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Residents, Businesses Continue to Express Displeasure with the Sunset Junction Street Festival [Updated]

Trash reportedly leftover by Sunset Junction Street Festival organizers | Photo by Devin Pedde via TwitPic
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A lot of the music at this weekend's 30th annual Sunset Junction Street Festival was off the hook, but problems from the past persisted. Perception wise, things got off to a rocky start Friday night when the Twitter account for vegan restaurant Flore bemoaned that their employees, save for a few, would have to pay the $20 entrance fee to get to work.

By Saturday morning, a field deputy for Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents the area, dropped by and eventually solved the problem. But the incident was not without exasperation.

"What happened this weekend was unacceptable," said a spokesperson for Garcetti this afternoon. "The organizers committed to us that business owners and employees would have no problems in getting to work. Unfortunately, this did not happen."

Currently, the festival owes the city $259,878 in fees for overtime police, street closures and other services provided. Under a new city ordinance, fees must be paid ahead of time, but organizers and the city came to an agreement to pay within 10 days.