CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / LOS ANGELES
Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company that owns Staples Center, plans to make a $90,000 donation today to the Los Angeles Police Foundation, using money from its sale of 18 suites -- which cost $5,000 each -- to attendees of Michael Jackson’s memorial service July 7.
AEG spokesman Michael Roth said the company did not specify how the foundation should use the money. Karen Oleon Wagener, the foundation’s president, said the money would be put toward the $620,000 memorial to fallen officers that is being built at the new police administration building in downtown L.A.
TMZ initially reported that the L.A. city attorney was investigating complaints that the money had not yet reached the foundation. A spokesman for City Atty. Carmen Trutanich would not comment on the scope of the inquiry, which he termed “a criminal and civil investigation that is ongoing.”
Roth said it was typical for the company to pay its bills and financial obligations at the end of the month, adding that company officials have been doing “the final counting and collections on the funds” from the Jackson event.
“The check has been cut and is going out for tomorrow,” he said Thursday. “This was always the intention that we committed to people who purchased the suites -- that it would be donated to the police foundation.”
-- Maeve Reston