BY ALLEN BERRA
WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Paul Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protection League (the union that represents the LAPD officers) says that the city has no business spending taxpayer money on a parade. 'We believe at this time when the city has declared a fiscal emergency, it's not appropriate to be furloughing civilian workers, closing down city facilities and curtailing city services to residents . . . and then holding a parade.'
The Los Angeles Times disagrees. In an editorial in yesterday's paper it argued, 'the city can stand to chip in for Wednesday's festivities, costly though they may be. For all the money the Lakers have pumped into the city coffers since they moved downtown, financially floundering Los Angeles can afford to help pay for the procession from Staples Center to the Coliseum.'"