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Sunset Junction Fair Organizers Raise Requested Monies

Organizers of the Sunset Junction Fair have reportedly raised over $141,000 to cover city services for this year's fair. Next question is whether the Board of Public Works will again consider granting the fair's permit at its meeting Wednesday.

Organizers of the Sunset Junction Street Fair are said to have raised the monies needed to cover projected municipal costs for this year's fair--a total of just under $142.000.

The monies came from board members and other supporters. The fair had also launched an online fundraising campaign late Monday.

Board of Public Works Has Option to Reconsider

The city's Board of Public Works had denied the fair's permit request Monday in a vote of 3-1. But board members--including president Andrea Alarcon--had indicated they might reconsider the decision if the festival delivered the full amount.

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The board meets again Wednesday morning.

Alarcon told Echo Park Patch Monday in an interview that she would prefer to see the festival also pay off its 2010 debt--another $256,484.14 in fees.

Board President Says Certified Check Would Be Ideal

She also said that any payment coming would ideally be in the form of a certified check.

Bands booked at the fair have been exploring alternative plans.

Liz Garo, head booker for Spaceland Productions, said she had "stuff holding for both days at the Echoplex."

Meantime others are disappointed that the fair may not happen, pointing to Saturday's bookings of the Butthole Surfers, the Melvins and Helmet as something not to be missed.

What do you think the board should do?

  1. Issue the permit if the Festival pays $141,978.57 to cover fees for this year?
  2. Issue the permit if the Festival pays $141,978.57 plus last year's fees of 256,484.14?
  3. Decide not to issue the permit?

Tell us in the comments.

walter August 23, 2011 at 09:44 PM
i used to live up the street on edgecliffe from the fair, and before that on griffith park very close to the fair, I've been in the area for a long time so i've gone to many of these fairs, i went to the first one, one year it was in echo park, i was there. i used to love this event for it's local flavor, meaning local bands, local merchants, local food vendors. The beautiful odd assortment of people that used to be silverlake, The gays gays could dress up and dance, the kids could play on a ride. the shops were busy and it was for a good cause, then it got bigger, national bands, domino's pizza and crowds packed in like a sardine can and a logistical nightmare for anyone living within 5 or 6 blocks. I have friends that were supposed to play this year and i am bummed that they will not be able to. but my feeling is that this needs to be scaled way back and made more local, and if the city isn't getting paid then i wonder if the charity is getting paid. I can't see going forward at this point without a major re-evaluation.
Martin Mackey August 24, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Do not issue this permit. All this stuff about keeping the kids in the neighborhood out of gangs is a load of bunk. This is a money making venture, pure and simple.
Tom Mertz August 24, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Make them pay everything they owe! It stopped being a neighborhood festival years ago. Somebody is making a LOT of money off of it and it sure is not the neighborhood. I live on Manzanita, just down the block from the festival - I've lived here 15 years - and I have not seen evidence of one cent going back to the neighborhood nor have I ever seen a breakdown of exactly where the money goes. Enough!
B. Herzhaft August 24, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Pay up buddy! Last year AND this year, via certified check. Cutting this guy any slack would be criminal. From the car he drives, it would seem he really does nit need any, not to mention to large amount of money made by the festival every year. Funny - he is acting very Republican...
zrrg August 24, 2011 at 06:51 AM
If this corporation expects to be paid up front by their vendors and attendees, then they can damn well pay us what they already owe our city.
DK August 24, 2011 at 01:53 PM
How Michael McKinley has gotten away with it for this long is beyond me. I've been hearing rumors of his shadiness for at least the last 10 years. It's not longer a neighborhood affair. It's no longer for local bands. it's to put money in michael McKinley's pocket. He doesn't seem to give a shit about anything or anyone in the neighborhood. Don't issue the permit.
Micki Curtis August 24, 2011 at 03:38 PM
$20 is too much for entrance! They need to pay for last year and this year up front and make it a suggested donation again.
Ruby August 24, 2011 at 05:21 PM
This is so crazy...most of these arguments don't even make sense. I don't think anyone said bills don't need to be paid. The cities bill went from 25 T to 250T...and the bill was delivered 4 days before the festival last year.....Why on earth would that even happen...and yes, at that point wouldn't you sign the papers..there isn't a choice left. This festival has been going on for 30 years... I don't get the crying about only wanting "local" people around as if we can't be welcoming to people that don't live in the "neighborhood". Well, I live here and I'm ok sharing a little bit. AND then the big argument is to bring the local bands to make it cheap because they will just do it for free. What kind of BS is that...artists should be paid for their work and effort too..not expected to work/perform for free so you can have a free festival.. What's the big deal about paying something to get in...you will spend 15 bucks going to see a movie! AND...Mark esp. I really hope you will reconsider talking about things you know nothing about. Gossip is ugly and the things you through out there say a lot about your character. I worked on one of the programs several years ago...and I know EVERYONE is paid. I also know the car he drives and I promise you it isn't a luxury car. But, if it where what business is that of yours? There is something very wrong with your willingness to bring someone down with things you do not KNOW.
Ronald van Ammers August 24, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Why isn't SJSF's financial statement publicly available? And how much does SJSF contribute to LaBonge, Garcetti, etc's campaigns?

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