Hollywood farmers market warns vendors they may have to demonstrate [Updated]
[[Updated at 6:25, Feb. 25: Organizers of the Hollywood farmers market have warned vendors that they may be unable to forge an agreement with the Los Angeles Film School.]
In a letter to vendors, market officials said film school representatives have not held up their end of the bargain during negotiations over access to a school parking structure on Ivar Avenue that is blocked by the Sunday market.
The market has long closed off a two-block stretch of Ivar to traffic on Sunday mornings. But in December, the city denied the market a permit for one of those blocks, in part because school officials complained that the market cut off the garage entrance.
School officials had agreed to review the feasibility of joining that parking garage with another one whose access is not blocked on Sundays, but market organizers say they have not done so.
"The film school has not undertaken a parking study, has not submitted any applications to the city for a project, and has not clearly stated their Sunday morning parking needs," market organizers wrote in the letter, which was provided to The Times by a vendor.
Albert Villalta, a spokesman for the film school, denied those claims in a statement Tuesday.
"At the request of the Farmers Market, the Film School continues to research the near- and long-term feasibility of the joining our parking structures together, and will share these findings in the appropriate forum," he said.
In December, the market won an extension of its current permits until April 12. Meanwhile, school and market representatives have been meeting with city officials every other week in an effort to resolve the dispute.
Tensions appeared to build again earlier this month when it was revealed that the film school is considering building a major development at the intersection where the parking structure is located.
In their letter to vendors, market officials complained about the school's "plans for future growth."
"Our temporary street closure permit expires on April 12, and we may need to again demonstrate our steadfast commitment to our principles to the City and the L.A. Film School," the letter said.
[Updated 6:11 p.m. February 25: An earlier version of this post did not include the full statement from the organizers of the farmers market.]
-- Kate Linthicum
Image: Map shows location of Hollywood farmers market. Credit: Los Angeles Times