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In certain pockets of the blogosphere and even in our own comments we have noticed that the Sunset Junction Street Fair is receiving some criticism for having the gall to charge an admittance fee for providing a fun, safe, entertaining day on Sunset Blvd. while showcasing some pretty damn good musical acts, who in some cases you'd be totally lucky to only have to pay $15 to see.

Never mind the fact that the proceeds go to local youth programs.

But for the people, and the families who really can't afford to pay to get in, City Council President Eric Garcetti's office says "the organizers have said that 'no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.'"

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After the jump read the email that Mr. Garcetti's Field Deputy Joseph Bernardo sent in to {hat tip: Cheapskatin' LA), and if you need the freebie, print this out and show it at the gate.

Now can we go back to loving Sunset Junction?

Thank you for contacting our Office regarding your concerns about the 2006 Sunset Junction Street Fair. Here are some answers to the concerns: Based on the concerns that were brought to our attention, over the past couple of months our office has been working closely with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and the Sunset Junction organizers to address the concerns you mentioned and others from folks in the community.

The City Attorney's Office ruled that there are no ordinances prohibiting them from charging admission fees to events. The Sunset Junction organizers will charge festival attendees a fee, and proceeds of the street fair will go to Sunset Junction's community youth programs. While they are charging an admission fee, the organizers have said that "no one will be turned away due to lack of funds."

Michael McKinley of Sunset Junction can tell you more about their programs; he can be reached at (323) 661-7771.

The Sunset Junction organizers agreed to give free entry wristbands to local residents who live 1 block North and 1 block South of Sunset Blvd. along the stretch where the fair is located. Residents can pick up the wristband (limit 2 per household) from Tsunami Cafe at 4019 Sunset Blvd. with proof of residence.

Joseph Bernardo, Field Deputy
Office of Council President Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Council District 13
5500 Hollywood Blvd. 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Office: (323) 957-4500
Fax: (323) 957-6841