Fairgrounds Drama Continues
The local news media is all abuzz today with quotes from local stakeholders expressing apprehension and uncertainty as we all wait for the State to make up it's mind on the City's proposal. Fairgrounds employee groups express concern for their jobs if the deal goes through. Vendors express concern about long-term arrangements and about the possibility of having to relocate their operations to another venue. And, of course, the Emperor Larry Agran rejects any speculation that he might "cherry-pick" certain operations for his struggling Great Park. Yeah, right, Larry... we believe you - NOT!
You can read Mona Shadia's Daily Pilot coverage HERE, and Ellyn Pak's coverage in the Orange County Register HERE.
VOICE OF OC - "BOARDS DAYS ARE NUMBERED"
Perhaps the most interesting coverage was the Voice of OC article by Norberto Santana, Jr. this morning, HERE, in which he speculates in print what many of us have been privately, and not so privately, been saying - that the days of the current Fair Board may be numbered. He, and others, have observed that the instructions from the governor's office to Board President Kristina Dodge to pull the items dealing with salvaging the Fairgrounds for the state from Thursday's agenda was a clear vote of no confidence in the Board. Member David Padilla agreed with that observation.
SPECULATION RUNS RAMPANT
So, while we all hum the Jeopardy! theme waiting for the governor to make up his mind on Costa Mesa's offer, the speculation about the future of the Fair Board, regardless how the decision goes, and whether Agran and his Great Park mob will try to yank prime pieces of the Fairgrounds pie down to his venue runs rampant.