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Santa Monica cemetery might open up burials to all

May 4, 2009 |  7:41 am


Woodlawn Cemetery is struggling financially but has come up with a solution. Officials want to change a rule that said only Santa Monica residents can be buried there, according to the Daily Press:

A 112-year-old cemetery where more than 60,000 Santa Monica residents have been laid to rest could soon be open to outsiders.

City officials plan to change an old ordinance that limits interment at Woodlawn Cemetery to only current residents or former Santa Monicans who lived in the city for at least five years, making it the only known municipality in the state with such a restriction.

The recommendation by Woodlawn staff came at the City Council meeting on Tuesday during a presentation about a new business plan aimed at making the cemetery financially sustainable.

-- Shelby Grad