According to the mayor's office, the memorial service for the King of Pop cost the city of Los Angeles $1.4 million!
Expenses for Tuesday's event included putting extra police on the streets, trash pickup, sanitation and traffic control.
Extra police is a mayjah understatement!!!!
The day of Jackson's funeral would have been a good day to commit a crime, since it took three thousand police officers, about one-third of the El Lay force, to keep the event running smoothly.
The city set up a Website asking for Michael's fans to donate money to take the financial burden off of L.A., which is already in debt for $530 million.
Hundreds of donors gave more than $17,000 through the site, but the city would have received more if they were prepared.
The high volume of traffic on the site caused it to crash repeatedly putting it out of commission for at least 12 hours on the day of the funeral!!!
If you're going to do it, do it right!
“The city attorney does not want something like this happening again, the city paying (the initial costs) for a private event,” said spokesman for Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. “That’s especially in a cash-strapped city, where people have been furloughed or even lost jobs.”
Finally, someone with some common sense!!!!
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