Solorio Provides Hope
The Daily Pilot announced this afternoon that Assemblyman Jose Solorio has authored a bill to rescind the sale of the Orange County Fair and Events Center, HERE.
ASKED GOVERNOR TO CANCEL SALE, TOO
According to the article by Mona Shadia, AB 1590 was introduced by Solorio in a Special Session of the Assembly. According to her article, Solorio's staff also presented a letter to the governor's office staff requesting that he stop the sale.
This, of course, is terrific news and should give those of us who want to see the Fairgrounds remain as they are in the future some hope.
INVESTIGATION SHOULD CONTINUE, REGARDLESS
However, I agree with some of those folks commenting on the article that some serious attention needs to be paid to just what happened on this issue. The investigation of the circumstances of the current Fair Board forming a non-profit to acquire the Fairgrounds and it's hiring (maybe illegal hiring) of former Senator Dick Ackerman to lobby Sacramento to get the Fairgrounds put on the block in the first place should continue. This whole thing reeks. How do we trust those folks in the future?
DON'T LET OUR GUARD DOWN YET
I'm sure this news will cause many who have been fully immersed in this issue for months to give a big sigh of relief. However, this dance isn't over yet. In my opinion, we must continue to keep our boiler fired up and be ready to pursue the fight if Solorio's bill doesn't pass.
VAN TRAN, THE INVISIBLE MAN
It's curious that our assemblyman, Van Tran, has been virtually invisible on this subject since the hearing he hosted with Solorio. For him to take such a posture while he's planning his run for Loretta Sanchez' seat in the House of Representatives is curious, at least. I suspect the voters will be reminded of his lack of visible support as next year's election approaches.