Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again...
GET READY TO GET TICKED-OFF
Today I present for your reading angst two links dealing with the rapidly-becoming-notorious Orange County Fair and Event Center sale drama.
VOICE OF OC EXPOSE'
Late yesterday Norberto Santana, Jr., Editor of the Voice of OC, published an entry titled, "Records Call Into Question District Attorney Probe of Fairgrounds Sale", with links to documents that list billing records and contracts involving former State Senator Dick Ackerman and the Orange County Fair Board.
Santana's report refutes the report by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas which apparently cleared Ackerman from any illegal lobbying on the proposed sale of the Fairgrounds. That report certainly appears, based on this new information, to be a whitewash of the issue. I won't attempt to quote or misquote Santana - read his excellent report at the link above. Rackaukas deputy Susan Kang Schroeder defended the report.
GERICAULT'S EXCELLENT SUMMARY
Then, this morning, dropping his own bomb, Gericault provides a lengthy piece on the Orange Juice blog titled, "The 'State of af-Fairs' - Gericault's update on the Great Fairgrounds Swindle". If Santana's report didn't get your blood boiling, Gericault's certainly will.
FAIR BOARD "PROFIT SHARING"
Gericault's excellent summary of events provides some context for Santana's piece, and has some very clever illustrations, too. One little tidbit he provides at the very end of his piece tells us that selected Fair vendors have been provided the opportunity to receive an 800% rent increase for their space during the Fair! That's right - 800%!!! As Gericault says, when the Fair Board is talking about profit sharing it's clear just whose profits they will be sharing!
CLICK AND READ
Take a few minutes to follow the links to these sites, read the information. Be prepared for your blood pressure to rise significantly, though. Arrrggghh!