Grandview Cemetery

Although the City of Glendale has no legal or financial responsibility for Grand View Memorial Park, the City is providing the following in the best interests of our community:

Because Grand View is a privately-owned business, and because the State of California (and not the City of Glendale) regulates all private cemeteries in California, the City of Glendale cannot take control of the cemetery, operate it or maintain its grounds. At present, State law does not allow the City to replace the private owners as the cemetery's operator, or even make the owners open the cemetery for burials, internments or disinterments.

 

 

2014 Updates


Updated February 14, 2014


Following the settlement of the class action lawsuit, Grand View Cemetery’s owner has decided to sell the Cemetery.  The owner has accepted another cemetery operator’s offer to buy Grand View Cemetery, and the sale transaction is currently in escrow, with an expected closing date in late March of this year.

David Baum is the attorney representing the current owner of Grand View Cemetery.  If you have any questions or need information about the Cemetery, please contact Mr. Baum at his law office:

 


David M. Baum
D. Baum Law Corp.
1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Tel:  310-552-9100
Fax: 310-552-9101
Email: david@dbaumlaw.com 

(contact information updated April 8, 2014)

 


2011 Updates

Update - December 23, 2011 (Updated December 23, 2011)

Paul Ayers, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against the Cemetery has provided this update. If you have any questions or need information about the Cemetery, please contact Mr. Ayers at his law office.

Zinder & Koch

700 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 400

Glendale, CA 91203

Phone: (818) 760-0100 Ext. 6009

Fax: (818) 760-0103

Email: PAyers@ZinderKoch.com

OPENINGS

Grand View is open every Sunday from 12 pm - 4 pm. It will be open on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2012 and will remain open every Sunday during 2012.

With regard to the post-restoration openings, the following notes remain in effect:

  1. Volunteers-We need people who can commit to staffing openings. People interested in volunteering at upcoming visitations should call the law office of David Baum at (310) 990-3660.
  2. Obey the Rules-Especially regarding fire. It is very important that there be no smoking, fires or use of incense during the opening. Violations of this rule can cause the Glendale Fire Marshall to oppose further openings.
  3. During this period, interments and disinterments can be performed. Please contact me at 818-760-0100 or at my e-mail address (above) for details.
  4. As noted before although the class action has settled, Judge Mohr will retain jurisdiction pending completion of all the terms of the settlement including the restoration process. As such, openings may be controlled by the Court for an indefinite time.

RESTORATION UPDATE

At this time, all of the restoration work funded by the class action settlement is done except the following: completion of an inventory of ~1,000 cremated remains located in the West Mausoleum, organization of cemetery records and roof repair to the two mausoleums. I anticipate these tasks will be finished by the end of July, after which I will complete the process by providing a report to the court on the restoration.

Update - April 25, 2011 (Posted 4-29-11)

Paul Ayers, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against the Cemetery, has provided an update (below) about the Cemetery's restoration efforts. If you have any questions or need information about the Cemetery, please contact Mr. Ayers at his law office:

Zinder & Koch
700 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 400
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 760-0100

RESTORATION UPDATE

At this time 85% of the restoration work is completed. The new automatic irrigation system using recycled water supplied by the City of Glendale has been installed, dilapidated service buildings at the north end of the cemetery have been removed providing room for new grave space and new trees and shrubs have been planted or will be planted soon.

FIRST POST-RESTORATION OPENINGS

The first post-restoration opening will be on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 from 12 pm-4pm. There may also be an opening on May 29th but that has not been confirmed. After the initial opening, it is hoped, if there is enough volunteer support, to have the cemetery opened every Sunday. In any event, the opening schedule will be no less than prior to the restoration, i.e., two Sundays per month.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR GRAND VIEW?

Pursuant to the settlement of the state's administrative case against the cemetery owners, the owners are required to sell the cemetery. There are a number of entities interested in the park. More information can be found on this issue in the [April 25, 2011] Los Angeles Times article. . . [which also ran in the Glendale News Press last week] and at Lisa Burk's excellent website.

With regard to the post-restoration openings, the following notes remain in effect.

  1. Volunteers-We need people who can commit to staffing openings. People interested in volunteering at upcoming visitations should call the law office of David Baum at (310) 990-3660.
  2. Obey the Rules-Especially regarding fire. It is very important that there be no smoking, fires or use of incense during the opening. Violations of this rule can cause the Glendale Fire Marshall to oppose further openings.

As noted before although the class action has settled, Judge Mohr will retain jurisdiction pending completion of all the terms of the settlement including the restoration process. As such, openings may be controlled by the Court for an indefinite time.

