Government Spending

L.A.'s Tab For Jacko Funeral: $1.4 Million

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Over at National Review's The Corner, Reason columnist Veronique de Rugy blogs this LA Times story about Los Angeles's tab for the Michael Jackson funeral:

City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said this week that he was investigating how the city ended up with a $1.4-million bill. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office conceded that a city effort to solicit online donations to cover the memorial costs yielded only $17,000 before being upended by "frequent and prolonged server crashes."…

The new city controller, Wendy Greuel, seemed…concerned with the $48,826 that the Emergency Management Department spent on 3,500 boxed lunches from Jensen's Finest Foods in Wrightwood, in San Bernardino County. The lunches were intended for emergency personnel at the Jackson memorial, but Greuel thought it seemed excessive, especially after her staff called a nearby Subway and was given an estimate of $17,491 for the same number of lunches.

Whole Times story here.