Annual Night on Broadway Event Canceled as Legal Pressure Mounts for Councilman Jose Huizar

People pack Broadway in downtown Los Angeles for the Night on Broadway event on Jan. 27, 2018. The annual event will not be held in 2019. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

People pack Broadway in downtown Los Angeles for the Night on Broadway event on Jan. 27, 2018. The annual event will not be held in 2019. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The annual Night on Broadway event, which aims to draw people to downtown Los Angeles’ historic corridor as part of City Councilman Jose Huizar’s plan to revitalize the area, has been canceled next year.

The event, which began in 2014 and features access to Broadway’s historic theaters, live music, carnival rides and food booths, will return in 2020, according to the event’s website.

In January, about 250,000 people attended the celebration, which is billed as a key component of Huizar’s 10-year plan — known as the “Bringing Back Broadway” initiative — to boost economic development along the once-bustling thoroughfare. Huizar could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Though it is not clear why the event was canceled, the move comes as Huizar is facing tremendous legal pressure. Earlier this month, two of Huizar’s offices and his home in Boyle Heights were searched by the FBI. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that the Internal Revenue Service is involved in the investigation but declined to say what investigators were looking for at any of the locations.

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