Permits denied for Sunset Junction Festival

Arthur Adams performs at L.A.'s Sunset Junction Festival on August 23, 2008
Arthur Adams performs at L.A.'s Sunset Junction Festival on August 23, 2008 Mykal Burns/Wikimedia Commons

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works has voted to deny permits for the Sunset Junction Festival in Silver Lake that was scheduled for this weekend due to unpaid fees from last year's festival.

The 3-1 vote may be reconsidered at the Public Works commissioners' next meeting Wednesday morning. L.A. city staff and legal counsel had recommended that permits be denied until $141,000 in fees are paid.

Commissioner Valerie Lynn Shaw was the only commissioner to dissent.

The acts lined up for six stages include Ozomatli, Bobby Womack, KD Lang, and the original Vandellas minus Martha. But the same music and revelry that draws thousands of fans to the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hoover Street has set off Silver Lake denizens who complain about the noise, traffic and reckless behavior that accompany those fans.

To help ease the problems the city of L.A. wants to charge $140,000 to the nonprofit behind the yearly event. That’ll cover police, sanitation and other services. During a public hearing, officials of the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance said they couldn’t afford that fee. Public works officials said they can’t issue a permit unless the neighborhood group pays up in advance.

Tickets for the festival sell for $20 in advance ($15 if purchased before August), and some fans are already asking about refunds.

Correction: An update said that tickets were available for $15 up to a day before the event, which was incorrect.

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