(AllHipHop News) According to reports Jay Z was set to announce that he would be holding his annual “Made In America Festival” in the City of Angels this year.
There was apparently a press conference already scheduled to reveal 50,000 tickets for the show were about to go on sale, but Los Angeles District 14 Councilman Jose Huizar effectively put the event and the announcement on hold.
While the two-day concert scheduled to take place at downtown’s Grant Park was approved by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, many other city officials seemed to be left out of the loop on the decision including Huizar. The LAPD had not approved as well, and no street-closure permits had been issued for the proposed dates of August 30th and 31st.
Councilman Huizar drafted a motion for a report to be conducted by various city departments on “any permits, actions, public safety concerns, and any necessary cost implications of the proposed” event, and all permits would be withheld until the report is finalized.
Huizar’s office issued the following statement to LA Weekly:
This is not about opposing special events or any particular concert, it’s about making sure the affected community, in this case downtown stakeholders, is part of the planning process sooner rather than later. When you’re talking about a proposed event of this magnitude, with 50,000 expected, multiple-day street closures, beer and for-profit ticket sales at a public park, it is imperative that we have an open, inclusive dialogue in ensuring it’s a good fit for the neighborhood and if it is, that concerns are mitigated well in advance.