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And how much did you donate to the city for the Michael Jackson memorial?

July 8, 2009 |  5:31 pm

Thus far, the city of Los Angeles has collected about $17,000 to help pay for the Michael Jackson memorial held Tuesday at Staples Center. Our news blog L.A. Now has the latest, and reports that the city now places the final costs at $1.4 million.The LAPD says it spent at least $1 million, according to L.A. Now.

The city has been asking for donations to help deter the costs of policing and other public services needed for the event. The city also missed out on receiving some donations (potentially), as its website was down for 12 hours Tuesday evening.

L.A. Now has the statement from the mayor's office:

"After collecting more than $17,000 from hundreds of donors in support of the Michael Jackson Memorial Tuesday morning, the City's Information Technology Agency could not handle the high volume of traffic or adequately respond to frequent and prolonged server crashes," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office said in a statement.

The city's donation site  -- of which a screen shot is above -- is now up and running, for those who tried and failed to contribute. Earlier today, newly elected City Controller Wendy Greuel was unhappy with the amount spent to feed the city's first responders during the memorial. The box lunch total: $48,836.

Read the latest on Michael Jackson on L.A Now.

-- Todd Martens