The window is small, but state lawmakers are working to get a bill on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk by September that would enable revenue-sharing for the Orange County Fairgrounds and possibly keep the property in public hands.
With a 9-0 vote Wednesday, the state Assembly's Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection passed Assembly Bill 35. Introduced by Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim), A.B. 35 creates legal language for the O.C. Fair Board to share revenue with the state, should the fairgrounds remain in the board's hands.
"At this point we want to be cooperative with the governor's office," Solorio said Wednesday. "We demonstrated in a very bipartisan fashion that there's cooperation to preserve the fairgrounds. That's a big message."