Hollywood farmers market wins monthlong extension
The Hollywood farmers market has been granted a monthlong extension of its street-closure permit to allow organizers to continue to negotiate a possible compromise with the adjacent Los Angeles Film School.
In a joint statement Monday, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and Michael Woo, president of the nonprofit that organizes the market, said the market will continue operating until at least May 17.
The popular market has long closed off a two-block stretch of Ivar Avenue to traffic on Sunday mornings. But late last year the city denied the market a permit for one of those blocks -- in part because film school officials complained that the market cut off access to a garage entrance.
Garcetti helped market officials win a 90-day extension of their street-closure permit and organized twice-monthly meetings between the feuding parties in an effort to resolve the dispute before the permit expires this month.
In the beginning, market organizers promised to study potential adjustments to its footprint, including alternative layouts on adjacent streets. Film school administrators said they would review the feasibility of joining the parking garage that is blocked by the market with another parking structure to resolve the access problem. But there has been no resolution yet.
Negotiations were complicated in January, when a film school official revealed plans for a large classroom building at Ivar and Selma avenues at a meeting with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
-- Kate Linthicum