Request for cold storage facility for COVID-19 dead in San Jacinto is denied

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This former onion warehouse at 1340 Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto owned by Miller-Jones Mortuary is being eyed as a possible cold storage facility for a large number of bodies awaiting funeral services in the valley. The city has yet to approve the request. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
A request from Miller-Jones mortuary to permit the transfer of deceased bodies to a vacant onion warehouse in San Jacinto for storage was initially denied when the San Jacinto City Council would not consider it as an urgent matter on the Tuesday, Jan. 19, meeting agenda. Mayor Alonso Ledezma said he was surprised to receive a letter from Assemblymember Chad Mayes’ office on behalf of the mortuary owners after the regular city council agenda was published. The letter asked for the city to consider letting the funeral homes to use the old onion warehouse at 1340 W. Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto for temporary COVID-19 and others who have died and are waiting for funeral and burial dates. It was a matter of urgency, according to Mayes’ letter. The funeral home officials said in th
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