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$72,000 Being Given Away by City Council Today

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Today, in the very usual habit of the Los Angeles City Council, they will consider approving various special events and absorbing the costs. Usually, these are good-natured community events and sometimes they are larger ones like the Grammys and the Oscars, in which the city paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the street closures and overtime worked by employees. Today, they will likely approve nearly $73,000 for 17 community events including a raw farmers market and Dyke Day.

"This is absurd in and of itself but I am particularly appalled that among the events being sponsored is DYKE DAY in East LA," said a city employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity. "I am a member of the LGBT community and feel this is UNBELIEVABLE that we work so hard to get rid of words like faggot and dyke from school yards yet we condone it here? This is disgusting!"

But others don't see these expenditures as a waste of money. If a neighborhood street wanted to throw a block party, they don't exactly have $500 to a couple thousand to shell out so the city can pay employees overtime to close the block down for an afternoon. And small non profits and schools wanting to do a community cleanup are not going to have the cash to throw around like that.

The list of today's approvals is below, what do you think?