City of Los Angeles Asking for Donations To Cover Jackson Memorial

by mattdentler
July 7, 2009 9:45 AM
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Well, now that the Michael Jackson memorial is over, someone needs to pick up the tab. According to reports, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking for tax-deductible donations to help offset the $3.8 million needed for security and other services. As (most of) the world watched the memorial on Tuesday afternoon, the city of L.A. reportedly came to a standstill and traffic was more of a concern than usual. From the Rolling Stone blog story:

The donations would help “the public safety resources needed to ensure his memorial remains safe, orderly and respectful,” the Mayor’s Office said. Fans are asked to give money to a Paypal account established to help raise funds (The link, posted on Villaraigosa’s Twitter, is currently down.) AEG Live, the concert promotion company behind Jackson’s This Is It! shows at London’s O2 Arena — who are helping plan the memorial service — have also been asked to pick up some of the bill. AEG Live also owns the Staples Center, which served as host to Jackson’s This Is It! rehearsals.

Jackson’s memorial service comes at a tough financial time for the California City. Last month when the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championships, the city was unable to scrounge up enough cash to hold a traditional victory parade, instead opting for a celebration at the Forum. Half of that $2 million tab was reportedly paid for by AEG Live.

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  • Lisa Johnson | July 13, 2009 10:57 AMReply

    I find it VERY dificult to believe that the city of Los Angeles is broke. If thats so instead of looking for fans to donate "which i think is an unbelievable rip off scam" Maybe they should start looking more at city officials as to WHY the city's broke? Yeah we have had cutbacks in the last year but this is just a tad hard to believe.

  • Sylvie Morin | July 10, 2009 8:26 AMReply

    Michael Jackson is worth millions and so is the Jackson family. You would think the Jackson's could use some of Michael's $41,000 mil insurance policy or of the $500 mil or more he is worth to cover this. It looks to me the Memorial was a big show of the Jackson family because they've always been about money and showbusiness. Michael is gone, he left lots of money, I say, they can use some of that just like my family will do to cover my funeral, my city or country will not pay for it, why should the state pay for the memorial, it is a tribute to Michael presente by his own family. Just a thought

  • Priscilla | July 9, 2009 10:19 AMReply

    The entertainment industry should pay for it! It wouldn't be right to ask the family. It wouldn't be right to ask the fans that they had been trying to keep away!

  • Theresa Owens, San Diego | July 9, 2009 9:16 AMReply

    i feel that all of the costs should be the responsobility of the Jackson family, however, we the people were given FREE tickets to this memorial event not to mention TV access. with that said, why not help out the Jackson family with the monetary coverage for this event? i would not want to give the city a dime... yet i would have no problem helping out the Jackson family.

    Michael Jackson has wildly entertained us for decades. he has given so much of his man made success millions to charities around the world to help so many nobel causes. have you? his generousity was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for doing so. do you mean you could not donate... $5, $10, $20? i think only true fans will understand... like myself.

  • Jennifer | July 9, 2009 7:16 AMReply

    There are people selling the memorial handouts on e-bay from 500 up. why not reproduce these books and sell them to the fans that didn't get to attend his service and would like one. I'm sure you could make some money there.

  • catherine | July 9, 2009 6:05 AMReply

    I think it is totally ridiculous! If a common citizen of LA would drop dead, would they pay for his/her funeral (tribute) expenses? Not a dime! Why would the city have to pay for a private tribute to MJ. He may have been a one of kind artist (no question about that) but I think those things should be paid by the entity that organized it or from the Jackson's family. Asking for money to help cover this huge expense ($1.4 million) when the city has no money whatsover it's a little beyond outrageous.. considering the city has no money to spare. The Jackson estate obviously has plenty money to bury MJ in a gold casket.

  • Richard | July 8, 2009 12:17 PMReply

    I think the whole Michael Jackson should have been paid for by the Jackson family the same as when I die. The City of Los Angeles is again trying to milk the taxpayers to donate toward the cost of MJ's funeral. That is so wrong!! California is already in such a financial mess and who suffers? The taxpayers!! It makes me happy that I moved away from California. Incidentally, if Michael Jackson is supposedly so broke why was he in a gold casket?

  • Sarah | July 8, 2009 9:45 AMReply

    I admit that it seems a little tacky for the City of LA to be asking for money.

    But the facts are that the City of LA and the the entire State of California are cash strapped at this time but they have stepped up at this difficult time and given all the support that they could to Michael Jackson's family with discretion and professionalism.

    With all the people around the world who are claiming to be great fans of Michael Jackson surely if 10% of those people made $5 donations to the City of LA, it would be a great way to say thank you to all the personnel who have worked so hard to ensure the memorial concert went so smoothly.

  • Mary Mora Cordova | July 8, 2009 6:54 AMReply

    I think it's a great idea to donate toward the days worth of nostalgia alone. Not only that, if the City of L.A., had not participated in this wonderful endeavor, we would not have been able to participate in person, much less in the comfort of our own livingrooms to say goodbye to an wonderful humanitarian/entertainer/individual.
    I'm donating a small stipend. And if all would do that, "as if" in lieu of flowers, and we got L.A. out of hock, so much the better.
    What a tribute to Michael that would be. One person joining with others can make a difference to change the world.

  • Geezer | July 7, 2009 12:58 PMReply

    To donate go to:

  • Manuel Lugo | July 7, 2009 12:10 PMReply

    What are the contributions of M Jackson to a better society or humanity? he accumulated millions ( I think his state was worth $500 million!!) and now the city wants more $$$ of it's citizens, sure why not waste a few more, while there is people (human beings) living on the street with no food, hospitals closing because goverment has wasted money on other non-important matters. I will donate zero, cero dinero!! enough it's enough!!!

  • Diane K Waldron | July 7, 2009 10:44 AMReply

    Where can I send a donation to Micheal Jackson public safety fund?