*Concert promoter AEG and the estate of Michael Jackson have agreed to provide $1.3 million to the city of Los Angeles to help cover the cost of last year’s memorial for the entertainer at Staples Center, Councilwoman Jan Perry has announced.
Under the agreement, the city’s general fund – which pays for basic services such as public safety and parks – would receive $1 million. Another $300,000 would be provided in the form of a contribution to the Los Angeles Police Foundation to pay for equipment at the Los Angeles Police Department, Perry said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The memorial took place at the Nokia Theater at Staples Center, both of which are owned by AEG.
The expenses were viewed as controversial at a time when the city was cutting vital services and laying off city employees. A city report last year put the total cost of the event at $3.2 million.