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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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76.

Dee    

OMG - If the family wanted this circus that they should pay for it - who is the Mayor to authorize to pick up the tab. I feel for the family but this is not a cost that taxpayers should be paying.

1903 days ago
77.

WTF    

What a complete joke. The City of LA has embarrassed itself so many times -- this really takes the cake.

Add to that, the date on the ad that the brainiacs created is WRONG! Today is not "Tuesday July 6"

http://mayor.lacity.org/PressRoom/PressReleases/LACITYP_005598

WHAT A JOKE!!

1903 days ago
78.

Ziggy    

He would be outraged that his fans were being asked for money. I'm sure the family is outraged as well. The costs should come from the estate, not his fans.

1903 days ago
79.

A fan    


M-alicious

I-nsensitive

C-allous

H-urtful

A-ppalling

E-gregious

L-udicrous


Mr. Mayor, you are shameful!

1903 days ago
80.

Betitha    

All the people boohoohooing that the Jacksons shouldn't have to foot the bill -- you clearly don't live here in Los Angeles. Guess what's going to happen? Money will be cut from necessary services like AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, SCHOOLS and EDUCATION. Our city is in CRISIS. Are the Jacksons in crisis? Do they have more money than they know what to do with? Is $4 million chump change to them? Damn straight. But hey, if you think it's okay that this summer inner city kids here in L.A. can't find a public pool to swim in (no money), safe after school programming to keep them off the streets (no money), that's great. All of you singing the praises of this man-child who LOVED the children so? Shut your hypocritical mouths.

1903 days ago
81.

sasser    

WHY SHOULD L.A. FUND THIS B.S. BILL THE CREAPS ESTATE. IF HE'S WORTH 500 MILLION WHY DOES HE HAVE ANY DEPT. JOE JACKSON TAUGHT HIS SON WELL -- HOW TO RIP OFF PEOPLE. MJ WAS A MUSICAL GENIUS BUT FAILED MISERABLY AS A HUMAN BEING.

SOMEONE PLEASE PUSH JESSE JACKSON AND AL SHARPTON IN THE GRAVE BEFORE THEY LOWER MICHAEL IN.

GOOD RIDDENCE

1903 days ago
82.

kade    

AEG is charging the media a ton of money to broadcast at the Staples center, the LA NBC station said it cost them like 5 grand for a crappy location and the Today show spent 30 grand for a primo spot. AEG is making a fortune, they should be covering the costs.

1903 days ago
83.

CUBANITTA    

THIS HAS TO BE A LIE, CAUSE ON THE NEWS YESTERDAY THEY WERE SAYING THAT MONEY IS PUT ASIDE FOR VENUES AND THINGS LIKE THIS TO BE HELD IN L.A. AND THAT THIS WONT COST THE STATE ANYTHING

1903 days ago
84.

Pjhop    

Actually, the cost of this memorial should be the responsibility of Michael's estate and family. In no way should tax payers bear the burden. If fans want to contribute, fine. I wish I was there........watching from Colorado

1903 days ago
85.

justicegirl    

Poster #19--donate to the Boy Scouts of America in conjunction with MJ's memorial? Are you kidding me? What rock have you been living under?

1903 days ago
86.

Gina    

Mayor Tony and his concubine should pay for this circus. We moved out of Los Angeles County two years ago and one of the best things about it is we don't have to see Mayor Tony's name on a ballot. If you want to worship a dead man go ahead but don't make the people pay for it.

1903 days ago
87.

lisa    

I think his family should be the ones to pay the city. What I don't like is the fact that farrah passed away the same day and there was very little about her. But the city of la closed down highways to get him to staples. Get real the man was a child molester and everyone is acting like he was God. Well he's not. I also don't appreciate my tv programs being put off. Just so you can show his funeral on tv. What about us people that like him.

1903 days ago
88.

cindyclnc    

LA should not be responsible for these outlandish costs...the family/estate should! I'm sick of all this publicity! Ironically he hadn't had such publicity since his 2002 molestation trial!

1903 days ago
89.

eddie s    

Typical Demoncrat,, taking advantage of peoples grief to line their pockets with.... a typical L.A. Low life for sure......

1903 days ago
90.

Just Cruzin Thru    

Good Lord people, this isn't about Villariagosa or who he's sleeping with. LAPD, SWAT, CHP etc . need to be paid! Who is going to pay for it? From reports I heard yesterday on KNX 3500 officers were going to report for duty! It's NOT FREE! If Michael's estate doesn't have the funds ask Janet (she's got money)...Why should the residents of Los Angeles be asked to pay for something the "family" put on? I don't recall, but was there this much hoopla when Elvis or John Lennon died?

1903 days ago
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