GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A popular Vietnamese-American festival in Southern California was abruptly canceled after a financial dispute between organizers and the city of Garden Grove.
The dispute centered on the price organizers would pay for police and other services for the three-day Tet Festival.
The city wanted to boost the bill to $145,000, nearly a five-fold jump from last year.
Councilwoman Dina Nguyen told the Los Angeles Times Thursday (http://lat.ms/16cXGK1) that the city has absorbed nearly $1.2 million in festival costs over the last 11 years.
Organizers say that figure is inflated.
The festival is an annual favorite in the Vietnamese-American community in Orange County, known as Little Saigon, attracting as many as 100,000 visitors each year.
Organizers are trying to find another location for the January event.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com