I know you are probably screaming: Not another Michael Jackson column, but this one must be written. It does not involve how he died, but who will pick up the tab for the police force used at his memorial service this Tuesday. The onus for this security force will be born by the taxpayers of
According to the L.A.Times, "The city of
In reading another L.A.Times article, L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry stated that the city would "dip into a special fund set aside for extraordinary events to pay for the security costs associated with Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday at
While the Councilwoman stated that they are reaching out to private donors to help fund this memorial service, there are taxpayers who go without and to ask them to pay for a service is uncalled for since she was elected to represent the people. She should instead be reaching out to private donors to help with the needs of her constituents. I would suspect that many of her constituents cannot even afford their own burial at this point.
According to this article, Perry told CNN: "that the Jackson family had not come forward to pay for taxpayer costs associated with the memorial..."I am not aware of any activity from the family to do that" I say to the Jackson family, pay up! It is unconscionable to drain the city coffers to pay for your son's and sibling's memorial.
Outlined in this L.A. Times article dated, May 28th, 2009 are the deep cuts facing not only those who live in
As reports are coming out that drugs may have directly caused
I was taken back as I read, that a woman, named, Linnea went before "legislative panel" to plead for her life. As she addressed this panel, she stated: "If these cuts take place, you're not just cutting money from the program -- you're cutting my life...I choose to live," she said, her voice shaking and tears falling. "Please don't make me die. My choice is life." Perhaps the doctor(s) who prescribed
Given the hardships which many citizens in
If you are a fan who has already descended on this city or have planned to, you are placing a strain on an already strained city. You must ask yourselves: Is my presence here more important than those who will be forced to pay for it, namely the taxpayers of
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