Sunset Junction fate unclear for this weekend *

Let's put it this way. With the city denying a permit for a second time this morning, and City Council president Eric Garcetti's office saying street fair organizers tried to “flimflam $400,000 from the taxpayers,” the prudent thing would be to not buy any tickets for this weekend's Sunset Junction street fair. If you're a band, cash the check quick. LA Biz Observed, LAT, The Eastsider LA

Oh and this: At 2:05 p.m., is off the air. "Internal Server Error."

* 7:45 p.m. update: Site still down. On its Twitter feed, the Sunset Junction organization points fans to a Hollywood Reporter story in which organizers challenge the city's accounting on last year's fees. Left out is this from Board of Public Works chair Andrea Alarcon: "This organization has failed this city time and time again." Also from Garcetti's spokesman: "The fact that they came up with a large sum … in just 36 hours, shreds their credibility even more. They should have spent the last 12 months coming up with the full amount." LAT story, Patch

More by Kevin Roderick:
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
LA Observed Notes: Writers on the verge, Fox, the riots and more
Recent Arts stories on LA Observed:
'Tosca' glitters, Calleja swoons, Abraham and Taylor dance
The Fountain flows
Desert X marks the spot
Grand nights for singing and dancing
Costume designer Mary Zophres moves on from 'La La Land'
Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'
Paul McCarthy and Paul Schimmel
Heather guides us through Mister Ritchie's Neighborhood


LA Observed on Twitter