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Hollywood Farmers' Market Will Go On, As Will Negotiations With LA Film School

Where the LA Film School's parking lot meets the Hollywood Farmers' Market, December 12, 2010 (Photo by SKD's LA Street Scenes via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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The popular Hollywood Farmers' Market has been soldiering on since late last year when their weekly permit to operate on the streets of the busy neighborhood went into sudden jeopardy thanks to the objections of the Los Angeles Film School. Negotiations then were tense, and more than a little confusing, as well as disheartening for market organizers, vendors, and devoted shoppers, who were suddenly found life as they knew it on the line.

Now officials say the Sunday market "will continue to operate while its organizers negotiate a possible compromise with the adjacent Los Angeles Film School," though that could not get resolved by the April 12 deadline according to LA Now.

The goal is to come up with a plan that will work for all involved parties. It could take some time to come up with a satisfying revised approach, and market operator non-profit SEE-LA's Pompea Smith has "asked the city for a six-month extension of the deadline but had not heard whether it would be granted."

That time would be used to explore options for the layout of the market that would satisfy operators and the Film School, who announced in January during a recent phase of negotiations that they planned to put "a large classroom building at Ivar and Selma avenues." The core issue prompting the review of the market's permits was the Film School wishing for less obstruction to their facility's parking.