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City councilwoman would 'love it' if Jackson family helped pay memorial costs

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry said she was concerned about the cost involved in Tuesday's huge Michael Jackson memorial and would "love it" if the Jackson family helped pay some of those bills.

But Perry, speaking on the CBS "Early Show," said city officials have not heard from the Jacksons. Perry, who represents the downtown area, said she did not have a cost estimate for police and other city services that will be needed Tuesday.

Perry told The Times on Saturday that the extra police deployment would be paid for from a Los Angeles Police Department fund reserved for overtime costs of special events such as "1st Amendment marches, protests and funerals and other special events large in scope and that have a potential to impact public safety."

Because the fiscal year started July 1, the fund for all police overtime -- which according to one source covers 1.6 million hours, or nearly $90 million -- is flush. But some city officials questioned the wisdom of spending possibly more than $1 million for overtime so early in the fiscal year, noting that the city could find itself cash-strapped later in the event of a fire, earthquake or other major disaster.

Each year, police officials expect a few extraordinary events. Last year saw marches for and against Proposition 8, a Metrolink crash and a few immigration protests, among other things.

--Shelby Grad

Comments () | Archives (58)

Is it me or am I the only person who thinks it is RIDICULOUS that this is happening? I have I been reading that California is beginning to cut off services to its people!!? California cant repay its loans, its laying off people left & right but the state can hold a tribute to Michael Jackson on the taxpayer dime??? um, even MJ was in debt!! To even entertain this idea it ludicrous. ENOUGH.

I hope the mayor stays in Africa!!!! And Joe Jackson should pay for his son's circus. Tired of celebrity worship...

to be honest michael was not the only person that died last week but do you see the taxpayers paying for their memorial? is is so very stupid!!! if they wanted to have a public memorial then let them pay for it!!!

"We can't afford to cover the costs," Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes Staples Center, said Friday afternoon. "How could we make a decision about people's jobs and then sponsor the parade?"

Shouldn't the Lakers and the NBA pay for that, she asked?

Jan Perry is part of a very powerful political machine whose interests are not necessarily in line with the citizens of Los Angeles. As a result she is a disgrace of a leader on this issue. How many of us will have a "memorial service" paid for my the tax payers of LA when we pass? I'm so relieved to see so many similar posts. The family should do whatever they want to honor their son, brother, father and an icon. Just do it on their own dime.

ok, SO MY FIRST POST didn't make the cut....I still think Jackson was everything Kent said he was...I wish we had more politicians like him and Perry......and as for los angeles {no caps because they aren't worthy) I'll be glad when the "big one" hits....California is NOTHING but a burden to the rest of the U.S. We'll all be better off when it falls into the ocean and we're not paying for frivilous crap like this from a state that's ALREADY bankrupt...

Another financial abuse/misuse. This Jan Perry person is an idiot. When asked the cost of the event on national televison, Perry said she wouldn't know until it was over. Idiot. This woman has no business sense and no regard for the citizens of Los Angeles.

The Jackson's should pay for this tacky display & they should be ashamed of themselves. But I expect this to fall on deaf ears.

How dare MJ's circus take 1 cent of our hard earned taxes. Jan Perry is a disgrace. It was an unlawful assembly!!!!! And what a botched up mess with the sandwiches, no one in LA can make a box lunch. You guys are nuts and would not spend you own money that way. She should be out of office, she and a dozen others. I've been to 2 tax revolts and will continue all of my efforts to place these "numb nuts" out on their behinds.
Why aren't the real costs ever presented re: the illegals. Californians are sooooo affected by the expenses they cause. My taxes may be moving out of Calif if they don't get a better grasp on the illegals and the unions - the state workers own us!!!! Ykes, this is an outrage. Price of education. Prison guards make how much? Their wages have been increased 35% in how many years? We need to break down our unions and not take it anymore. This is crap.

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