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Glendale will bill Michael Jackson's family for public costs of burial

August 19, 2009 |  8:57 am


Michael Jackson's family will be footing the bill for his planned burial this month in Glendale -- including the city costs for police and other public services, officials said.

There was fierce debate after Jackson's public memorial about why the city of Los Angeles picked up the tab for more than $1 million for police and other services for the event.

But that isn't expected in Glendale, which has a longstanding history working the Forest Lawn-Glendale cemetery.

Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department said the cost of traffic control and other police services will be passed on to Forest Lawn and ultimately to the family.

Despite the deployment of 3,200 officers by the Los Angeles Police Department for the public service at a cost of more than $1 million, Lorenz said he expected far fewer resources to be used for Jackson’s funeral.

“Based on the significant [funeral] services we’ve had there in the past, we believe will be able to manage this event and provide the family with a peaceful service,” Lorenz said. “It’s awfully early and things could change, but we don’t believe we will have to deploy a significant number of police officers or city resources.”

Glendale would contact neighboring police agencies including the LAPD, whose patrol area borders the south end of the cemetery.

Jackson will be interred Aug. 29, which would have been his 51st birthday, in an intimate morning service for family and friends in the expansive cemetery's Great Mausoleum, according to a statement from the family publicist. The pop singer's remains will be placed in a crypt in the Holly Terrace section of the mausoleum, a massive building that is the final resting place for stars from film's golden age, such as Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.

The funeral announcement Tuesday capped two months of rumors that began even before Jackson's gold-plated casket was rolled into Staples Center on July 7 for a televised memorial. That day began with a service at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills but ended without a burial or interment. One report had his body stored in a crypt owned by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., and there was widespread speculation that an elaborate grave -- and, ultimately, a Graceland-style museum -- would be constructed at the entertainer's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Michael Jackson will be interred in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)