Editor’s Note: My email inbox is loaded with comments about City Hall starting the fiscal year with a $320 million deficit and still footing the bill for the Michael Jackson memorial extravaganza at Staples Center when many stand to make huge profits exploiting his death. Some note the mayor and City Council president are all out of the country. Monica Harmon, a passionate Eastside activist and strong LAPD supporter, sent out this email blast along with this list (city-fee-waivers.PDF)of 1,000 fee waivers approved in the last year.
By Monica Harmon
Thankfully we are all on the same page and outraged the taxpayers of Los Angeles are footing the bill for the Jackson memorial.
AEG stands to make millions on this event, had a $17 million insurance policy on Michael Jackson and received millions of dollars in tax breaks from the city. I’ve attached a document of 1,000 special event waivers City Council have passed some for non profits but many for corporate companies that could easily afford the fee but the city absorbed their cost.
LAPD has already had their budget cut. For 12 days officers have been stationed at four locations 24/7. It is absurd they get the burden of the cost of this event.
The most incompetent and irresponsible statement Jan Perry made at the press conference on Friday was this: “Perry said the cost of police protection for “extraordinary” events like the memorial is built into the Police Department’s budget, but she still solicited help for “incremental costs.” Does she not know LA is in a financial crisis? Not one politician has had the courage or leadership to speak out for the taxpayers of LA and say this is not right.
Media web site blogs are posted with negative statements from Angelenos who agree with us. Yet, why aren’t the reporters who we all know and are blind copied on this e-mail here reporting it? Do they not read their own blogs?
Thank you for the feedback and to those who stated they are taking this issue to their neighborhood council boards. Contact your council member and ask others to do so.
Click here for information on how to contact your Councilmember.
And check out Tuesday’s City Council Agenda: (Item #65 council spending $500,000 for another “study”, Parks waived $60,000 for a fireworks show, $1,218,055 for new Bureau of Street Lighting positions, $70,000 to fund a park, $200,000 on a Traffic plan, Perry waived fees for Farah Fawcett memorial service, and more special event waivers)