2010 Updates

Update - December 9, 2010 (Posted 12-9-10)

The Cemetery is now closed so that restoration can start. Repairs will begin soon and are expected to last 10 to 15 weeks. If you have any questions about the cemetery or its restoration, or if you need information about conducting a burial while the Cemetery is closed, please contact:

Paul Ayers
Zinder & Koch
700 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 400
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 760-0100

David M. Baum
Law Offices of David M. Baum
1925 Century Park East, Suite 2140
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel. 310-990-3660
Fax 310-557-2839
David.baum@dbaumlaw.com

Update - August 5, 2010 (Posted 8-5-10)

Paul Ayers, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against the Cemetery, has provided the update below about the Cemetery's upcoming restoration. If you have any questions or need information about the Cemetery, please contact Mr. Ayers at his law office:

Zinder & Koch
700 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 400
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 760-0100

The class action settlement agreement identified four tasks to be included in restoration activities at Grand View: (1) identification of the cremated remains located in the crypt of the West Mausoleum; (2) return of cemetery records to Grand View; (3) installation of an automatic irrigation system and (4) rehabilitation of the landscaping and grounds; the text of the restoration portion of the agreement is attached.

The second item, return of cemetery records to Grand View, was accomplished earlier this month. Although not directly addressed in the settlement agreement, I intend to have the material organized so that it can be used for public inquiries and research regarding the cemetery and loved ones.

Because they are the most costly of the 4 tasks and will take the most time to complete, my main focus at this time is on the third and fourth items, irrigation and landscaping. The first step in the installation of an irrigation system and landscaping is retention of a landscape architect to prepare plans that the landscape contractor can bid on and work from. I have retained a landscape architect I worked with on another cemetery restoration. Unfortunately the only base plans I could find to supply him with, those from a 1999 remap of the cemetery, are significantly off scale. As a result the landscape architect will have to resurvey the cemetery which will delay completion of the final plans until at least the week of September 6th. Once the plans are in, my landscape contractor who I have also worked with on a previous cemetery restoration should have a bid to me in a week. My expectation is that we will break ground around October 1st. Once the actual work begins the cemetery will be closed for 10-15 weeks. Depending on the progress of the irrigation/landscaping work we hope to have holiday openings in November and December but these can not be guaranteed.

The inventory of cremated remains in West Mausoleum will probably take place at the same time as the irrigation installation.

Update on Sunday Openings (Posted 6-2-10)

Judge Mohr today signed an order, allowing the Cemetery to open for public visitation on additional Sundays and holidays in 2010, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The dates are listed below.

June 6, 13, 20 (Father's Day), 27
July 4 (Independence Day), 18
August 1, 15, 29
September 12, 26
October 10, 24

Whether the Cemetery will open on a regular basis, after these dates, is unknown.

Questions from the public about the Sunday openings should be directed to:

Paul Ayers [Attorney for the plaintiffs (families suing the Cemetery)] (818) 760-0100; or
David Baum [Attorney for defendant Moshe Goldsman, Cemetery co-owner] (310) 990-3660.

Judge Signs Order (Posted 3-8-10)

On March 5, 2010, Judge Anthony J. Mohr signed an order which: (1) certifies the settlement class in the class action lawsuit, and (2) gives final approval to the class action settlement.

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Visitation Schedule (Posted 1-20-10)

Judge Mohr today signed an order, allowing the Cemetery to open for public visitation on Sundays and for holidays in 2010, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The dates are listed below.

February 7, 21
March 7, 21
April 2 (Good Friday), 4 (Easter), 24 (Armenian Genocide)
May 9 (Mother's Day), 23 
June 6, 20 (Father's Day)

2009 Updates

Settlement Reached (Posted 11-18-09)

A settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuits against Grand View Memorial Park, and the Court has granted preliminary approval of the settlement. Because the City of Glendale was not a party to the private lawsuits against the Cemetery, and because the City was not involved in the negotiations to settle the lawsuits, the City is unable to answer questions about the settlement. To obtain more information about the settlement or how to participate in the settlement, please contact one of the attorneys listed below or the claims administrator listed below:

Attorneys for Settlement Class:

Mike Arias, Esq.
Arias, Ozzello & Gignac, LLP
6701 Center Drive West, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 670-1600

Paul R. Ayers, Esq.
Zinder & Koch
700 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 400
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 760-0100

Claims Administrator:

Grand View Claims Administrator
c/o Desmond, Marcello & Amster
P.O. Box 451999
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Visitation Schedule (Posted 10-13-09)

Sunday, October 18
Sunday, November 1
Sunday, November 15
Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving)
Sunday, December 13
Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
Friday, January , 2010 (New Year's Day)
Wednesday, January 6 (Armenian Christmas)
Sunday, January 10
Sunday, January 24

Update - Added June 26, 2009

Yesterday Judge Mohr signed an order, allowing the Cemetery to open for public visitation on the following Sundays in 2009, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.: July 5, 19; August 2, 16, 30; September 6, 20; October 4, 18.

Questions from the public about the Sunday openings should be directed to:

Paul Ayers [Attorney for the plaintiffs (families suing the Cemetery)] (818) 760-0100; or
David Baum [Attorney for defendant Moshe Goldsman] (310) 990-3660.

