Costa Mesa voters made the right choice Tuesday by approving a ballot measure that limits future uses of the Orange County Fairgrounds. Measure C restricts this Orange County treasure to its current use — as a fair and exposition center — unless a vote of the people determines that another plan is more appropriate. This means that if some great idea comes along in the future, voters can change their minds.
In the meantime, residents were smart to OK Measure C, particularly because the state, which owns the fairgrounds, put the property up for sale. Because Costa Mesa residents are the ones who would be affected by changes to the fairgrounds they should be the ones to decide changes to its use.
For now, at least, Costa Mesa residents voted to keep the 150-acre site intact. We cannot imagine Orange County without the fairgrounds, and we doubt that most folks around here can.