Like the state, the city of Los Angeles is on precarious financial footing. It’s outrageous to think that Staples Center & AEG (promoters of the obviously now cancelled 50 MJ concerts) & the Jackson family–who will all profit handsomely from Michael Jackson’s funeral–are making taxpayers foot the multi-million-$ security tab for MJ’s funeral. While basic services & schools are going thru draconian cuts, what’s wrong w/ this mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa? He couldn’t arrange for the bill to be paid privately? I shout cronyism! His deputy had the unfortunate task of announcing a website to beg fans to contribute to the expense.