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North Hollywood Swap Meet Fights Eviction

The North Hollywood Metro station, with several curved arches outside and sidewalk all around, as well as several metal stands with maps showing the Metro line.
North Hollywood Metro Station
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North Hollywood Swap Meet vendors are fighting to stay put as a March 31 eviction date approaches.

The operator of the swap meet gave the vendors a month's notice to vacate, vendor Roberto Lopez said.

"We just want to work. Because our business — they have been there for 30 years already," Lopez said. "So it's not fair — just (for) somebody come and say, you know, 'You got to leave in 30 days.'"

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The vendors have been protesting the impending closure. They held a demonstration Tuesday at the home of Moshe Hager, a co-owner of the property that hosts the swap meet.

Hager told our newsroom's broadcast arm, 89.3 KPCC, that he and hia co-owners have forgiven several million dollars in back rent owed by the current swap meet owner. He said the vendors can stay if they find a new swap meet operator willing to pay market rate rent.

Lopez said he and other vendors are looking for a new operator, and Councilmember Paul Krekorian's office said in the statement that they are trying to help.

No comment from the current swap meet operator.

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