2009 Public Visitation Schedule (Posted 12-16-08)

Judge Mohr signed an order, allowing the Cemetery to open for public visitation on the following Sundays and for holidays in 2009, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m:

January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 10, April 12, April 24, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 14, June 21, June 28

2008 Updates

Update - Added September 22, 2008

The cemetery will be open the following dates:

September 28, 2008
October 12, 26, 2008
November 9, 23, 27 [Thanksgiving], 2008
December 7, 21, 25 [Christmas], 2008
January 1 [New Years], 6 [Armenian Christmas],2009
All openings will be from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Update - Added June 24, 2008

The Grand View Cemetery will be open for public visitation on Sunday, May 25, from 12 noon to 4:00p.m.

At a status conference on June 24, the Judge ordered that Grandview be opened to the public on the following dates: June 29, July 13 and July 27. These openings are being handled by the plaintiff attorneys and the attorney for Moshe Goldsman.

Update - Added May 19, 2008

The Grand View Cemetery will be open for public visitation on Sunday, May 25, from 12 noon to 4:00p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the Cemetery, contact the following attorneys:
Paul Ayers [Attorney for the plaintiffs (families suing the Cemetery)] (818) 760-0100; or
David Baum [Attorney for defendant Moshe Goldsman] (310) 312-9598.

Update - Added March 19, 2008

The co-owner of the Grandview Cemetery, Mr. Moshe Goldsman, will open the facility for public visitation on Sunday, March 30, 2008, from noon until 4 pm. Questions from the public concerning the March 30 opening should be directed to the following:

David Baum, Attorney for Mr. Moshe Goldsman (310) 312-9598
Mr. Paul Ayers, Attorney, (818) 760-0100

2007 Updates

Update - Added December 19, 2007

In response to the City's lawsuit against the Cemetery's owners to abate conditions at the Cemetery which are a public nuisance, Moshe Goldsman, one of the Cemetery co-owners, is making an attempt to correct the fire hazards and other violations at the Cemetery.

Mr.Goldsman has started repairs, including an initial clean-up (weed removal) and installation of an irrigation system. Tree trimming is under way on the east side of the Cemetery. Mr. Goldsman estimates that all the work may be completed within the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Previously, on December 19, 2007, the Honorable Judge Mohr approved a motion filed in court by Mr. David Baum, Mr. Goldsman's attorney. Mr. Baum's motion requested that Judge Mohr modify the prior "evidence preservation order" concerning the Cemetery to allow Mr. Goldsman to: (1) trim and remove the trees (identified in West Coast Arborists' report); (2) install an above-ground irrigation system; and (3) perform monthly maintenance (i.e., trimming the grass once or twice a month).

Mr. Baum told Judge Mohr that the initial clean-up (weed removal) may start as soon as December 20. Mr. Baum estimated that all the work (tree trimming and removal, and irrigation system installation) may be completed within the next 6 weeks.

The next court hearing is on February 6, 2008. Judge Mohr ordered Mr. Baum to file a report, before the hearing date, describing the status of Mr. Goldsman's efforts and progress in trimming the trees, installing a watering system, and removing debris and weeds.

Complaint for Preliminary and Permanent Injunction and Declaratory Judgment against Grand View Memorial Park, Inc.

The City of Glendale filed a Complaint for Preliminary and Permanent Injunction and Declaratory Judgment against Grand View Memorial Park, Inc., Moshe Goldsman, and the Estate of Marsha Howard on September 10, 2007. All of the defendants have now been served and their responses are due during the week of October 22, 2007. The Complaint has put the defendants on notice of hazardous conditions which must be abated on the property. The City is the process of attempting to negotiate an informal resolution with the defendants. If an informal resolution cannot be reached, the City will obtain an order from the Court regarding abatement of the hazards.

Text of Complaint

Council Action Regarding Grand View Cemetery As of August 21, 2007

On August 21, 2007, the Glendale City Council took action that would keep Grand View Cemetery closed on Sundays; and, also directed staff to postpone further discussion or work regarding tree-trimming, removal or grounds maintenance to a future date.

In addition, staff was directed to file a “Nuisance Abatement Action” (legal action against the cemetery owners). This could result in a court decision through which the City could force the owners to make the cemetery safe and minimize hazards. If the owners fail to do so, the Court could permit the City to go onto the property and correct the violations. This would be followed by efforts to seek reimbursement for the city’s costs through a lien placed upon the property or other asset.

Following are the reasons for the Council’s action:

(1) The increasing number of issues faced by the City if the cemetery were re-opened for visitation. These issues include necessary tree-trimming, tree removal, tree watering and grounds maintenance. The dead and dying trees and foliage present a hazard that could lead to a potential fire and/or other safety issues.

(2) The significant dollar amount of public funds required to address these issues, including the allocation or spending of public funds to maintain a private enterprise.

(3) The failure by the attorneys for the plaintiffs’ and the cemetery owners to address these on-going issues. Council stated that the attorneys have left the issues for the City to handle and have not attempted to work with staff to solve the concerns of the City and the community.

Report to City Council (8-21-07) - Request for appropriation and direction pertaining to tree trimming and removal, one-time and on-going maintenance, installation of a temporary recycled watering system at the Grand View Cemetery.

Reports:

2006 Updates

 

 

 

 

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