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., SunsetJunction.org 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