Orange County supervisors urge governor to stop sale of county fairgrounds

Orange County supervisors are asking California's governor to immediately stop the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds. The state says it needs to sell the property to help fill the budget gap. The supervisors today unanimously approved the resolution that urges the governor to step in.

Originally, the Orange County supervisors supported the sale of the county fairgrounds, but only if the state would sell the land to a nonprofit or government agency and maintain it as a fairgrounds.

The language of the proposed sale opens the door for converting the grounds into something else. That doesn't sit well with many neighbors.

The Costa Mesa City Council already has asked the governor to stop the sale. Now the county board of supervisors has followed suit. It's asking other Orange County cities to do the same.

The county and Costa Mesa are considering buying the grounds, if they can't stop the sale.

All of this is happening as the Orange County District Attorney’s Office says it'll review allegations that the county fair board violated open meeting laws. The county's attorney also accuses the fair board of using public money to hire a lobbyist to push lawmakers to put the fairgrounds up for sale.

The fair board has formed a private foundation to buy the fairgrounds.

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