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Should cash-strapped California buy Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch?

July 14, 2010 |  7:58 am

Neverland Ranch

TalkBackLAThe state is in the middle of a major fiscal crisis.

Still, there is talk of turning Michael Jackson's famous -- or infamous -- Neverland Ranch into a state park.

Assemblyman Mike Davis, a Los Angeles Democrat, said Tuesday that he is going to push for a study of the possibility when the Legislature meets again in August.

Jackson "was one of the world's preeminent entertainers, and California is fortunate to have such a site in its jurisdiction," said Davis, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. "It will absolutely be a destination for many who admire music and the performing arts."

Set five miles down a narrow country road in Santa Barbara County, Neverland and its 25-room Tudor mansion cost Jackson about $17 million when he purchased it in 1988. (It's worth far more now).

Should the state consider buying Neverland? Tell us what you think.

Photo: Neverland Ranch. Credit: Los Angeles Times file