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L.A. asks for donations for memorial

July 7, 2009 6:36:43 AM PDT
Police and firefighters will be out in force to ensure security at Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial, but just how much it's all going to cost the city continues to concern some local lawmakers."We're going to bleed our reserve funds, our overtime funds, dry for this particular deployment. What happens next week when we have a fire or we have another major incident?" said L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is acting mayor while Antonio Villaraigosa is out of town, has asked for donations, but so far the city hasn't gotten any.

A Web site was posted Tuesday seeking donations to cover the costs, estimated at between $1.5 million and $4 million, according to Matt Szabo, a spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Web page reads: "Help the City of Angels provide the extraordinary public safety resources required to give Michael the safe, orderly and respectful memorial he deserves." The site is linked to a PayPal account where donors can make tax- deductible contributions.

Those who wish to donate can make the check out to the city of Los Angeles.

AEG Live, the promoter for Jackson's now-canceled London shows, has not committed any money to cover the city's bill for the Jackson memorial.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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