LA official negotiating over Jackson memorial cost

AP News
Posted: Nov 23, 2009 4:58 PM

A Los Angeles official says she's negotiating with the company that owns Staples Center about reimbursing at least some of the $3.2 million taxpayers spent on the Michael Jackson memorial.

A City Council panel postponed Monday's cost review for a week after Councilwoman Jan Perry said she had positive discussions with AEG about the memorial at Staples in July.

AEG spokesman Michael Roth had no comment.

A recent city report concluded the memorial boosted the local economy and determined there was no law in place at the time to force reimbursement.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich (Troo-TAN'-ich) has aggressively pursued repayment, prompting AEG's president to accuse him of bully tactics.