The costs of providing police, emergency, sanitation and other services for the Michael Jackson memorial have hit $4million–especially now that the Jackson family has said that the casket will be driven to Staples Center for the memorial. So Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked fans to donate to help off set the costs.

The city launched a Web site with a link to a "paypal" account into which fans could make only contributions using major credit cards. Fans will have access to the site through the mayor’s facebook page, facebook.com/villaraigosa , and twitter page, twitter.com/villaraigosa .  

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.