Los Angeles City Council District 11 candidate Flora Gil Krisiloff said Tuesday, April 5th, that if she is elected, she will protect the Westchester Certified Farmers Market from closing by waiving a city permit fee that Krisiloff alleged threatens the future of the farmers market.

Krisiloff is running against Bill Rosendahl in the Tuesday, May 17th, runoff for the 11th District seat, now held by Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.

“The small-town feel of this community is enhanced by the Westchester Farmers Market and our city bureaucracy should not get in the way of something which benefits and brings joy to so many people,” Krisiloff said.

The Westchester Farmers Market, which is operated by the Westchester Vitalization Corporation, would likely go out of business if it were required to pay the weekly special event permit fee that covers city costs in closing the streets where the market is held, she said.

“The Farmers Market is one of those special things that makes the Westchester community unique, and I will do everything possible to make sure that it continues to operate,” she said.

Miscikowski has waived the city permit fee through the end of her term, but numerous Westchester Vitalization Corporation board members have expressed concern about the continued operation of the market because of the fee, which equals roughly what the nonprofit organization raises each week.

POLICE UNION ENDORSEMENT — Krisiloff has won the endorsement by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a union representing about 9,200 Los Angeles Police Department officers.

“Flora Gil Krisiloff has proven her commitment to supporting law enforcement efforts in this city for many years,” said Police Protective League president Bob Baker.