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Governor to consider taking OC Fairgrounds sale off table

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Gov. Jerry Brown ditched a plan on Wednesday to sell 11 state-owned buildings and lease them back. But the fate of the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds is still up in the air.

The governor says selling off assets that the state still uses and renting them back “doesn’t make any sense.”

His plan to nix the sale of those buildings doesn’t include other property, however, like the Orange County Fairgrounds and Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County.

Brown says this is not the best time for the state to sell real estate.

"The Orange County Fairgrounds and Del Mar is not calculated into our budget package, so I think we have time to consider what we ought to do with that," he says.

The court battle over the $100 million sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds is scheduled to start next month, unless the governor intervenes.