Looks like Sunset Junction, the street festival in the heart of Silver Lake, is no more, at least for now.
After years of some residents complaints about parking, lack of business in the closed-off area and having to pay a “donation” to get into an event on a public street, the the city's Board of Public Works today denied a special event permit for this weekend's edition. (Actually it looks like unpaid fees are the culprit).
According to City News Service:
It's the first time in 31 years the permit has been rejected.
The fest had planned to host nearly 100 music acts, not to mention food vendors and other sponsors.
Liz Ohanesian, who has covered the festival's controversies for LA Weekly for the last few years, has the deets and background about why the festival was cancelled and how it might be able to save itself — here.
Added: Longtime Silver Lake resident DJ Paul V., host of L.A.'s original mash-up club night, Bootie L.A., summed up the party's problems on his Facebook page:
Sunset Junction has had TWO incarnations:
1) A multi-cultural, diverse gathering for Silver Lake residents
2) An overpriced indie rock concert on pavement
I've attended many of each – and the latter has destroyed the former…
He followed up with this sentiment:
It has basically become “Concretechella” for everyone outside the hood