Our affiliate KABC is reporting that some major LA freeways have been closed. The Jackson convoy (minivans, limo buses, Range Rovers, even two ambulances) has departed the family home en route to a private service and then onto the massive memorial at the Staples Center.
It will be a costly day for Los Angeles. A councilman last night said the estimate was the Jackson memorial will end up costing the city $3.8 million.
How to pay for it? Money will surely be made from the influx of tourists, but the city is asking for donations. On the mayor's twitter account a message has gone out inviting people to mail in a check or even give online via paypall.