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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A couple approaches the open gate at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery at 1341 Glenwood Road in Glendale on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011

Grand View open today and every Sunday

After a smashing re-opening over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, the newly restored Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery will be open today from noon until 4 p.m. In fact, visitors can walk, bike, jog, drive or whatever to Grand View every Sunday from now on.  It’s been a long road for Grand view. The 100-year-old-plus cemetery fell on hard times after a state investigator discovered mishandled human remains on the grounds. Legal problems and financial struggles forced the closure of the cemetery in 2006. A class action lawsuit was settled in the winter... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flowers and a USA flag on a gravesite of a veteran at Grand View in Glendale on Memorial Day May 30, 2011

City Buzz: Mike Gatto’s pension bill, funds for needy kids to go to camp fall short, and Grand View opens after restoration

Local Assemblyman Mike Gatto  (D-Los Angeles) is very busy these days championing various legislation up in Sacramento.  Yesterday, the California State Assembly passed AB 1369, authored by Gatto. This measure, reportedly passed by a 62-0 vote, would stop criminals from using illegal tax deductions. Recently, Gatto authored ACA 11 which would raise the threshold for amending the state constitution. And he co-authored ACA 6, which would require any ballot initiative that proposes a new program explain how the program is going to be paid for. Then on June first, the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Visitors spruce-up a grave at Grand View Memoral Park cemetery in Glendale during a public visitation November 21, 2010

City Buzz

The week began windy and very cold, but  by Wednesday, December 1, the temperature warmed up and the winds died down — just in time for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on the steps of City Hall on East Olive Avenue in Burbank. Hundreds turned out for the festive holiday occasion that included performances by both a children’s and adult choir, and visits from Mr & Mrs. Santa Claus and Disney characters, Minnie and Mickey Mouse. After the tree lighting event, many folks walked over to San Fernando Boulevard for Santa’s Downtown... Read More →

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Restoration of Grand View set to get underway next month

 The gates of Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale will be open this Sunday, a few weeks before the anticipated start of the restoration. By the order of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr, the struggling 120-plus-year-old cemetery will also be open for visitors on Sunday, November 21, as well as Sunday, December 5.  In an e-mail update this week, Attorney Paul Ayers, who is heading up the $500,000 restoration project, announced a landscape architect “… has completed construction plans for irrigation installation and landscape rehabilitation…” for the beleaguered cemetery.  The hiring of a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A look at Grand View Cemetery through a closed gate, Friday, October 22, 2010

Photo Gallery: Grand View open today

When I dropped by the beleaguered Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery on Glenwood Road in Glendale last Friday, a bunch of fresh flowers were sticking in the closed gate. Today, visitors will be allowed inside Grand View and can bring flowers to place on the grave sites of friends, relatives, and loved ones. Grand View will be open from noon and until 4 p.m. today. A sign posted in the front of Grand View stated the long awaited restoration is scheduled to begin next month. For more on the problems at Grand... Read More →

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City Buzz

A final exit for actors Dennis Hopper & Gary Coleman Photo:  Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times — A frail Dennis Hopper gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, March 26, 2010 A legendary Hollywood  “Bad Boy” Veteran actor and co-star of the cult classic motorcycle/road film, “Easy Rider” (1969), Dennis Hopper, died last Saturday, May 29, at the age of 74, after a battle with prostate cancer. Hopper reportedly passed away at his home in Venice, California surrounded by family and friends. Hopper appeared in over 100 films. He lived... Read More →

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UPDATED 10/25/09: A settlement in the Grand View cemetery class action lawsuit

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery  09/20/09 Finally some good news for the beleaguered landmark Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale. I’ve been covering the story on this blog for more than a year. I got an e-mail a short while ago from Attorney Paul Ayers declaring a major legal decision: “Class counsel is pleased to announce a settlement in the Grand View Memorial Park class action lawsuit… The settlement includes compensation to class members and a $500,000.00 fund to be used to help restore... Read More →

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A Labor Day salute to Grand View visitors/volunteer workers

