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Board of Public Works Denies Sunset Junction Fair Permit

The 4-0 vote came after fair organizers failed to assure commissioners they could cover municipal fees estimated for 2011 and owed for 2010.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works voted 4-0 to deny the Sunset Junction Festival a permit needed to hold the event, scheduled for this coming Saturday and Sunday.

The board heard from over a dozen speakers before president Andrea Alarcon introduced a motion to reconsider a Monday decision to deny the permit.

Lynn Shaw--who had voted against denying the permit on Monday--changed her position to make it unanimous, citing "management failure."

Fair Presented Bank Statements, Hoping to Show Had Fees

Fair attorney Phil Tate and others presented what they hoped would be bank statements showing the fair had raised money to cover fees estimated to cover municipal services at this year's festival--as well as a down payment on last year's outstanding debt of over $256,000.

However, the statements raised more questions than they answered, causing Alarcon at one point to say she was "deeply disappointed" with fair organizers. 

Tate told reporters outside after the hearing that the fair would be reviewing its legal options.

Many Artists Had Already Made Backup Plans

Many local and overseas acts are said to have already booked  alternative shows in the Echo Park/Silver Lake area.

But Steven Wilkin of the band Vanaprasta--who had been scheduled to open for legendary rockers Helmet at the Fair--appeared stunned by the decision.

"They've totally ripped the heart out of the community," said Wilkin.

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DK August 24, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Good Riddance! Glad the city stuck to their guns.
Rob Roberts August 24, 2011 at 07:42 PM
"ripped the heart out of the community" Sorry they did that when they started charging $25 admission. It was started to bring the community of Silver Lake together. Now it has morphed into a huge event that trashes the neighborhood, is a traffic nightmare, and turns a tidy profit for the event folks. That was never the intention. Either go back to your roots or dump the event.
Jeff August 24, 2011 at 07:49 PM
The organizers should have at least paid for last year's debt due to the City before appearing before the Board. The organizers don't appear to be too bright in that respect. i agree with Rob, they're out to line their own pockets.
Al Guerrero August 24, 2011 at 07:56 PM
@ Vanprasta: Who exactly is the "they" as in ""They've totally ripped the heart out of the community,"....There is only ONE person who has done the ripping and we all know who that is.
Droogy August 24, 2011 at 08:48 PM
This is what's known as "getting your comeuppance" - good riddance, Sunset Junction.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 09:26 PM
RT@Origami Vinyl Maybe The Echo, Stories, Echo Park Independent Co-Op and Us should book some of these Sunset Junction bands and have a little block party...thoughts?
Barry Barry August 24, 2011 at 10:00 PM
It's 'unanimous', Anthea, not 'anonymous'...besides that, I believe the dishonor the 'organization' exposed actually hurt the community in recent years as it used the youth organizations with justifying their mandatory and inflated gate entry, which served the youth groups very little, if anything at all. The $$$ offered to the groups by the SJSF to the youth groups rivaled that of a Sunday School bake sale lead by a group of school girls.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 10:09 PM
thanks barry barry.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Lots of traffic on the Sunset Junction FB tho: http://www.facebook.com/#!/sunsetjunctionstfair
Gab August 25, 2011 at 04:14 AM
wondering if they are having financial troubles before this. The Tsunami coffee shop (across the street from the Jiffy Lube) that was run by these folks has been closed for over 6 months now.

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