Memorial Event Costs Los Angeles $1.4 Million – For City That’s Already $530 Million in Debt


michaelThe memorial service for the avi avos hatumah singer who died this past week after living a life that reflected everything wrong with the culture and society we live in cost the city of Los Angeles $1.4 million, the mayor’s office said yesterday. Costs included putting extra police on the streets, trash pickup, sanitation, traffic control and more for the Tuesday event, spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said. Three thousand police officers – almost one-third of the Los Angeles police force – were on hand to ensure the events proceeded smoothly, Los Angeles Assistant Police Chief Jim McDonnel said Tuesday. The city, which is $530 million in debt, set up a Web page asking people to donate money to help with the expenses.On Tuesday morning, hundreds of donors contributed more than $17,000 through the Web site. But then, the high volume of traffic caused it to crash frequently and for long periods of time, the mayor’s office said.

The city, therefore, was unable to collect contributions for several hours on Tuesday.

The site also crashed for 12 hours, beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday – and again, periodically throughout Wednesday morning, the office said.

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich does not want taxpayers to pay a penny for the service, his spokesman said yesterday.

“The city attorney does not want something like this happening again, the city paying [the initial costs] for a private event,” spokesman John Franklin said.

“That’s especially in a cash-strapped city, where people have been furloughed or even lost jobs.”

During the Los Angeles Lakers championship parade this year, nearly 2,000 police were called in, at a cost of $2 million. The Lakers and private donors reimbursed the city for most of the expenses.

Michael Roth, spokesman for AEG, which owns Staples Center and put on the event, could not be reached for comment.

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  1. i don’t get the accompanying picture was he jewish if not it’s certainly not a funny joke to write about such a dispicable person “z’l”

  2. The meshugana’s coffin is lined with 24k GOLD!!! Does he have pleasure down there surrounded by gold? And most of his money is not his! Its all borrowed. He owes so much and they still put the gold in there!