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Monday, November 16, 2009

LA Weekly: AEG to Kick in Money for the Non-Permitted Jackson Memorial

"AEG's Tim Lieweke and a couple of civic friends"
The LA Weekly is reporting this afternoon that AEG will pay an undisclosed amount of money to offset public cost for the non-permitted AEG/Michael Jackson Memorial.
Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of Staples Center and the organizer behind the controversial Michael Jackson memorial there in July, will pay to defray at least some of the city's costs to police, direct traffic and clean-up during and after the event.
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Councilman Dennis Zine on Monday said he had breakfast with company CEO Tim Leiweke and that the executive pledged to help end the controversy by contributing some money to cover the city's costs.
The July 7 memorial has been the source of much ire: On Friday the city released a report indicating that it spent nearly $3.2 million to deal with the crowds that came to witness the memorial or just to be near it. The memorial was produced as a television special and was carried on channels throughout the world. A subsequent concert film based on Jackson's rehearsals for his AEG-promoted This Is It concert residency in London has grossed $200 million, with 10 percent of that going to AEG.
As Romero reported in his Friday post "City Spends $3.2 Million To Market The $200-Mil, Michael Jackson Blockbuster 'This Is It'" and follow up this morning. The city through someones unauthorized actions, payed out money to subsidize the making of AEG's flick of Michael Jackson's last moment on a stage in his life.
For Councilman Dennis Zine and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, here is hoping that both of these public servants do not get "weak in the knees and continue in their quest to see that the city is fully refunded for the unauthorized costs of the AEG/ Michael Jackson Memorial.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Time for the office pool. How much will AEG contribute? Will it be closer to:

A. $10,000

B. $100,000

C. $1,000,000

November 16, 2009 6:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time for Jennerdoodle to tell us how many signatures he has for the "Recall Antonio Villaraigosa" effort that he told us he would reveal in October.

a. None (even PHIL didn't sign it!)

b. One (only PHIL signed it)

c. 25 (mostly Mayor Sam people)

d. 240,000 (yeah right!)

This is going to haunt you Phil until you come clean. I asked everyone to keep asking Phil to give us a specific update.

November 16, 2009 7:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time for Walter Moore to tell us his plans again. Will it be:

A. Move to France
B. Get a clue
C. Shut the fuck up you racist bastard

November 16, 2009 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Score one for Trutanich and the City Attorney's office.

Persistence pays off.

November 16, 2009 7:26 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Wow! That is SO witty! You must be considered the Voltaire of the staffers!

November 16, 2009 7:37 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. I'm staying right here, you'll be glad to know.

November 16, 2009 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter, before I answer, can I:

A) Poll the audience

B) Call a friend

C) Ask you to take away 2 incorrect answers (B & C)

before I give you my final answer?

November 16, 2009 8:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch was looking for $6,000,000, but if we ghet $3,000,000 it is a huge win for the Nuchster.

Do not scoff at his tactics; he crusades for what is right, and AEG cannot stand the heat. They will fold.

November 18, 2009 5:22 AM  

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