Since Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, fans have flocked in droves to Jackson sites from Los Angeles to his Neverland Ranch in rural Santa Barbara County.
Now, Las Vegas can be added to the growing list. A memorial area has been set up outside the entertainer’s last Las Vegas residence at 2710 W. Palomino Lane. Flowers and cards are being accepted.
Jackson stayed at the Palomino residence during his 50th birthday last Aug. 29.
Meanwhile, as controversy swirls around the powerful surgical anesthetic sedative Diprivan found in the King of Pop’s rented mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles city officials are preparing for massive crowds anticipated during this Tuesday’s public memorial for Michael Jackson at Staples Center, even though only 17,500 tickets are being offered to the public.
Anywhere from a quarter-million to 700,000 people are anticipated to pack their bags and soon head to the arena.
The ceremony will not be shown on Staples’ giant outdoor TV screen and there will be no funeral procession through the city or outside of Staple Center.
Staples Center is not selling the tickets, rather offering the memorial tickets through an Internet lottery. Eleven thousand tickets are for the arena and 6,500 for the adjacent Nokia Theatre.
People who want tickets must register on the Web at www.staplescenter.com After 6 p.m. Saturday, 8,750 names will be randomly selected to receive two tickets each. Notifications will go out on Sunday
Drinking filtered water may not be such a bad idea afterall for Las Vegas residents- or others, as well.
Last week the Las Vegas Valley Water District pulled a water sample from the Las Vegas community water supply for testing– and it tested positive for the E. coli bacteria.
But officials say the Las Vegas water supply was never compromised and there was no risk to the public- a mere passing reference to it was mentioned only once in the water district’s annual water quality report, with no real explanation provided. The water district sent almost 500,000 copies of the report.
With about 90 percent of the Las Vegas water supply coming from Lake Mead, Nevada officials and regulators insist there is no need to start boiling your tap water just yet, but they also can’t explain exactly why the water sample taken in August tested positive for the sometimes deadly E. coli bacteria because it could find no other trace of it in any follow-up tests.
According to Nevada state records, the incident was the first time E. coli has shown up in a district sample in at least five years.
The water district draws more than 380 water samples each month from almost a thousand different locations throughout its Las Vegas water distribution system.
The Las Vegas Monorail is not up for sale- yet. It’s a transit line running 3.5 miles from the MGM Grand to the Sahara, speeding Las Vegas tourists to their destination. Different than funding methods used now, it was a privately funded traffic solution not built with tax dollars- one of the few public transit systems in the country not backed by taxpayer money.
Despite the promise of nine years ago, monorail officials now acknowledge they have been quietly begun seeking pubic dollars in a bid to the keep the financially troubled elevated train running.
Fitch Ratings recently downgraded the $450 million in bonds for the Las Vegas Monorail project to “CC,” which means the credit rating agency believes a default “appears imminent or inevitable.”
The project has $200 million in other debt, which can be repaid only after the $450 million “first tier” is repaid.
Ingrid Reisman, vice president of the Las Vegas Monorail, said the train is now looking for federal loans through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. Other sources with knowledge of the discussions said monorail officials are also looking at room tax money to help repay the debt.
The project has failed to meet ambitious ridership projections used to originally sell it to public officials and investors.
Despite it all, Las Vegas continues to wrestle with the viability of an expensive high-speed electric train or maglev line to whisk people back and forth from Southern California. [Las Vegas Backstage Access June 21 article.]