While officials are fast slamming the doors to the living in Ventura, they put out the welcome mat this week for the dead.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to amend a 1944 law banning the burial of the dead anywhere in the city limits to permit the burial of cremated remains in church plots or religious shrines.
Ventura Community Development Director Everett Millais said he was not sure why the city banned burials, but speculated that it had something to do with health concerns.
Ventura was asked to change its policies by Rev. Jerome E. Kahler, the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, who said that his church has received requests from parishioners "from time to time" to have their ashes buried on church grounds.