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LA Rejects Permit For ‘Sunset Junction’ Festival, Cites Unpaid Bills

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A city panel on Monday denied a permit for an upcoming street festival in Silver Lake that was expected to boast hundreds of musical acts, sponsors and vendors.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works rejected a special permit application for this weekend’s planned Sunset Junction festival.

The 3-1 vote was primarily fueled by an outstanding balance of $256,484 the city claims the organizers owe for services rendered for the 2010 festival, along with a failure to submit an upfront payment of $141,978 upfront for expected services for this week’s events.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports it’s the first time in 31 years the permit has been rejected.

Attorney Phillip Tate made a last-ditch effort to have the Board of Public Works accept the fee on Wednesday, but board President Andrea Alarcon was less than forgiving.

“You’ve come to this hearing not prepared with an answer, not prepared with fees sufficient to support at least the 2011 permit,” said Alarcon.

A number of CBS Radio Stations had planned to participate in the 31st annual Sunset Junction Festival along with over 100 other vendors, musical acts, and thousands of Angelenos who look forward to the annual street fair.

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