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.