City foots traffic bill for Oscars

The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to pick up almost $ 50,000 in traffic-control costs for Monday’s Oscar ceremony.

The council did add a proviso to the motion, which passed on a 9-2 vote.

The city wants the Academy to try to pay the traffic costs for next year’s Oscar ceremonies.

“We have to stop being penny-wise and pound-foolish,” said Councilman Hal Bernson, who supported waiving the fees.

Zev Yaroslavsky argued that the city, in a deep budget crunch, cannot afford to keep paying the $ 2 million to $ 3 million in services provided for such well-funded events as the Academy Awards.

“If we can’t say no to this, we won’t say no to anything,” Yaroslavsky told the council.

Yaroslavsky argued that taxpayers should not be responsible for the $ 49,693 costs of having traffic officers police limousines as they travel around the Music Center.

The council last year voted to authorize fees for traffic control at commercial events, including the Academy Awards and home games for the Dodgers and Raiders.

Last month, the council waived the fees for the Grammy music awards after that show’s organizers said their budget had already been set.

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