In LaBonge We Trust

Out in Milwaukee, some neighborhoods have resorted to printing their own currency, usable only locally, to try and boost (or at least retain) revenue, usually with the funny money being valued 10% more than the US dollar. They say its legal, and as someone who’s been suckered into buying Disney Dollars, who am I to argue?

But it made me wonder – would this sort of concept fly anywhere in L.A.? Larchmont Village perhaps, or the Sunset Strip?

And whose mug would look best on Angeleno currency? Maybe the face of the Councilman in the neighborhood the buck would legal tender – picture Tom LaBonge‘s Cheshire grin while buying a coffee in Silverlake. The bills could also be a perfect spot for ads – pink Angelyne dollars, anyone?

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