The Los Feliz Ledger reports that Councilman Eric Garcetti may threaten to block next month’s Sunset Junction Street Fair if the organizers do not pay nearly $270,000 owed the city from last year’s event. Council district spokeswoman Julie Wong “expects Garcetti will try and block this year’s event until organizers have settled last year’s bill,” says the Ledger. The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has also requested that permits for the festival, one of the city’s largest street fairs, be denied, according to the Ledger story:
The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) approved a motion at their July meeting to indeed ask city officials to withhold issuing any permits to Sunset Junction organizers for this year’s event until the bill was paid and it had proof it had enough money to fund this year’s projected costs.
The festival organizers have been at odds in recent years with nearby business owners as well as Council District 13 over complaints about access and other problems related to the event. In 2009, Council District 13 threatened to prevent the festival from obtaining the necessary permits to block Sunset Boulevard until neighborhood concerns were addressed.