Say it ain’t so!

nooooooooL.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.

Continue reading ‘L.A. city officials could rain on Lakers parade’

  • p()()P

    MAN CALI GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENIGGER IS FUQ N IT UP 4 US!

  • as1084

    oh that sucks! just have jerry buss pay for it…$1 million is nothing to him!

  • lakaluva

    Buss should reply with…”maybe we should move to a city that can afford to throw its team a parade.” With all the jobs and revenue the Lakers generate for this city, those council members should STFU!!!

  • ilikebasketball

    have the players chip in and pay for it.
    1 millino dollars between 4 or 5 of them is nothing.

  • californiagrown

    SMH..I understand we’re in a recession, but come on. This is something that parents can take their kids to for free ! Maybe the NBA, Lakers and LA County can go half !

  • lakers2000

    [Comment ID #75921 Will Be Quoted Here]

    We can’t even get the NBA to officiate correctly and you think they will contribute to our parade. Haa Haa. I’ve been to 2 of the last 3 parades and all I see the city contributing to is the security (police) and I didn’t see that many of them. I would not worry about it. It will happen. Go Lakers!!!!

  • LakerHater – NOT!

    I think the City and County should ask the Laker Organization. It’s true the City generate a lot of money from games – however, the NBA and Laker Org. make a lot as well.

    1.1 mil – between the NBA, LAker Org, and the team — whatever they can donate. I’m sure the team wouldn’t be so selfish – as they love their fans and would love to give them props for all the support. No?

  • K-Mart

    Haha. They dont deserve a parade. The Lakers are paper champs. They’re lucky that they didnt run into the Celtics in the finals.

  • ROCKSTARS OF THE NBA

    Mr.Jackson keeps being fined for saying just about anything on the refs…it seems to me that David Stern should cover that damn thing!

    [ROCKSTARS OF THE NBA]

    [LAKERS]

  • desecrator09

    [Comment ID #75941 Will Be Quoted Here]

    we woulda smashed the old a$$ celdiks this year too. Besides it doesnt matter what team you beat in the finals, its still hard as f*ck to win a championship and EVERY team that has won a championship in any sport fully deserves it without some stupid f*cking asterisk. Your’re prolly still butt hurt that your chicken mcthuggets got chewed, swallowed and sh*t out by kobe and the rest of the Lake Show!!

  • jc

    i seriously hope a parade still happens. ive been planning on going to this thing since october!

  • http://bedlamba.blogspot.com JR Salazar

    Whatever drivel the council members are saying is hearsay. The party and parade will happen, and anyone who dares threaten a tradition like this must be excommunicated from the Laker Nation immediately.

  • Michael_23

    How bout whoever loses the series has to pay for the parade?!

    But last year would’ve sucked wouldn’t it?!

  • Sako

    [Comment ID #75941 Will Be Quoted Here]

    how are the nuggets doing???

  • Isaiah

    $1M is like nothing to the jerry buss! cmon! anything to make the parade push through..