The Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society (OCFPS) is elated to finally see an end to efforts to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds. On July 5, the 4th District Court of Appeal rejected an appeal of its decision to stop the most current effort to sell the fairgrounds. On July 15, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration indicated that it would not further pursue sale of our fairgrounds.
Plaintiffs in the successful lawsuit to stop the sale included state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana), Newport-Mesa Unified school board Trustee Katrina Foley (joining as an individual, not on behalf of the district), and the OCFPS — who are a group of residents, students, small businessmen, equestrians and others.
Contrary to the Daily Pilot's July 16 story, no city officials were part of the suit nor was the city of Costa Mesa involved. [Editor's note: The Pilot story referred to city officials in reference to Foley, who was on the City Council when the lawsuit was filed. The story should have read city official, singular, as no others were involved.]