The California Court of Appeal rejected a Newport Beach developer's request on Wednesday to rehear its case for why the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds should proceed.
A three-judge panel dismissed Facilities Management West's claims that by plugging two holes perceived by the court in the current sale process, the state should be able to carry out the transaction. The court said those arguments were not made before, so they cannot be made now.
"We still feel that these flaws that the court found, we disagree that the [state] shouldn't be allowed to cure them," said FMW attorney Thomas Gibbs. "We're disappointed and disagree with the opinion, but they are the court and we respect the court."