Oh Mayor Eric Garshady…we mean Garcetti…you can’t seem to escape scrutiny over your decision to hold the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Grand Park this coming Labor Day Weekend. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino is a connected Democratic donor and his city lobbyist Joshua Perttula, was on Garcetti’s transition team.
Many local nonprofits will benefit from the 50,000 concert goers who have antied up $200 per ticket, which include: SRO Housing and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. We will keep you posted as to how much they will actually receive. Jay Z is the founder of the event and his nonprofit, the Shawn Carter Foundation will also benefit from this arrangement. One nonprofit, that isn’t benefitting from the festival, is Eric Garcetti’s own Mayors Fund Los Angeles. From the list of supporters, no one attached to Live Nation is supporting the fund either. Its a win-win.
We recommend Angelenos bookmark and become familiar with the god folks over at HollywoodHighlands.org and they also tweet under @HollywoodDems. They are based out of Eric’s former council district he was elected to represent and they are quite humourous, witty and provide some great insight into our mayor.
You can read the full Hollywood Reporter article by clicking here.