Grass makes a comeback at Boyle Heights cemetery

Grass is once growing in section of Evergreen Cemetery

The grounds at Evergreen Cemetery are looking less parched these days and County Supervisor Gloria Molina is taking credit for the greening up of the 136-year-old Boyle Heights cemetery.

Molina in November began to put public pressure on the operators of Evergreen to repair irrigation systems and restore the grass  that had dried up across most of the grounds. Cemetery officials have blamed L.A. Department of Water and Power restrictions for the dry conditions at Evergreen, where some of the 300,000 gravestones bear notable names – such as Hollenbeck, Lankershim and Van Nuys – from the city’s past. But, according to an email newsletter sent by Molina last week, the grounds are beginning to look a lot better after she and members of the public began to complain:

When we started, the grounds were three percent green. Now, they are nearly 50 percent green! We compelled Evergreen management to patch up antiquated plumbing, improve spout and sprinkler systems, add soil and supplements to grounds, and agree to a regular watering schedule!

Molina, however, wants residents to keep the pressure on Evergreen, asking persons to sign an online petition and file a complaint with the State Dept. of Consumer Affairs’s Funeral Bureau at (916) 574-7870.

Cemetery operators blamed dry conditions on water restrictions.


  1. This is great to see! The owners / caretakers are a disgrace to all people, living and deceased. Trying to blame the DWP for their antiquated plumbing and disrepair of the irrigation system is beyond the pale. Thank you Gloria Molina and all who signed the petition!

    • Yeah, excellent idea. Lets plant effing grass. Do you people understand how much WATER it takes to keep grass green?

      This is unsustainable people! But go ahead and follow loud-mouths like Gloria Molina. Really Gloria?! This is the task you choose to tackle? Way to go moron. Typical politician.

  2. Looks better, though I can’t help but think about how it’s the driest winter on record.

  3. Hallelujah – about time. Reality check, though. I walked there this morning and greener than before is simply a handful of graves, a few green spots around the sprinklers and some patches here and there. So keep up the pressure, folks!

  4. Here is the online form. The business is Evergreen Memorial Care Inc., License # COA524, address: 204 N. Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90063.

    The very helpful person at the State Dept. of Consumer Affairs did say that were the state to revoke the license, that could cause other issues. The current owners wouldn’t be operating the cemetery anymore so people with plots would have to go to the state to arrange a burial…that said, maintenance isn’t the sort of thing that gets licenses revoked – it’s usually something far more nefarious like illegal burials, etc.

  5. I think the human remains that were found mixed together with other human remains are enough to take away

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