Alarcon said that during those talks, festival organizer Michael McKinley accused her of not supporting at-risk youth programs of the kind provided by his organization. After the 2010 festival, McKinley violated that agreement by refusing to pay the $260,000 charged by the city for police protection, traffic enforcement and other services.
Despite that disappointment, Alarcon said, she still tried to work out an arrangement this year, clearing her calendar "every time they asked for a meeting."
"My guess is we've met five times with their lobbyists and legal representatives over the past few months, and every time it was the same thing — a lot of talk but nothing substantive," she said.
Sunset Junction spokeswoman Karen Sundell also declined to assess Alarcon's tough stance. In an email, she only repeated arguments offered by McKinley, saying the city fees at issue were "highly inflated" compared to those charged to other festivals.
"He feels it's his right to question a fee," Sundell said.