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Grand View might close

December 27, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2State Consumer Affairs investigators launched a probe of the cemetery in April 2005 amid allegations cemetery President Marsha Howard was reusing and reselling graves – in one instance even using $3,446.50 from the sale of two plots to post bail for a jailed employee, according to court records. She is also accused of taking $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, set up for perpetual grounds maintenance, court records show. She is due in a Pasadena courtroom Tuesday, where she has been charged with six felony counts of unlawful use of endowment care funds and three misdemeanor counts of unlawfully disposing of remains, co-mingling remains and removing human remains without a permit. If convicted, she could face up to 18 years in prison, $23,500 in fines and the loss of her business license. Howard, 58, did not return calls for comment, but in court documents she claimed the remains had been left there by the previous owners, and that she had groundskeepers dig small holes around the cemetery to do “unrecorded interments,” according to court records. GLENDALE – Grand View Memorial Park, whose owners are suspected of improperly disposing of thousands of cremated remains, might have to close as early as Tuesday because of a lack of funds, its operator says. Moshe Goldsman said he cannot afford the $45,000 to $50,000 a month in mortgage, insurance, utility bills and salaries for about a dozen Grand View employees. “I’d like to keep it open forever but it may not be feasible,” he said. “No money. No money.” The financial crisis is just the latest in a string of problems at Grand View. Her attorney, Myles Mattenson, did not return a call seeking comment. Goldsman, 41, was put in place to run Grand View while Howard is being investigated. He said he wants to sell the cemetery but can’t because Howard is the majority investor. He and Kevin Flanagan, a spokesman with the state Consumer Affairs Department, which regulates cemeteries and other businesses statewide, said Howard doesn’t want to sell, a matter Goldsman said he might fight in court. Flanagan said there is a good chance Grand View could close Tuesday. And even though Howard has been removed from overseeing day-to-day operations, the state can’t take away her business. It’s really a question of due process, he said. “We certainly will do everything we can to urge the owners to come up with some sort of solution to keep Grand View open,” he said. Glendale City Councilman Bob Yousefian sympathized with the families, but said he and his council colleagues have little power over private business matters. “My hands are tied,” he said. “I don’t feel good, but what can I do?” The uncertain future of the cemetery is causing more heartache for the families of those interred there. It is unclear what will happen to those buried at the site should it close. “Every Mother’s Day and birthday is hard enough. Now we have to go through this again?” said Molly Rodriguez, 43, of Sylmar, who visited Grand View on Mother’s Day to see the graves of her mother and grandmother. “It hurts a lot. My mom was my world.” [email protected] (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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