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La Mesa farmers market to stay downtown on Friday nights

Posted at 11:36 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 02:36:46-04

LA MESA, Calif (KGTV) - The La Mesa Farmers Market will remain in its downtown location along La Mesa Boulevard and operate at its current hours on Friday night.

The La Mesa City Council voted 3 to 2 for the market to remain at its current time and location. It has been in that location for nearly a year and has thrived.

Councilmembers Bill Baber and Kristine Alessio were the dissenting votes. They cited the various complaints from downtown businesses about how the farmers market negatively impacted their Friday night profits.

None of the upset business owners spoke at the council meeting, but Baber and Alessio say there were many.

However, Baber and Alessio say the businesses were too afraid to speak out against the Farmers Market fearing community blowback.

The city council considered proposals to either move the market to the Grossmont Center, away from the La Mesa Village or to change its operations to Sundays.

But several vendors and community members warned that a change in either time or location would destroy the success the market has built.

Although the Farmers market will stay relatively the same, the La Mesa Village Association will no longer be involved with the event. It will be handed over to a private events planning company.