Sunset Junction Street Festival canceled
Our sister blog LA Now has the rundown on the news that the Sunset Junction Street Festival, which was to take place this weekend in Silver Lake, has been canceled. Writes LA Now:
The Board of Public Works, a five-member panel appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, unanimously turned aside desperate pleas from festival promoters to provide the proper permits after the group failed to show up with a check for $141,000 to cover this year’s fees.
Instead, the nonprofit Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance had Chase Bank send a fax showing that the alliance had recently received a deposit of $100,000 in its account. That deposit was a last-minute loan from concert promoter Live Nation, said Phil Tate, a lawyer for the festival group.
Board president Andrea Alarcon called the group’s response a disappointment. “This is not an indication to me … that any funds will be available for issuance of a check to support the special events permit,” she said. “I do see a deposit of $100,000, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot.”
“Fail me once, shame on you. Fail me twice, shame on me,” Alarcon said. “This organization has failed this city time and time again.”
Read the full report on the surprising news here.
-- Randall Roberts
Photo: A fan gives himself over to the music of Nico Vega at Sunset Junction in 2009. Credit: Ann Johansson / For The Times