Thursday night Farmers’ Market talks fail; city council called back in
May 17, 2010
A special San Luis Obispo City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. to determine why on-going negotiations between the San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association (SLOFMA) and the Downtown Association have apparently failed.
The meeting, open to the public, will be held in the City Council Chambers, 990 Palm Street.
Both organizations have participated in private talks, including mediation, since last receiving direction from the City Council on Feb. 2. The hope was to smooth out a plan where operation of the farmers’ portion of the Thursday Night Promotions could be returned to the SLOFMA.
Observers say that discussions stalled weeks ago and efforts to restart them have been unsuccessful.
“We have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting,” Arroyo Grande farmer Phillip Langston said Monday night. “We’ve tried just about everything, but we don’t seem to be getting anywhere.”
The controversy stems from a surprise move by the Downtown Association last January to terminate its relationship with SLOFMA and assume control of the Thursday night Farmers’ Market.
The SLOFMA had operated the popular events for more than 26 years.