Made in America Music Festival May Cost L.A. Taxpayers $170,000

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With Los Angeles City Hall in the background, crews work to set up equipment on a stage for this weekend’s Made In America concert. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Taxpayers may wind up paying about $170,000 to cover expenses associated with Made in America, the two-day music festival promoted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and held outside City Hall.

Garcetti aides expect the city’s tab for the commercial event, held over Labor Day weekend, will reach nearly $670,000. The company that staged the event, Live Nation, was required to provide $500,000 to pay for police patrols, street closures, trash removal and other city services.

Garcetti played a major role in bringing the festival to L.A. for the first time. Held in downtown’s Grand Park, it drew tens of thousands of people and was restricted to those who bought tickets or received complimentary passes. On Monday, the mayor argued the event provided a benefit to the city that exceeded any unreimbursed expenses.

“We will absolutely net more as a city than we would” if it hadn’t happened, he said. “I’m confident of that.

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