The fate of the 31st Sunset Junction Street Fair remains uncertain.
Final Hearing Monday
The Los Angeles City Board of Public Works will decide whether the giant music, food and craft event will go on at a special meeting on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.
Locals can weigh in at the public forum.
The event is scheduled for this coming weekend, August 27-28, and could attract 50,000 people--many of whom have already bought tickets.
Board Delayed Voting on Permit Wednesday
The Board had put off voting on whether to permit the fair Wednesday.
The Sunset Junction Fair owes in $267,000 in police and road closure fees and expenses from last year. It has also been asked to pay $142,000 this year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The city usd to absorb expenses like these but that changed several years ago.
Attorney Jerry Neuman had argued that the figure is too high, especially when compared with other similar events.
He says the Fair is willing to pay $50,000 now and another $140,000 afterwards.
Tonya Durrell of the Department of Public Works says founder Michael McKinley has been informed by letter that the Board has a recommendation to deny the Fair’s permit.
One of Three Decisions Possible
According to Durell, the decision could be either to deny the permit, approve it or approve it with conditions.
Many near the Fair route say it is disruptive and lacks local flavor, though organizers continue to offer neighbors free tickets.
Echo Park Patch will be following the story so check back at the site.