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The Fair Sale Review Committee (FSRC)

The Fair Sale Review Committee (FSRC) was formed on April 26, 2012 by the Orange County Fair Board in order to investigate and issue a public report regarding the proposed 2009 sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds.The committee reviewed all available information related to the proposed sale, which included interviewing various stakeholders and interested parties. On January 17, 2013 their findings, conclusions and recommendations were presented to the OC Fair Board. (more…)

OC Fairground Sale Officially Dead

Voice of OC
NORBERTO SANTANA, JR.

On opening day of the Orange County Fair, Gov. Jerry Brown officially removed the for-sale sign from the fairgrounds, thus ending a more than yearlong quest by a private company to acquire the iconic 150-acre property in Costa Mesa.

“The Department of General Services is not selling the fairgrounds now,” said spokeswoman Gretchen Zeagler Thursday in a terse response to a Voice of OC inquiry. The department made a public announcement on Friday.

Brown’s decision follows a ruling last month by the 4th District Court of Appeal that the sale to Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West “could not go forward” because the bidding process set up by the Schwarzenegger administration was flawed.

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