It’s been more than two years since the once giant Sunset Junction Street Fair was cancelled at the last minute over a stand-off between organizer Michael McKinley and the City of Los Angeles over unpaid city fees. The collapse of the 30-year-old Silver Lake music and community festival and the subsequent bankruptcy filing of McKinely’s nonprofit left a long list of unpaid bands, vendors as well as the City of Los Angeles. The Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance, which McKinley headed, declared only $500 in assets and $928,000 in liabilities, according to court documents. While the bankruptcy case remains unresolved, McKinley has continued to remain active in the community as head of another nonprofit that operates the Silver Lake Farmers Market. Now, McKinley’s group is planning to open another market downtown.
The Downtown News reports that the Sunset Silverlake Charitable Foundation, headed by McKinely, will be opening an Arts District Market with an estimated 20 to 25 vendors in early October on Garey Street. Said the Downtown News:
McKinley, who lives in Silver Lake but owns a condo on Traction Avenue, said people who he sees in the Arts District kept asking when he would bring a market to the east side of Downtown. “People seemed to want it, that’s what motivated this,” he said on Thursday.
McKinley told the Downtown News that Garey Street would need to be closed every Sunday for the market. It’s not clear if McKinley has been granted permission to close off the street. Back in 2012, the city’s Board of Public Works denied McKinely’s group the permits needed to block off Sunset Boulevard for the Silver Lake festival because officials claimed the city was owed substantial amounts of unpaid fees from previous years.
According to the 2012 bankruptcy filing, the City of Los Angeles was owed more than $256,000.