Fairgrounds Battle Is Not Over Yet!
The day following the announcement by the Acting Director of the State Department of General Services to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that all bids for the Orange County Fair and Events Center had been rejected, the beat goes on.
GENIS' NEWS CONFERENCE THIS MORNINGThis morning former Costa Mesa Mayor and professional land planner Sandra Genis, president of the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society, held a news conference at the Fairgrounds to announce that, although this battle has been won, the war is far from over. Those who fought the good fight over the past nine months to keep the sale from happening cannot let down their guard now. The DGS has promised Governor Schwarzenegger that they will be moving "promptly" to find a better deal for the Fairgrounds.
DGS STILL ON A MISSION TO SELL THE FAIRGROUNDS
Currently unemployed Mayor Allan Mansoor is quoted today in an article in the Orange County Register that "it's not over." He's right. Nobody really knows quite what to expect now. The DGS is chartered by the governor to get the Fairgrounds sold. Their auction didn't work, so who knows what kind of a scheme they may try next?
NO TIME TO LET UP!
In the meantime, all those interesting diverse constituencies that banded together to fight the sale must remain vigilant. No celebrating yet - the game is still on.
FAIR BOARD TO CONSIDER SECURITY SYSTEM FOR BEAZLEY
The Fair Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, the 25th in which they will address the sale of the Fairgrounds. Of greater interest is the item listed below:
8. GOVERNANCE PROCESS
A. Installation and monthly service for security system at CEO’s home
BEAZLEY WORRIED ABOUT FAMILY'S SAFETY?
Yep, apparently Fair CEO Steve Beazley and his family have been harassed to the point where he's concerned about their safety so he's asking for the Fair Board to pay for a security service for his personal residence. Reports of really nasty posters appearing in his neighborhood have circulated for several months. I understand that there are a few people around town who are unhappy with the way Beazley does his job, but for that anger to manifest itself in threats to him and his family is absolutely unacceptable. This whole "Fairgrounds" issue has created some very strange circumstances...
"THE MOUTH" SLAMS MCEVOY
And, before I close tonight, I want to observe the knee-jerk reaction by The Mouth From Mesa North against former council candidate Chris McEvoy. McEvoy stood before the council last Tuesday and criticized The Mouth for his boorish behavior at the speaker's podium a few minutes earlier. He was critical of the name-calling The Mouth engaged in when he referred to Councilwoman Katrina Foley as a "grinning idiot". McEvoy was correct in his comments, but it brought down the wrath of The Mouth in his pathetic blog today. He's such a sad, unhappy man and a huge waste of an intellect. I'm still willing to pay for his bus ticket to Idaho...