Say it ain’t so!
L.A. Times: If the Lakers win the NBA championship this coming week, it’s a good bet Angelenos will want a parade.
But with cash-strapped Los Angeles looking at the possibility of laying off municipal workers or forcing them to take unpaid days off to counter a budget deficit, some at City Hall are uncomfortable with the parade’s price tag, which could exceed $1 million.
“We can’t afford to cover the costs,” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes Staples Center, said Friday afternoon. “How could we make a decision about people’s jobs and then sponsor the parade?”
Shouldn’t the Lakers and the NBA pay for that, she asked?
Council members have been wrestling for years with a proposal for reducing the size of subsidies the city gives for special events, such as street fairs and 10-kilometer runs. A new proposal to do that is pending and could receive a final vote next week. But it would not go into effect until after the best-of-seven series between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.