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November 24, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Mumaw, the funeral home director who was criticized for refusing to handle AIDS-related deaths, has decided to drop the policy after consulting with federal officials. Mumaw said Tuesday that U. S. Department of Justice staff members in Washington told him that he has been violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which forbids discrimination against people with AIDS, their families and friends.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Mumaw, the funeral home director who was criticized for refusing to handle AIDS-related deaths, has decided to drop the policy after consulting with federal officials. Mumaw said Tuesday that U. S. Department of Justice staff members in Washington told him that he has been violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which forbids discrimination against people with AIDS, their families and friends.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1993
A Lancaster funeral director defended his decision not to handle bodies of people who died of AIDS. Jim Mumaw, 38, said Friday he has called the state Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers on several occasions regarding his policy, and was told his policy was legal. The Catalyst Foundation for AIDS Awareness and Care announced last week that it had filed complaints with state and federal officials against the Mumaw Funeral Home. The U.S.
NEWS
April 27, 1989
One never looks good with egg on his face, and I'm no exception. But I do have egg on my face. Your "Letters" column (April 13) included a letter from me on the subject of funds held in trust to pay for funerals purchased before need. I said, among other things, that the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers had engaged in a conflict of interest. I said this occurred when they changed their rules to allow sellers of funerals in advance of need to take 4% annually of money held in trust to defray costs of administration, where only 2.5% has been permitted before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1989
A state board Monday revoked the license of Lamb Funeral Home of Pasadena, whose operators are awaiting trial on dozens of felonies, including improperly cremating bodies and diverting earnings from prearranged funeral trust accounts. The state Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Sacramento said the revocation, which becomes effective March 30, is the result of a stipulated agreement under which Lawrence Lamb, who holds the license, agreed to a voluntary revocation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1992
A Muslim family filed a $4-million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday alleging that a Jewish-owned mortuary and its parent company discriminated against them when the mortuary refused to handle the body of their baby, saying, "We don't pick up Muslim children. We only pick up Jews." On Sept. 30, 1991, hours after Fatme Elbahri of Hawthorne delivered a stillborn baby at Martin Luther King Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995
The state Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers announced Thursday that the Ray Family San Clemente Mortuary has agreed to close down for 45 days and be placed on two years' probation for violations between 1989 and 1991. But a Ray family member said Thursday that the business changed hands several months ago, which means that the penalty, decided in March but just disclosed, will not not apply because of the new owners.
NEWS
April 13, 1989
On Thursday, March 30, I experienced an activity that must be symbolic of the breakdown of justice in California. As president of the Continental Assn. that coordinates the activities of 150 nonprofit funeral/memorial societies in the United States, I had gone to Long Beach to offer testimony in a hearing conducted by the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. The board had proposed changes in regulations affecting the funeral parlors of the state--and their customers. These changes would: 1)
NEWS
July 24, 1994 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The state received a temporary restraining order against Willie Frank Houston, a South-Central funeral director who allegedly continued to operate his funeral homes despite losing his operating licenses last month. The temporary restraining order granted July 14 to the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers required Houston to curtail all funeral director activities at the Houston and Peoples Funeral Home, 4250 S. Central Ave., and at Houston's Mortuary, 9201-9203 S. Vermont Ave.
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March 11, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
C. Lewis Edwards, former Pasadena mayor and president of its Tournament of Roses, has died. He was 94. Edwards died Tuesday in Pasadena, said his daughter, Sharon Girdner. The son of an early Pasadena merchant, Edwards spent his entire life in his native city. His vocation was mortician and his avocation civic leader. He served five years on the city's Planning Commission and was elected to the Board of City Directors, equivalent to a city council, for 12 years. He was mayor from 1962 to 1963.
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May 28, 1992 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two funeral homes owned by a former Compton city councilman have been shut down for 60 days following complaints that the family-run business allowed an unlicensed embalmer to work on bodies. Charges of misrepresentation were dismissed against former City Councilman Robert Adams Sr. after he told an administrative law judge that he was absent from the business when the violations took place, said James B. Allen, executive director of the state Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
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