City of Los Angeles waives massive Grammy fees

Many oppose the measure in ailing economy

City of Los Angeles waives massive Grammy fees
The city of Los Angeles has agreed to waive more than $100,000 in fees associated with the Grammy Awards, despite severe city budget shortfalls in recent months.

The LA City Council voted yesterday (January 12) to approve the measure waiving $124,163 in city fees for the massive event, which is set to be held February 8 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Many people oppose this measure, saying waivers should not be granted to private entities, especially in light of the city's ailing economy, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I wonder if the city of Los Angeles constituents, the voters, know that you're giving $100,000 or whatever it is, to the Grammy Awards," said mayoral candidate David Saltsburg. "This special-event fee money is to provide benefit to the community -- open to the public -- not to be used for commercial private entities."

Meanwhile, council member Jan Perry said that the Grammy Awards generate millions of dollars in revenue for Los Angeles.

"This is an event of international significance that puts an enormous spotlight on the city of Los Angeles, generates a lot of revenue in terms of hotels, restaurant, service opportunities," Perry said. "This is something that competitively…we cannot afford to risk losing to another major city."

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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