Garcetti, Jay Z To Announce Plans For ‘Made In America’ Music Festival

LOS ANGELES ( —  Mayor Eric Garcetti and Jay Z are expected to announce plans for the rapper’s “Made In America” music festival in downtown L.A. Wednesday, despite objection from a city council member.

The two-day festival, scheduled for August 30 and 31 in Grand Park, raised concerns from councilman Jose Huizar, who complained earlier this month about possible ten-day street closures in his district.

However, City News Service reports plans are moving forward with Garcetti’s scheduled to announcement of the event alongside County Supervisor Gloria Molina, organizer Jay Z and executives from event-sponsor Budweiser.

Huizar introduced a motion on March 28 (PDF) asking city staff to delay permits for the event.

The councilman’s spokesperson, Rick Coca, reiterated his concerns on Tuesday, saying that “more work is needed” before permits are issued by city staff, according to CNS.

Coca also said that although the length of number of street closures had been reduced, Huizar wants his constituents to have an opportunity to voice any concerns.

Grand Park is managed by the Music Center and is owned by L.A. County. Street closure permits, however, are obtained from the city.

Huizar is asking for a report detailing “public safety concerns and any necessary cost implications” before any permits are issued.

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