COSTA MESA — With a public purchase for the Orange County Fairgrounds being discussed in Sacramento and the merits of a private sale being argued in court Friday, Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan added his two cents this week and sent out a thanks-for-nothing letter criticizing Assemblyman Jose Solorio's role in all of it.
"He originally voted to authorize the sale," Monahan wrote of the Anaheim Democrat. "He worked closely with our city to help us fashion a memorandum of understanding with the winning bidder that met all his stated goals and objectives with respect to continuing employment for state workers at the fairgrounds."
Solorio introduced legislation last month that could keep the fairgrounds in public hands and share profits with the state.
"Having achieved these concessions, he abandoned us — and the sale — and now has embraced the status quo, with added uncertainty for our city and the future of those fairgrounds," Monahan wrote. "To say the least, it has been puzzling and discouraging to us."