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L.A. Mayor Asks Jackson Fans for Money

7/7/2009 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonL.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking fans of Michael Jackson to kick in and offset the $4 million it will cost the city to cover the city's costs associated with the funeral and memorial.

UPDATE -- All major credit cards accepted. Checks too.

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mamagull    

We are laying off teachers, have no buses for kids to get to school, PE and sports hardly exist, but we are paying for his memorial? He was a great entertainer but let the families or all those self absorbed actors and entertainers wanting their time in the spotlight at a memorial flip the bill!

1882 days ago
137.

"chester" jacko    

Blucy2 doesn't realize that the state will steal any increased tax revenues and the city will still be on the hook.

1882 days ago
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jeanine    

complete crap.
why isn't the Jackson family paying for this..we are in the middle of a recession and these people have
more money than god..4 million is nothing...less than a million from each sibling.
I loved him..and thought he was an exceptional human being..however..his family...never was great to him.
His mom and Janet were the best..and I don't think they were stellar to him either.
This isn't his fault..
it is the family,the media and whooplah! notice the two closest people..Liz and Diana R..were not there? There is a reason for that I am sure..cause they were actually his friend.
God Bless those kids.

1882 days ago
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JenJen    

I think the family should pay for the memorial. It's not like they're broke. And they will be making enough money of MJ now that he is dead.

1881 days ago
140.

pissed off    

how dare the mayor ask for money. when people die the family has to pay for the funeral. Why aren't the jackson family paying for this fiasco? Why should it come out of the taxpayers pockets? The Jackson family wanted and planned this memorial service and they should be FORCED to pay for all the expenses. How dare they expect the public to pay for it.

1881 days ago
141.

Pankie    

Neither the State or the City should be paying for any of this. If they do then that gives a good indication of why their broke now. Get your priorities straight people !

1881 days ago
142.

Lyndsey    

Why should the fans, AEG or the Jackson family pay for this tribute? The state of California tried to have Michael Jackson put away for years for something he didn't do. They ruined his reputation, cost him some fans and put him into a deep depression. He was forced to leave the states so he could get away from it all. They cost him a fortune so he could a have a dream team to prove his innocence. Michael might be alive today if it weren't for them. If I were wrongfully accused of something I didn't do, and my reputation ruined, I would turn to drugs too. This isn't the doctors fault. The people involved with bringing down a very innocent man should be held accountable for his death. If anything, the state of California owes Mr. Jackson, and should eat the bill.

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