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Public Works Prez Explains Her 'No' Vote on Sunset Junction (VIDEO)

Andrea Alarcon also worries that the current costs estimated for a 2011 fair are low.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works voted 3-1 Monday to deny a permit to the organizers of the Sunset Junction Street Fair.

The fair is scheduled for August 27-28.

The board may reconsider their decision Wednesday, but it will require a motion by one of the commissioners.

That motion is unlikely unless the fair pays at least approximately $142,000 in fees for city services up front.

Board president Andrea Alarcon was one of those who voted against the permit.

She explains her decision in the accompanying video, noting that "the law requires that all fees be paid prior to the issuance of any special events permits."

Current Estimate of 2011 Fees May Be Low

Alarcon also told Patch that she believes the nearly $142,000 estimated for police and other municipal services is too low.

She says the estimate is based on city departments using "on duty services."

She says departments may now have to "secure services on an overtime basis," causing costs to rise.

RC August 23, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Good for Andrea Alarcon! And though I'm sure the organizers of the festival did manage to get people to come and speak in favor for it, the community does NOT support this festival any longer -- Exorbitant fees to walk down a public thoroughfare and a combative attitude towards neighbors and local businesses on the part of the organizers has taken the festival away from its origins as a way to bring the neighborhood together -- The current organizers of the Sunset Junction Festival need to be run out of town on a rail and no longer allowed to line their pockets at the cost of the neighborhood and the city and somebody else should step up to run the festival properly... With no forced entrance fee to walk down Sunset and an inclusive attitude towards the community... Maybe they won't be able to afford the Butthole Surfers or Hanson, but there are more than enough local bands who'd probably be happy to play to support the neighborhood -- That's my 2 cents.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Apparently the organizers are now going direct to the community to raise some of the $142,000-plus. Here's a link to where you can give directly: http://fla.vor.us/Sunsetjunctiondonation
Joseph Mailander August 24, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Nice interview, Andrea.

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