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Monday, September 26, 2016

Will there be a Sunset Junction festival next year?

The city’s summer festival season seems to climax in late August with Sunset Junction, the sprawling street and music fair that draws thousands to Silver Lake. But next summer the throngs of tipsy hipsters and leather daddies that roam Sunset Junction might have to find another place to celebrate. Complaints have grown over the years about the increasingly high “donation” to enter the festival as well as heavy-handed tactics by organizers, the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance. This year was no different, with Silver Lake business owners claiming festival organizers wanted to charge them and their employees to get beyond the festival barricades.

Relations between the festival organizers and local residents have gotten bad enough to prompt council man Eric Garcetti to wonder if the city will support the event next year if conditions don’t improve.

“I have heard the outcry of the community, and the experience of my office in working with you has not been positive,” Garcetti said in a letter to festival organizers that was forwarded to The Eastsider. “My staff looks forward to discussing these matters at your earliest convenience. Until that time, support from me for next year’s event is far from certain.”

That letter was sent following a meeting to discuss the neighborhood complaints. The neighbors showed up. But the organizers were a no-show.

Ryan Carpio, Garcetti’s Silver Lake field deputy, said there has been no official response from the festival organizers. But the next step is another meeting with one of its board members — if they show up.

Photo by Carmyarmyofme via Flickr



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