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Hope for Hollywood Farmers' Market Deflates as Street Closure Compromise Not An Easy Fix

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It turns out it was only wishful thinking: The Hollywood Farmers' Market's ability to operate at full-scale is not as secure as previously reported. Following a meeting attended Monday afternoon by concerned parties in the still-unresolved matter of street closures and property access on Ivar Avenue south of Selma, City Council President Eric Garcetti's office believed that a temporary solution was reached that brought hope to what appeared to be a dire situation for the cherished weekly market.

However, Alexandra Agajanian, the HFM's Assistant Manager, revealed this afternoon that the LA Film School had in fact not accepted the proposed solution to keep the market running as-is until January 9th, which returns the market to a tenuous week-to-week state of existence. The uncertainty is thanks in part to a new city ordinance covering the issuing of permits for street closures for events like the market.

Whereas in the past the market was issued its permit to use city streets by their Council office, this new ordinance necessitates the gathering of signatures on a petition by area businesses affected by the proposed closure. Agajanian indicates that the language of the new ordinance is "vague," and that in order to help them proceed with pursuing their permit, the market has sought legal counsel to help understand the law.