LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A cultural heritage celebration at Grand Park doubled as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s farewell bash, which prompted criticism over the cost of the event.
The “ultimate block party,” which started at 5 p.m. Friday, was free and open to the public and included an appearance by former President Bill Clinton. The event featured photo booths, free nachos, food trucks and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs.
The cost? $265,000, with the city putting up $75,000.
Some Angelenos were outraged to learn of the lavish party’s pricetag.