Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West, which was declared the winning bidder after offering $100 million for the 150-acre property, is hopeful about the state's request.
"We were encouraged and embraced the request because we believe it shows that Jerry Brown wants to consider it fairly and review the facts, and when he does, I think he'll find that the sale to FMW is in the state, the county of Orange and the city of Costa Mesa's interest," said Tom Gibbs, the attorney representing Facilities Management.
An attorney representing the group of community leaders, government officials and business owners who filed the lawsuit to block the sale also supported giving Brown time to familiarize himself with the case.
"We think the governor will take a whole new look and we're very hopeful and expect that he will basically take the property off the table," said attorney Wylie Aitken. "It means he wants to weigh in on his own.
"We see that as a very positive sign — that he's taking the matter very seriously and we would like to see it become a political resolution, which will not require the court to intervene."
Brown has not publicly shared his views on the sale of the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. But he has indicated that he wasn't interested in selling the other 11 state properties that Schwarzenegger placed on the market. The appellate court is also expected to rule on the sale of the other properties.
In December an Orange County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order to block the state from proceeding with the sale, but the court later rejected the plaintiffs' argument. However, the appellate court agreed to hear the case and extended the restraining order.