Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fairgrounds Festering Wounds...

IN CASE YOU WERE DOZING...
Just in case anyone is trying to forget about the future of the Orange County Fair and Event Center, some local bloggers just keep on picking on the scab and the results are festering wounds that just will not go away.

VOICE OF OC STILL ON THE CASE
For example, the Voice of OC blog, an investigativ
e site edited by Norberto Santana, Jr., has been on top of this issue since the beginning. Santana and his amigos at that site have done a pretty good job of providing us with timely information. You can read his most recent entry, "State Political Watchdog Launches Investigation into Ackerman's Fairgrounds Dealings" HERE. He tells us that the state Fair Political Practices Commission has now inserted itself into this quagmire, trying to determine if former State Senator Dick Ackerman violated the law when he represented the Fair Board in their attempt to get the Fairgrounds put on the sale block, then buy it for themselves.

VOICE OF OC LIST OF ARTICLES
Additionally, there is also a list of other Fairgrounds-related articles from that site HERE. If you scroll down the list you'll get a pretty good idea of the history of this mess over the past few years.

GIDDY UP, DAVE!
Then, over at the Orange Juice Blog, Vern Nelson has jumped astride Fair Board President David Ellis and is putting the spurs to him in an entry titled, "Who is Dave Ellis? NOW UPDATED with Inland Empire dirt!", HERE. After you read this one and the attached comments you'll ask yourself if it's safe to go out at night!

THE BEAT GOES ON...
So, the drama continues. Recently the Fair Board wrote to
new Governor Jerry Brown's office, presenting it's proposal for a revenue sharing scheme. No word from Sacramento that I know of on that subject. Still pending is the court case - we won't know anything about that until next month - and the up-coming Fair Board meeting on Thursday, February 24th. You can find the agenda for that meeting and links to the staff reports HERE. I suspect many of the local activists opposed to the sale of the Fairgrounds, including former Costa Mesa Mayor Sandra Genis - President of the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society - will appear and present views on some of the more important issues on the agenda.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Gericault said...

This is the snowball starting to roll downhill.

The Fair Board paid Ackerman a lot of money. Ackerman was contacting legislators right before and after key votes, while the Fair Board was trying to sell of the Fairgrounds.

Code section 87406(b)

“No Member of the Legislature, for a period of one year after
leaving office, shall, for compensation, act as agent or attorney
for, or otherwise represent, any other person by making any formal or
informal appearance, or by making any oral or written communication,
before the Legislature, any committee or subcommittee thereof, any
present Member of the Legislature, or any officer or employee
thereof, if the appearance or communication is made for the purpose
of influencing legislative action.”

Now T-Rack completely exonerated Ackerman and the fair Board in a useless expensive 10 month long investigation that completly white washed over the facts and never even asked for the evidentciary documents.

When we get to the back room dealings of the Fair Board and the lack of public forums leading up to this mess......the can of worms will be opened.

2/22/2011 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Who Cares? said...

Yawn. This subject is getting really old. Do you honestly think anyone cares what Ackerman does in his spare time? Why don't you guys give it a rest.

2/22/2011 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous I care said...

Sorry "who cares" but if you are not interested then dont read the entry and don't comment.
I would say that this is still very important. The Fair grounds and all that it holds is very important to most people and we all want it to stay as is.

2/22/2011 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Pot Belly said...

You can do what you want on this topic. Just, please , please , please do not allow Sandy Genius to come to the microphone. I can handle her constant misrepresentations of the facts … just please, no more of that voice. Like the mattress guy says … “You’re killing me Sandy”. Anyone else feel this way?
I do hope things get positively resolved at the Fair, sometime soon.

2/22/2011 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Just Observing said...

Are you kidding Pot Belly, everyone feels that way!

If Sandy would just stay seated, Greg would put a sock in it, and Sue would stay home, we could have some interesting city council meetings. Those three never have anything meaningful to say, they just waste everyone's time.

I understand that Greg and Sandy hog the microphone at the fair board meetings as well. They must either be chasing their 15 minutes of fame, or seeking to irritate the audience. Either way, they are very annoying.

2/22/2011 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Vern said...

LOL, disagree, love Sandy's voice! And I'm a musician.

2/22/2011 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Crusty Clown said...

Vern, you are no more a musician than my 3 year old on his Fischer-Price keyboard!

Listening to Sandy blather is like being hit upside the head with a bag of gravel.

Greg has nothing better to do with his time (starvingartist on Cymbalta).

Whatever Ackerman did has nothing to do with the Fairgrounds staying as-is. It will whether or not he "lobbied."

Snore. Bore. How about saying someting positive about the Fairgrounds proper and th upcoming fair?

2/23/2011 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Congratulations! said...

Pot Stirrer, congratulations, your blog is finally maturing. :-)

My hometown blogsite (from northern California) won't allow anyone to use their real name. The reason is because people who don't feel comfortable revealing their real names, won't leave comments. That blogsite wants people to feel free to express themselves via the 1st amendment. After all, we learn from each other. Look what happens in countries where people are unable to speak freely. It's far better that people can feel free to speak.

On the other hand, the blogsite moderator should be able to exercise damage control. After all, it is his website, and the commentators have the pleasure of piggy-backing on his forum. However, to be fair, that moderator should be willing to let both sides of an issue air their grievances. There again, we learn from one another, and as a result, we are all the wiser. :-)

2/23/2011 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Congratulations!, thanks... I think. The "rules" here have not changed since the first day. I encourage folks to express themselves on the issues and hope they will keep it civil. Seldom, but not never, do I have to reject a comment or remove one once posted. Of course, my "no anonymous posts" edict still bugs folks. However, if I permitted several people to use that as a moniker on some of these most recent threads you can see just how difficult it would be to follow the discussion. I tried to loosen that requirement up recently - bad idea, as it turned out. So, now I just automatically reject any comment sent by "Anonymous". The only exception to that is if the person uses the moniker but signs their post.

Whether my blog has "matured" or not is of no consequence to me. It is what it is. I provide the forum, along with my take on the issues, and stand back. More people read it now than in the past - I attribute that to evolution, not necessarily the quality of what I write here. An active discussion spins the hit counter, so the activity is the result of reader input, not something I'm doing.

Sometimes I'll actively participate in the discussion, but usually leave it to others to keep kicking the can down the street. Recently that has worked just fine because of the emotion of the issues.

Thanks for reading and for your opinion.

2/23/2011 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Arnold said...

If I have to hear that "kicking the can down the road" one more time....

Representative Paul Ryan used it, less than a week later Righeimer used it, and last night Hannity used it. Great analogy...once.

Come up with something original fellas. Is there a GOP "analogy script" or something?

Nothing substantive to the argument here, just wanted to rant. Thanks.

2/23/2011 05:30:00 PM  

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