Trip Answers - Questions Remain
Late this morning the City issued the following Press Release dealing with the trip to Sacramento by City representatives, City Manager Allan Roeder, council members Katrina Foley and Gary Monahan and Guy Lemmon, representative of Facilities Management West, the exclusive negotiating partner now involved with the City for the purchase and operation of the Fairgrounds:
WHAT'S THE NEW TIME LINE?
Unanswered by this Press Release is any indication from the State as to what time line the City is on in this process. Specifically, what still needs to be done and by when? Is the State continuing to expect our negotiators to continue to run a marathon at a 100 yard dash pace?
WHAT ARE THE TERMS?
Also remaining unanswered are questions about the specific terms we are talking about with Facilities Management West. With the previous vendor, American Fairs and Festivals, we were told specific on the terms. I've heard a rumor that the deal with Facilities Management West includes a 55 year term, as opposed to the 40 year term with the previous group.
Based on comments I've received since the announcement of the collaboration with Facilities Management West, the natives are restless out there. Many of the stakeholders are apprehensive about their future at a Fairgrounds managed by this new group.
APPREHENSION ABOUT "RULE OF LAW CITY" RESOLUTION
Also causing some apprehension is Mayor Allan Mansoor's recent resolution declaring Costa Mesa a "Rule of Law City", because some folks think that may not set very well with a Democrat-dominated legislature - which will be required to pass legislation to facilitate the purchase of the Fairgrounds. How pathetically ironic it would be for Costa Mesa to go to all this trouble, spend all this time when the budget and other important issues should be dealt with, only to have Mansoor's personal political agenda cause us to lose our bid for the Fairgrounds.
MICKADEIT ON AMERICAN FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
In case you missed it this morning, you can read Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit's view on what happened with the American Fairs and Festivals venture HERE.
I'll post more information as I receive it.