Help pay for Michael Jackson’s Memorial

For everyone in L.A. who has complained about taxpayer money going toward the Michael Jackson Memorial, Mayor Villaraigosa has officially resorted to begging for money. (I’ve seen people on Twitter asking how a bankrupt state like California can afford this. It can’t, but California is not footing the bill, the City of Los Angeles is. And no, L.A. can’t afford it either.)

As an L.A. resident, I, for one, am totally OK with that (the begging, not the footing of the bill). Since us L.A. folks have basically already paid for this, I’d ESPECIALLY love it if non-Angelenos would step up and pitch in. That’s right… not only can you honor the King of Pop, your donations are also tax-deductible! (Click here for the PayPal link)

Want to snail mail your check in?

Donations are being accepted to help defray the costs of providing public safety, traffic control and related costs associated with the Michael Jackson Memorial at the Staples Center. Please submit your donations by check payable to: “City of Los Angeles”.
Donation Mailing Address:
Room 255, City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you’re a Michael fan, consider giving a small donation to help us celebrate his extraordinary life and music.


PS – Jackson Family, my sincerest condolences for your loss, but please step forward to help foot some of these bills. That goes for you, too, AEG — you stand to make a ton with all the footage from those rehearsal videos at Staples Center, as well as any tribute concerts that are yet to come. Seriously, help a financially strapped city out. It’s not just the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense, as well.

8 thoughts on “Help pay for Michael Jackson’s Memorial”

  1. Nice post, I wonder who came up with the idea and who made it happen so fast. Nice to see some potential offset on the costs since it doesn’t appear AEG or the Jackson family so far have given a penny towards the city costs.

  2. I wish MJ was alive again. At least when he was alive I didn’t have to read, see or hear about him. Use his f’ing royalties to pay for this f’ing mess.

  3. The Jackson family withheld 9,000 tickets (nearly half) for their invited guests. They will continue to receive income for generations from Michael’s royalties. They have (apparently) not paid a single dime toward the great expense that this memorial will bring to this city.

    AEG has their name plastered all over this. They are currently receiving untold benefits from the publicity. They will undoubtedly make enormous amounts of money from DVDs of the memorial, rehearsal footage, etc. They have (apparently) not paid a single dime toward the great expense that this memorial will bring to this city.

    The city (the tax payers) of Los Angeles will pay upwards of $3.5 million for security and other services. Those residents not “lucky” enough to get tickets through the online distribution have been told repeatedly to stay away from the area entirely. And now we (and others) are being asked to donate money for an event we were told to stay away from. How many businesses lost a full day of productivity (and income/wages) because they had to tell their employees to stay home today?

    I don’t deny the importance of Michael Jackson’s legacy, nor the importance of properly memorializing him. It just pisses me off that those who stand to profit the most (AEG; sales and publicity) and those who received other benefits (Jackson family; half of all tickets, on-going security at event, home(s), cemetery, etc.) are contributing nothing to this while the cash-strapped residents of L.A. foot the bill.

  4. Are you freaking kidding me? This is for the Jacksons and AEG to pay for. Or maybe Al Sharpton can raise some funds, the man who proclaimed at the Apollo Theater tribute last week that Michael Jackson “paved the way for Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.” Really? So screw Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Robert Johnson, James Brown, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong … need I go on? Some perspective is very, very much lacking here.

  5. @rodger
    Did you read the entire post?

    I DID call upon the Jackson Family and AEG to pay for this.

    But I also have no problem with the City of Los Angeles begging for help. If people around the world felt that they got something out of today’s service, I am A-OK with the City accepting donations from around the world to defray costs.

  6. For the record, I’m OK with accepting donations, as well. My beef with with the lack of contribution from AEG and the Jackson family. Luckily, I understand the LA City Attorney’s office is looking into how to get those two groups to pay for their own event.

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