Wednesday, July 8, 2009
You Want,Who, to Pay? LOL
Jackson’s memorial service comes at a tough financial time for the California City.
Last month when the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championships, the city was unable to scrounge up enough cash for a victory parade, instead opting for a celebration at the Forum. Half of that $2 million tab was reportedly paid for by AEG Live.
3,200 officers were deployed to watch over the Jackson memorial, including Swat Teams. This was more than the city utilized for the 1984 Olympics. WTF? SWAT Teams? I guess they were afraid someone would steal his rotting body and play "Weekend At Bernies" with it or try to sell it on Ebay.
As a result, Ma-yor "Buffoon" Villar has asked MJ fans to give tax-deductible donations to the city of Los Angeles (the request attachment above was taken from his website) to help cover the roughly $3.8 million necessary to pay for the memorial service and all the security involved.
"The donations would help “the public safety resources needed to ensure his memorial remains safe, orderly and respectful,” the Mayor’s Office said.
Fans are asked to give money to a Paypal account established to help raise funds.
AEG Live who owns the Staples Center, decided that it would be okay for the family to use this venue for a memorial: AEG could have held a private memorial, but they chose to make it public even handed out free tickets.
So, why won't AEG and the Jackson Family pay? Why is Tony Villar begging for donations from us?