OC Fair Board to consider CEO's personal security system request

Orange County Fair Board members will consider today spending $3,000 on a security system for the Costa Mesa home of fair Chief Executive Officer Steve Beazley.

Beazley said he needs the security system after vandals egged his house and distributed fliers throughout the neighborhood falsely accusing him of crimes, said Robin Wachner, a spokeswoman for the OC Fair and Event Center.

"Since last July Steve's home has been targeted with four acts of vandalism that are believed to be related to the sale of the fair," Wachner said. "It's not the money that's the big deal; it's how this is affecting his family."

The security system will mostly provide video surveillance, Wachner said.

Vandals have thrown eggs and a vial of noxious liquid at Beazley's home, where he lives with his wife and two young children, Wachner said.

The fliers, which had phony mastheads and logos of law enforcement agencies, falsely accuse Beazley of having been convicted of crimes against children and women, Wachner said.

"Obviously it's all a little jarring, so he's looking to put a stop to it," Wachner said.

State lawmakers last July voted to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Beazley has supported a sale of the fairgrounds, as long as the annual fair can continue as it is. He has said it would be better for fair officials to run things without having to answer to state bureaucrats or adhere to state regulations that make it difficult for the annual fair to make a profit.

State officials recently rejected bids to buy the 150 acres, and Costa Mesa voters will get a chance in June to decide whether to lock in the property's zoning so it cannot be developed for anything but its current uses.

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