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Public Outcry Wins 90-Day Extension for Hollywood Farmers' Market!

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As I have been writing about all week, the Hollywood Farmers' Market is facing the prospect of having to scale back dramatically and/or relocate some of its over 120 vendors, due to a conflict with the LA Film School over parking. The LA Film School petitioned the city to "move" the market away from their parking lot, which is located on Ivar Avenue between Sunset Blvd and Selma Ave.

While the issue is still not settled, there is good news. I just received an email from SEE-LA, the nonprofit group that runs the market saying that the December 16 meeting with Council President Eric Garcetti and other City officials, has resulted in the market being given a 90-day extension from the City of Los Angeles on its current street closure permit, "giving us a better opportunity to understand the problems and to research alternatives."

They also said that "Council President Garcetti reconfirmed his longstanding support for the Hollywood Farmers' Market and reiterated the great significance that the Market has for the community and the rest of Los Angeles by promoting food security throughout L.A. We are grateful to Council President Garcetti for his strong leadership."

They also want to thank the public for the tremendous outpouring of support and indicated that Mr. Garcetti's office received over 1000 email messages and phone calls supporting the Hollywood Farmers' Market.

While the market has been given some time to come up with a solution, they still need support. SEE-LA is inviting the public to come to its Annual Meeting, and specifics on date and location will be announced so check their site to keep up to date.

They also are encouraging people to make a tax-deductible donation to SEE-LA for the Market Preservation Fund to defray the cost of "architectural, and engineering services which will be necessary to defend the Hollywood Farmers' Market's position during the next 90 days of negotiations." The battle is not over and they ask that people stand ready in case there's a need for additional community support.

For more info.

Hollywood Farmers' Market

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