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove Most visitors to cemeteries come bearing flowers and mementos not rakes, shovels, and cleaning supplies. At Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, there is a hardy group of visitors who regularly arrive at the struggling cemetery ready to put in several hours of serious work; from clearing weeds and debris to cleaning tombstones and grave markers. Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove Grand View will be open tomorrow, Sunday, September 6, from noon to 4 p.m., and if you drop by you’ll probably see some of... Read More →

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Visitors welcome at Grand View on Mother’s Day

 Photos: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove Despite its problems, Grand View Memorial Park, will be open to the public today from noon until 4 p.m. Only a few hours for those who would like to share some time on this Mother’s Day with relatives and friends laid to rest at this 125-year-old cemetery in Glendale. The cemetery’s legal and management problems date back to 2005, when a state investigator discovered thousands of mishandled human remains at Grand View. More than a year ago, the neighborhood landmark was shut down and is only... Read More →

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Grand View open Good Friday & Easter Sunday

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove During this Christian Holy Week the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is remembered and honored. In a rare arrangement, Grand View Memorial Park will be open twice in the next few days: Good Friday and Easter Sunday, noon-to-4 p.m. Visitors are welcome to spend some of this special time with relatives and friends laid to rest at Grand View. As in the past, visitors will be allowed to leave flowers and mementos at the gravesites.  Grand View, a local landmark in Glendale, is in... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery open to the public on Sunday

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove  — Visitors at Grand View cemetery during a recent opening. The gates of Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale will once again be open for a few hours tomorrow, Sunday, March 22. This is one of a series of openings ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr. The 125-year-old cemetery is considered to be a landmark by many in the nearby community; both Burbank and Glendale residents. Grand View has fallen on hard times and it has little to do with the economic meltdown.... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery needs volunteers

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove Historic Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale is still struggling under the weight of an uncertain future. The neighborhood cemetery is scheduled to be open today by court order from noon until 4 p.m. On December 8, 2008, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr approved a series of public openings at Grand View through June of this year. You might remember, the 125-year-old Grand View has been caught up in legal wrangling and management problems since 2005, when a state investigator discovered thousands of human remains at that cemetery... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery open today

FLLewis/ A Writer’s Groove A gravesite is adorned with flowers during a visitation this past summer at Grand View.  Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale will be open to visitors today by order of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr. Judge Mohr issued the order after a hearing last month. The troubled cemetery has been entangled in management and legal problems since the fall of 2005, after an investigator discovered the remains of four thousand bodies that had been mishandled. This year, Grand View has been open for a... Read More →

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Another visitation at Grand View cemetery

  Visitors spent time at gravesites during the August 10 opening at Grand View. For the second time this month, Grand View Memorial Park cemetery will be open to the public today from noon until 4 p.m.  I dropped by during the Sunday, August 10 opening and was surprised by the small turnout and the bleak appearance of the Glendale cemetery. I have heard some relatives say it is too depressing, too sad a place to visit now. Some of the visitors I met at the August 10 visitation wished for better days.  “It was... Read More →

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Grand View gates to be open again

Photo by FLLewis Two visitors arrange flowers at a gravesite during the March visitation at Grand View.   By order of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, Grand View Memorial Park will be open to the public, Sunday, August 10, from noon to 4 p.m. This is welcome news for those who want to spend some time remembering friends and relatives laid to rest at the Glendale cemetery.  Judge Mohr signed the order on July 29, approving public visitations at the troubled cemetery on August 24, September... Read More →

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A time to remember

A man pauses to reflect near a gravesite during the March 30 public visitation at struggling Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale. This visitor is one of the lucky ones. He managed to find the grave marker or at least the general area he was looking for despite the thick layers of wild grasses, weeds, and debris. I have been to two recent visitations at this 124-year-old neighborhood cemetery. Each time, I have spotted eager and diligent visitors cleaning the gravesites, markers, and headstones. A job that should be handled... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery to be open on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Visitors to the beleaguered Glendale cemetery on Sunday, May 25, 2008, line up at a table near the gate to get information and directions. They get assistance from volunteers including plaintiff’s attorney Paul Ayers and blogger Lisa Burks. The Grand View Memorial Park cemetery hours this Sunday are from noon to 4 p.m.. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr signed an order on Tuesday, June 24, granting the public visitation on June 29, as well as two more on July 13 and July 27. I got... Read More →

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