Hollywood farmers market fight could affect other markets
Organizers of a hugely popular weekly farmers market in Hollywood warned Sunday that a fight over the event's location could soon spill over to other markets in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods.
Pompea Smith, chief executive of the nonprofit Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, said her organization would lose $170,000 per year if Los Angeles officials bar it from occupying a one-block stretch of Ivar Street, scaling back the overall size of the market. At issue is parking access in the area, which is being contested by a local film school.
Smith said that money from the farmers market helps pay for seven other such markets in locations including South Los Angeles, Watts and Canoga Park, she said. Losing those funds "would have a great ripple effect," forcing the group to scale back the number of markets it operates, Smith said.
"We would not be able to do all of them," she said.
-- David Zahniser