Councilwoman says city will pick up police costs for Michael Jackson memorial
L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry said this morning that the city will dip into a special fund set aside for extraordinary events to pay for the security costs associated with Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday at Staples Center.
She also asked for financial aid from private donors interested in "honoring" Jackson by helping to pay for non-security services such as sanitation and trash collection that will be needed for the massive event. Private donors came forward to cover the costs associated with last month's Lakers victory parade and celebration at the L.A. Coliseum.
"The city would deeply appreciate help to offset what are the ... non-police costs," she said, adding that if anyone was interested, they could e-mail her at City Hall to discuss it.
"Its not the first nor will it be the last time our police department is called upon to make and execute the necessary plans for special events of this magnitude," Perry said at the news conference.
Later, she told CNN that the Jackson family had not come forward to pay for taxpayer costs associated with the memorial.
"I am not aware of any activity from the family to do that," she said.
Perry represents the downtown area that includes Staples Center.
-- Cara Mia Di Massa