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City Council to Consider Giving the Oscars a $410,000 Break

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As programs get stripped and fees get higher for residents in Los Angeles, is this a case of the rich getting richer or a good business move on the part of the city? Tomorrow, the City Council will go through their ritual of approving special event fee waivers (see page 16 of the council agenda in .pdf). These giveaways practicably happen on a weekly basis, giving special events a break on the costs for street closures, personnel and whatever else it costs the city to adjust its landscape for an event taking place in public space. The Academy Awards have turned in their special event permit and have requested the city to absorb the costs at the price tag of $410,000. We agreed with the city on the Grammys, but once again, this high price tag will have residents questioning why their parking meter fees are 300% more while events that profit millions get a free ride. What do you think? Comment below.

From tomorrow's city council agenda:

09-0164 CD 13 h. MOTION (GARCETTI - LABONGE) relative to declaring the 81st Annual Academy Awards Presentation on February 22, 2009 a Special Event (fees and costs absorbed by the City = $410,000).

All of tomorrow's special event motions are below...