Sunday, July 09, 2006

What Can You Do?

One suggestion offered at the recent meeting held at the cemetery was that the City of Rosemead would remove the grave stones and put the names of those buried on a wall or plaque, supposedly establishing it as a Pioneer Memorial Park. This is simply unacceptable.

What can you do to prevent this travesty and ensure the future of Savannah Pioneer Cemetery? If you have relatives who are buried there:

1. Notify your relatives of this crucial issue and ask that they become involved. Tell them to send their contact information - name, address, phone, email address - to stay in contact and be notified of developments as they occur. Send a note to to receive updates.

2. Send photographs of your relatives to be posted on this blog. Let's make this a personal tribute to those who are interred there. After all, this is personal - as personal as it gets. Send photos to

3. Send genealogical information - names, dates/places of birth, marriage information, children, etc. - to be included in a database of individuals buried at Savannah Pioneer Cemetery. Email GEDCOM or family history notes to

All interested parties can:

4. Write letters to government officials, expressing your concern about the proposed closing of the cemetery.

Gloria Molina, Supervisor, First District
856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Assemblymember Judy Chu
49th Assembly District
Capitol Office
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0049
Telephone: 916-319-2049
FAX: 916-319-2149

Assemblymember Judy Chu
49th Assembly District
El Monte District Office
10505 Valley Blvd #306
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 450-6116
FAX: (626) 450-6119

Rosemead City Council
Rosemead City Hall
8838 East Valley Boulevard
Rosemead, CA 91770
Telephone: 626-569-2100
FAX: 626-307-9218

Andrew C. Lazzaretto, City Manager
Telephone: 626-569-2101

Jay T. Imperial, Council Member
Gary Taylor, Mayor
Margaret F. Clark, Council Member
John Tran, Council Member

El Monte City Council
El Monte City Hall
11333 Valley Boulevard
El Monte, CA. 91731-3293
Telephone: 626 580-2001
Fax: 626-580-2291

Mayor Ernest Gutierrez
Vice Mayor Emily Ishigaki
Councilman Art Barrios
Councilman Juventino Gomez
Councilwoman Patricia Wallach

5. Write a letter to the editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune to voice your rejection of this idea. Follow instructions on the newspaper's website:

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
1210 N. Azusa Canyon Road
West Covina, CA 91790
(626) 962-8811

6. Attend the meeting on Saturday morning, July 15, at 9:00 a.m. at the El Monte Historical Museum.

El Monte Historical Society Museum
3150 North Tyler Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731-3354
Here is a map for your reference.

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