Our local fairgrounds could become private property if bill AB 2490 is signed into law. Don’t privatize our public fairgrounds. The public, you and me, lose when fairgrounds go private because money is the driving force for the private owners. FFA, 4H and other agricultural uses are eventually kicked out. Low cost rentals for community groups are ended. Equestrian centers with reasonable rates that let middle class people and kids own and ride horses are kicked off or replaced by high end equestrians who can pay more. The admission, food and carnival rides at the annual fair get more expensive. Community groups who sell food and drinks at the fair are kicked out and private companies that charge more to the public and pay more to the private owners come in. Private owners are all about the money.
There’s a bill, AB 2490 – California Fairs (Eggman), that starts cutting our public fairgrounds owned by the State off from State oversight so they can be handed over to private corporations. No member of the public ever asked for this bill to be written – lobbyists for groups wanting to take our public fairgrounds away from us and turn them into private property wrote the bill. When our Fairgrounds are handed over to a private corporation, we all lose. AB 2490 changes the rules for all State-owned fairgrounds and puts the network of California Fairs at risk of becoming privately owned. Bye, bye public and break even and hello private and for-profit.
Here’s the packets given to the Fair Board asking them to oppose AB 2490 –
We need your help to keep all of our California Fairgrounds in the hands of the public. Here’s a message to get you started – add your thoughts, too.
Take a minute and send a message to Gov Brown to ask him to veto AB 2490.
Here’s the link to the Gov’s office –
Choose ‘Have Comment’ and “Legislation Issues/Concerns” from the list.
Check the box that you want a Reply.
Ask Gov Brown to Veto AB 2490 – Here’s a message for his office
Please veto AB 2490 – California Fairs (Eggman). Don’t privatize our public fairgrounds. This bill starts cutting our public fairgrounds owned by the State off from State oversight so they can be handed over to private corporations. When public fairgrounds become private, the public loses. Publicly owned fairgrounds are vital to communities because they promote agriculture thru programs like FFA, 4H and Grange; have low cost rentals available to local community groups; support local equestrian communities with affordable boarding fees; support local groups thru the annual fairs and other activities. At a publicly owned fairground, community use is the driving force. Money and profit are the driving factors for privately owned fairgrounds. When money becomes the motive, the public loses. No member of the public ever asked for this bill to be written – lobbyists for groups wanting to take our public fairgrounds away from us and turn them into private property wrote the bill.
AB 2490 exempts all State-owned fairgrounds (District Agricultural Associations or DAA’s) from State purchasing and contracting laws, oversight of the Office of Administrative Law, and allows transfer to Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) thru administrative, rather than legislative action. These are just some of the many changes being made by AB 2490 to make it easy to hand public property to private owners. State agencies use State regulations and private corporations use their own regulations. AB 2490 begins moving State-owned fairgrounds from public to private ownership by allowing private regulations to replace State regulation. The public has not asked for this bill. Please veto AB 2490. Don’t turn our public fairgrounds into private property.