Fairgrounds Ground Lease Vote Tomorrow
Well, the BIG news this week is the meeting Tuesday, August 24th of the Orange County Fairgrounds Authority (OFCA)/City Council during which they will discuss and, theoretically, vote on acceptance of the proposed ground lease for the purchase of the Fairgrounds. You can read the draft for yourself HERE.
MY HEAD HURTS!
I DID NOT spend much time looking over the lease - as I've said before, it's going to take a much better brain than mine to unscramble that lingo so a normal human being can understand it. I did, however, notice that there are several items - conspicuously highlighted in Gary Monahan Green - that are as yet unresolved, and some of those seem to be deal breakers.
GENIS ON THE ATTACK
In the meantime, the opposition is whipping itself into a frenzy and are generating much heat on the blogs. Former Mayor Sandra Genis, President of the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society, has re-awakened her alter ego, La Femme Wonkita, and posted an epistle on the Orange Juice Blog, HERE, which was followed up by the management of that blog with another call to arms, HERE.
OVER OUR HEADS?
The general consensus of the opposition seems to be that the neophyte negotiators for the City of Costa Mesa are getting bulldozed by those brutes from Facilities Management West, enabled by the unreasonable deadlines imposed by our "friends" in Sacramento. I'm not so sure I agree with the former, but sure do agree that The State seems intent on making our deal fail.
FMW AS THE BAD GUY
Facilities Management West has been portrayed as the bogyman in this deal ever since Ken Fait, their head honcho, ranted before the City Council a few months ago that he "wanted all the money". He was being interrogated by lame duck Mayor Allan Mansoor about some of the terms of the deal and didn't like it at all. There may be no better example of why big organizations should hire a spokesperson - the "big guys" don't like to be challenged, and certainly not by a lame brain politician, posturing for campaign points. Unfortunately, that night the FMW spokesman, Guy Lemmon, was on the way to Arizona for the birth of a grandchild. At least HE has his priorities in order!
UNUSUAL HOUR FOR MEETING
Tomorrow's meeting, which commences at an unusual hour - 5:30 p.m. - should be very interesting and worth attending or watching live on Channel 24, CMTV. (Channel 99 on ATT Uverse)
OUR LAST CHANCE
This may be our last shot as residents to influence what happens to the Fairgrounds for the next couple generations. The drop dead date for the legislature to pass the bill(s) necessary for the sale to come to fruition is Friday, August 27th. After that date they will be gone until after the November elections and a new governor will be at the helm of our sinking ship of state.