He's the spokesman of Facilities Management West, the Newport Beach investment group pulling out all the stops to own the Orange County Fairgrounds. The deal, at least at this writing, is in court and no one knows what will happen in the end. Whether selling the fairgrounds is good or bad for the city, we can't say until the deep-fried dust settles, but you can't fault Lemmon for trying. The guy thinks big.
Many community members blamed the Fair Board and Fairgrounds Chief Executive Steve Beazley for what led the state to sell the fairgrounds. In between juggling the drama surrounding the sale and reassuring his employees, Beazley and his staff managed to run the most successful fair in its history. If Facilities Management West ends up buying the fairgrounds, Beazley will not be running the show any longer.
Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) played a key role in the Orange County Fairgrounds saga. Solorio has always been consistent with what he wanted for the 150-acre fairgrounds: to remain the people's property. It's why he joined with a group of businesses, community members, local and state officials who all filed a lawsuit this fall to block the sale from going through.
Newport Beach City Atty. David Hunt made headlines this year that he'd likely want to forget. He was arrested in mid-March on suspicion of felony spousal abuse. But when the Orange County district attorney's office decided not to file charges against him, Hunt returned to his job at City Hall in early June. Hunt's contract with the city has been extended for another year.