With the latest craziness surrounding the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds, I would just like to add some history and perspective.
The proposed sale has been a very trying and convoluted process spanning many, many months. Having been one of the city of Costa Mesa's negotiators, I spent numerous hours putting together the best deal possible for both the fairgrounds and Costa Mesa. During the past year, we were up against many deadlines demanded by the state, and kept meeting those deadlines knowing that the property would be put back on the market if we did not. Finally, we had a purchase and lease agreement and an MOU [memorandum of understanding] that would preserve the annual fair, the current public uses, equestrian center and marketplace in addition to providing future revenue in the hundreds of thousands to the city. Our deal with Facilities Management West was agreeable to the state's Department of General Services and the governor's office. All that was needed to preserve this jewel in our city would have been a bill to be passed by the Legislature authorizing the deal.