Fairgrounds Festering Wounds...
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 investigative 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.