Here is July 13, 2009 article from Los Angeles Times regarding Mayor V's comments Michael Jackson's Memorial costs. Read the article and add your comments.
Another article from LA Times today regarding the controversy over who will pay for Michael's Memorial.
According to MTV's article on the same subject, $35,000 was raised prior to the site being taken down last Friday.
Here is the link to the Mayor's official press release page, that continued to ask for money from MJ's fans after the server crashes of the day of the Memorial.