Jose F. Vallejos filed a creditor's claim for the money on Wednesday, stating he is entitled to seek reimbursement of the memorial's public costs as a taxpayer.
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Los Angeles paid for police overtime and sanitation costs for the July memorial held at Staples Center.
Vallejos' petition claims the estate benefited from the use of public resources and that it amounted to an illegal gift of public funds. The filing states the money should be returned to the city treasury.
City leaders have wrangled for months with how to try to recoup some of the money from AEG Live, which owns the venue.