Hollywood farmers market to stay in place for time being
The Hollywood farmers market, whose future has been jeopardized by a months-long feud with the Los Angeles Film School, will stay where it is — for now.
On Wednesday, film school officials sent a letter to the city suspending their protest against the market's application for a yearlong permit to close off a two-block stretch of Ivar Avenue to traffic on Sunday mornings.
Last year, the city denied the market a permit for one of those blocks after film school officials complained that the market cut off access to a garage entrance. Since then, the city has renewed the permit on a rolling basis as officials try to work out a compromise between the feuding parties.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles city councilman who has led those negotiations said the film school's stay of its complaint was “fantastic news.”
“As soon as the letter is officially received by the city, the farmers market will be granted their full one-year permit,” said Yusef Robb, a spokesman for Councilman Eric Garcetti. “We're relieved the market can have this lifted off of their shoulders.”
But a film school official said the feud may not be over for good.
Jenna Langer, vice president of operations at the school, said officials there maintain their right to re-invoke the complaint. She said that could lead to a hearing before the Board of Public Works, and possibly, the suspension of the market's permits.
Board members, who grant the permits, could not be reached for comment.
Langer said she hopes the farmers market and the school will continue to negotiate. “We believe that there are some good options out there that would be mutually benefical that would allow us both to run our businesses,” she said.
But market organizer Pompea Smith said moving the market is not an option.
“We need to work on the long term, to be more assured that we can stay where we are,” she said.
After the city denied the market's permit last year, market organizers promised to study potential adjustments to its footprint, including alternative layouts on adjacent streets. At the same time, 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 even after months of negotiations moderated by city officials, no conclusion was reached.
-- Kate Linthicum
Photo: Hollywood farmers market. Credit: David Karp / For The Times