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Garcetti, Alarcon flimflam Sunset Junction into oblivion


No, nothing for the gay and lesbian community today--but how about another sharrow?


Acting on the advice of a NIMBY-howling Neighborhood Council elected by no more than 219 voters, City Public Works board president Andrea Alarcon and City Council President Eric Garcetti killed the internationally renown Sunset Junction Street Fair today and then tapdanced on the grave.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti, whose district includes Silver Lake, was on vacation Wednesday. But Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said the councilman supported the board’s decision and accused festival organizers of trying to “flimflam $400,000 from the taxpayers.”

“The fact that they came up with a large sum -- not the full amount, but a large sum nonetheless -- in just 36 hours, shreds their credibility even more. They should have spent the last 12 months coming up with the full amount.”
The decedent was 31 years old. Neither the AIDS pandemic nor community moralizers nor privatization could kill the fair, which was the closest thing to a gay and lesbian pride event that the City sponsors, with deep roots extending into that community's historic LA legacy, but Garcetti and Alarcon found a way: by haggling over questionable street service bills that have increased tenfold over the past seven years.

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