COSTA MESA — With one deal to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds held up in court, the Fair Board announced at its Thursday meeting that it would pitch a revenue-sharing deal to Gov. Jerry Brown, which would keep the property in public hands.
"This is a state agency to state agency engagement," said OC Fair & Event Center President and Chief Executive Steve Beazley.
The Fair Board had tried to strike a similar deal with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year, Beazley said.
Schwarzenegger made a strong push to sell off the state property — one of many he tried to sell across California to narrow the state's budget gap.