maintenance work needs to be done before the city can drop a pending lawsuit against the cemetery. Cemetery co-owner and operator Moshe Goldsman has been busy implementing a $105,400 makeover of the troubled park since late December, installing an aboveground irrigation system, pruning or removing brittle trees and shaving the site’s broad, overgrown grass lawns.
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By KATHERINE YAMADA | February 1, 2008
When Julie Shermer was growing up in Northwest Glendale, she often went to visit her cousin’s grave at Grand View Memorial Park. Her cousin was very young when he was killed in an accident in Griffith Park. “This was around 1940, before I was born,” Shermer said. The family had gone on an outing to the park, she said. “At the time, there was a road between the picnic area and the merry-go-round, and he took off toward the merry-go-round,” she said.
NEWS
January 19, 2008
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled that City Council critic Herbert Molano is liable for $6,900 in costs the city incurred while vetting the massive administrative record used in his lawsuit challenging the Downtown Specific Plan. Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs issued the ruling after Molano and his co-plaintiff, Los Angeles-based Conquest Student Housing LLC, filed a motion in November seeking to eliminate the original $27,500 bill that the city filed with the court to cover paralegal and staff costs.
BUSINESS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | January 17, 2008
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — As workers continue to clean up Grand View Memorial Park, stakeholders in the beleaguered cemetery are searching for a financial solution to cover the costs of reopening the facility to public visits. The cemetery has been closed indefinitely since June, when city fire officials deemed the site a fire safety hazard, but maintenance crews have been trimming trees, clearing overgrown weeds and installing an aboveground irrigation system the past two weeks.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | January 4, 2008
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — Since work to abate fire-safety hazards at Grand View Memorial Park began on Dec. 27, maintenance crews have completed installation of an above-ground irrigation system at the beleaguered cemetery and continue to chip away at overgrown shrubbery and brittle trees. Thousands of grave markers that a week ago were covered by knee-high grass are now visible across the broad lawns of Glendale’s oldest cemetery, which has been closed to the public since June.
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By Chris Wiebe | January 3, 2008
GLENDALE ? Police said gang violence is likely the cause of the first reported homicide of the year in Los Angeles County, a shooting death at Forest Lawn cemetery on the Los Angeles-Glendale border. Los Angeles resident Jason Grey, 29, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body at about noon Tuesday while he was at the cemetery on South Glendale Avenue, Los Angeles Police Officer Ana Aguirre said. ?It is being described as a gang-related motive, but that?s pretty much all we have,?
BUSINESS
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.
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