COSTA MESA — Although there's still a chance that a bill allowing Costa Mesa to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds will be presented alongside a state budget bill, the deal might not go through after all, an area legislator said Monday.
Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Westminster) said while he is in favor of keeping the fairgrounds in local hands, if the sale with the city and its private partner, Facilities Management West, does not guarantee accountability and transparency to the public — and if the sale doesn't ensure that the fair will remain in place indefinitely — then he will not support the deal.
"I'm concerned with the entire package right now, frankly," Tran said.
Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana), who has taken the lead on the matter, has said he's working with all the parties to ensure the deal is good for the public. He said he is also addressing the fate of the 80 full-time state employees who work at the fairgrounds, but so far no bill has been completed for submittal.