The day before the Ninth Annual Grrl Fair was set to happen March 6 in Santa Ana, organizers learned their event would be shut down by code enforcement and the threat of the Santa Ana Police Department.
“Grrl Fair has been running since 2002 and in Santa Ana since 2004,” says a Grrl Fair organizer who requested to remain anonymous. “No one has ever asked us for anything. Permits have never been an issue.”
This year was different.
A Santa Ana city official has informed the Weekly that the 511 Creative Space, where the event was scheduled to occur, was issued a warning Feb. 26. According to the city, the multi-use venue for rent falls within its M1 manufacturing zone designation and the organizers needed a land-use certificate in order to have an indoor/outdoor event.