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Hollywood farmers market to stay open as negotiations continue

Click through for more information on the Hollywood Farmers Market in The Times' guide to Southern California farmers markets.City officials say the Hollywood farmers market will continue to operate while its organizers negotiate a possible compromise with the adjacent Los Angeles Film School, even if an agreement isn't reached by the April 12 deadline.

"The city is committed to the farmers market remaining open until a final plan is developed," said Yusef Robb, a spokesman for City Councilman Eric Garcetti, whose staff has been mediating a dispute between the market and the school since December.

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Pompea Smith, who heads the nonprofit group that organizes the market, said she had asked the city for a six-month extension of the deadline but had not heard whether it would be granted.

Robb would not comment on specifics of any extension.

The popular market has long closed off a two-block stretch of Ivar Avenue to traffic on Sunday mornings. But about four months ago 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 a push 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 market 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 compromise has been elusive.

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.

Albert Villalta, a spokesman for the film school, said he was confident that the negotiations would be fruitful.

"I can't speak to what the outcome will be after the deadline since we haven't met in quite some time, but we are fully confident that the process will yield a positive long-term solution and allow us to move forward with full use of our facility."

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Image: Map shows location of Hollywood farmers market. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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The farmers market should be closed immediately! Has everyone forgotten what happened in Santa Monica a few years ago? There are NO barricades at Ivar/Hollywood Bl. or at more importantly at Cahuenga & Selma. It is unsafe and leaves the city of LA to a huge lawsuit should anyone be injured, God forbid.

The market is amazing and more popular than the film school by a large margin. The school is earning a lot of animosity over this, and over something really stupid - two hours of blocked driveway. Too bad their execs haven't figured this out.

I agree with Lee--this is really going to hurt them in the end. And over what?

Obviously having unrestricted access a space where unused vehicles can be temporarily stored is far more important than encouraging the local economy.

Tflores is a reactionary person bringing up the sad Santa Monica situation. Again. The Hollywood Farmers' Market is very different than the SM layout.

That said, it's a shame the Hollywood Film "School" is choosing to hurt our community like this. It was bad enough that they make money enticing people to go to their dead-end school.

Why doesnt the Famer's Markert just move a few feet so they don't have to leave their spot? It's just stupid...

Hey everyone...I graduated from the LA Film School a few months and I'm a bit pissed off about the fact that some people are more concerned about their veggies than the fact when I needed to work in the labs editing my thesis film on Sunday mornings I wasn't able to. I had to put up with this for almost two years and it sucked. I get that the market is hang out for some, but it was a nuisance for those of us who are trying to use the facilities whenever we needed to get projects done or meet with other students. Lee says its 2 hours, but its more like 6 hours. I've read some of the comments in previous blogs and resent that some of you have suggested that we should park at Arclight or take the subway. Really?????? You try carrying 100 pounds of equipment from the subway station.


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